Believe it or not, it has been almost seven months between the release of Monster Hunter: World on consoles and its PC port. The game already had incredible success on PlayStation and Xbox and we were keeping our fingers crossed that the PC version is every bit as good. We are glad to announce that it is! Take a look at some of the things we noticed during our testing (non-stop playing) phase.
The Thrill of Cooperative Monster Hunting
In case you don’t know what the fuss is about, Monster Hunter: World is the latest addition to the action-RPG franchise developed by Capcom. You find yourself on Astera assuming the role of a hunter that looks for creatures to kill across the breathtaking landscapes of the made-up continent. There is a single-player campaign available, but that is only a small chunk of this game’s brilliance. The real fun begins when you head online and engage in cooperative monster hunting. There are plenty of creatures to hunt, as well as weapons and gears to use.
Here’s how the online part works – you head to the busy area of Astera looking for quest partners. Once you find them (up to four people can form a team), you head on a cooperative mission of hunting monsters. There are more than 30 of them available (not including DLC) and each of them is unique. You will encounter dodo birds, T-rexes with chicken wings, and so on.
Improve Your Character by Crafting Gear and Weapons
The battles are incredibly tense and high-paced, which is a guarantee you won’t be bored for a second. If you think it is easy to kill a monster, think again. In some cases, tiring them and making them weaker will take over half an hour. You can’t track the health bar of a creature, but you will notice that they are moving slower. This is enabled by the fantastic graphics and the detailed animation of each of the monsters. Once you finally knock them down and realize they are not moving, you will feel both pride and sadness over your achievement.
Each monster you hunt and kill will leave loot that might have a lot to do with their strengths and weaknesses. You use these rare (or common) items to craft new gear and weapons. This is the only way to improve your character as there is no classic level progressing we are used to seeing in RPGs. However, having a powerful weapon can be the determining factor of success when tackling a monster. Another key thing to note is that, as you progress to high ranks, you will have additional objectives to keep things interesting.