A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players use hunting skills to help out people in need. Big focus on teamwork, coordinating efforts, working together for particularly difficult hunts. Encourages online players to ask for, offer assistance when things get rough.
Positive Role Models
While player is a blank slate, personality-wise, supporting cast tends to be friendly, helpful, working together to strengthen community.
Ease of Play
Monster Hunter series has never been known as an easy-to-play game. With a huge variety of uniquely distinct weapons, lots of menus to navigate, relatively complex method of play, it can be overwhelming for younger, casual players. Even so, Monster Hunter: World has been redesigned to be much more user friendly, more welcoming to newcomers.
Violence & Scariness
Players use all kinds of weapons, traps to kill fantastic creatures, similar in many ways to dragons, dinosaurs. Players then carve materials (hide, bone, meat, etc.) from corpses to use with other gathered resources, crafting new, better equipment. Some areas of world show animal carcasses, blood; there's plenty of violence, but surprisingly little gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some armor and outfits used by player and non-player characters can be revealing, but these are few and far between.
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There's nothing offensive in game's dialogue, but heavy focus on online play, as well as both voice and text chat options, could expose young players to offensive content from others.
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Products & Purchases
Latest title in Monster Hunter franchise, which has spawned six main games, host of remakes, reissues, spin-offs. Supports additional downloadable content. While larger updates, expansions are planned as free downloads, players can use real money to buy more cosmetic items to customize look of characters.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Players can drink alcoholic beverages, potentially getting drunk, stumbling around for short times. Players also craft items such as "Demondrug," which can be used to give characters boosts during hunts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster Hunter: World is a fantasy action/role-playing game for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. Players set out in a fantasy-themed world, hunting massive creatures and collecting various materials needed to supply and safeguard their community. While killing (or occasionally trapping) the creatures is the primary focus of the game, there's surprisingly little blood or gore. Monster Hunter: World isn't an easy game to play. There's a fairly steep learning curve, as well as a lot of trial and error when it comes to learning how the different weapons and items work. The game leans heavily into encouraging online play with others, including letting players call for help when they're in a jam. Although this is great for learning about teamwork and camaraderie, parents should keep an eye on their kids' online interactions, as the game does support both voice and text chat with others.
Is It Any Good?
This immersive adventure provides more than enough content to keep players tracking monsters for months to prove they're the best hunter in the game's vast new world. Monster Hunter games have always had a sort of niche fan base. It's a gorgeous series with a lot of fun packed in, but it's been trapped behind a wall of intense complexity that's never really been welcoming to newcomers. Capcom is looking to change all that with Monster Hunter: World, the latest entry in the fan favorite franchise. While it's not a reboot in the traditional sense, the game is a fresh start for the series, with a heavy emphasis on bringing more people of different skill levels together to join in the monster hunting excitement. Make no mistake about it, Monster Hunter: World is still a far cry from being a cakewalk. It's still a game that you'll have to put some real time and effort into if you expect to get the most out of it. But the game does a fantastic job of easing new or casual players into the experience without taking anything away that returning fans have come to know and love.
Whether this is your first outing as a fledgling hunter or you're a veteran that's taken down more Rathalos than you can shake a Gunlance at, there's plenty to discover and to be in awe of. The world you're dropped into is a gorgeous, sprawling place that looks amazing no matter which system you run it on. Unlike previous games, the different sections of the map smoothly transition from one into the other, so there's never a break in the expedition. And speaking of the expedition, there's so much to find in the game that it's almost overwhelming. One minute you're tracking the footprints and other clues left by a creature, and the next you're swinging from the trees searching out plants or ore. Then there are the times when a chance encounter with a powerful monster flips the script, and you go from being the hunter to being the prey. It's times like these when it's nice to know you can send up an S.O.S. flare and call in some support from other online hunters. Whether you set out as a team from the start or call in the cavalry mid-mission, working together as a team -- especially with experienced hunters -- is a treat. Coordinated attacks, distractions, traps, and all the other tricks of the trade quickly come into play, and can turn the tide of almost any confrontation. Monster Hunter: World is so much more than just playing a game. It's adventure on a truly epic scale, and the way to create your own journey while helping others build their own.
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