First Screenshots of Monster Hunter Online Show the Beauty of a Modern PC-Only Monster Hunter

By Giuseppe Nelva

April 19, 2013

Earlier today I reported about the first trailer of Monster Hunter Online, a free to play MMORPG born of a rather peculiar collaboration between the Chinese MMO giant Tencent Games and Capcom.

Tencent also opened the new official site (in Chinese, of course) and published the first batch of screenshots of the game.

The pictures, that you can see below, definitely show the Monster Hunter franchise in a new light. We’re used to see it rendered by engines that aren’t exactly the state of the art and by consoles that don’t exactly shine in graphical muscle, but CryEngine 3 on PC really seems to bring the world and the monsters to life in a way that before we could only dream of.

Time to say farewell to flat textures and low-polygon models? Maybe not quite yet, but this is definitely a nice step in the right direction.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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