A New World, A New Beginning

Review of Monster Hunter World

Here comes the New World! The official Monster Hunter World box art features three Hunters approaching a Rathalos, the King of the Skies. World became available for purchase on January 26, 2018.

Here comes the New World! The official Monster Hunter World box art features three Hunters approaching a Rathalos, the King of the Skies. World became available for purchase on January 26, 2018.


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General Information: Monster Hunter World (MHW) is the ninth internationally released installment of the Monster Hunter series, developed by Capcom. World released for Xbox One and Playstation 4 on January 26, 2018, while the PC version will release in Fall 2018. Capcom has stated they will continue updating World for at least a year, adding new creatures and locales as needed.

Gameplay: World, like many of its predecessors, is an action role-playing game (A-RPG) played in the third-person. The game is mostly about hunting large creatures, called Wyverns, and using resources collected from them to build armor and weapons. Hunting a Wyvern starts by finding animal signs, like footprints or scratch marks, and following them to the creature. This is made easier by using your Scoutflies, insects that mark the monster’s path if you find enough tracks. Once you find the Wyvern, you can begin the fight sequence. This combat can last anywhere from 10 to 50 minutes, depending on the Wyvern you find, and is carried out using your choice of 14 types of weapons. This weapon can be anything from the simple sword and shield, to the Switch Axe, a weapon that can change between an axe or a sword. Once the monster is defeated, you can skin it and bring its hide to the blacksmith shop to upgrade your gear. These hunts can completed solo or with up to four friends. The Wyvern will increase in power with each player added, but your allies can heal you and distract the creature if you need to run. While solo or in a group of 2, the players are allowed to bring a companion called a Palico. Palicos are cat-like creatures that can help you in combat by placing animal traps or playing music to increase your strength.

Story: The main story follows a member of the Hunting Guild’s Fifth Fleet and their journey to the New World. This character is completely customizable, including their name, gender, and voice. While in the New World, the Hunter is tasked with researching a massive creature named Zorah Magdaros, an Elder Dragon. Zorah is the latest Elder Dragon to undergo the Great Migration, an annual crossing to the New World, and the Hunting Guild wants to know why. While researching Zorah, the Hunter will discover the reasoning behind the Migration, and other greater mysteries.

Visuals: When it comes to animation, World does an expert job. Monsters are extremely detailed, and move in a fluid and natural manner. The same is said for the playable character, as well. However, there are still a few issues graphics wise in World. For example, water has a poor reflection and shadows don’t render well on flat surfaces. Also, the resolution is set to 1080p and 860p for the Playstation and Xbox, respectively. This means the Xbox is not even HD, and the Playstation is just barely. Unfortunately, The Playstation 4 Pro and Xbox One X do not improve the situation much. Generally, World is a graphical disappointment, but makes up for it in smooth movement and detail.

Game Length: The length of this game really depends on the individual player, but close to 40 or 50 hours will complete the Zorah Magdaros investigation. However, the game is nowhere near complete by that point. Most veteran players will tell you that truly finishing just the early game takes 200 hours. By that point, your Hunter should be rank 29. At rank 100, the story of the game will finally end, but the estimated time is unknown. Veterans will spend hundreds or thousands of hours, while more casual players will find just a few hundred is fine.

Conclusion: Monster Hunter World is a lengthy adventure, filled with exploration and discovery. Combat wise, the game is considered the best in the series and even the best large monster fighter game available today. However, the game is certainly not for people with limited schedules or those who want visual masterpieces. If you want a game with majestic creatures, extensive crafting, and adorable companions, though, this is worth picking up.

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