When Niantic and Capcom introduced their beforehand introduced actual world searching motion RPG Monster Hunter Now (Free) for iOS and Android, I used to be in two minds concerning the challenge. I didn’t care a lot for Pokemon GO and heard lots of current complaints about how that was dealt with from my buddies who used to play it usually. However, I like Monster Hunter, and have put in hundreds of hours into Monster Hunter World and Monster Hunter Rise whereas additionally loving Monster Hunter Tales and its sequel. I knew I might strive Monster Hunter Now, however simply wasn’t positive it might stick for me. Having performed it each day since launch roughly as a lot as attainable, I’ve lots of good issues to say about Monster Hunter Now, but in addition some methods I hope it improves.
In case you’ve not adopted it, Monster Hunter Now is a free to play recreation akin to Pokemon GO utilizing Niantic’s AR expertise, but it surely brings the world of Monster Hunter to the actual world. Having now performed it, Monster Hunter Now seems like it’s attempting to attraction to Monster Hunter World gamers greater than traditional Monster Hunter recreation followers with its monster choice, weapons, and extra. If Capcom and Niantic’s purpose with Monster Hunter Now is to convey the essence of Monster Hunter or the model to extra gamers, it is going to seemingly succeed, however how is Monster Hunter Now for an enormous fan of the sequence and somebody who performs the video games each day? That’s what I’m going to handle on this launch week overview.
Monster Hunter Now begins with a reasonably first rate story by franchise requirements. I used to be taken with Qualily’s (new character) dialogue and likewise studying the ropes of how Monster Hunter Now flows by way of the Palico who helps you out. You start solely with entry to the Sword and Defend weapon, and ultimately unlock extra just like the Nice Sword (my favourite weapon in Monster Hunter) at Hunter Rank 14. You then unlock extra of the weapon sorts on the subsequent Hunter Rank. That’s principally the primary development alongside monsters turning into harder and the improve system.
So how does Monster Hunter Now translate the core gameplay loop of the console video games to cellular with Niantic’s AR expertise? In Monster Hunter Now, your location decides what is offered to you. It encourages you to maneuver round as you’d count on from a recreation like this, and does issues fairly properly early on. You’ll be able to faucet round to gather assets like ore or bones, and have entry to small monsters and enormous monsters. The opening chapters and tutorials pressure you right into a pretty-fixed path to maneuver forward, and whereas lots of this was boring for me, it is going to assist newcomers study the fundamentals of fight, weapons, objects, and extra. There are each day quests that unlock early on referred to as Particular Quests to earn extra Hunter Rank factors as effectively. You additionally find yourself having to face “Pressing” monsters which can be tougher than those you’ve confronted to date, identical to within the console video games.
Fight initially is simply you tapping the display screen to assault a monster and swiping to dodge when it glows crimson indicating it’s planning an assault. I by no means cared for the Sword and Defend, so I attempted getting by way of these bits shortly. Every weapon additionally has a separate talent that you need to use by tapping and holding the display screen. You quickly unlock a particular potential which fees up as you’re taking down extra monsters, and likewise unlock armor abilities and weapon abilities. As you hunt extra monsters, you want to forge and improve armor with the sport conveniently notifying you when your geared up gear could be upgraded. This improve system is just like the primary console video games, however fairly a bit easier early on. Elemental injury and affinities appear to play a bigger half right here proper from the beginning. You can even allow movement controls for aiming and focusing on by tapping the image on the highest proper throughout battles.
Visually, Monster Hunter Now seems to be actually good. The interface is good, and the animations all really feel devoted to Monster Hunter. Weapon designs, decision even on older iPhone fashions just like the 11, and a 60fps searching possibility all add as much as make for a nice and polished technical expertise in Monster Hunter Now.
On the audio aspect, I’ve been impressed with the brand new preparations of traditional Monster Hunter tunes, and the remaining sounds from the video games which were completely applied into Monster Hunter Now. This actually feels just like the staff understood make a recreation really feel and sound like Monster Hunter, regardless of the simplistic nature. Niantic additionally added haptic suggestions which is a pleasant contact in a recreation like this. I preferred the HD Rumble whereas taking part in Monster Hunter Rise on Swap lots, and it’s good to see a few of that make its means right here whilst easy haptics.
What does Monster Hunter Now embody at launch?
Monster Hunter Now solely consists of six weapon sorts at launch. You start with Sword and Defend, then unlock Nice Sword, and shortly after unlock the opposite 4 together with Gentle Bowgun, Bow, Hammer, and Longsword. When it comes to monsters, Monster Hunter Now additionally has lots of the Monster Hunter World monsters, however not all of them. I think about main updates will begin including monsters from that recreation and hopefully from Monster Hunter Rise as effectively.
Multiplayer is offered, and it additionally helps the journey sync possibility for monitoring location when the app is closed for paintballs and gathering by your Palico. I can’t even keep in mind how Pokemon GO launched, however Monster Hunter Now feels prefer it has the potential to do nice assuming Niantic helps it correctly. Because the builders clearly used lots from Monster Hunter World, I hope the help it will get put up launch can be pretty much as good as that and Iceborne relatively than Rise.
In case you strive taking part in Monster Hunter Now whereas in a automobile, it provides you a warning to click on to verify that you simply aren’t the driving force, after which nonetheless doesn’t allow you to play when you transfer too quick. It’s good to wait a couple of seconds in place earlier than it permits you to work together with factors of curiosity or hunt once more.
When it comes to monetization, I didn’t really feel the necessity to spend to date, however we’re nonetheless a few week into launch solely. The in app purchases vary from a one time starter pack with consumables and gems to a launch celebration go that provides you gems each day for a month. There are additionally direct purchases for an merchandise field growth and some gem pack choices. The large level of rivalry is in how well being potions and first assist meds are dealt with right here. You get the latter each day, however you have to to attend until you’ve got sufficient well being earlier than you possibly can hunt so that you would possibly assume paying will get over the time barrier for that to replenish. The way in which I have a look at this recreation, if I ran out of well being, I’d simply wait until the following day and are available again. I wouldn’t contemplate paying for well being potions. This might change with updates or once I run into later monsters, however as of in the present day, nothing has felt important from the in app purchases.
When it comes to what I’d prefer to see are available updates, I don’t actually have a body of reference to different Niantic video games proper now, however I need Niantic so as to add extra of what makes you really study monster patterns, discover, and hopefully usher in large-scale raids earlier than later. Fight is okay for newcomers, however it may be repetitive for veteran gamers. It will be fascinating to see the tempo of latest content material and options for Monster Hunter Now.
I undoubtedly suggest trying out Monster Hunter Now when you’ve loved the current entries within the sequence or are a newcomer seeking to see what Monster Hunter is all about with the bottom barrier of entry. In its present state, it isn’t as deep as correct console and PC Monster Hunter video games, but it surely does its job at providing you with bite-sized searching motion on the go while you’re out and about with lots of love put in for Monster Hunter. I hope the fight will get extra depth by way of updates, however I’m happy with the launch state of Monster Hunter Now and can be taking part in it usually and trying out updates each time new content material is added.