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Monster Hunter Stories - Famitsu review details

Play Time

* Around 50 Hours to complete the games Story
* Countless hours of fun battling, gathering and collecting items.

Kishida (9):
"In Stories you don't play as a hunter, but as a Rider. Basically, you go out and raise your monsters which I find very interesting. You still feel the Monster Hunter charm regardless if the game is not exactly the same as the others in the series. Picking up Eggs and Nests, adventuring across various familiar backdrops as your bonds with your monsters begin to grow is so much fun. The game's battles are very lively and the most entertaining part of Stories although I was disappointed by the length of the load times between changing areas."

Honma (8):
"The fact the Monster Hunter series has dipped its toe in a different RPG style is amazing. Especially the battles which are very easy to play, but doesn’t pull back on the difficulty of battles with its increasing depth as you play through the game. Performing double attacks alongside your monster has a real charm to it (or at least I think so). It gets very exciting as you run in to collect items such as Eggs or items from Nests each time you enter a field too! Finally, I would say the biggest con is the load times before each battle and when entering a new part of the map."

Uchizawa (9):
"Stories may be different, but it brings the best parts of the main series with it. Going on quests, defeating Monsters and gathering a variety of items, yet it has moved to a different realm of RPG's which I find great. There are three commands during battle and one of the better ones begins a "Bond Attack" which is a great addition to a game where the most important part of this game is the bonds between the Rider and their Monster. There is so much to the game from countless armor, character voices and much more based in a gigantic world over several climates. You will never feel stressed as you play through this game, it is a fun and challenging game with a lot to do and a lot to uncover as you play through the story. Also remember to enjoy using the "Ride Attack" to your heart’s content!"

Comments

Is it weird I prefer this art style / rpg gameplay over the main MH series? I'm pretty excited to try this game. I've tried MH on the 3ds and it didn't really hook me in and the menu system was overly complicated for me.

Seems like the only flaw they have with the game so far is the load times, which is something that isn't too hard to overlook. The main monster hunter series too can have long load times when setting off on a quest (more-so online) but for every battle, which may be frequent depending on the player, hopefully won't be overkill. I'm still desperately hoping the west gets this game. 50 hours is also pretty long for a 3ds game, that has my hopes high.

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