Not sure what the level of interest is around here, but I figured it would be nice to have a little niche were people could discuss and/or learn about this very imminent little game. Feel free to talk about your personal history with the franchise, what you’re excited about, what you’re not excited about, or even why you might sit this one out. I’m personally a bit averse to spoilers (whatever constitutes those for MH), but don’t feel like you need to hold anything back if it would make some interesting discussion!
I would definitely not describe myself as a MH superfan–the first game I put any significant time into whatsoever was MH: World for PS4. I had bounced off a few of the demos of a few of the PSP and 3DS iterations, which were just so darn obtuse and clunky, clearly carrying forward a lot of legacy features from the very first handful of games. The tweaks to the gameplay in World–especially the lush, continuous maps and streamlined inventory–really helped me get over the hump. After maybe about 400 hours spread across the three platforms it was released for, what really sticks with me is the rewarding technical combat and, surprisingly, the positive and adventurous attitude of the whole game. Sure, you are relentlessly slaughtering majestic creatures (often unprovoked), but the cast of characters are doing so with an air of supportive comradery that allllmost justifies the cryptozoological genocide.
I played a little bit of the demo and have been following some of the MH social media accounts, but I am going into this one mostly blind. It seems like there will be a decent learning curve with the new wirebug abilities, but they open up some wild new weapon techniques. My main weapon has varied over time, but my top tier would include the Gunlance, Greatsword, Bow, Hunting Horn, and Charge Blade. What are everyone else’s weapons of choice?
With respect to the platform, I have to say I am a little concerned that the Switch will be a significant technical downgrade, but hopefully not to the extent where it is impacting gameplay. It seems inevitable that a PC or PS port or more powerful Switch console will drop, but that didn’t stop me from pre-ordering months ago!