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Monster Hunter Rise January demo revealed at The Game Awards

Monster Hunter Rise is still set to arrive on Switch in March, but Switch owners will also get to try out a new demo in just a few weeks.


Those looking to catch some exotic monsters may have had a keen interest in one of the later reveals at The Game Awards. Players got to check out a new trailer for Monster Hunter Rise, showing off all-new Monster Hunter gameplay for Nintendo Switch owners.

Those who tuned in to The Game Awards got to check out new locales, like the Flooded Forest. They also got to see a variety of new monsters, including the Somnacanth and the Bishaten, the latter looking like a cross between a baboon and a flying squirrel. Those venturing into the forest will also need to watch out for the Royal Ludroth and Great Wroggi, which are making their return from previous Monster Hunter games.

Players will not only venture out to hunt down monsters, they'll also need to defend their turf in new Rampage instances. As monsters get ready to invade, players will need to bolster their Stronghold in order to defend it. This looks to combine standard Monster Hunter gameplay with tower defense elements, as weapons like giant crossbows and cannons can be lined up to defend certain areas.

Monster Hunter Rise is still in line to release on March 26, 2021 on Nintendo Switch. However, Switch owners should also be on the lookout for a new demo, which is set to release in January. You can learn more about tonight's reveal over on Capcom-Unity.

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    December 10, 2020 6:05 PM

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      December 10, 2020 7:21 PM

      My twitch skills have waned in my dad-life days of 3 kids. I just can't seem to make the time to game, especially when I have to wait until the kids are in bed. But, I really want to play a game like Monster Hunter. Is the version on Steam going to be forgiving enough for a guy that doesn't really do FPS style games any more and doesn't have the same reflexes from 20 years ago?

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        December 11, 2020 7:02 AM

        The biggest issue, assuming it's similar to the others in the franchise, will be finding the time. Twitch skills aren't really necessary, it's more about being able to predict monster behavior than react. Being able to react will keep you alive long enough to more quickly learn how to predict though. I wouldn't say any Monster Hunter game really requires FPS or RTS level twitch skills. Just time, which as a dad is going to come at a premium. Expect a minimum of 1-hour sessions otherwise it probably won't even be worth trying to play.

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          December 11, 2020 7:22 AM

          That's really good feedback. Dad time is definitely at a premium, and it's rare I get a solid hour long session. I may need to wait until it's on a steep discount. Eventually the kids will grow into their own things and Ill have more time, but that's probably a few years off.

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            December 11, 2020 7:52 AM

            Yeah, with youngin's it's going to be rough. I will probably pick it up though as it's a franchise I've really enjoyed playing with my bros and even if we only get to play late on Fridays once a month it'll be worth it for that.

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