So what else can you do in the game? If you want to be a pacifist, you can capture monster instead of killing them. Capturing yields more rewards than killing, but requires you to utilize the limited number of traps carefully. There are some monsters that cannot be captured, so I would suggest inviting friends to do the dirty work. There are a plethora of optional quest to do to keep players coming back; especially if you want to attempt to 100% complete each game. There is also an arena that no one really likes. You have to choose from five preset equipment sets and hunt a monster as fast as you can solo or with a friend. Think of this mode as a time attack mode that is only fun for a few hunts. There are also tons of armor and weapons to collect. Many people have devoted themselves to fashion hunting, so if you would like to create different armor and weapon combinations to hold a fashion show, then this game has it.
Sounds interesting? There are other factors that make this series an interesting game. The improvements that World introduced made the series accessible for new players, but took away a little bit of the charm that the older games had. There is a lot of hidden lore about the world and trying to piece the history is another fun joy. I didn’t get a chance to talk about how your own personal growth affects how you improve as a hunter. There are no stat improvement that you can do for your character. You equipment is the only thing that increases your stats and abilities, and everything else comes from your experience. It is possible to hunt in nothing but your underwear and still be able to take down the hardest monsters in the game. These different playstyles and approaches is what makes this series standout and one of the most unique games I’ve ever played.
Also there are cats. Did I forget to mention the palicos? These trusty felines are your hunting partner and are very helpful in the field. You can customize them however you like and train them for what you need. They are extremely loyal to you and will assist you the best they can; even if that means taking one for the team sometimes. Since they are cats, they make the same cat sounds and some of them are master chefs. These furballs are everywhere and add some relief when you are being stomped to death.
Yup it is official. The palicos are the most appealing thing about these games.
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