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Monster Hunter (2021) is a series of action role-playing games where you hunt, kill and trap large monsters through wide-ranging landscapes. Each successful hunt rewards you with materials that accrue to slowly upgrade equipment that in turn enables you to face more powerful monsters. The vast landscape and huge range of weapons and tactics make this a unique experience.

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 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Action, Collecting and Role-Play elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 18 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for depictions of non-realistic violence towards human-like and animal-like characters, as well as depictions of realistic-looking violence towards fantasy characters. This game contains frequent depictions of realistic-looking violence towards fantasy characters. When creatures are struck, blood appears and they let out grunts of pain. In some cases, parts of their bodies, such as tails, can be removed, although there are no gore effects. When a significant amount of damage has been inflicted, the creatures begin to limp. When defeated, they fall to the floor where their body remains.

The game also contains frequent depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like and animal-like characters. Characters can be thrown large distances, both into the air and into objects such as rocks and trees. Human characters grunt in pain when they are attacked and some mild blood effects are shown, although there is no sight of injuries. Human characters tend to recover their balance before continuing the battle.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

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.

Account Rating

  • 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.


Monster Hunter usually costs £32.98.

Monster Hunter Rise

Steam Store PC £32.98

Monster Hunter

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
You can purchase consumable items, weapons and cosmetic upgrades. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PS2, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Action, Collecting and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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