Don’t let Wild Hearts be the end of the fun you have hunting monsters.
In Wild Hearts, Koei Tecmo and EA tried to compete with Monster Hunter by making a fantasy world with themes and influences from feudal Japanese culture, their own unique twists on traditional game mechanics, and a lot of powerful and interesting Kemono creatures.
When it comes to games like this, the monsters are always the most interesting part. Wild Hearts makes its giant Kemono beasts look like a mix of wildlife and natural features to make them more interesting and appealing. But there are a lot of other games that touch on these kinds of looks.
God Of War Ragnarok
Kratos has always had a lot of mythical beasts and bosses to beat up in the God of War games, but the Norse saga sequel really lets them shine. From the 2018 game, God of War Ragnarok gives you access to more realm environments, and with those new environments come exciting new creatures.
Some of the ones you’ll meet are Drekis, Tatzelwurms, Wulvers, the powerful purple-blue dragon Nidhogg, and Lyngbakr, a whale-shaped mass of land in Svartalfheim. This part also gives you a lot of chances to play as Atreus, who is getting better at magic and will help you in battle.
The Karakuri mechanic adds a new twist to the monster-hunting genre in Wild Hearts. It lets you build things like springs, traps, and barricades while fighting the powerful Kemono beasts. You have a Thread meter that tells you what kind of Karakuri you can make. This sounds a lot like Fortnite.
Fortnite is a very popular Battle Royale game where you have to gather the right materials and build structures to protect yourself from enemies who are trying to kill you. Even though it doesn’t have many big monsters, it’s still a fun co-op game with a lot of characters from other licensed games, TV shows, and movies.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 is another game with a great story in which you hunt down mythical creatures. Geralt of Rivia is looking for his adopted daughter, Ciri, who is hiding from a powerful group called The Wild Hunt. There are many dangerous monsters in your way, some of which come from Slavic folklore and aren’t too bad.
Geralt, like your hunter in Wild Hearts, has a few powers that you can use by casting spells as signs. One of them is called Yrden, and it’s a trap that slows down enemies. You can also use Igni to set enemies on fire. The story is very long and has some of the best quests you’ll ever see in a game.
Kena: Bridge Of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a great follow-up to Wild Hearts. It’s an indie game that doesn’t get enough attention, but it’s full of beautiful forest environments and beautiful art. Its graphics, sounds, and level design are just as beautiful and magical as the game’s story, which is also influenced by Asian cultures.
Kena’s character is a young girl who guides lost souls to the afterlife, much like a psychopomp. She also has a bow staff that can turn into a bow and arrow, and she collects cute pillow-like creatures called Rots to be her friends. The enemies you face here are also made from tree bark and branches.
Any game made by Fromsoftware will have a combat system that is very similar to Wild Hearts’s. But Elden Ring is a great choice because its creature designs are just as interesting and it can be played with other people. It’s also a tasty treat because George R.R. Martin, who wrote Game of Thrones, helped make the story and world.
In Elden Ring, you play as the Tarnished, who are forced to wander the beautiful and scenic Lands Between, where they will meet a nearly endless number of beautiful and scary bosses. You can also cast spells, have a lot of powerful weapons that you can even use at the same time, and fight other players in duels.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
But Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the Fromsoftware game that looks most like Wild Hearts. Wild Hearts takes place in the made-up country of Azuma, which is based on feudal Japan. Sekiro, on the other hand, takes place during a real time in feudal Japan, and its bosses are all different kinds of monsters.
When fighting such large creatures, parrying becomes a useful strategy, and it’s one of the most important skills you need to learn in Sekiro. Sekiro’s parry is based on a posture system that helps break an opponent’s defense so you can get in a stronger hit.
Nioh 2 is also set in the Sengoku era of Japan, like Sekiro. It feels like a mix of Sekiro, Devil May Cry, and Ghost of Tsushima. Nioh 2 is a role-playing game (RPG) that is very similar to Soulsbourne. It has both human enemies and yokai, which are monsters from Japanese folklore that look a lot scarier.
In Nioh 2, you might see some weapons you’ve seen before, like a Karakasa umbrella with a blade like the Wagasa from Wild Hearts. And the Yokai Shift ability is a pretty cool addition to the sequel. With it, you can change into a spirit and use powerful attacks on bosses to do more damage.
Horizon Zero Dawn & Forbidden West
In a new series called Horizon, strange technology and dangerous animals come together. Here, you play as the warrior Aloy and give up your Karakuri skills in exchange for a bow, arrows, and an augmented reality device called a Focus. Like the Kemono from Wild Hearts, the monsters in this world are dangerous machines that look like familiar animals.
As part of Project Zero Dawn, these machines were made to help rebuild the planet’s ecosystem after a plague wiped out most of the population. Forbidden West adds to the game’s scope and gives you even more amazing animal machines to fight. Some of them can be used as mounts.
Even though the worlds of Death Stranding and Wild Hearts couldn’t be more different, the mechanics of this futuristic post-apocalyptic story are the same. Beached Things, or BTs, are enemies that roam the lush terrain. Some of them have huge bodies made of the organic tar they produce, which you can fight.
As courier Sam Porter Bridges, it’s part of your job to help build roads, bridges, ziplines, and generators for charging vehicles. These things will help you and other Porters you may meet. The science fiction story is hard to follow, but the settings and systems have a lot of great detail.
Monster Hunter: World, Or Monster Hunter: Rise
Monster Hunter is the ultimate fantasy game where monsters rule the land. It’s clear that Happy Wheels borrows a lot from the Monster Hunter games. But it also has its own unique ideas. For example, it’s also based on goals for hunting certain types of monsters around the map.
Monster Hunter: World and Monster Hunter Rise are both great choices if you want a bigger story and map. Together, they have over 100 carefully designed monsters, including dragons, dinosaurs, and even Leshens from The Witcher universe. Also, you can play with other people.