Armor gives you protection in the standard way, by providing defense and elemental resistance, but it also gives your hunter or huntress access to battle-changing skills. Synergizing armor skills to suit your weapon loadout is deep and with the addition of decorations, which allow you to socket your own skills to an armor’s open slots, the possibilities are huge. By that merit, no two armor sets are alike and wearing a hodge podge of pieces from different sets is actually encouraged. It’s fun to experiment and figure out what works best for you and as you gain access to more powerful monsters and therefore more powerful skills, you’ll notice a definite change in your combat prowess.
Just as important as your equipment is the items you take with you. These can be handcrafted both in the hub and in the field and include a host of items from healing potions to attack and defense buffers to traps that can be used to stun and eventually capture a target monster. The proper items are key for staying alive out in the field; lacking antidotes when facing a Rathian could be certain death while forsaking Cool Drinks while wandering the firey bowels of the Elder’s Recess will slowly, but surely wear down your health.
Eat before every mission.
Don’t worry about grinding for materials early on as you’ll get far superior gear later.
Elemental matchups make all the difference.
Bows are your friend. These are perhaps the easiest weapon to use in the game if only because it keeps you at a distance.
Complete bounties whenever you can. Armor spheres are an important part of upgrading armour.
- The game looks fantastic.
- Combat is rock solid. Each weapon has a distinct feel and strategy to it.
- Monsters are fearsome and powerful. Overcoming them is satisfying.
- Semi-frequent events make it so that even veterans have something new to take part in.
- Load screens. Tons of them.
- Random difficulty spikes.
- A short story that will be completed long before the
Hunters rejoice for Monster Hunter World offers everything you’ve come to love about the series–bigger and badder than ever. With frequent updates and events adding in even more to do, you’ll be hard pressed to put this title down for the 100+ hours it demands. For those who are new to the series, this may not be the best entry point, but it’s definitely one that you should try at least once. The sheer amount of content will stagger you and though 2018 is a year full of great titles, I’ll still be visiting this one all year long. If you’re on the fence, buy this. If you’re a fan of the series, buy this. If you’re looking to take up the hunter’s mantle, but aren’t sure how, buy this.
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