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Capcom return to the Monster Hunter series with a new entry that ventures into new territory that’s different to the series while at the same time retains the charm, action and adventure that fans have come to know from this universe. This is Monster Hunter Stories!
The Nintendo Switch is still fairly new to the market but news recently broke that one of the biggest franchises is coming its way. Monster Hunter XX will be appearing on the Nintendo Switch, which comes as no surprise to anyone, and will be hitting stores in Japan on August 25th. In case you missed the recent trailer for the news, check it out below:
But it wouldn’t be Japan without a hardware themed release to go along with it. Although it’s already sold out on the Capcom site, there was a specially themed MH Switch with a smexy dock that went on sale.
The Limited Edition comes with some goodies like a random keyring:
Soundtrack CD with five tracks:
Monster Hunter Production Book:
Monster Hunter carry pouch:
And here’s a Monster Hunter carry case sold separately:
No news yet for a release outside of Japan but you’d think that the announcement isn’t too far away…let’s keep our fingers crossed that Capcom shows the West some love 🙂
Monster Hunter XX looks set to receive an amazing collaboration for those lucky gamers in Japan or anyone lucky enough to have a Japanese 3DS in their possession. Capcom have recently announced that Sailor Moon, celebrating its 25th anniversary, will be teaming up with the monster hunting series. The team up will consist of DLC that allows you to craft weapons and accessories for your Felynes in the Sailor Moon theme. To see more of what I mean, check out the announcement trailer below:
Here’s a look at the opening intro cinematic for Capcom’s new entry in the Monster Hunter series, Monster Hunter Stories. And just like previous MH games, the intro doesn’t disappoint as it’s fantastic!
Monster Hunter Stories launches in Japan on October 8, 2016.
Another series that I look forward to seeing a new release from is Resident Evil, or Biohazard as it’s known in Japan. Tokyo Game Show ’16 saw Capcom bring Resident Evil 7 with a look at some footage and gameplay via a trailer shown over the event. Looks pretty terrifying, dark and atmospheric, three things the series is known for.
Capcom, another heavyweight developer unveils what they’ll be bringing to Tokyo Game Show 2016!
- Monster Hunter Spirits (Arcade) – Playable
- Monster Hunter Stories (3DS) – Playable, Stage Event, Live Stream – Visit the theater booth to see the opening movie and a special video you won’t see elsewhere.
- Resident Evil 7: biohazard (PS4, PSVR, XBO, PC) – Playable (PS4, PSVR), Stage Event, Live Stream – The latest demo will make its first debut in Japan.
- Toraware no Palm (iOS, Android) – Playable, Stage Event
Not much there at the moment but if we know Capcom, they’ll hopefully be adding more titles as TGS draws closer…
I’ve been playing Monster Hunter since the days of the Sony PSP and yet I’ve never being able to finish a single game in the series or even come close. I think it’s because I get frustrated with the difficulty curve and just end up giving up. I do really love the series but I think I’m more in love with what the series represents: bringing friends and strangers together in a close-knit community sharing a common passion.
Having said all that, I really believe Monster Hunter Generations could possibly be the first entry in hugely popular monster hunter series that I will continue playing past HR2 Rank, and here’s why.
Capcom have molded a really smart game in the series and introduced a couple of new additions to the game which help out newbies like myself. First off, there’s the new Hunting Arts, abilities which you can choose and vary depending on which Hunting Style you select during the character creation. There are four Hunting Styles: Guild Style, Striker Style, Aerial Style and Adept Style. Depending on which one you choose determines how many empty slots you’re allocated which you can then fill with Hunting Arts. You’re allocated anywhere from one to three spaces for the Arts.
Speaking of the Arts, these are abilities which come in handy during battle and can get you out of a tight spot. Abilities such as being able to run away from large monsters for a short period without using your stamina or being able to unleash a circular attack which is perfect when you’re surrounded by numerous creatures. The abilities need to be charged up first, normally caused just by attacking monsters, and then when the on-screen gauge is fully charged, hit the touch screen to release some carnage! The Arts are also specific to which weapon is currently equipped as well. So Arts that you have access to with one weapon may not necessarily be there for another. This keeps you on your toes and adds a new layer of strategy to the mix.
Speaking of the monsters, the monster count for the most part has increased from past games. Small creatures now number 34 and large monsters, 71 for a total of 105 compared to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate which had 98. As usual, you can choose to hunt alone or in local multiplayer and online co-op.
As we’ve come to expect, the game is beautifully animated with stunning artwork in the monsters and the world they inhabit. And the game is huge, quite larger than what I remember in past games with lots of lush backgrounds and nature to interact with on those all important foraging quests. Generations also seems to be better drawn with the art assets looking more clear than past games. Sometimes with MH titles on the 3DS, I’ve had to squint to make out some of the details and wording. I’m playing this on a New 3DS and I’m having no trouble with viewing everything, it really looks that good.
For the hardcore fans out there, you’ll be pleased to know that there are also new Deviant Monsters. These are mutated forms of monsters from previous MH titles which if you’re successful in bringing down will yield some very precious and hard to get materials for forging equipment.
This is one of the better looking entries in the series and I’m always blown away by how much more Capcom is able to squeeze out of the 3DS in bringing these games and their massive worlds to the handheld. Everything is better and bigger from the hometown you start in, Bherna to the very cute Palicoes, you the hunter and of course, the monsters. Fans of the series will love it and newcomers should enjoy the improved entry level difficulty curve all round. I need to run now, there’s a pesky Maccao causing some havoc which I need to hunt!
PS. Before I forget, Nintendo are also releasing a stunning New 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations edition console which looks amazing. I’ll be picking this up on launch day as well!
Final Score: 9/10
The Resident Evil series is my 2nd all-time favourite gaming series, right behind Metal Gear Solid. Capcom have just shown off these special limited edition PS4 units which look amazing! They were recently announced by Sony on the Playstation Blog to mark the 20th anniversary of Resident Evil or Biohazard as it’s known in Japan.
The PS4 models will have one of two art designs. The first being artwork showcasing the 20th anniversary while the other will feature artwork from Biohazard Umbrella Corps. Both designs will be available in either black or white 500GB PS4 consoles. There will be a 1TB version as well but that one will only be shipping in black, no white variation has been announced as yet.
As well as being incredible looking units on the outside, the consoles will also feature special packaging artwork and a unique menu theme to match.
The units will be hitting Japan on June 23rd, the same release day for Umbrella Corps. The good news is that in the West, we’ll be getting the game on June 21st for both PC and PS4.
PS. Don’t know what Umbrella Corps is? Here’s a trailer for you.