The Good and Bad of Monster Hunter: World’s PC Version

By Intan Mawarni on Jul 10, 2018

It’s the moment that PC players have been waiting for. Capcom has just announced that Monster Hunter: World is coming to PC via Steam this 10 August, which is earlier than we expected. Prior to this, the developer confirmed that the action role-playing game will be coming sometime around September. But it seems that patience always pays off.

In just 4 weeks, players will get to experience slaying and hunting monsters in sleek PC graphics for the first time on computers. However, does the arrival of Monster Hunter: World on PC falls under a case of too little too late? Last year, the game had sold over 8 million units for the consoles alone and has its own loyal followings on PS4 and Xbox One consoles. Is it still worth getting for the PC? For that in mind, we weighed on the pros and cons regarding this matter.

Pros

  • First Monster Hunter title on PC

If you’re not familiar with the history of the Monster Hunter series, the first Monster Hunter game was originally released exclusively on PlayStation 2 back in 2004. However, the release of Monster Hunter 4 on Nintendo 3DS finally drew players’ attention around the world in 2015. Many Monster Hunter players touted that Monster Hunter 4 is a go-to game for Monster Hunter beginners because it’s easier than previous Monster Hunter games.

Since then, the series has become synonymous with portable platforms until Monster Hunter: World shifted its focus back to home consoles. This also eventually lead to their unprecedented effort towards this huge PC debut, which the process took them almost eight months to deliver.

  • Cheaper than consoles

Good news for PC players! You can get Monster Hunter: World cheaper than the console versions. The PS4 version costs RM234 while Xbox One version costs RM240. PC version of Monster Hunter: World is worth RM139 and it includes two additional in-game items if you pre-order the game. There is also a Monster Hunter: World Deluxe Edition with a slight price hike of RM163.56. The bundle contains the copy of the game along with a slew of bonus content such as armour sets, gestures and more.

  • Tweak to the highest settings

What makes PC gaming great is players having the option to play games in the best settings as possible. Truth be told, the producer Ryozo Tsujimoto told PCGamer that there won’t be any glaring graphical differences between PC and consoles. However, he considered to release free updates in terms of visual after launch. Together with the PC announcement release of Monster Hunter: World, Capcom also clarifies the recommended and minimum specs for the game according to their official blog.

RECOMMENDED

MINIMUM

OS

WINDOWS® 7/8/8.1/10 (64-BIT required)

WINDOWS® 7/8/8.1/10 (64-BIT required)

CPU

Intel® Core™ i3 8350 4GHz or Intel® Core™ i7 3770 3.4GHz or AMD Ryzen™ 5 1500X

Intel® Core™ i5 4460 3.2GHz / AMD FX™ 6300

Memory

8 GB RAM

8 GB RAM

GPU

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060  (VRAM 3GB) or AMD Radeon™ RX 570X (VRAM 4GB)

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 / AMD Radeon™ R7 260x (VRAM 2GB)

Network

Broadband internet connection

Broadband internet connection

DirectX

Version 11

Version 11

Storage

20 GB available space

20 GB available space

Sound

DirectSound compatible (DirectX® 9.0c or higher)

DirectSound compatible (DirectX® 9.0c or higher)

Notes

Mouse, keyboard and game pads (both DirectInput and XInput) are supported. 30FPS at 1080p on HIGH graphic settings.

Mouse, keyboard and game pads (both DirectInput and XInput) are supported. 30FPS at 1080p on LOW graphic settings.

In the same blog post, they shared a number of screenshots that revealed Monster Hunter: World in its glorious PC graphics. Moreover, they also showed advanced graphics settings players can adjust along with keyboard and mouse settings menu. Take a gander at some of the photos below:

Cons

  • No cross-play function for PS4 and PC players (yet)

Online multiplayer has always been in the central aspect of Monster Hunter series. Since the console folks have played this game for a year, many players have been wondering, “will there be a cross-platform multiplayer?”

In a Q&A session with the producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto explained that the team hasn’t thought of a cross-platform multiplayer at the moment. So, we’re still in limbo regarding this matter but players can see other Monster Hunter: World players across different platforms in the friends list in multiplayer.

  • Bare and basic on PC launch

As Monster Hunter: World has been in PS4 and Xbox One atmospheres for a year, so does a lot of updates inserted in the game such as monsters Deviljho and Lunastra but you might have to wait for a while to hunt for these vicious creatures on PC. Following the above Q&A, Tsujimoto said they will be recurring updates after launch soon so players can enjoy the same experience as console players did.

Other than that, simultaneous new events and monsters across every platform could be a huge undertaking for the developer because the game works differently on each platform. So, if you’re looking forward to teaming up with your friends on PS4 while you’re on PC for their upcoming crossover Final Fantasy 14 event, it might not happen.

It’s good to see that one of Capcom’s biggest selling title in 2017 is heading towards its gigantic inauguration on PC. Perhaps Monster World: Hunter can be a perfect fit for PC players who love co-op RPG games. We hope Capcom will be planning to port more Monster Hunter games to PC in the future. For the fans, what Monster Hunter games would you like to be ported to PC?

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Intan Mawarni
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