When Monster Hunter Rise was released on the switch in 2021, it proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the new model of Monster Hunter following World’s footsteps could work (and fit) on a handheld platform. This wasn’t necessarily a huge surprise given the series long running string of releases on Nintendo’s various handheld devices over the years, but it was an incredibly successful refinement of the formula that leant itself well to shorter play sessions, and it took yet another big step toward making the onramp for new players even more approachable than ever before. Really the only potential issue with Rise was its length, and the fact that it left fans wanting more when the campaign ended on a fairly obvious open note.
Depending on what you like to get out of a Monster Hunter game, 2021’s release of Monster Hunter Rise on the Nintendo Switch was the best the series has ever been. By taking all of the lessons from Monster Hunter World, which was a huge leap forward for the series already, and shipping perhaps the purest distillation of all the things that make Monster Hunter great with almost all of the fluff and unnecessary friction removed, Capcom has landed on what is by far the most fun and most easily accessible Monster Hunter yet. The PC release of Rise is now upon us, and unsurprisingly it’s still an incredible game, especially now that it’s allowed to show us its full potential on considerably more powerful hardware.