Playing Exoprimal on MSI G274QPF-QD – 27″ WQHD 170Hz Gaming Monitor for RM1,299
October 6, 2023 Andrew Cheng

Exoprimal is quite an intriguing game. Though the Capcom title was released back in July this year, I recently had the opportunity to try it out more extensively courtesy of MSI. While I was at it, I also played it on the MSI G274QPF-QD gaming monitor, which is now more affordable than ever.

If you’re looking for a fast, but still affordable 1440p gaming monitor, the G274QPF-QD is certainly worth considering. As for Exoprimal, it is also quite a fun game. But given that it is a team-based multiplayer game, it may not be for everyone,

What Is Exoprimal?

Capcom describes Exoprimal as an online, team-based action game. Players can don a variety of different exosuits to battle against a horde of – get this – dinosaurs. I was a big fan of Capcom’s Dino Crisis franchise, and playing through Exoprimal does bring back some fond memories, even though the two games play quite differently.

The main plot of Exoprimal revolves around a rogue AI dubbed Leviathan, forcing exosuit-equipped players to participate in endless wargames. A typical game of Exoprimal is a 5v5 match, where your team of five will go against five other players to complete a set number of objectives.

Oh, it’s worth noting that matches are online-only, and the story progression of Exoprimal is tied to these online matches. Curious, isn’t it?

Is Exoprimal Any Good?

In a way, yes. It’s quite exhilarating to go against a horde of dinosaurs that pour out of portals, and the different exosuits in Exoprimal offer different gameplays and strategies. The exosuits are divided into three main categories: assault (the carry, basically), tank, and support.

I thoroughly enjoy playing through Exoprimal’s different exosuits. The different roles that they serve, combined with their own unique mechanics, result in a rather complex (in a good way) gameplay experience. My personal favourites are the melee exosuits, Zephyr and Murasame.

Aside from that, the main storyline of Exoprimal is also quite intriguing. It’s nice to see how the story progresses after some matches, and I find the voice acting and character development to be pretty darn good as well. I’m just annoyed that I have to play a multiplayer game to progress the story.

And that is a good segue to the next section..

Any Bad Things About Exoprimal?

In my opinion, the fact that Exoprimal’s story is tied to the multiplayer aspect of the game is its biggest shortcoming. I personally prefer the experience of single-player games that don’t rely on the random factor of playing against (and with) other players of different skill levels. In this regard, Exoprimal’s multiplayer gameplay just isn’t my cup of tea.

Needless to say, it can be frustrating to play with teammates who are not cooperating, while the opposing team is clearing objectives much quicker. In my experience, matchmaking can take quite some time as well, which doesn’t exactly make for a pleasant gaming experience.

Despite all of that, I’m still willing to persevere through the multiplayer matches just to advance Exoprimal’s narrative. I’m a sucker for a good story, and I’m invested enough in the game’s storyline to see how it ends.

And I also enjoy battling the different dinosaurs in Exoprimal, of course.

How About the MSI G274QPF-QD?

Oh, I absolutely enjoyed using this gaming monitor. Not only is the 27-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS panel bright and vibrant with VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, it also has a fast 170Hz refresh rate. While my desktop setup isn’t quite powerful enough to run Exoprimal near the 170fps limit, I imagine it would look incredible if you have a system that can do that.

Besides that, the G274QPF-QD is also G-Sync Compatible with support for AMD FreeSync Premium, so you won’t have to worry about screen tearing with this gaming monitor. I love how versatile the stand is too: I can tilt, swivel, and even rotate the monitor 90-degree.

The on-screen display (OSD) of the G274QPF-QD is worth a mention too. Thanks to the joystick on the back of the monitor, navigating through the menu is a breeze. Needless to say, the joystick is far more intuitive to use than buttons.

Negatives on the MSI G274QPF-QD?

For the most part, I’m quite happy with the G274QPF-QD, though it does have some small drawbacks here and there. The HDMI input, for one, is limited to only 144Hz; you have to use the DisplayPort if you want to make full use of the monitor’s 170Hz refresh rate. Besides that, there’s also the fact that it doesn’t have a…power button, which is a weird omission.

Then again, the G274QPF-QD is now going for only RM1,299, and you can get it at even lower prices on promotional days like the upcoming 10.10 sale across various platforms. At this price point, I can easily overlook its shortcomings – it’s absolutely a solid buy.

Again, if you’re looking to get a 1440p gaming monitor on a budget, the MSI G274QPF-QD is worth shortlisting. Exoprimal, on the other hand, is also quite a fun game with an engaging plot and sophisticated gameplay, even though I’m not a big fan of its emphasis on multiplayer gameplay.

Nonetheless, do note that every purchase of the G274QPF-QD by 31 December 2023 will come with Exoprimal for free. More details can be found here.