|System: PS4, Xbox One, PC|
|Initial Release: January 26, 2018|
|PC Release: Fall 2018|
|Players: 1-16 Player|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol, Violence|
Of course, taking down your hulking target is only half the fun. The other half is carving up bits of the beast and taking those materials back to town to turn into more powerful armor pieces and weapons. Not only does your new attire look superficially like its former owners, but the gear pieces also provide affliction and elemental resistances, or imbue those ailments into your weapons. You’ll get to show off your new duds to up to sixteen other players in the gathering hub, and offer them a glimpse into your combat capabilities.
Monster Hunter: World is best played with friends, and you can tackle quests with up to three other people. Against tough targets, having a complimentary cast of weapons lets each member take on a specific combat role, and handily performing your duties will result in quicker kills and more loot for the group. Multiplayer has graced other versions, but the ease of quickly grouping, the extended grace period to join a mission, and the introduction of 50-player clan-like squads makes Monster Hunter: World the ultimate co-op experience. Of course, if you prefer to play solo, your trusty, adorable, and hilarious feline Palico companion is a perfect substitute.
Despite a strong focus on accessibility and numerous quality-of-life improvements over previous titles, Monster Hunter: World still begs you to muscle through your initial struggles and build a comfort level with the gameplay systems and pacing. Should you find yourself slowly embracing the concepts, you may blink and notice hundreds of hours have been invested, with you now proudly calling yourself a fan. With a great multiplayer element, there are few games that are more fun to play with friends, but even going alone with your purring Palico sidekick, the satisfying routine of taking down monsters and using their bits to upgrade your gear to take on tougher monsters never seems to get redundant. This is the Monster Hunter game for the world. There is no better entry point for beginners and no better magnum opus for the series.
Senior Contributing Writer