Monster Hunter Rise Shows Off The Great Sword In New Gameplay Footage

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Monster Hunter Rise is coming to Switch on March 26, and fans of the series are wondering how it will differ from past entries–including the huge Monster Hunter World. Now, in a new video, developer Capcom has shown off an example of combat using the game’s Great Sword–and how some of this entry’s new mechanics will work.

This video details your palamute companions, rideable dogs who will fight alongside you. While riding your palamute, you can sharpen weapons, boost stamina, or use potions, meaning that you can move towards your target while also preparing for battle. The video also shows off more of your Wirebug, which is used to gain height and traverse through the environment–but which can also be used in combat.

The video below shows the first two stages of a battle between a hunter and Aknosom, a bird/wyvern hybrid. The fight shows how the Palamute dogs will jump into the battle and fight alongside you, and how the Wirebug can be used in combat to attack from above and escape danger.

The Great Sword has numerous charge attacks, so using it properly requires good timing, picking your moments to unleash some of its bigger moves. Getting above your enemy also allows you to unleash some big multi-hit attacks.

Monster Hunter Rise promises some deep exploration throughout the game world. The game has a preorder bonus and multiple different editions: check out GameSpot’s preorder guide for more information.

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