Monster Hunter World - Game Release Hype
We are beginning the final week stretch till Monster Hunter World is released and I know we have talked at great length about this particular game but it’s pretty important.
By now you know that at least Derrick and I are excited about this particular game release and have so much hype for this game. However that hasn’t always been the case; Many many moons ago when we lived in Las Vegas our friends down the street had the mythical black disc binder full of Playstation games. Now among the racing games and the one NHL game I enjoyed mainly because you got to build your own player who I always boosted in speed and technique because when you can’t get checked who needs to worry about it? Well in this case was the OG Monster Hunter, now as a 14 year old whose biggest dealing with dragons and raptors was the Bahamut summon on Final Fantasy 6 and Jurassic Park respectively...I didn’t enjoy Monster Hunter. Well more like I didn’t get it.
For some reason it was hard to grasp the notion that despite killing dragons and such you didn’t level up and the worse part was that in order to get better equipment you needed to keep killing the same monster over and over. Going further than that why did my man need to drink something to walk in the desert or the arctic? Final Fantasy character didn’t need to do any of that! For another issue was that I had a time limit, how could I possibly take down what I now know is a Velociprey. Looking back at my experience with the game I wish I understood how much this game would mean to me now.
Flash forward to 2013 when I got Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on my 3DS on the premise that I totally want to destroy dragons and raptors...ironic isn’t it? My dad also got it on his 3DS and mom got it on her WiiU and we played maybe 3 times but I by far was the one who kept playing. Since then I tried to get my fiancee hooked on it when I got her a yoshi green 3DS but by then the game was on 4 ultimate. She also liked it but she got stuck on the Gore Magala which to be fair was a really hard “boss”. That's not to say I never got stuck, I did but this imaginary wall kept pushing me forward. Admittedly I had some problems with the Great Jaggi and Arzuros of 3U but I eventually learned their patterns and moved on. This trend of getting stuck, upgrading my armor and weapons, and progressing is the core of the game. Point me to a player who has never once been stuck on a monster and I will know both who I want on my team and someone I want to watch hunt monsters because their technique has got to be flawless. I say all this to say…
“I am not a veteran hunter” in fact I actually tend to be poor at video games in general. You can ask Derrick and Sam about my skills at playing Megaman...it's hilariously bad. What I lack in general ability I have in patience. My bragging rights are that I beat the first Xcom on Xbox by reloading saves and kept trying the missions till I barely won. It's hard to mess up Skyrim but I did collect all the stones of Barenziah. I have hours of gameplay on the mobile game called color switch, and I have all the shrines in BOTW and about half of the Korok seeds. That's really the skill that's needed in Monster Hunter Games...Patience. It's not about racing in to sack a Jagras it's about assessing the area, setting up traps, getting the pattern correct and dancing with the Rastafarian Iguana.
Monster Hunter gets compared to Dark Souls and that equation is a fair call for the most part. Both are intricate dances; a bit of give and take. Knowing when to press the attack and knowing when to dodge roll back and take a swig of your gatorade. Recently I’ve been playing Dark Souls with a good friend of mine and it's been fun...which is another thing it has in common with Monster Hunter… Jolly Cooperation. If you have had the pleasure of queuing up with a friend to hunt a Rathalos then you know how fun it is to team up and synchronize your attacks or to completely ignore that and flip your friend with your weapon.
To make things easier Monster Hunter World is no longer bound by region and you can play with anyone at any time. Did you bite off more than you can chew? Shoot a flare up and get some extra firepower with other players! Or did you friend just log on and you want to explore the forest with them? Send them an invite and they can drop in with you. Now outside of the game system there are set communities, both the consoles do have communities, there is Reddit, discord, Facebook, and even Adoptahunter.org. Now we aren’t affiliated with Adopt-a-Hunter but it's a pretty savvy system; player can register either as a Veteran or a Fresh player and through matchmaking a veteran will be paired up with a new player to show them the ropes and make sure they don’t get lost to the game and eventually say that “Monster Hunter sucks”... granted your allowed to think it sucks but perhaps it's because the game wasn’t shown to you in the correct light.
If your interested in finding players to play with find your console community firstly and then tweet at me using @President_Doug and if I’m available I’ll definitely make you look better by absorbing that fire breath into my face so you can post it to Reddit using the title “Moron stands in the flames...what a noob”