The staggeringly successful hack-and-slash-and-grind game was already a beauty. However, the new textures add a whole new depth of realism. You can differentiate the different links in chain mail armor. You can actually see the stitching in leather on close inspection, as opposed to the blurry lines they once were.
Of course, the pack does require some slightly beefier hardware. This is the natural give and take when it comes to PC gaming, after all. Better textures that come with, say, mods, always ask more from your gaming rig. This pack fares no different.
Some Shall Pass
To play Monster Hunter: World with the new textures, you’ll require a GTX 1070 3.2 GHz or AMD RX Vega56, 8Gb of RAM, and an i5-4460 or FX-6300 CPU at minimum. The recommended specs ask for a GTX 1080Ti or AMD Radeon VII, 8Gb of RAM, and an i7 3770 3.4GHz or Ryzen 5 1500X. Note that the recommended specs for the base game ask for a GTTX 1060 and an i7 3770.
The change in requirements is a bit of a jump, but this should be worth it. Just glancing at the comparison images found at the Steam page shows us that the texture pack looks fabulous. Plus, I doubt anyone would argue with the price.
Monster Hunter: World hit the PC and met with instant success. Combined with the impressive sales of Resident Evil 2, the games led Capcom to claim that the PC “can not be overlooked” as a platform. PC players have shown Capcom a lot of love as of late, so it’s nice to see the company reciprocate by making one of its best-selling games even prettier.
Cam has been shooting for high scores since his days playing on the Atari 2600. Writing about video games since 2005, Cam has also worked with GameSpot, GamesRadar, and PlayBoy.