29. Sep, 2016 18:48 (HKT)

Famitsu Translated Interview Praises Monster Hunter Stories, But Criticizes Long Load Times

Monster Hunter Stories
Nintendo 3DS [RPG] Release: JPN - October 8, 2016
Monster Hunter Stories (Nintendo 3DS™, JPN) US$ 19.99 24h

The Monster Hunter Stories review was shown in this week's Famitsu and it has gotten mostly praise with various 8-9 scores. They detailed the game itself being over 50 hours, easy to pick up for beginners, but the game suffers through long loading times before each battle and between changing areas.

Check out the translated material below!

[Target Audience]
* Fans of the “Monster Hunter” series
* RPG Fans

[Play Time]
* Around 50 Hours to complete the games Story
* Countless hours of fun battling, gathering and collecting items.

Kishida (9):
"In Stories you don't play as a hunter, but as a Rider. Basically, you go out and raise your monsters which I find very interesting. You still feel the Monster Hunter charm regardless if the game is not exactly the same as the others in the series. Picking up Eggs and Nests, adventuring across various familiar backdrops as your bonds with your monsters begin to grow is so much fun. The game's battles are very lively and the most entertaining part of Stories although I was disappointed by the length of the load times between changing areas."

Honma (8):
"The fact the Monster Hunter series has dipped its toe in a different RPG style is amazing. Especially the battles which are very easy to play, but doesn’t pull back on the difficulty of battles with its increasing depth as you play through the game. Performing double attacks alongside your monster has a real charm to it (or at least I think so). It gets very exciting as you run in to collect items such as Eggs or items from Nests each time you enter a field too! Finally, I would say the biggest con is the load times before each battle and when entering a new part of the map."

Uchizawa (9):
"Stories may be different, but it brings the best parts of the main series with it. Going on quests, defeating Monsters and gathering a variety of items, yet it has moved to a different realm of RPG's which I find great. There are three commands during battle and one of the better ones begins a "Bond Attack" which is a great addition to a game where the most important part of this game is the bonds between the Rider and their Monster. There is so much to the game from countless armor, character voices and much more based in a gigantic world over several climates. You will never feel stressed as you play through this game, it is a fun and challenging game with a lot to do and a lot to uncover as you play through the story. Also remember to enjoy using the "Ride Attack" to your heart’s content!"

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