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Mon, 14 May 2018 06:25:55
Robio, did you play MH4?
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Mon, 14 May 2018 12:44:56
I did but honestly I remember very little about it. I did one quick playthrough and that's it. I chalk that up to it being on a handheld.
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Mon, 14 May 2018 13:00:47

I dont think I actually beat all of the game myself, but I was wondering as you didn't seem to recognize the Kirin.  I think MH4U was a great example of how to do non-dragon like Monsters.  I remember having some preconceptions about fighting insects and baboons going in, but I ended up loving the variety.  I just checked the monster list of X and it seems to follow that of 4U closely, so I'll definitely be checking out how the game shapes up on Switch.

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Mon, 14 May 2018 14:46:45
Yeah I think I vaguely remember fighting Kirin in MH4U now. I definitely don't remember it being as hard as it was in World though. And hunting the giant bugs was fun. Those were some of my favorite monsters in the game. Really wish those were brought back.
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Fri, 18 May 2018 08:35:58

Just entered the Rotten Vale.  Interesting location, very much reminiscent of older MH maps, where you'd have some large area's connected by narrow walkways.  The Rabudaan was pretty cool, even if it only took me 2 seconds to recognize it as being nothing more than an easier Urugaan.  And that's still my main concern with the whole game, it's just too darn easy.  Even more so with your Palico spawning healh restoring items every time you take a reasonable hit.  I've hardly used any potions in the whole game, or any other item for that matter.  And I'm also woefully underprepared as I have done no grinding for better gear up till now, I'm even still wearing my leather grieves.  Think I'll go for Rabudaan grieves though, the 'guard' perk seems very usefull to me as a hammer player as it reduces damage taken and stamina usage.

Something else that so far has been notable in it's exception: hot and cool drinks.  Hunters are impervious to the effects of sizzling heat and icey cold it seems.

So all in all it's a very cool game, with the graphics and everything, but the trade off seems to be that it's kind of like a 'my first monster hunter'.

edit: read up on 'guard', it only reduces knockback and stamina depletion while guarding, so all in all it's neigh useless for me.  Hrm  Oh well.

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Fri, 18 May 2018 14:32:38

Yeah that’s definitely something that I’ve read from Monster Hunter vets is that the game is comparatively easy to other MH games although you do have more challenging content to look forward to in the end game. There is cool drinks that you will need to use later on in the game as well.

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Fri, 18 May 2018 18:19:51
Yeah, I was going to say the cool drinks do return.

As far as the difficulty goes, I have kind of hit a wall where it completely spiked up. You will see it when you unlock the final level, but you're still a ways off from that. Once you get there though, you will be reminded of the ridiculously strong monsters. I just went up against a black diabolos that knocked me out in a single hit.
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Sun, 20 May 2018 14:57:56

I'm hanging up my Monster Hunting gloves for a while. Just had a battle with the Uragaan where he just barely beat me, and I think that's a good place to call it quits for a while. Everything is just feeling way too repetitive in this game. It was my first battle with him (in this game), but I'd already battled the Rabuddan like a dozen or so times, so it just felt like that one more time with explosives added. Still, I went 90 hours with it, and that's right around the time I start to get a little tired of the MH games. I'll give it a go again somewhere down the road though.

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Sun, 20 May 2018 21:16:44
robio said:
Yeah, I was going to say the cool drinks do return.


As far as the difficulty goes, I have kind of hit a wall where it completely spiked up. You will see it when you unlock the final level, but you're still a ways off from that. Once you get there though, you will be reminded of the ridiculously strong monsters. I just went up against a black diabolos that knocked me out in a single hit.

Diabolos and I never really got on well.  I don't think I've ever solo'd one.  There's just something incredibly unsettling about them.

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Tue, 22 May 2018 10:26:55
Defeated the Legiana yesterday.  One of the better monsters so far, with an actual ranged ice attack.  The design was clearly inspired by the movie Avatar though.
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