Monster Hunter: World – Review
2017 ended a great year for gaming, with the release of the Nintendo Switch and a barrel of excellent games to accompany it as well as the ‘Triple A’ titles from publishers. Now, 2018 is following that trend by letting us have more excellent games so early on in the year and one of those games I’ll be talking about is Monster Hunter so without any further ado let’s get into this review.
Now the story of Monster Hunter follows the story of, you guessed it, you, as a monster hunter and you and your travel companions venture out to a new world after you follow an Elder Dragon named Zorah Magdaros; the main antagonist in the game. Now Monster Hunter is not a narrative driven game rather its just there to compliment its other aspects which i will get into.
Moving on to the other aspects or more specifically; gameplay. If you played Monster Hunter before you may already know its main appeal, but to newcomers Monster Hunter allows you to hunt the worlds various monsters with up to 4 friends. Having a co-op multiplayer component is not exactly groundbreaking, however, it works really well with the type of game Monster Hunter is. Each Monster you hunt requires you to track it, research it, craft the necessary items. Monster Hunter is not a mindless hack and slash; it is meant to be thought about and played meticulously and once you have killed that monster you spent what almost feels like a life time hunting (in a good way) the sense of achievement rivals that of any dark souls game.
Moving on to the world map itself; it is not particularly large per say but it is filled with amazing amounts of detail. The men and women down at Capcom really poured themselves into it creating the sandbox world they have given us and some of the Monsters really drive the sense of a David vs. Goliath-esque battle. The armour sets and weapons is another thing which has an amazing amount of detail in it. Each comes with it’s own abilities and the design on some of them are just gorgeous. My personal favourite is the Odogaron set which I’ve spent hours grinding haha.
However, some things aren’t as good as I think Capcom would’ve thought it to be. For example; the monster hunts themselves take a good chunk of time and for less patient gamers such as myself (to a degree) it does feel like forever. Each hunt takes a good 30 minutes,which on paper does not sound long, but if you repeat the same things over in order to kill the monster you start to feel numb and the thrill starts to wain until you finally kill it. I realise though that it is one of their charms and I can’t exactly knock it when it was deliberately done.
All in all I had a blast playing this game and in my opinion the game doesn’t really live up to its full potential unless you play with your friends, even though it is brilliant to play on its own. However, giving it a rating out of 10 i’ll have to give it a solid 8/10. It was a hotly anticipated game and it delivered brilliantly. 2018 has started off fantastic and hopefully it’ll continue this trend with the upcoming anticipated titles.