Ever since its first release on PlayStation 2 in 2004, the Monster Hunter franchise captivated me with its action-packed gameplay. It was only after a year when I got my hands on a PlayStation Portable and purchased the 2005 Monster Hunter Freedom right away. Today, as the latest installment Monster Hunter: World is released on PC, I’m overwhelmed with excitement and nostalgia.
Compared to the 2007 Monster Hunter Frontier which was Japan exclusive, Monster Hunter: World brings the entire globe together. In the earlier series, the games were always initially released in Japan. Today also marks the first time Capcom is doing a worldwide simultaneous PC release.
There are no loading screens in real life anyway.
On top of that, the new open world feature allows uninterrupted exploration without having to load each part of the map. This means I don’t have to wait to continue a journey. At the same time, I have less time to contemplate my next moves. While I find it challenging, it’s nevertheless exciting. There are no loading screens in real life anyway.
Due to the top-notch graphics, the game is quite demanding when it comes to PC specs. To be honest with you, I have been saving up for a high-end rig to specifically play this game. As someone who has always been a fan of the Monster Hunter franchise, I could say this is the most ambitious game they have done so far.
The developers expanded customization options compared to the preset-locked ones prior the latest installment. There are also events which include challenges, new monsters and bonuses. There’s even an option to call for help from anywhere around the globe.
A lot of things changed along the way, but what didn’t is the adrenaline from the hunt.
The monster-to-monster and human-to-monster interactions are made realistic. The monsters are actually hostile toward each other. Without a doubt, this game offers the ultimate hunting experience. It has been 10 years since I spent sleepless nights playing Monster Hunter as a kid. A lot of things changed along the way, but what didn’t is the adrenaline from the hunt.
Monster Hunter: World is available for pre-order via Steam for P1,599 with in-game bonuses. Monster Hunter: World Deluxe Edition is priced at P1,925 and comes with the same assortment of customization items in the console equivalent.
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