Monster Hunter is one of the most popular franchises up to now and also one of my favorite franchises I’ve ever played on PlayStation 2. Initially, I first know Monster Hunter when one of my friends introduced this game. I borrowed one of his games and I didn’t understand what the game was trying to tell me because the language that used was Japanese. So, I didn’t t understand what the hell this game is. The gameplay can be fairly simple, you play as a hunter who killed a monster or a dragon and takes some material on it. You can use this material as crafting some weapon and armor. However, I don’t understand Japanese and a few months later, I bought this game in the game store and now I can play with the English language. When I play it at home, I can’t stop beside enjoying the existing gameplay. After a few years, I immediately sell my console and replace it with a PC that I use until now. But, I always can’t move on with this game even I always come to the game rental to try once again this game back in the day.
January 26th, 2018, the latest series of Monster Hunter’s Monster Hunter: World finally came out and I just didn’t know what to say because the Monster Hunter series is the latest series that brings a lot of great changes in it. I’m a fan of this franchise was very shocked. The theme that was brought in here is not much different from the first series and also I don’t know what to say about this series. Therefore, I just want to give a little review of this series of this very famous franchise.
Monster Hunter first came out in 2004, developed by Capcom and available on any platform. Just like typical RPG games, Monster Hunter gives us a basis where the gameplay is fairly simple and doesn’t require a story at all, although only a few are like that. The player will be given a mission from the first star to the highest star. These stars were originally a quest tutorial to find out how this game works. If I see this game as a spectator, I think this game will look very boring but if you try it then it will move the other way. The world that presented in this game is not much different from other RPG games, where a world filled with herbivorous and carnivorous animals. In addition, the main opponent you are fighting is also a dragon or other great monsters. You don’t need EXP to kill monsters in this game, just with master skilling gameplay and the equipment then you will be able to conquer this game. If I go back where the era of PlayStation 2 is still triumphant, Monster Hunter is different with others if we differentiate with other popular games at that time. Call it like Resident Evil 4, Shadow Of The Colossus who recently get a remake, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Vice City, God Of War I & II, Bully, and much more if we determine it one by one. For Monster Hunter, you could say this is my first favorite game after Vice City and Resident Evil 4.
Honestly, I actually only played the first series, the second series, and the Freedom Unite. The second series can be fairly normal if I compare with the first series although there are some additional features in it. So, I’m more memorable in the first series compared to the second series and Freedom Unite is the best series I’ve ever played in this franchise. Although I’ve never played the third and fourth series, Freedom Unite is the best series I’ve played so far. The additional features that don’t exist in the first series like petting where you can take your pet to go hunting together and farming where you can pick up some materials to make potions or crafting various weapons and armor. Some added map features and monsters that are not in the first series, Freedom Unite is arguably the best Monster Hunter series I’ve ever played in my opinion.
Monster Hunter: World, a series that can make me amazed when I see the beauty of the world from this Monster Hunter. The first time I saw it through the trailer that could make it unreasonable. The more frightening and more senseless monsters to see, the more modern weapons to eradicate the monsters, and the better features of the multiplayer system. I was immediately amazed to see this new Monster Hunter. The difference is also very great if we judge from all aspects.
- First, the new gameplay used here is open world. This is very different from previous Monster Hunter and this is also one of the developments of this franchise.
- Second, the addition of story mode that I think it looks mediocre to me.
- Third, the larger map and you can explore it without loading at all. The previous series always require loading if we move to one area to another. But not for Monster Hunter: World because you can explore it without loading a bit.
- Fourth, the footprint feature will be easier to find a monster. The series I’ve ever played actually didn’t exist like this game but this is also a big change for this game.
- Fifth, you can ride some monsters as your mounts to get additional material. You could say this is like a fight in the air where you can make the monsters as a rodeo.
- Sixth, the soundtrack is more gripping than the series that I play. However, the soundtrack in this franchise is arguably the best of everything.
- Seventh, the additional weapon type that is not in the previous series and much more if you see from various aspects.
Monster Hunter: World is a series that brings big changes from this franchise. Monster Hunter has always been my favorite game I ever played on the PlayStation 2 although some people always judge that Monster Hunter is a very boring game. I can only be amazed at the gameplay and I hope I can play it too. Even so, Monster Hunter: World is a game with rising sale in this year mainly in Japan. I can only see some of its gameplay while I can only hope that I can play this game as well.