Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 16, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise looks spectacular on Xbox and it shows that despite being a port, its improvements are significant in terms of textures, frames and resolution. It’s great to have a port that has what it takes to deviate slightly from its original release on Nintendo Switch.
  2. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise has looked at what did and didn’t work in past entries' gameplay loops, and bridged the gap between with new features in a refreshingly effective way.
  3. Jan 28, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise has innovated the classic formula of Capcom's success in all aspects, thus achieving new systems that undoubtedly feel extremely fresh and dynamic. With this in mind I can affirm that this installment is one of the funniest Monster Hunters in the entire saga.
  4. Jan 17, 2023
    A deep and colossal monster melee, Monster Hunter Rise is both enormously fun and uniquely rewarding. Snap it up.
  5. Feb 8, 2023
    I seriously surprised myself at how much I love Monster Hunter Rise. With a campaign that doesn’t last long, just enough to train players up and then being the real game. The endgame is where it’s at and going after those high-level monsters is such a delight with or without friends playing. Even after all the time I have invested I have yet to see all of the monsters and I can’t wait to continue to discover more and the upcoming Sunbreak expansion coming summer 2023. Yep, seems there has never been a better time for Monster Hunter fans new and old and I am happy to now count myself among them.
  6. Jan 24, 2023
    It makes numerous improvements in how it onboards new players, adds layers to its core combat loop that are difficult to imagine going without now, and does so while staying true to what makes the series so special.
  7. Jan 22, 2023
    A first-class Monster Hunter experience! Sure, its Switch roots are showing, and it's not the most sumptuous game to look at on these new platforms, but Monster Hunter Rise more than makes up for that in the gameplay department.
  8. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise benefits from a tighter focus and massive quality-of-life improvements over its predecessors. The performance is excellent, and your hunts are more enjoyable than ever. With it releasing day one on Game Pass it’s a world worth visiting by yourself or with some buddies.
  9. Feb 6, 2023
    In short, Rise is a great iteration on the classic Monster Hunter formula, making things more approachable and getting rid of some of the series’ less desirable elements. They may have made sense in the past, but the removal of much busywork is a net positive in my eyes. It’s a shame that Capcom didn’t include the massive Sunbreak expansion with this release given that it’s already out on Switch and PC, but it’s not like this package is lacking in content or value. For hunters of any experience level, Rise is a great entry in a storied series.
  10. Jan 31, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise isn’t quite Monster Hunter: World. And that’s partly because Rise doesn’t offer too much in the way of new things, and what is here suffers graphically in comparison.
  11. Jan 30, 2023
    The load time in the XSX version is lightning fast in single player. I don’t even get the chance to read but about three words of the loading screen descriptions before it switches to the next area. The graphics are equal to the PC version – I compared the two and didn’t see any noticeable differences. The only real flaw with this release is that it doesn’t include the Sunbreaker expansion. It does mention in-game that the Sunbreaker expansion will be coming soon however! If you have yet to experience Monster Hunter Rise, then be sure to try it out on Xbox or PlayStation now since it’s just as good as the PC version overall.
  12. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise is a fantastic action game that will keep you busy for hundreds of hours, and the upgrades on Xbox compared to the Switch original are considerable. Veteran hunters might feel like the streamlining has been taken a little too far in places, but Rise does often manage to add different kinds of depth in new ways, even if series fans are unlikely to find too much of a challenge here outside of a few notable quests. The Rampage being something of a chore is a shame, especially with it being a key part of the narrative, but it is what it is and aside from the handful of required quests and a related achievement for running 50(!) of the damn things, you can largely ignore it and enjoy the series' more traditional hunts in typically enjoyable fashion.
  13. Jan 17, 2023
    Monster Hunter Rise is another amazing mainline release in Capcom’s ever-expanding action-RPG series. It brings enough new ideas and mechanics to keep the hunt feeling fresh, and is even better with friends. The setback here is for original players, with no cross-progression features to carry over existing save files from the likes of Switch and Steam. As mentioned, there's also limited cross-play, meaning you can’t team up with your friends on rival platforms. Still, what’s here is a great game, and if you have ever wondered what all the fuss is about, Rise is a great entry point into the Monster Hunter franchise.
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  1. Jan 17, 2023
    What a great episode this Monster Hunter Rise is! Capcom has taken the formula of the massive Monster Hunter World from a few years ago and sprinkled it with improvements to make it even more dynamic. By reducing the number of ingredients needed for crafting and adding various improvements such as the Wirebug, switch skills or even more verticality in the environments, the Japanese developer has certainly refined the already canonical recipe of the previous opus. The cherished universe, the number of new monsters and the ever-present challenge wrap up the list of essential ingredients which, in our opinion, make this Monster Hunter Rise a savoury recipe to success. We are convinced that a sequel could benefit from a few improvements, especially concerning the tracking, which is almost invisible here. Maybe for a Monster Hunter World 2?
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 150
  1. Jan 21, 2023
    The production values are off the charts, and I appreciate that. However, that doesn't make up for the game's incredibly tedious presentation.The production values are off the charts, and I appreciate that. However, that doesn't make up for the game's incredibly tedious presentation. It's Monster *Hunter*, guys. Not Monster *Talker*. Less dialog and more hunting, please. Full Review »
  2. Jan 26, 2023
    This is a pretty great game, but the first hours are terrible. A bunch of text thrown at you and you end up not knowing how to do anything.This is a pretty great game, but the first hours are terrible. A bunch of text thrown at you and you end up not knowing how to do anything. It's only after a couple hours this game becomes very good. Currently 30hrs in and im addicted.
    Just give it some time and youll be rewarded
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  3. Jan 30, 2023
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Something’s off. This game world feels desolate and dull. The range of monsters is fantastic, but the quests and adventures aren’t worth the effort. I had high expectations for this game, and I'm beyond disappointed. Full Review »