In 2017, Capcom released Monster Hunter Stories, a game that many overlooked due simply to the fact it was tied to the dying Nintendo 3DS in the Switch Era. It had its flaws, mostly due to a seemingly random combat system that punished players for not knowing very specific patterns, as well as the Monster customization options essentially being locked away until the end game. Let’s not even mention the terrible 3DS resolution. Despite this, Monster Hunter Stories was modern Capcom‘s respectable first stab at the Pokemon clone genre.
Fortunately, the lower than expected sales of this first entry didn’t doom the spin-off to oblivion. Some fine tuning of the combat mechanics, a slightly more matured story, a more palatable art direction, and some HD graphics slapped on to boot, and Capcom would have a Pokemon clone capable of generating decent sales. But they didn’t stop there…
Every single time a console holder becomes the top dog, they also become disdainful of their fans. They lean on their past and current success, then try to maximize profits by utilizing unsustainable business practices, instead of pleasing gamers and third parties. This is why Nintendo had such a terrible reputation for decades. It’s why Sony’s expectation of PS3 dominance got BTFO by XB360 and Wii. It’s why the Wii U failed so miserably. It’s why the XBOX will possibly be Microsoft’s last console. It’s as inevitable as the tides: When a company becomes too successful, it stops playing by the rules of good sense and gets smacked down. Continue reading E3 2017 Impressions: Sony is now holding back the gaming industry→
The rumors surrounding Monster Hunter were confirmed at Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, which does not bode well for Capcom. Monster Hunter World is a console entry of the popular Japanese portable franchise, and it has been simplified in order to appeal to Western gamers. Stealth elements, lowered prep work, and QTEs have been added to the game, as well as big cinematic battles.
Essentially, it’s the antithesis of everything that made Monster Hunter popular. That’s an article for another time though, instead, check out this toned down, cinematic Monster Hunter gameplay:
Monster Hunter World is supposed to release in Early 2018 for PS4, XB1, and PC. No Nintendo Switch announcement as of yet.
It’s not really classic Monster Hunter, but it doesn’t look too bad. What do you think of this development? Do you think it has a chance to become a popular spinoff, or is Monster Hunter World doomed to be another under perfoming Capcom release?
Final Fantasy Explorers is Square Enix‘s take on the Monster Hunter genre. They make good use of the deep Final Fantasy history, letting players fight the series staple monsters, use familiar classes, and dress as your favorite characters. It’s everything you’d think a fan could want in a game of this pedigree. Continue reading Game Rankings 2016: Final Fantasy Explorers→