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Monster Hunter Rise comes to PC more beautiful, stable and without cross-play

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We know that for a long time, Monster Hunter It was totally a niche franchise, not least because it had very peculiar mechanics and didn’t give players so much information, something that ended up pushing away many newbies who weren’t in the mood to delve so intensely into a game that they didn’t know if they would even like it. This changed a bit with each release, reaching the height of popularity with Monster Hunter World, a game available on several platforms and that was much simpler to understand and play than its predecessors.

After that, it’s clear that a great curiosity was created about what the next title in the franchise would be like, after all, it wouldn’t be an easy task to succeed what has become Capcom’s biggest success in recent years. Even so, the ad for Monster Hunter Rise surprised a lot, since it was a game with a clearly smaller scope and that would be an exclusive, at least in the console world, of the Nintendo Switch. Even the promised PC version took almost a year to arrive, so it remains to be seen: what has changed, what remains the same and which edition is the most suitable for each type of player? You can check this out in detail in our review below!

Who needs plot when we have giant monsters?

Something that needs to be said even for those who have doubts about the PC version of Monster Hunter Rise is that, in terms of plot and content offered, there is nothing new or unprecedented that we have not seen in the original edition available on Nintendo Switch. Of course, this portable version received several content updates throughout 2021, but all of this will be on PC from launch.

This includes changes to weapons, bug fixes, quests, monsters, events and even collaborative content with other game franchises. Of course, the game will still receive support and updates with new things for a long time to come, but it’s great to know that PC gamers will be able to enjoy such a complete version of Rise from day one.

Hunting just got better without the limitations of the Nintendo SwitchHunting just got better without the limitations of the Nintendo SwitchSource: Capcom/Disclosure

We can also wait for the release of the expansion Sunbreak simultaneously on Switch and PC, something that will likely become the norm for all new content released for the game. For the curious, it is worth remembering that this DLC was promised for 2022, but the concrete date has not yet been confirmed.

Essentially, if the game’s content or story was of any importance to you deciding which version of Monster Hunter Rise would buy, you can rest assured that there will be no differences or platform preferences going forward.

What everyone wants to know

What we have no doubt is that many fans of Monster Hunter Rise are extremely curious to hear about the game’s visuals and performance on PC, as these weren’t exactly the most enviable aspects of the Nintendo Switch version. Although this portable edition of the game was quite impressive, we were already expecting to see something better on computers, as the technical limitations would no longer be an obstacle.

In this version, we can already say that there have been a lot of optimizations for the PC, which includes support for Ultrawide monitors, support for 4K, high resolution textures and no kind of limitation on the frame rate. With a PC that had 16GB of RAM, a GTX 1660 graphics card and an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, I was able to play smoothly at the highest settings the game offered and maintained total stability at 60 fps (a rate I crashed for own account in settings).

Because of this, I have nothing to complain about the performance itself, as I didn’t experience any kind of stuttering or annoying crashes. Of course, it’s always good to remember that this won’t necessarily be everyone’s experience, since unlike the Switch version that worked the same on all consoles, here we’re talking about a game that will run on many different hardware combinations. So, it’s good to take a good look at the minimum and recommended requirements to see if your PC is compatible with the game.

The only negative element I noticed is something that was already happening on the Switch and that I was sure wouldn’t be present on the PC: the shadow effect that sometimes forms a strange texture on the characters’ skin at certain angles. At the time I was playing the portable version, I thought this was caused by the console’s limitations, but clearly it’s something that ended up being carried over to this port. I don’t doubt it’s something that can be fixed in an update, but it’s good to keep in mind that this little problem may show up for now.

Other than that, a nice aesthetic addition is that you can apply some filters on the game image, making it black and white, with a japanese style, looking like a movie or old and much more. It’s something more superficial, but it can spice up the gameplay of those who have zeroed the title on Switch before.

Portability vs performance

Knowing more about the content, visuals and performance of the game on PC, of ​​course you may be wondering whether it is worth buying this edition or staying with the Switch edition. This depends on a few different elements, as players who prioritize stable performance, more detailed textures, and an online connection that doesn’t necessarily rely on Wi-Fi will definitely do better with Monster Hunter Rise on the computer.

Those who like the option of portability, who don’t want to buy the game again or who don’t care so much about textures or occasional frame drops, may not have as many reasons to stop enjoying the game on Switch. It is worth remembering that the game will not have cross-play or cross-save, that is, you will not be able to play with people who have the Rise on another platform and you won’t even be able to take your save data from Switch to PC and vice versa.

It's wonderful to play Monster Hunter in portable mode, but PC stability is not to be thrown awayIt’s wonderful to play Monster Hunter in portable mode, but PC stability is not to be thrown awaySource: Capcom/Disclosure

This is another aspect you have to take into account, as if your friends are planning to continue playing on Switch or if they’re going to pick up the PC version, it’s good to be aware of this before making your choice.

A Monster Hunter for All Audiences

As we mentioned at the beginning, the franchise Monster Hunter has gotten simpler and simpler with each new iteration, something has become even more evident with Rise, whose mechanics, weapons and missions are much more accessible than we’ve seen in other titles in the series. While it’s not something that appeals to veterans who like more of a challenge, it’s an element that might please newbies or those who are looking to finally get into this world.

Even because the maps are much more contained and with a much greater vertical exploration than world, you won’t spend as much time wandering around, looking for clues, or getting fed up when a monster flees. This along with the fact that you have a dog that works as a mount and creatures that appear very clearly on the map, make the whole experience very straightforward and blunt.

Players who are tired of walking in Monster Hunter World will be grateful for the existence of their new canine friendPlayers who are tired of walking in Monster Hunter World will be grateful for the existence of their new canine friendSource: Capcom/Disclosure

The quest hub, that is, the village where you and other hunters meet to get quests, feed, buy items, craft armor and weapons, is also very easy to navigate. As the area is much smaller than in world, you won’t feel so lost, but of course there are numerous tutorials that pop up on the screen to explain the details of everything, something that we advise you to read carefully if you are a total newcomer to the franchise.

Overall, this simplicity helps more than it hurts the experience, but we still think the combat could be more of a challenge. As many of you may know, quests can be played in single player or multiplayer, with group quests specifically made to be more difficult. The problem is that an experienced hunter can still kill any creature with ease entirely on his own even in these conditions. It’s something that’s certainly not going to change in this game in the future, so we can only hope that this feedback from critics and fans will make Capcom keep that in mind for sequels that are sure to come in the years to come.

It is worth it?

It’s always difficult to analyze a port, especially a game that I’ve played for more than 100 hours in the original version and that doesn’t offer that many changes. In a way, it really felt like I was just enjoying it more Monster Hunter Rise again, which can be both good and bad at the same time. On the bright side, we have the fact that the game has always been and remains fantastic, but now there is more stability and more beautiful textures. In the part that we can consider negative, there is the simple element that there is nothing new for those who have already zeroed the game on Switch and there is no cross-save in case someone preferred to migrate the save data to the PC.

In the end, we can't deny just one more hunt, can we?!At the end of the day, we can’t deny just one more hunt, can we?!Source: Capcom/Disclosure

Overall, it’s still an essential game if you haven’t played it before, so there’s no doubt that it’s worth it in this situation. If you already have it on the Switch, it’s more a matter of seeing if it’s worth spending the extra money on that version, something you can do more for improvements or to play with your friends who don’t own the Nintendo console. Anyway, Monster Hunter Rise it’s sensational and you just can’t pass up a new chance to try out a weapon you’ve never played with before.

Voxel Score: 95

Strengths:

  • The textures are much more beautiful and detailed.
  • Performance is pretty stable, even at the highest settings and in intense battles.
  • Possibility to play online via cable instead of relying solely on Wi-Fi, ensuring a much more stable connection
  • All updates released on Switch are now available on the PC version

Negative points:

  • At times, the shadows create strange textures on the characters’ skin
  • There’s no cross-save or cross-play between the PC and Switch versions, so you won’t be able to bring your save data or play with people from other platforms.
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Ghost Of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and more. Sony has announced the list of games for the updated PS Plus subscription

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Sony has finally revealed the list of games that will be available as part of the new PlayStation Plus subscription in Extra and Premium plans.

Ghost Of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us, Assassin's Creed Valhalla and more.  Sony has announced the list of games for the updated PS Plus subscription

At the time of the announcement, Sony was talking about 400 games, but so far the list is much more modest. The company will probably replenish it over time. However, this list includes former Sony exclusives and even a few games that are still not available on any other platforms. For example, these are the cult Bloodborne and The Last of Us or Demon’s Souls and Returnal, which are completely exclusive only to PS5.

In general, the list includes the following games from internal PlayStation studios:

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  • Concrete Genie
  • Days Gone
  • Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition
  • Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut
  • God of War
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • Gravity Rush Remastered
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Infamous First Light
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Knack
  • Little Big Planet 3
  • LocoRoco Remastered
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Matterfall
  • MediEvil
  • Patapon Remastered
  • Patapon 2 Remastered
  • Resogun
  • returnal
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind
  • Until Dawn
  • Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • WipEout Omega Collection

Also on the list are games from third-party studios:

  • Ashen
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Celeste
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Control: Ultimate Edition
  • Dead Cells
  • Far Cry 3 Remaster
  • Far Cry 4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • For Honor
  • Hollow Knight
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • NBA 2K22
  • Outer Wilds
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • resident evil
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Crew 2
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division

But that’s not all. As part of the Premium plan, users will have access to classic PlayStation games:

  • Ape Escape
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • IQ Intelligent Qube
  • Jump Flash!
  • Siphon Filter
  • Super Stardust Portable
  • Mr. Driller
  • Tekken 2
  • Worms World Party
  • Worms Armageddon

In the same Premium plan, there will be remasters of classic games:

  • Ape Escape 2
  • Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
  • dark cloud
  • Dark Cloud 2
  • fantavision
  • Hot Shots Tennis
  • Jack II
  • Jack 3
  • Jak X: Combat Racing
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
  • Rogue Galaxy
  • Siren
  • Wild Arms 3
  • Bioshock Remastered
  • Borderlands The Handsome Collection
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
  • LEGO Harry Potter Collection

In addition, there will be promised games from the PlayStation 3, but only from the PlayStation Now cloud, so they will only be available in a number of countries. The list of games includes the following projects:

  • Crash Commando
  • Demon’s Souls
  • echochrome
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
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  • Infamous
  • Infamous 2
  • Infamous: Festival of Blood
  • LocoRoco Cocoreccho!
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  • MotorStorm RC
  • Puppeteer
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  • Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
  • Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
  • Resistance 3
  • Super Stardust HD
  • tokyo jungle
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  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • FEAR
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

And finally, in the same senior tariff plan, there will be time-limited (three hours) trial versions of games. Now the list of projects is rather modest, but later new exclusives should appear in it.

  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderland
  • WWE 2K22

Sony promises monthly replenishment of the list of free games. As you can see, comparing such a PS Plus to Xbox Game Pass, the latter benefits from the release of Microsoft exclusives on their launch day, but the Sony subscription offers more iconic and highly regarded titles, including PlayStation exclusives that are not available on PC.

The launch of the new PS Plus will take place on May 24 in Asia, then it will be available in Japan on June 2, after June 13 North and South America will be connected, and in other markets the service will become available on June 27.

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AMD will not remain a monopolist in the console market. The next Nintendo Switch will likely use the Nvidia platform again

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The second-generation Nintendo Switch console, whatever it’s called, looks set to once again be based on Nvidia’s single-chip system.

AMD will not remain a monopolist in the console market.  The next Nintendo Switch will likely use the Nvidia platform again

This conclusion is made by sources based on a new Nvidia vacancy. The company is looking for a tool engineer for game console developers.

Considering that Sony and Microsoft have long opted for AMD solutions, the current Nintendo Switch is based on SoC Tegra, and no other major companies seem to be going to seriously enter the console market, it is most likely that we are talking about the development platforms for the new Nintendo console. True, this may mean that such a prefix will not be released soon.

By the way, the other day Nintendo itself indirectly confirmed that it would continue to use the Nvidia platform in its new console. The company said that it is very important for it to maintain the continuity of generations and implement a smooth transition. And the easiest way to do this is to keep the platform of the same manufacturer.

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Aya Neo portable consoles introduced with Ryzen 6800U, OLED and Windows OS

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Aya Neo has announced Aya Neo Air and Aya Neo 2 handheld game consoles. Aya NeoAir is the first Windows-based handheld console with an OLED screen, while Aya Neo 2 is powered by AMD Ryzen 6800U chipset.

Aya Neo Air is equipped with a modern vibration motor, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB-C port and a microSD card slot. It also has RGB lighting and speaker holes on both sides. The Aya Neo Air is very similar to the Nintendo Switch Lite but powerful enough to match the Steam Deck.

Aya Neo is equipped with a 6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution screen that covers 109% of the NTSC color space. Aya Neo Air is based on the Ryzen 5000 APU. The device weighs about 420 grams.

The Aya Neo Air is available for pre-order now in China, where the device is priced at $647.

Aya Neo portable consoles introduced with Ryzen 6800U, OLED and Windows OS

The Aya Neo model has a 5.5-inch OLED screen and AMD Ryzen 6800U chipset, which is the first to be used in a handheld game console. There are no details about the device, but it is known that it will be released at the end of the year.

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