Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Jan 25, 2023
    While there’s been no content added to either the PlayStation or Xbox versions, you’ll still have plenty to do here. There’s the main questline to engage with that’ll take you through multiple monster quest tiers, which is somewhat short compared to other Monster Hunter titles. But the online hub quests expand that out even further, offering up more story content that goes beyond the end credits of the game, and has a number of challenging fights for experienced hunters. There’s also a whole host of free downloadable quests to engage with, encompassing the free DLC that’s come out on prior versions of the game. All in all, you’ll be able to spend a lot of time exploring and hunting down giant monsters, which is pretty much what you want out of a new Monster Hunter game.
  2. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise on PS5 is a fantastic experience - especially for newcomers or fans who have been unable to get stuck in until now.
  3. Jan 20, 2023
    One of the best Monster Hunter available on more platforms is always good news, particularly when it does it with a great port like this one.
  4. PLAY
    Feb 11, 2023
    Rise evolves World’s approachable template into an even more fun and faster-paced entry with brilliant new mechanics and the series’ most inspired designs. [Issue#24, p.70]
  5. Jan 23, 2023
    Monster Hunter’s return to PlayStation (and Xbox) is a very smooth transition. The game performs perfectly and gives more players the opportunity to head to Kamura Village for another awe inspiring adventure.
  6. Jan 20, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise is an absolute joy to play regardless of the platform chosen. Console players who do not have a Switch and have been eagerly awaiting this port can finally rejoice because they now have the opportunity to try out this wonderful game. The gameplay improvements found here can make it difficult to go back to World and while it does not have the same overall graphical quality as that game, this newest version is an absolute blast to play and was well worth the wait.
  7. Jan 19, 2023
    Not as ambitious and revolutionary as its predecessor, but still a fantastic game. It boasts several brilliant innovations and is very welcoming towards newer players. I can’t get enough!
  8. Jan 18, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise comes to new generation platforms with a version that promises to be the definitive one. Despite extensive visual enhancements, the game would have benefited from crossplay with no platform limitations and the Sunbreak expansion.
  9. Jan 18, 2023
    Capcom’s Monster Hunter Rise is an entertaining game. It has enough depth, action, and crafting to keep you and your team occupied for a while. It’s not perfect in some respects, but it’s good enough when you’re looking for a team-based game that is more coop than not.
  10. Jan 17, 2023
    Almost two years after its initial release Rise is still an amazing Monster Hunter game and a great way for newcomers to enter the franchise. Technically it is everything you can ask for in a console port. And with all the free title updates of the main game it delivers a package, that even veteran Rise players will find enjoyable to play through once again.
  11. Jan 17, 2023
    So, should you buy Monster Hunter Rise on PS5? The answer is a resounding yes if you’ve not played it before. Providing you don’t mind too much that you can’t carry your progress over, you might want to jump in for a variety of reasons even if you’ve played the game on Switch or PC, too. While the Sunbreak expansion isn’t included, there’s still a hell of a lot of game here. And with its wealth of new gameplay features over previous entries in the series, PS5-centric enhancements and faster-paced gameplay, this is undoubtedly the best Monster Hunter game yet.
  12. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise on new platforms is ultimately here for those who have held out. It offers much of what the Steam version has with the ease of being playable on consoles. The absence of cross-play and cross-save is a huge missed opportunity, but new fans have much to look forward to in this adventure. This is a must-play entry in this series, now available across all platforms.
  13. Jan 17, 2023
    If you loved playing MH: World you will most definitely fall in love with MH: Rise, too. All the great stuff you know and love is still in Rise with some smaller tweaks and additions. I had a good time and it was worth waiting for the graphically improved version. My only gripes are that Rise is too easy compared to World (especially the story), yet High-Rank defense missions are imbalanced for solo players, and it doesn’t look as graphically pleasing as World.
  14. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise is a game that takes time to get used to due to its somewhat slow mechanics. Once I understood everything, it was hard to go back to the old ways. Rise offers us pretty good gameplay, performance improvements on PS5, an incredible soundtrack, and very surreal landscapes. My only regret is the short story.
  15. Jan 17, 2023
    With fast loading times, an impressive 120 fps mode, and added immersive features, Monster Hunter Rise on PlayStation 5 is a must-play for any fans of the franchise and newcomers looking to get into the hobby of hunting monsters.
  16. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise is the new standard for the series, and it's a delight to finally have it on PlayStation, thanks to the improved frame rate and visual fidelity over the original release. There's so much to it that there are still many things we haven't mentioned, like the new monster riding, sped-up collecting and mining, or the hunting helpers. It's a game this reviewer put over 100 hours in on the Switch, and we could be looking at 100 more on PS5. Monster Hunter's eternally satisfying gameplay loop is met with now-essential quality of life and traversal improvements.
  17. Jan 17, 2023
    Regardless of which version is played, though, the same thing holds true in 2023 that was evident a few years ago: Monster Hunter Rise is an excellent, massive game, and should be experienced by anyone with even a slight fondness for action-RPGs or monster hunting genres.
  18. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise on PS5 is brilliant with its excellent performance, visual options, PS5 features like Activity Cards, gyro support, and the inclusion of new feature updates and event quests available from the start. The only disappointment is Sunbreak not being available until this spring.
  19. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise remains one of the best action-RPGs of recent years, and the PS5 release is a perfect example of what should be going into this kind of port.
  20. Jan 19, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise distills the fun of boss fights into an entire game, and it excels at doing so. While it is good in single-player, the best experience is found online playing with fellow hunters. Despite not adequately holding the player's hand in regard to its ancillary systems, Rise never gets in its own way, and offers a fun experience for both casual players looking for short bursts of fun, as well as the more hardcore looking for a time sink.
  21. Jan 17, 2023
    Routine but immensely fun monster hunt with slack environment optics and few innovations. A few real innovations and monster graphics would be desirable.
  22. 85
    While not as technically impressive as its predecessor, Monster Hunter Rise succeeds as a follow-up by focusing on getting players into the hunt quickly and comfortably without compromising on challenge.
  23. Jan 17, 2023
    Decadent in its visuals and with some new features that do not work, Monster Hunter Rise excels using an improved and more versatile gameplay, delivering with quality what made the franchise famous and offering dozens of hours of fun in a more accessible way.
  24. Feb 21, 2023
    Suppose you were very patient and hoped that Monster Hunter Rise would come out on PS5. Guess what, congratulations. In that case, you will have a very worthy version of an entertaining video game that, until now, could only be enjoyed on two different power platforms. The battles against the enormous monsters, the duels to defend your village, and even the music make the gaming experience worthwhile.
  25. Jan 17, 2023
    The ultimate hunting experience comes to PlayStation consoles with performance improvements and innovative gameplay features, but Monster Hunter Rise could have a better UX. It's uninviting system and the information overload are not very friendly for those who are new to the series.
  26. Jan 17, 2023
    MH: Rise is an excellent addition to the franchise, and it worked flawlessly as one of the best Nintendo Switch titles. This next-gen port lives up to the expectations and provides great new gameplay inclusions and mechanics. However, but still fails to come up with the masterpiece that was MH: World due to its hardware limitations in level design, difficulty and overall graphics and atmosphere.
  27. 80
    Monster Hunter Rise is a solid RPG that will require dedication to conquer. Once you figure out your play style and get comfortable with the game’s many systems, it’s fun to gear up, grab some food, and proceed to take on as many missions as you have the time for. Combat may feel sluggish, and there are certainly better-looking games out there. But few games let you mount a canine into battle against a dragon, while your feline companion grows a healing fruit tree in the midst of all the chaos. If for nothing else, play Monster Hunter Rise for the fun of doing just that.
  28. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise knows exactly why its formula works and emphasizes it to a more accessible and rewarding degree.
  29. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise gets a third life on Sony and Microsoft consoles and succeeds, with a few bumps in the road. If you can't take away the fact that it's extremely generous, devilishly enjoyable and relatively clean visually, you also tend to think that there could have been more.
  30. 80
    It's sad that the Sunbreak expansion is being held back for a later release, but Monster Hunter Rise is still absolutely worth your time in its base form.
  31. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise brings an already great game and improves it thanks to the power of more capable hardware, ultimately making it more accessible to a broader audience of players.
  32. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise’s fights are as enjoyable as ever with vastly expanded combat thanks to the new Wirebug. However, the removal of tutorials, and an overabundance of systems means the game isn’t as approachable as it could be.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 200 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 200
  1. Jan 23, 2023
    You have to like jRPGs to enjoy this game and it is not for everybody. I got bored after 30 min reading boxes of text explaining things thatYou have to like jRPGs to enjoy this game and it is not for everybody. I got bored after 30 min reading boxes of text explaining things that should be designed as an action tutorial and not text. This game feels like it was designed in 90s and I have no idea how it gets 87 Metascore and Witcher 3 "only" 93. These two games could not be more far apart in quality of game physics and general design. And yes, I normally do not play jRPGs which is quite obvious but I do realize these games get special treatment just for being jRPGs :) Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2023
    Enemies are just too hard.
    The action is too slow and unexhilarating.
    Weapon sharpness gauges are a hindrance. Collecting materials is work.
  3. Jan 24, 2023
    O jogo é ridículo! Isso não é monster hunter! Uma vergonha um jogo como esse ser chamado de monster hunter. Mil vezes o MH iceborne do queO jogo é ridículo! Isso não é monster hunter! Uma vergonha um jogo como esse ser chamado de monster hunter. Mil vezes o MH iceborne do que essa patifaria aí. Full Review »