Monster Hunter turns 18: what's next for the series?

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The player assumes the role of a customizable self-insert hunter. They begin by entering the Village of Kokoto, which is a small hunting village lead by a Village Chief known as the Hero of Kokoto. The player grows in strength and skill by aiding the people of Kokoto Village, completing many different Quests in order to progress offline. This eventually culminates is a battle against the monster Monoblos, which is traditionally considered the offline final boss. In the online mode, the player travels to a town, which is not named in game, but is named in the Hunter's Encyclopedia lorebook as "Minegarde Town." In town, the player teams up with other hunters in order to grow stronger, only for the sudden appearance of the Giant Dragon "Lao-Shan Lung" to cause the town to fall into a panic. The player then teams up with hunters to slay or repel Lao-Shan Lung, so it does not destroy any villages in the West Schrade Kingdom. After doing so, the player unlocks a brand new tier of Quests, which would be known as "High Rank" in later Monster Hunter games, but is not named in the original. The player then meets what is known as the "Wyvern Blood's Call," and is met with the appearance of the Black Dragon "Fatalis," the online final boss. After slaying this evil dragon, the town and Kingdom is safe, and the player is regarded as a hero.

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Monster Hunter turns 18: what's next for the series?

18 years ago to the day, Capcom gave birth on PS2 to an action-RPG unlike any other called Monster Hunter, which has now become one of its most iconic licences.

If the gameplay base has remained as unchanging as a Rathalos from the first opus to Monster Hunter Rise, including spin-offs such as Monster Hunter Stories, the series has changed a lot before reaching today... a form of maturity?

Little Hunter grown up

The first steps of Monster Hunter on PS2 on March 11, 2004 were not the easiest, in particular because of very strangely configured controls, great rigidity in the fights and a rather limited range of monsters, both in both in form and in substance. However, the title was already extremely rich in its ideas of gameplay and mechanics.

It was indeed necessary to prepare for each Hunt against gigantic monsters by improving its equipment or by recovering components to manufacture potions and other consumables in order to succeed in its next mission. This gameplay loop is still the heart of the main games today, but it has inevitably evolved, especially with the addition of new legendary monsters, new mechanics and weapons with unique gameplay.

After a second opus in 2006, Monster Hunter has for a long time abandoned the home console to become a nomadic hunter, in particular on PSP and Nintendo DS/3DS. This transition earned him a solid reputation in Japan, as portable consoles are appreciated there, but much less in the West.

Capcom then dabbled in the MMO with Monster Hunter Frontier Online , first and for the first time in its history on PC in 2007, unfortunately exclusively in Japan. Despite the efforts of Western fans, the title will only see the light of day there unofficially, before seeing its servers closed in 2019.

Which brings us to the last two titles that have been among the biggest hits in Capcom's history internationally: Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter Rise . The first marked the return with great fanfare of the license on home consoles, then on PC; the second was temporarily exclusive to Nintendo's hybrid console before being also ported to PC.

With these two games, Capcom operated a clear transition towards a semi-open world giving pride of place to exploration (the filoptere of Rise , what a pleasure!) and to much more dynamic combat. This change did not necessarily please the veterans, but it was the great pleasure of a new audience which literally exploded (and therefore inevitably of Capcom).

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Maturity for Monster Hunter ?

With all this knowledge, what adventures can Monster Hunter expect , now that he has acquired the majority? In the near future, we have the expansion for Rise , titled Sunbreak . This should add the famous Master rank specific to each expansion of the main games (or G Rank for old titles) as well as a shovelful of new monsters, moves for the 14 existing weapons and new mechanics. It remains to be seen whether the tower-defense mode… Calamity introduced in Rise will still be present or not.

This is potentially an opportunity for Capcom to make the difficulty of its latest title a little more difficult, so to speak relatively absent in its current version, with the exception of a few rare monsters encountered towards the last section of the game. Monster Hunter World titled Iceborne had shown itself on this point to be exemplary in more ways than one, while World was already in its time considered too “simple” by purists.

For the sequel, let's bet that Capcom is currently working on a form of Monster Hunter World 2 intended for home consoles and the PC, as the first opus has met with phenomenal success. First of all to offer a visual experience using perfectly the excellent RE: Engine inaugurated by Resident Evil 2 Remake , and then, because the Japanese giant had indicated that it wanted to make the PC a privileged platform for its next games . Unless Exoprimal , Capcom's new game with exo-armors and dinos raining down by the thousands, steals the show...

Despite its 18 years, the mythical Monster Hunter license has therefore not yet fully reached maturity, but has undoubtedly risen after all these years to the rank of video game monument. Whatever the arrival of majority has in store for him, we wish him an excellent birthday and many more great years of hunting in perspective!

Is Monster Hunter a good video game?

Yes Monster Hunter is a good video game, we had a lot of fun playing it! That's why we decided to give it a 59% rating. If you want to try it, and if you have already enjoyed similar games, we are sure you will have a great time on this game! Of course, Monster Hunter has its flaws, and we even noticed some mini bugs while playing it for several hours, but all this is also part of the charm and it doesn't take anything away from the pleasure of playing.

Can I play Monster Hunter with my friends?

Yes, you can play Monster Hunter multiplayer (online) with your friends! So think about it the next time you have a party at home, it can be a great opportunity to have a great time with your friends and family, while determining who is the best at Monster Hunter!

Is Monster Hunter available on multiple platforms?

No, the game Monster Hunter is currently only available on PlayStation 2. We hope that Capcom development studio will release the game on other consoles soon, even if nothing is planned for the moment!

Is Monster Hunter a recent game?

No, Monster Hunter is not a recent game, it was launched in most regions on Mar 11th 2004, 20 years 3 months 4 days ago.
Monster Hunter has been released on PlayStation 2.

Is there an official website for Monster Hunter?

Yes Monster Hunter has its own official website! You can find it by clicking here.

Is there a forum on the internet to discuss the game Monster Hunter?

Yes there is a website where Monster Hunter fans can meet to discuss and exchange content, tips and advice on the game. It's on the Reddit website and you can find this Subreddit by clicking here.

Is Monster Hunter compatible with VR?

No, Monster Hunter is not currently compatible with virtual reality, but we hope that one day it will be possible to play it with this new technology!

Does the game Monster Hunter have other names around the world?

Yes, the game is also known by these names around the world:
MH (Abbreviation)
MonHun (Abbreviation)
モンスターハンター (Japanese title - original)

What are similar games to Monster Hunter?

Monster Hunter is a game similar to Life is Feudal: Your Own, Rising World, Miscreated, Force of Nature, GreedFall, Code Vein, Children of Morta, Citadel: Forged With Fire, Mr. Prepper and Remnant: From the Ashes, if you liked Monster Hunter, you will surely love this list of games we just mentioned! You can find our dedicated portals by clicking on the name of the games, and make your own opinion very quickly!

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