Story - 85%
Graphics - 80%
Audio - 82%
Gameplay - 87%
Replayability - 84%
I had the pleasure to play the new Monster Hunter Stories on the Nintendo 3ds. A game of mystery, egg hatching and turn-based RPG action! Set in the Monster Hunter universe, you get to experience the other side of the story as you are not a hunter of monsters but a Rider! You befriend monsters by stealing their eggs and hatching them, each egg that you hatch has most of the time a new Monster. The times you do get the same Monster, you will find that their abilities and stats are completely different to your current monster.
There are roughly 60 different Monsters from right across the Monster Hunter Universe that you can collect, modify and battle within the game. The way you modify your Monster is by manipulating its gene structure(for a small rural village you sure can do hard science stuff!). This way you can unlock special abilities that you would not get by natural progression(when levelling up), it also grants better stats for your monsties(as they are called so lovingly in the game).
As you progress in the early part of the game you get to go explore a wide range of environments, from deserts plains to arctic environments. And I must say that it is breathtakingly beautiful(for a 3ds game). A side benefit of having a wide list of monsties is that each type of monster has a unique out of battle ability that is really useful when exploring the game, you can even combine some of these passive abilities if you have the right monsties with you. Another cool thing is that some monsties can climb rock faces or jump big gaps, this just makes your gameplay even longer(n a good way) as you get to explore the environments more.
I also loved the fact that you could up to a point customize your character, from setting your hairstyle to selecting how evil your smile and eyes are going to look like. Look it is no Skyrim Character Editor but what it does, it does good.
The battles in Monster Hunter Stories is all turn-based. To a degree, it feels almost like the current Pokemon titles version of turn-based battles. The reason I say this is that like in Pokemon you have a special magic stone called a Kinship Stone. What this does is that you combined basically your character and your monsters powers to give you an even bigger attack power, which is almost like your Z-Moves in the Pokemon games. But this feature I love in the game and gives me an extra motivation to use it in battle.
Overall I was really happy with Monster Hunter Stories, it really felt good to actually befriend the monsters compared to the Hunters(O and you do meet some hunters in the game). The battles are fairly quick and the crafting system works wonders. The graphics are really good and the same goes for the audio(all the voice overs in my game is Japanese…so lots of reading in cutscenes). I would recommend this game to any JRPG fan or RPG fans. This is your local mad scientist signing out….where did I put that mon…o, boy!
Reviewed on: Nintendo 3DS
Available on: Nintendo 3DS
Genre: Adventure, Turn-Based RPG
Age Rating: 7-9 PG V
Estimated RRP: R599
Release Date: 7 September 2017
- Loved the Turn-based battle system
- The Story is also really good
- Don’t really have a complaint with this game!