OK, I've never played any of the Monster Hunter games, but it looks like the demo assumes I have, since I have no idea of what and how to do it, and I never get an explanation.
The moment I start the demo I have to choose one of two missions, based on difficulty, choose a weapon and then I'm thrown in the middle of a map with a couple of sidekicks and instructions to kill some monster in a set amount of time. The instructions are, more or less: "You have 20 minutes to kill this monster". That's the only thing I'm told.
I have no idea what the buttons do (the first one I pressed consumed a potion, yay), what the map means, what's my position in it (until I move out of the area), I kill a couple of random beasts without any seeming consequence and when I run into a huge monster I have no idea if it's the one I'm looking for or not, but I realize in the middle of the battle that I chose the wrong weapon for it.
Anyway, I would have preferred if the demo had some kind of tutorial. Can anyone who has played any of these games before enlighten me a little? Does this game have some kind of story or is it just random "kill this monster" missions? Do we get tutorials in the full versions? Is there any customization/leveling? Do we get to practice? Can this game be played single-player or is the single-player mere practice for multiplayer?
Everyone seems to love this game, but I just don't understand what to do in it. Heck, I can't even tell what genre this game is supposed to be. Action? RPG? Strategy? Dating? (the dialogue of those weird sidekicks implies some strange things)