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The best games like Monster Hunter on Xbox

Monster Hunter World
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Bored of taking on run-of-the-mill bad guys? Are you looking for a game that’ll scratch that Monster Hunter itch, where you conquer towering beasts and plunder their remains? Look no longer, because we’ve rounded up the best games like Monster Hunter on Xbox.

From Elden Ring to Wild Hearts, these open world outings will have you striding confidently into battle, then running away as something massive descends on you, nipping at your heels. After all, what’s a Monster Hunter game without the sense of being horribly out of your depth? So, if you’re ready to battle some big beasts, here are the best games like Monster Hunter on Xbox.

More great games on Xbox:

1. Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak review
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The best game like Monster Hunter on the Xbox is, without a doubt, Monster Hunter Rise… because it is Monster Hunter. No, we’ve not been at the ale, but it’s easy to forget that the series is now available on Xbox. Previously exclusive to Sony and Nintendo, this latest entry in the series is “undoubtedly the best Monster Hunter game yet”, as we noted in our Monster Hunter Rise review.

There are some massive, massive foes to fight and since monster slaying is the thrust of the game, you really have to know your stuff. You’ll have to discover your foes weak points, master their attack patterns and learn the value of a strategic retreat.

Read our Monster Hunter Rise review

2. Wild Hearts

Wild Hearts
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Wild Hearts, set in a warped, monster-heavy version of feudal Japan is perhaps the most blatant Monster Hunter clone on this list, but it’s still an absolute joy to play. What elevates it, apart from its gorgeous take on Japanese folklore is its Karakuri, the strange magical technology you can use to take on monsters. From General Grievous-style wheel bikes to ridiculous Wile. E. Coyote style hammer traps, there’s plenty of room for crafting cleverness.

Read our Wild Hearts review

3. Dragon’s Dogma 2

Dragon's Dogma 2 review
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Dragon’s Dogma 2 isn’t afraid to fling you into battle against some big, big, beasts. Unlike Wild Hearts you won’t be building elaborate traps, but you can absolutely clamber on their back and stab the living daylights out of them. And the game doesn’t always give you a breather, either. We conquered a griffin only to be attacked by a minotaur, barely two minutes later.

But with Pawns, your strange, otherworldly assistants on your side, you’ll get into the swing of taking on these menaces. Throw in plenty of intrigue and more sidequests than you can shake a cyclops spine and you’ll be in fantasy heaven.

Read our Dragon’s Dogma 2 review

4. Elden Ring

Elden Ring
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“You don’t just play Elden Ring; you live in its world for hours at a time,” we remarked in our review and, even with the expansion a few months away, we’re still replaying the original.

As impressive as Monster Hunter Rise’s beasts are, Elden Ring’s are otherworldly beyond belief. And, like Monster Hunter, you can run into formidable enemies just roaming around the map. As much of a rush as it is to discover a new area, you’ll also be apprehensive about the beasts that may be lurking down there. Throw in a colossal number of weapons and spells and you’ve got a game that’s a monster slayer’s dream.

Read our Elden Ring review

5. Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Ascended screenshot
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Ark: Survival Evolved, or Survival Ascended if you’re playing the remastered next-gen version, may not have Elden Ring’s Lovecraftian beasties, but what it does have is wall-to-wall dinosaurs.

Aimed at online play, there’s craft and base building a-plenty, with T-Rexes that will try and take a bit out of both you and your base. But what makes this a real blast is that you can not only slay these beasts, and others, you can ride them around. If there’s a better way of showing off your beast-wrangling skills we can’t think of it.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.