Needless to say, now two weeks into it, and I have become absolutely hooked!
|Despite it's strong farming roots, which I typically do not enjoy,|
this game is horribly addicting!
You see, when I originally tried Monster Hunter on the Wii, I very rarely had the opportunity to really sit down and give it a good shot. Busy work schedule, family life, and a number of other obligations were simply too much to handle such an involved game.
With the recent release on a hand held Nintendo 3ds, online capabilities while "on the move", local portable online game play, as well as the ability to work with others on the Wii U, I just couldn't walk away from the opportunity. I was seriously going to give the game a shot to see what it was all about, and see what I was potentially missing on the Wii.
At first, the game was relatively easy to get into, compared to the really intense approach of the demo, giving the player a monster to hunt down right from the start. I never really seemed to be able to defeat the monster on any of them. Now, starting from the beginning and having everything introduced to me in such a way that shows pretty significant progress, I now have a very good idea of what to do when hunting and where I want to go.
Additionally, as the player's character gains repute, their city that they start in begins to acquire a number of nifty benefits that allow the hunter to get more resources to push them towards larger and larger monsters and more exotic resources for even more good stuff.
|Yes, I am an iron-bagpipe wielding fiend, and absolutely love it!|
There seems to be a lot of enjoyable elements to this game, and I know I have just barely scratched the surface. As of right now, I have just unlocked one additional island, faced a huge monster that almost swallowed me whole while trying to find an exotic resource, and when all was said and done I came back home to find more people have found their way to my village and are eager to help me along my way.
And the fun part is that I get to smash things with an iron bagpipe while hunting, and doing so in such a way that sweeps many monsters out of the way. Now if I could only get the kilt to match!
I am still delving into the more complex parts of the game, like trapping monsters and trying to find ways of handling even more potent monsters, though for now I can not say that I could be any happier with my purchase. If you happen to be interested in the game, even remotely, I would highly recommend a try.
Things to keep in mind about the game though:
- Time Sink!: The Game is indeed more Hard-Core than it is Casual.
- Timed Quests!: Despite this fact, most quests in the game are timed, and last no more than an hour (as far as I have seen).
- Master those Combos!: The game does take a bit of skill and understanding to master, and knowing what options are there is only half the battle.
- Equipment is the Key!: The character progresses through the acquisition of resources, trading, and building equipment to advance the character as apposed to experience.
- Finding the Diamond in the Rough: There is certainly a large amount of grind involved in this, meaning a lot of repeating the same things multiple times to acquire resources.
- Team up for Bigger Rewards: That being said, players can team up to do higher challenge missions which typically reward better resources and income, helping to eliminate the grind burden.
- Polish is Everything: This game really makes the player feel like they are progressing mean something to your city. That, and the cosmetics of each of the players upgrades really help bring a nice polish to this.
Now if you do not mind, I have some bagpipe practice to attend to! And yes, it is about twice the size of myself, as it SHOULD be!