This year I decided to get into the Hunting games genre, starting off with titles like Freedom Wars, God Eater and Toukiden on PSvita but my ultimate goal was to play a Monster Hunter game mainly to understand what makes these games so great. some people really do swear by these titles and they spend hundreds of hours playing each installment of it. within 20 days I played 90 hours of Monster Hunter Generations and I am here to tell you that I get the appeal and it is glorious!
My experience with Monster Hunter goes back to the original title on PS2 which immediately turned me off with the awful analog control and then to Monster Hunter Freedom 2 on PSP that turned me off with the awful camera control, I think controls was a pleasure to the series and it was a turn off to most players including me, with the New Nintendo 3DS’s introduction to C-Stick that issue is largely solved and that is my current set up and preferred way to play the game even though some players seems to prefer the Pro Stick with the original 3DS which I didn’t try.
At its core Monster Hunter is an action game with MMORPG like elements to it, the game has a number of large monsters that you hunt for resources and from those resources you will make better weapons and armor from that makes you stronger and lets you hunt larger monsters, most of the time to make a certain weapon or armor set you will need to hunt the same monster over and over which sounds awful in theory but in reality it isn’t and that is because the gameplay of Monster Hunter is amazing, it is challenging and engaging and makes you think off your feel and react to various situations and scenarios. while you might be fighting the same monster twice the fights themselves are very different and the challenge factor makes them really rewarding.
The game has 14 weapon types and each one is completely different from the other, sticking to one of the weapon types determines your fighting style and how you approach a Hunt, a dual blade user need to charge the monster head on and hit it with multiple attacks while a greatsword user hits and runs from the same monster and waits for an opportunity to strike again, understanding how these weapons work and how you can use them to their potential is crucial to your success, this is what makes the game so great you can switch from one weapon to another and you will have very different experience in result, and I know the first question on everyone’s mind is “well which one is the best weapon?” and there is no answer to that question, Capcom did a great job balancing the weapons in a way that makes every weapon type viable and great on their own. the game also introduced Styles for the first time which is like Classes, each one has a vast number of Hunter Arts that can be unleashed during the fights and the best part is you can switch from one Style to another whenever you want so you can pair a Style and Art that you think works best for you with the weapon of your choice making your hunter truley yours.
The game also has a solid build from graphics, sound design and performance that immerses you into the fight and keeps the action going, I do believe a solid frame rate is important for games like this and Capcom did a really good job with Monster Hunter, the game’s Multiplayer is what drives everyone to it and it owes its success to that, the Online Multiplayer is seamless and very easy to get into and find games but I really wish it had a better management and easier way to find people for particular hunts so far it doesn’t, also my biggest issue with the game is the quest system some quests requires you to gather a number of resources like Ores and Mushrooms or whatnot, the problem is you can’t take on two or more of those quests at ones which is really weird and going back to the village and taking on another quest means going through a bunch of menus and loading screens that could have been avoided if the game gave you the option of take more quests at the same time.
Verdict : it has been a long time coming but I am finally into the Monster Hunter series, it is a glorious game that I will keep playing for years to come.