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Monster Hunter Generations Pass or Buy (Demo Impressions)

monster-hunter-generations-ultimate-demo-656x369Monster Hunter is a game that has grown to be loved by many in the west, and the Switch having the play anywhere ability seems like a must. But there are glaring issues of the past that should go away.

First, I know this is a 3DS port, but do we really need zones loading anymore? Monster Hunter World (which will be my comparison to this modern system game) is fantastic; it has everything you want from monster hunter and more. The fact that there are loading zones takes away from the enjoyment. I jumped, or got knocked into the previous zone while fighting the monster. After playing MHW I can’t deal with zones anymore; while it needed to be for a low powered system, when it isn’t, it’s an abundance on the fluidity of playing. A fluid biome just makes everything feel natural and makes that experience much better.

Secondly using potions is a constant while being mauled by monsters. In MHW you can move while using a potion, and in  MHGU you stand still hoping not to be hit. Now I know the wait time to use is shorter, but I like in MHW you can move out of the way if a monster is gunning for you. Feeling like you aren’t stuck to a position makes you able to move away while dodging attacks from monsters that are easily able to hit you while you’re standing still.

Lastly, the combat is much more fleshed out in world. Using your equipment is vital in  a Monster Hunter game, and generations feels like a backwards step. My normal weapon now (the insect glaive) feels useless because it can’t do everything the World release can. Everything feels like a downgrade from what we have now.

To end, Monster Hunter is always good, but it you don’t have the right what made your last release amazing in a re-release, then you aren’t going to please the masses enough to commit. I love  MH a lot, but I’m going to have to say pass this one.

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The Gamesmen, Episode 227 – Brought to YOU by Dice

tGm227Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about Gran Turismo getting microtransactions, Gamefly ending video game streaming, Octopath Traveler sales, Fire Emblem Heroes revenue, Nintendo’s pronunciation of NES, Unity partnering with Google, a Call of Duty mobile game, Valve adding safeguards, concurrent players in No Man’s Sky, and Disney’s purchase of Fox. Games discussed are PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Diablo 3, Monster Hunter World, Octopath Traveler, No Man’s Sky, Garfield Kart, and Hellion.

Featured Music:
Garfield Kart – “Palerock Lake”
Diablo 3 – “And The Heavens Shall Tremble”

Show Notes:

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The Gamesmen, Episode 226 – Prepare to be Cardboarded

tGm226Join Amras89 and Hardlydan for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about Nintendo’s third Labo release, Ubisoft suspending cheaters, Battlefield 5‘s Grand Operations mode, and the video game stock. Games discussed are Darksiders, Overwatch, Diablo 3, Monster Hunter World, and Octopath Traveler.

Featured Music:
Darksiders – “End Credits”
Octopath Traveler – “Tressa the Merchant”

Show Notes:

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The Gamesmen, Episode 225 – Moviecast

tGm225Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about Valve bannings, Octi’s AR tech, Niantic acquiring Seismic Games, Valve temporarily stopping the addition of adult games, Square apologizing for Octopath Traveler retail shortages, and Rainbow Six Siege against slurs. Games discussed are PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Octopath Traveler, Battlefield 1, Wolfenstein II, Mario Odyssey, Scrambler, Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale, Monster Hunter World, and Diablo 3.

Featured Music:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – “Randy Dandy”
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – “Leave Her Johnny”

Show Notes:

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The Gamesmen, Episode 224 – Insert Title Here

tGm224Join Dan and Rob and Sherry for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about SGDQ raising $2.1M for charity, trolling in Fortnite, Boogie with Wizards of the Coast, the doubling of Switch sales, Valve’s removal of their new Steam sales estimating method, and an AI making fake video game titles. Games discussed are PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Destiny 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Shining Resonance Refrain, Pixel Junk Monsters 2, MotorStorm RC, Star Wars Battlefront II, Octopath Traveler, Sea of Thieves, Rocket League, Nine parchments, Cook Serve Delicious 2, and Darwin Project.

Featured Music:

PUBG Lobby Music

Octopath Traveller Main Theme

Sea of Thieves Main Song

Destiny 2 (Journey)

Rocket League Summer Intro Music

MotorStorm RC Soundtrack Mix

Cooc Serve Delicious 2

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Darwin Project Main Theme

Show Notes:

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The Gamesmen, Episode 223 – Fourty Hands

tGm223Join Hardlydan and Amras89 for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk about Steam Direct, Mario Kart Labo support, PUBG drops lawsuit, Corsair buying Elgato’s gaming business, Amy Hennig going indie, Shuntaro Furukawa, and Google. Games discussed are Monster Hunter World, The Sexy Brutale, Destiny 2, Overwatch, Octopath Traveler, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Stellaris, Street Fighter V, Saliens, Dead Cells, and Blackwake.

Featured Music:
Dead Cells – “The Black Bridge”
The Sexy Brutale – “Main Theme”

Show Notes:

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The Gamesmen, Episode 222 – Extremely Embarrassing Expo

tGm222.jpgJoin Amras89 and Hardlydan for game talk and fun! This time, The Gamesmen talk all about the games at E3 2018. Games discussed are The Sexy Brutale, Rocket League, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, Forza 7, Yooka-Laylee, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Wulverblade, Owlboy, Destiny 2, and Overwatch.

Featured Music:
Overwatch – “Summer Games 2017 Theme”
Destiny 2 – “Towerfall”

Show Notes:

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