Monster Hunter rival Wild Hearts is sort of right here, and the whole lot we’ve seen of the EA-published fantasy recreation from Koei Tecmo’s Omega Pressure division is shaping as much as be a critical contender to Capcom’s crown. The concept of beating Monster Hunter at its personal recreation with a primary entry is probably just a little daring, however Wild Hearts steps sure issues forwards in ways in which ought to make followers of Monster Hunter and the style as a complete excited for the long run.
I’ve performed over 2,000 hours of Monster Hunter World. That’s lots of time, and never one thing I say flippantly – however I say it with confidence, as a result of it’s a recreation that earns your consideration. I didn’t play it for that lengthy out of some bizarre obligation or as a result of I used to be adamantly caught in a grind, I used to be merely having enjoyable. I’ve additionally put a number of hundred hours into Monster Hunter Rise, a recreation that’s much more spectacular than World in some methods regardless of its deliberately smaller scope.
In any case that point, you discover the small issues – and Wild Hearts is about to make some key enhancements that Monster Hunter would do effectively to study from sooner or later. Amongst these is absolutely fledged crossplay for gamers on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox – together with the choice for in-game voice chat together with the textual content chat and emote choices you’d count on according to Monster Hunter’s stickers and shoutouts. That’s a really welcome change, particularly as my gaming buddies are considerably unfold out throughout platforms these days.
Hunts in Wild Hearts – very similar to their Monster Hunter equivalents – will fail after three faints. Nevertheless, the flexibility to revive teammates and salvage your self certainly one of your three possibilities makes the attraction of tackling the toughest Wild Hearts monsters in a gaggle rather more attractive. A number of the hardest fights in Monster Hunter World and its Iceborne enlargement virtually felt simpler alone, since you weren’t sharing that failure counter throughout a large group that would see your complete hunt finish with one devastating assault.
Additionally a welcome enchancment is the way in which Wild Hearts camps work. Very like Monster Hunter, you’ll be capable to construct further camps as relaxation factors all over the world. Nevertheless, as demonstrated by YouTuber ‘Ms 5000 Watts’ (seen beneath, on the 9:33 mark), you may place these down wherever you want and might then construct out on them as you see match, together with the likes of ziplines and different Wild Hearts instruments to assist get to and from them rapidly.
As soon as once more, that’s a pleasant evolution of the techniques seen in Monster Hunter World and Rise. Along with this, you may eat meals at any time to achieve stat buffs, so long as you aren’t in fight. The newest Monster Hunter video games did make enhancements to permit you to eat at camp as soon as out on a hunt, however with the ability to do it wherever is a fair nicer characteristic.
Modifications resembling this allow you to focus in your process at hand with out being punished for forgetting the right order of actions – one thing that comes simply to veterans, however can show one more stumbling block for newcomers. On the same word, Ms 5000 Watts reveals off the Wild Hearts coaching space (at round 6:28 within the video above), which supplies you full, step-by-step steerage to your weapon alongside adopting the Monster Hunter World moveset within the nook of the display (one thing notably absent from Rise).
Together with aiming to ease newer gamers into the expertise extra easily than Monster Hunter has ever fairly managed, Wild Hearts guarantees extra direct accessibility settings together with a display reader, text-to-speech and speech-to-text choices, and different settings resembling colourblind instruments to assist gamers benefit from the recreation as supposed.
As a Monster Hunter diehard, it gained’t shock you that I additionally ploughed numerous time into Dauntless – a extra arcadey spin on the format from Phoenix Labs and Epic Video games. Whereas that recreation was a reasonably strong tackle the style, it positively leant onerous into the sooner, less complicated aspect of issues, and I wouldn’t be shocked to seek out out that it had some affect on Capcom making the notably nippier Monster Hunter Rise subsequent. Wild Hearts, by comparability, appears to be angling rather more straight for the dimensions, scope, and spectacle that World gave us again in 2018.
There’s no phrase on Monster Hunter World 2 but, however it looks like a reasonably protected wager that Capcom will need a direct comply with as much as its best-selling recreation of all time. Hopefully Wild Hearts proves to be simply pretty much as good because it’s shaping as much as be. Whether or not it does that or falls quick, nevertheless, its very existence ought to drive Capcom to make Monster Hunter even higher sooner or later. Competitors finally advantages us all, in the long run.
Wild Hearts releases on February 16 on Steam, the Epic Video games Retailer, and the EA Retailer. Within the meantime, try extra of the very best video games like Monster Hunter, together with extra of the very best co-op video games if you happen to simply fancy time with some buddies.