Monster Hunter World: PS4 Review
Developed by Capcom
Kill or trap monsters - that's the very simple MO at the core of this eminently playable game that's likely to suck up as much of your time as it is offer you frustrations.
For those unfamiliar with the Monster Hunter series and the collective explosion that this latest version caused online with its announcement, the raison d'etre is simple - hunt monsters, loot them, retool up and craft weapons and armour to ensure the next hunt doesn't see you picked off.
Basically dropping you into the New World, you're a hunter, a part of the Fifth Fleet, summoned by a Research Commission to take your place in the New World and help capture and re-settle.
On your way to this, the ship you and your Palico ( a customisable cat character who comes and helps you on your fights) are thrown overboard during a meeting with a major sea creature.
As you make your way to land and are gradually reuinted with the other elements of the Fifth Fleet, the New World comes into focus - and the quests begin.
Monster Hunter: World is a bit of a grind, in the way that Destiny and others of its ilk are.
From basic early quests to preparing to go out, via a canteen visit, there's a degree of necessity over what must be done to survive.
But once you get into the greenery, the world comes alive - and the challenges begin.
An ever-evolving beast, the world proffers up as much interest as you're willing to put patience into.
The wonderful looking and weird creatures aren't easy to take down - like any wildlife they adapt and take you on as much as you face off with them. Weapons have 14 different classes to evolve through and there's a definite feeling of reward inherent in the game.
However, it's the details of customisation to the levels of realisation of the New World that make
Monster Hunter: World a game to delve into - it's not like these detract from the game, but the desire to make it so personal to you pays off dividends for Capcom with there being an ongoing feeling of investment.
Ultimately, Monster Hunter: World is something to sink your teeth into - and while the patience may not be for the quick fix looking for thrills in an open world environment, there are more reasons than not to evolve with it.