Monster Hunter: World Review
Monster Hunter: World Cover Art
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dev: Capcom
Pub: Capcom
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.

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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.

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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.

Sean Engemann
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: 01/29/2018

Current consoles can finally do justice to the beauty and magnitude of a Monster Hunter game. Just don’t expect any boundaries of physics between yourself and nature, and get used to poor lip sync animations.
With fourteen weapons sporting individual schematics, the controls are intimidating with a variety of weights. But get familiar with everything and movement and combat will be a glorious dance of skill.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
With ambience befitting the natural landscapes and subtle sound cues of giant predators in the distance, the zones are massive auditoriums for your ears to embrace. The voice acting is a little melodramatic, but localized well for the English audience.
Play Value
The gameplay formula isn’t complex - kill monsters, craft from their body parts, and repeat. But the progression of your character and the campaign will have you dumping dozens of hours without a whiff of boredom.
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • A NEW WORLD - Take on the role of a hunter venturing into a new continent where you track down and slay ferocious beasts in heart-pounding battles. Strategically use the surrounding environment including terrain, vegetation and wildlife to your advantage in battle or become hindered by the hazards they present.
  • COOPERATIVE MULTIPLAYER - Team up with up to three other hunters and cooperate to take down any threat. With flexible new online drop-in functionality, you can start your quests solo and simply hail for assistance from the worldwide group during quests when your targets are too daunting to take on single-handedly.
  • REFINED GAMEPLAY - Monster Hunter: World builds upon a long legacy of incredibly satisfying gameplay systems, ranging from the purposeful combat mechanics of each weapon type to the crafting of gear based on your fallen foes to prepare for even bigger challenges.

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