PS4 Monster Hunter: World

Last updated date: August 6, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 243 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Monster Hunter: World placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.1
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
3,476 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Monster Hunter: World shrewdly allows its fabulous beasts to take center stage, never letting story or cookie-cutter quest givers interfere with the promise of the game’s crux.
- Polygon
January 26, 2018 | Full review
When I say beautiful, I mean beautiful. When it launched Monster Hunter World quickly earned its place as one of the best looking console games available. Now it’s done the same on PC.
- Trusted Reviews
October 1, 2018 | Full review
Engaging narrative built around a good single-player campaign
- GameSpot
August 7, 2018 | Full review
World, however, wastes no time in throwing you into fights against impressive creatures, and it looks so beautiful and controls so well that it’s easier to get invested.
- Kotaku
August 9, 2018 | Full review
Sensible, practical tweaks abound. There’s a new system that helps you find the target monster by searching for tracks, rather than hoping you randomly bump into it.
- The Verge
January 25, 2018 | Full review
Playing Monster Hunter World in co-op is the ideal way to experience the game. It allows for more variety in battle strategies, and makes it so less-skilled players can progress through the game easier.
- Game Rant
The progression loop is simple but enchanting. Go out, hunt monsters, use their parts to make new and exciting weapons and armor. As you progress through the game, more customization options unlock along with powerful set bonuses, allowing you to create a potent mix via set pieces and decorations (gem slotting for bonuses).
- Game Informer
January 25, 2018 | Full review
Monster Hunter may seem like it’s nothing but exhilarating, adrenaline-soaked battles, but it’s ultimately for patient people and the rewards are all the sweeter for it.
- Game Critics
February 22, 2018 | Full review
First, it’s important to touch on the weapons players can wield to go on hunts. Over a dozen unique weapons are on offer and each has a complexity that takes hours to tackle.
- Gaming Illustrated
February 20, 2018 | Full review
And speaking of that processing power, another positive is that the locales in which you are hunting are no longer divided into zones; it is all one big open area.
- The Gamers' Temple
May 21, 2018 | Full review
All in all, Monster Hunter: World is the most accessible game in the series and if you haven't played any of the previous titles, you won't miss anything if you jump directly into the action.
- Softpedia News
What experts didn't like
Monster Hunter: World is not easy. It’s still layered with complex systems and still asks its players to invest time and knowledge.
- Polygon
January 26, 2018 | Full review
The new verticality of levels occasionally leads to frustrating AI pathing glitches
- GameSpot
August 7, 2018 | Full review
My only real concern with Monster Hunter World is the amount of content and how Capcom plans to support it going forward. The number of monsters is lower than recent series entries, which is to be expected given the significance of the overhaul.
- The Verge
January 25, 2018 | Full review
Some players that are new to the franchise may become frustrated when they find themselves fighting a particular creature for nearly 30 minutes without any health bar to whittle down, but the monsters in the game don’t need health bars.
- Game Rant
A few quirks drag World down from the heights of greatness. Some framerate issues happen from time to time, creating a jarring combat experience, especially when there is more than one giant monster on the screen at the same time.
- Game Informer
January 25, 2018 | Full review
It’s because of this, plus the lack of variety in gear, that I’d argue that this is the most underwhelming endgame in the series.
- Game Grin
August 6, 2019 | Full review
Though I truly wish the story and lore were more satisfying pieces to the overall package, I can’t help but think that the reception Monster Hunter World has received will drive Capcom to inject even more content and life into the series.
- Gaming Illustrated
February 20, 2018 | Full review
Another huge strike against the game is that solo play is basically a sin. Besting the tougher monsters (or which there are woefully few) all but requires multiplayer squads.
- The Gamers' Temple
May 21, 2018 | Full review
Some things need more explaining for the inexperienced
- Softpedia News

From The Manufacturer

Monster Hunter: world sees players Gear up to Venture on quests to battle against fearsome monsters, progressively improving their hunting abilities as they play. Loot collected from Fallen foes can be used to create new equipment and armor upgrades as players seamlessly move across map areas that comprise the living ecosystems. The landscape and its diverse inhabitants play a critical role as players strategically use the surrounding environment to their advantage. Hunters must use their cunning and abilities to survive the intense and evolving fights as they battle to become the Ultimate Hunter. PEGI rated game is comparable to ESRB T rating. Game is region free with no restrictions.

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4. XBOX ONE Mad Dog World War Z
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5. Nintendo Switch New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
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6. PS4 Monster Hunter: World
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 12
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