Well I just got back from an actual hunting trip (Quail if you must know, much less impressive and unfortunately even less abundant than the monsters here) sat down amd played a few more hours of Monster Hunter with my lady friend. And I definitely like it.
Even after only like 5 hours with this game I’m in love.
I met my fashion goals and then some. Plus I upgraded a lot of my gear to be even more badass. I love using monster parts as crafting materials. Even though we’re technically part of a big technical fancy commission thing it really feels like what you’re doing is rooted in traditional and even Paleolithic practices which I really like. As someone who’s a sucker for all things barbaric and primeval I’m hooked.
Another thing I really like is looking at the creatures as a naturalist and a dinosaur enthusiast. It’s so damn cool to look at each monster and see not only the real animals and prehistoric creatures they use as inspiration, but also why each of these monsters has the traits that they do. Looking at their designs, each one I’ve seen feels like it’s been designed to fit a certain role in the environment. You can see the different evolutionary traits they’ve used to tackle their world, from watching a Great Jagras swallow a pacheocephelosaur whole, to a bald headed Tyrannosaur’s retractable display crest, and even watching the intelligent behaviour of the big dodo-raptor (I’m not far enough in to know most of the in game names, but it is a nice touch that each species is given an in universe name rather than just a combination of real world animals for the name).
Plus watching the monsters fight each other for territory is just awesome. A T.rex fighting a big lizard monster or a dragon is like something right out of an old claymation movie like Sinbad or Planet of the Dinosaurs (actually the fight in the cutscene right before you get to the first hub town has a fight scene almost exactly like A high resolution, more modern version of one in Planet of the Dinosaurs, where a Trex throws a big lizard around)
Shown in this video starting at 3:14
I know I have next to no playtime so far (5 hours is especially pitiful for big RPG games like this. It’s really barely a sample) but it’s been some of the best 5 hours I’ve had in a game in a long time. Between my experience in the demo and my time thus far I’d highly reccomend this game to just about anyone.
Only complaint thus far is that the loading times are a slice of fried butt. But that’s something I can learn to live with until the PC version comes out.