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You play the game in a pre-industrial fantasy setting where human-like characters give you missions to catch particular monsters. Progression is focused entirely on armour and weapons rather than your character. You craft and equip weapons best suited to the next mission, taking on steadily harder enemies and gaining better loot.
The attraction comes from the enjoyable combat and huge range of weapons (swords, hammers and bows) each with unique attributes and combat manoeuvres. It's like a game entirely made of the boss fights usually found at the end of levels.
You can play on your own (often accompanied by a Felyne or Palico) or with others in the four-player cooperative online modes. This enables your group to hunt down stronger versions of monsters. Together or alone, you work through the main quest from Low-Rank to High-Rank missions.
- Monster Hunter (2004) on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable
- Monster Hunter 2 (2006) on PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2.
- Monster Hunter Tri (2009) on Wii then enhanced for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
- Monster Hunter 4 (2013) on Nintendo 3DS.
- Monster Hunter: World (2018) on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
- Monster Hunter Rise (2021) on the Nintendo Switch.
Monster Hunter Rise followed the progress made by Monster Hunter World including new animal companions that can be ridden into battle, and Wirebugs that enable vertical traversal as well as climbing certain monsters.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Monster Hunter 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
You can play this game in the following styles:
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The hunter, resource collecting, weapon crafting loop is enjoyed by pre-teens and teenagers. It requires resilience and planning when heading out to find the next big monster. More recent games in the series are also enjoyed for their team-work.
- You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
- You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
- You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
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Monster Hunter: World
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- You need a subscription to play online:
You can purchase consumable items, weapons and cosmetic upgrades.
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Release Date: 26/03/2021
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PS2, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Players: 1 (4 online)
Accessibility: 20 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World