Find Your Inner Hunter With These Titles
Monster Hunter is one of Capcom’s flagship franchises. It features addictive gameplay, unique character and creature designs, and a soundtrack that’ll boost your adrenaline. It’s a franchise that gradually climbed the ranks and found its audience.
Many fans of fantasy will enjoy what Monster Hunter offers, as it continues to build upon its world and game mechanics with each title’s release.
If you’ve finished playing Monster Hunter and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 8 picks.
Of course, for all the games we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 8 games to check out if you’re looking for a game like Monster Hunter.
To many people, Elden Ring has changed the game regarding open-world adventure titles. Like Monster Hunter, you’ll encounter large and uniquely designed creatures that will stop at nothing to take you down.
The difficulty curve is higher compared to the newer Monster Hunter entries. This is because Elden Ring follows suit with the approach established in the Dark Souls series about making players suffer the whole way through. However, Monster Hunter fans will find themselves delighted by the challenges that await in Elden Ring.
Elden Ring features epic boss battles, complex dungeons, and a multi-layered story that’s told through fragments. Like Monster Hunter, Elden Ring allows you to customize your own formidable warrior to your liking. The customization system is robust and varied enough to allow players to create their ideal fighter.
The game also features online multiplayer, where you can travel alongside your friends to complete obstacles. So if you’re looking for a game that offers similar obstacles within a larger open world, pick up Elden Ring.
Toukiden 2 is nearly identical to Monster Hunter. This game seeps in its Japanese influence harder, though. The creatures are vastly Japanese inspired along with its setting. However, its core game mechanics are one-to-one with what you would find in Monster Hunter.
Toukiden 2 was developed by Koei Techmo and features players hunting down many Oni-Esque monsters from Japanese mythology. Like Monster Hunter, you’ll be able to play the game with friends or take on the creatures by yourself.
The game also features a base for your operations where you be able to level up your character, attain new gear, and take in the surrounding scenery.
Unlike Monster Hunter, this title offers faster-paced gameplay and a well-written narrative. There’s also an incredible, mysterious story arc surrounding your character. The NPCs in the game are quite intelligent and share different voice lines to avoid players feeling annoyed.
If you’re looking for another Monster Hunter-like game that delves into Japanese mythology more, check out Toukiden 2.
Freedom Wars feels like the futuristic equivalent to Monster Hunter. It contains the same 4-player co-op you’d come to expect with the Monster Hunter titles. It blends its action and strategy well to create a product that’s fresh and exhilarating.
While you’ll be teaming up with your friends to tackle large technological monstrosities, Freedom Wars does offer a competitive mode that Monster Hunter has yet to dish out. This mode is a 4 vs 4 competitive mode where your teams will battle it out to see which one is more supreme. The game’s plot is also more robust than most Monster Hunter titles.
However, the game does feature similar character customization and weapon class system. This allows players to experiment with different areas of play. It will also grant them an experience that’s unique to them. If you want to see what a futuristic take on Monster Hunter looks like, Freedom Wars is worth playing.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet
While Sword Art Online has its critics, many people enjoyed the beautiful and excellent gaming world that the series offered. Not only did it capture the spirit of an MMO, but seeing Kirito tackle these carnivorous beasts alongside his companion, Asuna, was a marvelous sight.
Now imagine taking Sword Art Online, and turning it into an actual game people can play. You’ll end up with something like Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. This game takes place during the events of the anime’s second season, as it is set in the world of Gun Gale Online.
Unlike the story presented in the anime’s second season, Fatal Bullet creates a unique story centered around the character you end up creating. Meanwhile, you’ll explore terrifying lands and meet familiar Sword Art Online characters and newcomers. Your journey will be a cruel one, where decisions need to be made, but it will also give you an experience of a lifetime.
Like Monster Hunter, Fatal Bullet features strategic third-person gameplay. You’ll be able to team up with your friends to tackle powerful final bosses. The character customization in this title is on par with what you’d expect from Monster Hunter. The game can be a grinding pain, but it promises to deliver fans the same thrilling action you’d expect from the Monster Hunter titles.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn was PlayStation’s answer to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This title features a strong female heroine with an incredible personality and spirit for combat. Like Monster Hunter, you’ll encounter a wide array of beasts that you will hunt. These creatures aren’t pushovers, either.
Though the game’s setting feels primal like Monster Hunter’s, it leans toward a more futuristic end. The wildlife you’ll encounter are machines that were made with the intention to kill. However, the game offers some mundane organisms that will be familiar to fans who prefer Monster Hunter’s tribal-like setting.
Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy can also participate in some activities that are found in Monster Hunter. While you’re exploring it world, you can fish for aquatic life, hunt for small prey like foxes and boars, and gather various forms of plant life. You can also craft items that will serve you well in battle.
While it offers a better single-player experience, Horizon Zero Dawn isn’t far off from feeling like a Monster Hunter title.
Code Vein is an interesting Souls-like RPG. It features an engaging story, great gameplay and art designs, and a phenomenal character customization system. Essentially, you can team up with an AI partner or friend to venture out into this game’s post-apocalyptic world to discover the mystery behind it. You’ll meet many overpowered enemies, so it’s important to coordinate your attacks if you hope to survive.
Like Monster Hunter, teamwork and cooperation are two very important skills to complete and come out victorious in this game. The character customization in this title far exceeds Monster Hunter’s attempts, though. The story in this title is also jam-packed with enough twists to keep you on your toes.
The gameplay will resonate with Monster Hunter fans. In this game, you’ll be able to unlock codes (this game’s name for weaponry) and skills. Each of them has unique abilities that will allow players to formulate different play styles and approaches toward Code Vein’s combat. As with Monster Hunter, you can change these two aspects around to your liking. You can also attain different armor sets and upgrade them.
The difficulty curve is a bit higher than Monster Hunter, though. Expect to die a few times to the enemies in this game. If this all sounds fun to you, then I recommend giving Code Vein a try.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Dragon’s Dogma is set in a huge open world where players embark on an epic quest rich in monsters, combat, and life. Like Monster Hunter, players will team up with AI companions who fight independently and have unique powers and abilities that will assist you on your quest.
The game’s open world allows it to stand out from Monster Hunter. Players can freely explore this world’s terrain to their liking without needing to head back to any silly campsite. You can also share your AI comrades online with friends, allowing you to forge new experiences each time you enter the game.
Sharing and sending your comrades away allows you to gain rewards, tips, and hints for taking down the game’s enemies. Essentially, this gimmick combines Monster Hunter’s Palicoes and the hunter’s monster info log. This is a neat idea that’ll save players more time.
Dragon’s Dogma offers a fine adventure full of exploration. If you’re looking for another Monster Hunter-type of adventure, check it out.
Dauntless is a free-to-play action game that’s nearly identical to Monster Hunter. It’s more simple in design but features everything Monster Hunter fans enjoy from intense teamwork-driven monster fights to beautifully designed locales.
Dauntless takes place in a floating world called Shattered Isles, which also serves as the player character’s homeland. Shatter Isles also houses dangerous creatures deemed Behemoths, who are a major threat to the ecosystem because of their actions. Your job is to defeat as many Behemoths as possible to prevent them from destroying Shatter Isles.
The gameplay loop is similar to Monster Hunter’s in design. You’ll check in at a bounty board, find a Behemoth, fast travel to its location, defeat it, and then keep in on the rewards from that hunt. The progression system in this game will be familiar to players. You’ll steadily get better equipment by harvesting it from each monster’s corpse after you defeat them.
Where Dauntless differs is in its missed opportunities. There are fewer weapon options available in it, unlike Monster Hunter. Most of them are melee based, meaning you’ll be forced to get up close and personal with the monster to deal damage.
Furthermore, you won’t have access to a companion like a Palamute or Palico as you must work together with your online teammates to fight the Behemoths. You’re also forced to kill the monsters and have no means of capturing them.
So there we have it, our 8 video game picks to keep you busy after playing Monster Hunter.
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