Games I’ve been playing – January 2020

January has been one of those weird months where it felt too short and yet very long too. I don’t even know how to explain this phenomenon. All I know is there was a bunch of things I wanted to do but didn’t either because I got sick or the weather wasn’t collaborating. Or both.

This also end up happening to games but at least in this case there was only one culprit: Monster Hunter World. Seriously this is one of those games that seem to distort time: you go for just one hunt and next thing you know it is almost midnight and you need to go to bed.

Somehow I did manage to get to play other games too! They were mostly before I got sucked back into Monster Hunter World, but still, they are something else that I can talk about!

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Bingeing on Monster Hunter World

I didn’t use to understand why some of my friends played Monster Hunter World as frequently as they do. Sure, I like the game too but I don’t have the same kind of passion. Now after spending the weekend playing the game a bit more I think I am starting to understand the appeal.

My whole weekend this time was spent doing Optional Quests in the game. Most of those were High Rank from the base game and although I didn’t have to do them I still wanted to just for completionism’s sake. It turned out to be a very fun experience too. Even with just some starting-level gear from Iceborne I was able to just wreck the face of all the monsters in these quests. I honestly don’t think I ever hunted them so fast by myself.

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Monster Hunter World base game story completed!

Finishing the story for the base game of Monster Hunter World was something that was in my bucket list for a very long time. It was something I struggled to do for such a long time that at certain points I thought about giving up on it completely. Thankfully I didn’t and this weekend I finally completed the base game’s story! 😀

It wasn’t something I was really planning to do, nor actually expecting it. It kinda of just happened.

Maybe I should back track a little to explain how things turned out like this. I always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the game. Love because hunting giant monsters is fun. Hate because the grind to get new gear to hunt new monsters can be tedious. The frustration with the grind only got worse when I got to the High Rank monsters and the difficulty spike suddenly felt like it went way up. When I reached Nergigante then? It felt like I reached an insurmountable wall I’d never be able to get past.

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Monster Hunter World Woes

Since my last “Woes” post ended up helping me in some kind of subconscious way I figured I might try it again, this time with Monster Hunter World.

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.

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