NOTE: Our own review is now live.
The release day of Monster Hunter World is almost here, and the series is finally seeing a proper installment on home consoles. PS4 and Xbox One players can get the game tomorrow, January 26th, and a PC version is due out sometime this fall.
So has the wait been worth it? Reviews for Monster Hunter World are pouring in, and the consensus is, “Hell yes.” The game is receiving mostly glowing reviews with lows around the 8/10 mark. You might already have some thoughts on the game if you got in on any of the PS4 betas, but reviews of the full game will tell you a little more. Our own Matt Owen will be reviewing Monster Hunter World soon, but check out the review roundup below to see what other critics have to say about Capcom’s newest release.
IGN – 9.5/10
“Whether or not it’s the best, this is certainly the most audacious Monster Hunter game. World takes a dramatic leap into a look, feel, and size that feels truly new, simultaneously staying true to the series’ ideals by maintaining the addictive loop of combat, intimidating monsters and meaningful upgrades that fans love. The sheer depth and commitment required is still intense, but it clearly isn’t Capcom’s aim to court a casual crowd. This is as all-consuming and incredible a ride as ever.”
GameSpot – 8/10
“Ever since the title was first announced last year, it was clear that Capcom was gunning for something grander than Monster Hunter Generations. It has succeeded, and this is likely the biggest and best that the franchise has ever been. It’s not just the comparative depth of the narrative; it also boasts almost seamless integration between combat systems that were previously incomprehensible for amateurs. The Monster Hunter formula has definitely honed its claws, and all the above factors play their part in making Monster Hunter World a meaningful evolution for the series at large.”
Eurogamer – Essential
“The truth of Monster Hunter–and arguably its greatest strength–is that you’re never truly its master, and that every player, be they novice or veteran, is always learning something new. Monster Hunter World sees 13 years of evolution come crashing together with some new influences to create a very exciting breed of beast. This has always been a superlative series; with the release of World, it’s only become easier to see that’s an undoubtable truth.”
Destructoid – 9/10
“If you’ve been skipping out on Monster Hunter games for a while because they seem to blend together, jumping into World is your chance to get in. Just know that Capcom hasn’t really shaken up the formula enough to piss off veterans or appeal to people who don’t welcome grinding with open arms.”
US Gamer – 5/5
“Monster Hunter has been in need of a big change for years, and this reboot-of-sorts could have easily gone wrong. Instead, Capcom took a careful look at Monster Hunter‘s design and cut all the fat while leaving the series trademark dense gameplay completely in tact. All the changes, from the broad, sweeping ones to the granular alterations, only serve to improve an already winning formula. The next generation of Monster Hunter has finally begun, and, with Monster Hunter World, it’s off to an incredibly good start.”