Note: While I played this game for over 80 hours so far I have yet to finish the main campaign but I played it long enough to give an opinion on it and that also keep in mind I have played Monster Hunter on 3DS extensively so being a veteran also helps.
Monster Hunter World is developed by Capcom for PS4, XBOX ONE and PC and it is the series return to the consoles after years on handheld, the game was announced during E3 2017 and it came out on January 26, 2018.
Monster Hunter is about hunting monsters as the title suggests, the game doesn’t put you in a liner mission and tasks you to beat a bunch of mobs till you get to the boss it is all about the boss, some people even call it “Boss Battles The Game”, and when you finish hunting that big beast you are back to your hub and you get to make awesome gear out of the materials you collect from your hunt, in a way Monster Hunter is just like any other Monster Collection game (Pokemon, Dragon Quest Monsters, Digimon…etc) but the difference is instead of being nice to them and train them you chop them to little pieces and make a hat out of them, but the real hook of a MH game is the gameplay which is fantastic, it is like Dark Souls on steroids a hunt usually last between 10-40 minutes and it lets you pick the way you want to approach this beast, maybe you want to trap it or drag it to another monster’s territory and have them battle it out, you have many options and you don’t always have to go at it heads on, also the game gives you 14 very different weapons from the get go, learning to play each weapon is challenging and fun and mastering a weapon will take hours if not days of practice but the good news is they are all very very fun to use and each weapon will feel like you are playing a different game which is really awesome.
Regarding the story and the campaign it is nothing special, it is serviceable and they have incorporated what is gameplay and the regular MH game into it nicely but I really failed to care, what is impressive here is how the echo-system works, every map has a food chain with small monsters in the bottom and bigger monsters on top and if you don’t meddle with them you can see this right in front of you and I think that is one of the best achievement in gaming this decade.
Verdict: I didn’t want to talk too much about it because there is no need for that, the game is absolutely fantastic and in my opinion just like how Nintendo in the 90s brought their flagship titles (Mario, Zelda) from 2D to 3D while maintaining what made these games so special Capcom did the same thing with Monster Hunter, making sure new players can enjoy this complex game without dumbing it down even slightly.