My biggest problem with the game is that every time I stay away from it for too long when I come back to it not only I have to relearn how to play the game but what the hell I was up to. Granted that isn't an unusual problem with games and I usually don't have much trouble getting myself reacquainted. But in the case of Monster Hunter World the problem is exacerbated because it has a gazillion different weapons, each with their strengths and weaknesses and several different monsters to hunt, again each with their own strengths and weaknesses to exploit.
Oh, and depending on the gear we want we need to hunt specific monsters for it. Which means figuring out which monsters need to be hunted and the most efficient way to do it.
To make it even worse I am still stuck in that transition phase between the lower ranking monsters and high ranking ones. On one hand I want to hunt all the new monsters. On the other hand it seems more prudent to hunt the high rank version of older monsters first to upgrade my gear so I stand a chance at defeating the new ones.
I am also frustrated because my story progression is currently blocked by the pain in the backside that is Nergigante.
Right now my gameplan to deal with these issues is the follow:
The first thing I think I will do is try to get the Radobaan hammer for my Palico. That was a suggestion from a friend of mine. Supposedly that hammer is pretty good to put enemies to sleep.
The Radobaan might also be a good monster to get me reacquainted with the game considering it is a big, relatively straightforward monster.
Right now I believe my Palico is wearing the Zorah Magdaros set, including the weapon. So that might end being a good upgrade weapon-wise. I am not entirely sure what kind of armor upgrade I will give him though. I will need to do some research on that.
As for my character he is wearing the Guardian armor set we could claim when Iceborne was released and for weapon I am using a Kadachi Fang I. I have no idea why I was using this weapon only that is the best one I currently have. I was probably trying to exploit Nergigante's weakness to thunder.
Since I want to hunt other monsters in the Elder Recess though I am thinking of maybe trying the Blacksteel Long Sword since a lot of them seems to have a dragon weakness. Or maybe I should just try to go for an even more specific weakness depending on what I try to hunt first.
Another thing I am pondering is if I shouldn't switch my choice of weaponry entirely. I like the long sword because for me it has the best balance between range, speed and damage. But I also always forget about the Spirit Gauge and all the special attacks unique to this weapon.
I also like Great Swords but they are too slow and my play style tends towards dodging the enemy rather than trying to block it. My other preferred weapon, the dual blades have the problem of needing too much sharpening. Although my friend suggested that if I do go for the dual blade I could get the the Odogaron armor set for faster sharpening.
If I decide to go with a Dual Blade that would definitely give me a goal as far as armor sets go. But to be honest I am not looking forward to fighting Odogaron again any time soon. The first time, when it was low rank, was already annoying enough with its speed and bleeding attacks.
I am almost considering trying other weapons too but part of me worries that I'd just be wasting time trying to learn a different weapon that I will be even worse at. On the other hand I might end up finding something that I enjoy more.
And now that I put this all into written form this feels less like a plan and more of bunch of jumbled thoughts dumped into a post. XD
Oh, well, it might still help me decide on something I guess.