The Monster Hunter series first released on the Playstation 2 back in 2004, but has been living on handhelds since Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate released on the Wii U in 2012. Since then, the series has made many small variations to the formula, but was always held back by hardware limitations. Now, Monster Hunter is coming to the Xbox for the first time, with the release of Monster Hunter World on January 26. This is a great opportunity for many Xbox fans to finally see what all the fanfare has been about with this fantastic Action/RPG series.
Title: Monster Hunter World
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Simply put, Monster Hunter is a series about pillaging resources, defeating monsters, and leveling up your gear to take on the next giant behemoth around the bend. Not only are you gathering resources and elements from within the world, but upon defeating a monster, you must loot their body to gather additional assets to adhere to your gladiatorial ambitions and advance your armor sets. It is this hook that keeps fans coming back for more. You can easily sink hundreds of hours trying to craft the perfect weapons and armor. In the world of Monster Hunter, your gear is your badge of honor to your compatriots.
If you are looking for a strong story in Monster Hunter World, you may want to look elsewhere (if past Monster Hunter stories are anything to go by). What makes Monster Hunter great is the stories you create with your friends. As you take on impossible odds, barely winning out to live and fight another day, these are the glorious stories that will live on in infamy in your circle of friends. Believing recent previews, Monster Hunter World should bring with it some of the best battles of any game in the series.
Speaking of battles, Monster Hunter has always been extremely generous in the ways you can take a monster down. Weapon sets include swords, shields, axes, lances, bows, insect glaives, and even bagpipes to smite your enemies. It is with this variety that you and your friends can build the ultimate monster hunting team. Trust me when I say it will take strong teamwork and cooperation to take down the later enemies in the game. Monster Hunter can be extremely brutal, but if you are up for the challenge, its rewards will be unlike anything else you will experience on your Xbox in 2018.
Monster Hunter has been marooned on handhelds for as long as I can remember, but now Capcom is bringing the series back to consoles with Monster Hunter World. Monster Hunter World is shedding many of the series archaic game play elements, such as the rigid map segmentation, and will be open-world for the time. This should make the game more easily digestible for newcomers. Also, Capcom claims the wildlife is much more realistic. The monsters no longer feel like they were randomly dropped in a particular biome , but now feels like a part of the actual gaming environment around them.
For those afraid to hop in to Monster Hunter due to its slow pacing and antiquated map system, this could be the perfect time for first-time players to jump into the series.
Monster Hunter World can be a very overwhelming series to get into with it’s many interlocking systems. Also against it is the fact that this will be the first time the series will be available to Xbox players. While this will be opening it up to a much larger audience, it will greatly depend on if gamers have the patience to stick around long enough to dig for the gold that sits underneath the game’s rocky outer layers.
Monster Hunter has been huge in Japan even since its original release, but has never quite taken off overseas. Capcom has said they made many of the changes to this version of the game to try and make it more accessible to a wider audience. In an interview with Game Informer, producer Ryozo Tsujimoto went on to say, “the core game play is still absolutely Monster Hunter – we’re not going to change that – but we wanted [the player] to be able to get into the door in the first place and open it wider.” Hopefully, Capcom will be successful in pleasing old fans as well as newcomers. While this is a very slim tightrope to walk, it is achievable. Only time will tell if this will be the Monster Hunter that really expands the series past its diehard fan base.
So, are you looking forward to Monster Hunter World? Will this be your first attempt at the Monster Hunter series? Let me know in the comments down below!
Host of the Life of Gaming podcast, writer for Xbox Enthusiast, and huge gamer since 1985. My favorite game series include Gears of War, Super Mario, and Fallout. I am also a huge fan of the horror game genre, so 2017 was a great year for me!