I still don’t really know what I’m doing in Monster Hunter World. It’s fun to play and experiment with the mechanics, but I am quite lost.
I can see that I can upgrade my weapon to something better, but I can’t tell what pieces I am missing to make that upgrade, or where they drop. I just end up going with the flow of the game.
I can see that I can craft a whole bunch of items.. traps included. Not why why I need them just yet though, or how to better manage my inventory of all the things I’ve collected. Do I need spiderwebs?
There are quite a few quest types. The main mission ones (assigned), optional ones (I think I can repeat them), investigations, deliveries, bounties and then open world exploration. They are offered by different folk, with different criteria, for different rewards (that I don’t quite understand yet either). Quite honestly, this game could be in a completely different language and I don’t think that would matter.
I will say that the act of Monster Hunting is a lot of fun. I’ll see if I can get a video of it up. I use Dual Blades, which are a very close ranged weapon, with set animations. These animations cannot be cancelled, so you may end up pressing a combo that locks you for a second or two… and then the big monster hits you. Timing becomes extremely important, as well as understanding hit boxes. I’ve become partial to a slice and dash combo that does decent work. And when I see the monster setting up something large, I go for the 6 second demon slash combo that just looks like ginsu knives.
I will say that this is the first time I have ever been in the middle of a fight with a giant monster and been distracted by collecting footprints. That is very weird. One second I’m slicing away, avoid jaws of death, and then “ooooh, a doodle” and off I go.
Anyhow, in terms of main quest the Pukei Pukei is down. A giant flying T-Rex appeared in the middle of that fight. I did what anyone would do, and ran away. Which was cool, because more footprints/mucous/doodles!
If all of this seems like the ramblings of a mad man, yes. That is true. I feel like a madman. I barely understand how all the pieces fit together and that’s just fine be me. It’s a level of fun I haven’t had in some time. And that’s the main reason I play any game.
Discovery and self learning is a fun way to explore games. Then ‘mods’ and spoiler sites ruin everything in the name of “efficiency” =)