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Is Monster Hunter Now worth playing?


Monster Hunter Now is the brand new mobile game created by Niantic. The name Niantic should sound familiar for those who have played Pokemon Go. And similar to Pokemon Go, Monster Hunter Now forces players to venture outside and explore the real open world. It mixes reality with the virtual. For those wondering ‘Is Monster Hunter Now worth playing,” here are factors to consider.

Overall, the game is solid. To put simply, it’s worth playing for people who enjoy Monster Hunter alongside Pokemon Go. The combat loop is simple — becoming a tad more complicated and difficult as time goes on.

It stays relatively true to the Monster Hunter mechanics, where the weapons aren’t so much the learning curve. Instead, understanding Monster attack patterns and weaknesses is key to succeeding. For those familiar with the mainline Monster Hunter games, this should come as no surprise.

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Mechanics are admittedly massively simplified to function on the mobile. Not every combo from the mainline games exists, but there’s more than enough to experiment with and learn.

Monster Hunter Now has relatively well thought out systems. Walk around to find monsters. Hunt Monster to upgrade Armor and Weapons. Finish missions to level up HR (Hunter Rank), which allows the player to access more monster variety. Rinse and Repeat.

Now, where do the microtransactions come in? It’s a free to play mobile game, where players can pay for items. These don’t directly make the player stronger, but instead grant small advantages like health in the form of potions or doubling loot. For those who can’t dodge, and find themselves constantly getting pounded by monster attacks, microtransactions will start looking real tempting.

Granted, the player health regains with time. Potions are also handed out daily — meaning there isn’t any real need to pay to win. As many veterans hunters say, “just don’t get hit.” It’s a simple as that.

Target Audience

It seems the game is best enjoyed as a relatively casual experience, something to grind at while on the way somewhere. The limiting factors of health alongside limited depth to the fights make for a less immersive gameplay experience when compared to the console Monster Hunter Games — at least in regards to combat.

Therefore, though veteran Monster Hunter players will likely love this game, it’s advised to understand the limitations of combat alongside the built in systems. This game remains true to the soul of Monster Hunter, but still differs drastically from consoles.

In addition, casual players who have been intimidated by the complexities of Monster Hunter in general may find their home here. For those veteran hunters who have failed to recruit noobies to the church of Monster Hunter, this may be a good starting sermon. Just be wary of microtransactions and getting hit by a car.

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