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EA’s Wild Hearts – A Good Monster Hunter Alternative?

Quick Game Facts

  • PLATFORM: PC, Xbox, PS5
  • # OF PLAYERS: 1 – 3
  • GENRE: Action, Monster Hunting
  • DEVELOPER: Omega Force
  • PUBLISHER: EA
  • REVIEWED ON: PC
  • ESRB RATING: T
  • MISC INFO: Not worth in current state on PC.
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Update May 2024: Wild Hearts has been officially abandoned. No more updates are planned. Save your money and play Monster Hunter!

Overview of Wild Hearts​

EA’s version of Monster Hunter is about to release (on the 17th of February 2023)! Does it match up to the long-time series, Monster Hunter from Capcom? In short: No. It does not. It needs some major work done, primarily on the Optimization front. My system with a 5800x overclocked to 4.2-4.3, a 3070 Ti, and 64 GB of RAM was STRUGGLING to play it smoothly while live.

For Console players, this review may not necessarily apply to you, this is a review of the PC edition of Wild Hearts.

Performance Issues Galore At The Beginning​

The game does look good, to be completely honest, but its performance has some severe issues. I was playing on a high-end system, and it was still running slowly and felt laggy on-stream but about halfway through my playthrough, the game started slowly getting laggier.

You would think that a system like mine would be able to run this game, if Monster Hunter World runs well enough, right? Well … you would be unfortunately wrong! I will do some testing on it off-stream to see if it runs any better, but I am not very hopeful. Let us hope that EA can get their act together, and optimize this game a lot more.

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Wild Heart’s Visuals Look Nice, But Looks Are Not All!​

As a continuation of what I was talking about before, a high-end system should be able to run any game you throw at it, without issue. 60+ FPS smooth gameplay. That is not the case with Wild Hearts. If you want to play a Monster Hunter-like game, I recommend the actual Monster Hunter series.

It has been around for over a decade now (the first game was in 2002/2003) and it runs so much smoother. Barely any noticeable frame drops ever on my rig. Both Monster Hunter World and Rise run much, much more smoothly on my rig, and I can maintain 90+ FPS while playing Rise.

Things I Feel Wild Hearts Needs To Work On​

The biggest issue they need to fix as their number one priority is improving the game’s performance, especially if they want people to be able to stream it on a single-PC setup like mine. The game is stuttery and does not run smoothly at all. Performance is a big issue that a lot of studios seem to struggle with. They should have lower-end systems to fully test on, and not just high-end systems.

They can not honestly expect everyone to have PCs from mid-range to high-end. They need to think about people on a budget that can’t afford top-of-the-line graphics cards. Especially with the insane prices that NVIDIA is charging for the current generation. Please. EA. Optimize this game, and it could become a fun game to play with friends.

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Do I Recommend Wild Hearts?​

In its current state, I do not recommend purchasing or playing Wild Hearts. If you have EA Play, though, you can try a 10-hour free trial to see how it runs on your current system. I’m sure Xbox & Playstation may run smoother since they are optimized for that. But with so many different PC components out there, I do not recommend playing it on PC at the moment.

Conclusion​

This game does have potential, but it also clearly has some major issues they need to work on. Optimization is the biggest issue this game has on PC, but I can’t speak for Consoles, since I don’t own a PlayStation (I do now!), and rarely turn on the Xbox. Especially at the 70, or 90-dollar price point. If it was cheaper while it was in “early access,” something like 20 or 30, then I may say “go for it” on PC.

Until the game’s performance has some major fixes, I would recommend saving your money for a different game that you want to enjoy. You will be happier with making that decision.

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