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- Prepare to embark on an RPG adventure unlike anything the Monster Hunter series has ever known.
- In Monster Hunter Stories, become a rider and bond with monsters to raise their potential and unleash powerful combos.
- Players can fly, swim and crash into new areas of the map; discover eggs to collect and hatch; and participate in turn-based battles with a party of multiple monsters.
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Prepare to embark on an RPG adventure unlike anything the Monster Hunter series has ever known. In Monster Hunter Stories, become a rider and bond with monsters to raise their potential and unleash powerful combos. Players can fly, swim and crash into new areas of the map; discover eggs to collect and hatch; and participate in turn-based battles with a party of multiple monsters.
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However, no game is perfect (unless it's Okami...) and this game is no exception to that rule. As amazing as this game is, there is one major gripe that I have when it comes to assessing more content in this game. And it has to do with your monsties. Don't get me wrong, I ADORE the egg hatching feature, and love how exhilarating it feels to narrowly avoid battling a monster, while running away with an egg in hand, but the fact that some monsties simply cannot even be played with or even placed in your party until your "Kinship Stone's" level increases is one of the most frustrating features of the game. To put it into more simple terms, imagine playing a pokemon game, and finally catching either a shiny, or legendary pokemon. Naturally, you'd be ecstatic, but as soon as you get to the pokemon center and access your PC, the game tells you: "You will not be able to use this pokemon until after you beat the elite four..." That's basically how this monsties feature works, and it's infuriating. I hatched a pink rathian egg, and I literally (not exaggerating) had to play another 3 1/2 to 4 hours straight of storymode gameplay (with no sidequest) just to unlock her, and be able to use her in my party. Now I understand that you don't want someone to start off the game with an overpowerd fatalis, or elder dragon, or something of that nature, but the fact that I can't even use some of the monsties even from my amiibo, is absurd.
For that reason, I would take a whole point away from this game and give it say, a 9/10. However, that's not how amazon's rating system is scaled, so since I can't give it a 4.5/ 5 I'll just give it a 5 since this game is still amazing despite it's flaws. And some helpful tips regarding the game: doing sub quest is essential if you want to obtain more money ingame/ Be sure to equip various helpful items to your "battle pouch"/ and lastly, a certain shady looking Melynx in a fortified town that shall not be named, for fear of tipping off the authorities will purchase felvine (or in other words catnip) off of you for a premium. Your welcome.
It is similar to Pokemon but, I don't know how to explain, it feels less "weird" in the art style of your monster companions. These are more like dragons and other more mature fantasy creatures than a floating chandelier or an oozing pile of garbage, for example, that are in Pokemon. It's those strange Pokemon design choices that continue to keep me away from playing Pokemon. MHS has more of a fantasy dragon monster design.
The game story is solid if nothing particularly innovative. Combat is fun and challenging, especially pulling off dual attacks or your "Ride On" ability to finish off a particularly challenging monster. The game features some 200 monsters you can find and collect all with different abilities, traits, and talents. There is resource collecting for crafting, numerous side quests, etc. You can unlock PvP from a side quest to battle locally or online. I like the PvP system in this game over Pokemon.
The game really does feel like a "gateway" into the Monster Hunter series if you want to go there, it's made me more curious to want to try out a "core" MH game. From watching reviews and gameplay of core Monster Hunter, they have carried over many of the mechanics and even the monsters to MHS except this one is turn based while regular MH is not.
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and look forward to many hours playing this game. If anyone already has a DS console, download the free demo, I think you'll be glad you did.