I remember Archie showing an interest in how Monster Hunter veterans would perceive the revamped World, and seeing as Robio is on a long hiatus, that only leaves me.  I'll be adding to these impressions as I go, so far I've only done a few of the earliest quests and have only fought one larger monster, the Jagras.

First things first, graphical fidelity in this game is unprecedented for the Monster Hunter series.  Seriously it's so sharp it sears my eyes.  The World suffix relates to how the stages you fight in are no longer divided in seperate, smaller arena like areas, but are one interconnected whole.  This is both very cool and rather annoying as it allows the devs to incorporate much more maze like level design, meaning it's harder to memorize everything.  There is also a side effect that it's possible to be battling a large monster in a passageway between larger area's where movement is much more restricted.  It still works, but it's nicer to have a bit more room to move around in.

Not only are the stages larger and more complex in terms of level design, the same can be said about the level of detailing.  There is a lush look to the whole game, but I disagree with the devs in that this means every item of interest needs to be highlighted by your tracking flies as you pass it by.  It breaks the immersion when every other piece of scenery starts glowing when you approach it.

And this brings me to the second big change in World: accessability.  The game still requires a lot of your time, but a lot of the 'friction' has been removed.  It's still early days, but for now I still long for the more purist experience of old.  Some examples: you track down monsters by finding tracks, which results in your tracking flies picking up the scent of larger monsters, after which they guide you to it's current position.  I understand how the devs deemed this neccessairy due to larger, more complex stages, but I feel it is detrimental to the need to learn the lay of the land like you did in earlier games.  It's the difference of driving somewhere with a map or with the GPS enabled.  You're just not as aware of your surroundings.  The need to hit them with a paintball to keep track of them has also been thrown out, the flies keep tracking it, and  you'll even get an icon on your map indicating the monster's current position.  There's less friction, but also less skill involved.

Another immediatly apparent difference to older games is also the opening scene of the game.  There are many more cutscenes to wade through, making the whole thing more action-ey and cinematic.  It's clearly a play for the mainstream market.  I didn't mind it, but it wasn't what I was expecting.

Controls and menu's are still more or less untouched, but crafting gear and weapons has seen a major change: you can level weapons down and get the monster parts you used on them back.  I do not approve.  It robs the leveling system of its sense of commitment.  Nothing is final.  It changes the forging and upgrading that is the main manner of progression within the game to something more resembling a skill tree.  Interchangable.

So far all the rest has been sufficiently monster hunter-y.  Everything is bigger and bolder, meaning there's a larger learning curve for returning players, but the core gameplay is still very much in tact.  I'm wielding a Switch Axe, a weapon first introduced in MH4, and will probably swap it in and out for the trusty Hammer and a sprinkling of Hunting Horn for multiplayer.  So far I'm enjoying it massively, but despite the game's play for accessability, I find it's larger level of scale to make the whole even more bewildring.  I guess it'll just take some adapting.

Posted by SupremeAC Sat, 07 Apr 2018 19:46:36 (comments: 151)
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Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:43:08
Woo-hoo!!!! Down with the Final Fantasy music!!!
Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:31:13
robio said:
Woo-hoo!!!! Down with the Final Fantasy music!!!

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 03:51:30

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Praise be to RNGesus, I’ve acquired my large gold crown for Kirin which finishes my achievements for Monster Hunter World. Bring on Iceborne!

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 04:00:03
This enthusiasm makes me want to play MHW soon.
Sat, 10 Aug 2019 14:07:32
travo said:
This enthusiasm makes me want to play MHW soon.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 14:16:52

If only I had the game. Nyaa

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 14:53:16
travo said:

If only I had the game. Nyaa

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:12:22

Have I told you guys how awesome Iceborne is? Well it is totally awesome.

So much content. So any cool looking sets of armour. So many monsters to fight. So very addictive.

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:23:39
Uggghhhh I still have to play Iceborne at some point. I started it up and died repeatedly during the first battle with that snow shark thing (really should have gotten some practice before I dived back in). After that I just put it away and forgot about it.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:09:31

Iceborne is such a meaty expansion to base MHW, it’s practically a sequel.

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