Platform Played: Playstation 4
Released: January 2018
Platinum Trophy: No
I don’t like giving reviews for games that I haven’t given 100% effort too however I have played Monster Hunter World quite a bit and really was enjoying it but other things took over and a game like this takes up a lot of time.
I am new to MH and have never played any of the previous titles in the series and I found MHW a struggle to get into as there isn’t much hand holding and it’s at its best when played with others. The game is a little different from what I’m used to, you don’t level up your character but can level up your armour and weapons from monsters you kill or capture. The fights are fun and each monster needs to be tackled in different ways meaning you have to do some research. Looking at most of my time in the world, a lot of time was spent researching the area’s and monsters and because you need to fight the same monsters to gain materials to create new equipment which is my only real issue with the game as this can get repetitive fighting the same monsters again and again.
I really did enjoy helping other people out, If you are in trouble you can send up an SOS flare which other human players can join you and in return you can respond to SOS signals and I did take a lot of satisfaction with helping others.
The game itself is jam packed with things to do and for most people this would be a good thing but personally I felt it was a bit overwhelming. If you look at my other reviews you will know that I like doing the usual RPG elements in games like collectables and exploration and MH is no different as exploring the maps can lead to some helpful benefits. The combat is fun and quick to pick up however difficult to master as it requires button combinations much like a fighter game. The game looks stunning and the world itself is packed full of creatures and vegetation, you can tell a lot of effort has gone into creating these worlds. I do like watching some of the wildlife interact with each other until you are in the middle of a battle that is and another creature joins in to hinder your effort.
Going back quickly to the game being a bit overwhelming, I am trying to find why a game that has so much in it and I was really enjoying playing it still has something about it that made me brush it aside to replace it with other games. The only thing I keep coming back to is progress, as much as I enjoy the game I never felt I was getting anywhere. The story while pretty basic has enough to hold my interest but it’s just finding new monsters – research – defeat – craft new weapons. Rinse and Repeat! You can gain side quests which mostly involve repeat fights with monsters, collecting vegetation and items spread around the maps or capturing monsters and there is a gladiator style arena but again this is just a repeat fight.
Fighting monsters can get very technical as you have to tackle each one differently and you have a whole inventory of stuff to use but it’s way too much. Most of the time I would find myself discarding most of them and using the same few items again and again and it still works.
The game is defiantly more fun with friends, and being slightly (chuckles) older than most gamers most of my joint efforts were with strangers which was still fun although I do think if you had your own friends to play with you will have a much better time.
A couple of other things to mention, the pig you can gain in the hub world is cute but pointless. The cat and cats you can help you are a brilliant aid even though I thought little of them to begin with and there is nothing more satisfying than jumping on the back of a monster slashing away as the rest of your team attack from the ground.