Parents' Guide to

Monster Hunter Stories

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Buddy up with fantasy creatures in fun RPG spin-off.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2017
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What kid hasn't thought about how much fun it would be to have a pet dragon as a best friend, or maybe to hitch a saddle up to a dinosaur and ride into the sunset? Monster Hunter Stories takes key elements from the Monster Hunter franchise, tosses in the creature capturing and team-up aspects of games like Pokémon, and wraps it all up in a style that looks like it's just waiting for an afternoon cartoon series. It's much more kid-friendly than the series is usually known for and a perfect entry-level game for newcomers, yet it still feels like a solid addition to the franchise as a whole.

The biggest change in Monster Hunter Stories is the player's role. Instead of being the equivalent of a fantasy big game hunter, you're teaming up with monsters that you've found and raised. There's so much focus on building bonds with your monsters that you can't help but look at them as more than just bad guys to fight. It's like going on an adventure with a beloved family pet … that happens to have scaly wings and giant teeth. Admittedly, there's a fair amount of repetition in the game, between traveling back and forth and fighting the same monsters for missions. But between local and online battles, gene splicing with other monsters, crafting equipment and items, and general exploration, there's still plenty to break up the monotony.

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