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Authentic Experience

April 19, 2023 by Tim

This way you get the authentic Monster Hunter experience, see?

I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, I love me some Monster Hunter. But I have doubts how much this game will capture/include the things I actually like about the series. I did play some Pokemon Go way back when it first came out. It was fun, and my wife and I enjoyed walking around town and playing. But it was pretty feature-light at launch; there wasn’t anything to keep my attention long term, and then of course in the winter I’m less inclined to just wander around outside.

I don’t need a mobile game in my life, especially one that requires a locational commitment. With that said, though, I’m a big enough Monster Hunter fan that I’ll remain open to checking it out. If they really lean into what makes Monster Hunter so much fun, I could see it working really well as this sort of game. But it will definitely need something to set it apart/impress potential players. The MH franchise has captured a lot of new fans over the past five years, but I doubt it has anywhere close to the stateside name recognition that Pokemon has. It’ll have to be an actual good game to get the downloads necessary to sustain it.


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Crestlinger
Crestlinger
10 months ago

Like this comment it Is a first for them. Hopefully it does well on its own merit and not like Diablo Immoral.

P2Mc28
P2Mc28
10 months ago
Reply to  Crestlinger

Capcom isn’t actually making it, and they have mobile Monster Hunter games on mobile (Monster Hunter Stories). This is roughly Niantic’s 8th geo-based game, if you include the remade Ingress and the cancelled Transformers game. And I think about 3 of those games have done well, and all three of those games are Ingress. It just so happens that one of them is Pokemon flavored. That said, I will absolutely be checking this game out, because I’ve since learned I really like Monster Hunter, and I did absolutely have some fun with Pokemon Go. I just don’t honestly expect to… Read more »

Jack0r
Jack0r
10 months ago
Reply to  P2Mc28

I played a bit of Ingress back when it was hot and new, and it was kinda fun, though really repetitive.

Years later, when I had a more capable phone, I tried Pokemon Go. I just couldn’t get over how Ingress it was, and how Not-Pokemon it was.

Especially in the beginning, almost all the parts that made Pokemon Pokemon were missing in Pokemon Go.

It was Pokemon without trading, without fighting, without levelling in a normal way, but with a gimmicky catching mechanic.

I stopped playing before reaching the first hour mark.

Khaisz
Khaisz
10 months ago

From what I seen of the game, it looks kinda like your standard Monster Hunter game, except now you need to go out and touch grass before the Monsters makes you touch grass ingame as they repeatedly slam you into the ground because phone 4g lag or whatever.

Kaffe Kane
Kaffe Kane
10 months ago
Reply to  Khaisz

The power of Jay Leno intensifies!

MH Veterans will KNOW what I am talking about.

Foxhood
Foxhood
10 months ago

I don’t envy Niantic. They are essentially their own competition as few are willing to juggle playing more than one GPS game at a time. So the only way to expand is by attracting new players that aren’t already invested in any of the other games like Pokemon Go.

And yeah. That is way easier said, than done!

Tim
Tim
10 months ago
Reply to  Foxhood

They basically have two demos. The PoGo crowd, and the Ingress crowd, with some overlap. PoGo is good when you don’t want to run all over the place in a global turf war against mind-control aliens. And Ingress is good when you want to not deal with flashmobs looking for Pikachu while you’re playing secret agent. As someone who doesn’t like crowds, I’m usually more likely to play with portals than pokemon. But I have friends who are the opposite. And yeah, it’s hard to get people to commit to any ONE gps game, nevermind multiple games. I’ve played Ingress… Read more »

Foxhood
Foxhood
10 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I used to play ingress, but there was a local problem in the form of two hardcore players that got very toxic if they didn’t get to flex with a hundred blue fields all over the city every day. Having (suspiciously) seemingly infinite energy and aegis shields.

Eventually they went too far, i filed a threat report, uninstalled ingress and switched to PoGo. Way more enjoyable to just casually stroll around and see if i get lucky with an event shiny or something.

Freddie
Freddie
10 months ago

If the app shows a kitchen full of felynes when you go into a diner, I might think about it.

Kaffe Kane
Kaffe Kane
10 months ago
Reply to  Freddie

“Welcome to Jimmeow John’s, how can I help mew?”

Kaffe Kane
Kaffe Kane
10 months ago

Niantic is trying too hard, and if THIS was the new Monster Hunter game that Capcom has been planning to work on after Sunbreak comes to the XBox and the non-existent “PS5”, then I’ll be pretty damn salty about it.

I thought we were going to get a new mainline title, not….whatever dingus’ “bright idea” this is. GPS games have always disappointed me, and hurt my phone battery while at it, too.

Phaet
Phaet
10 months ago

Just realized that uber has beed around for years and I haven’t used it because I never wanted to go anywhere. Kinda funny 🙂

GlitcherGirl
GlitcherGirl
10 months ago

Off topic, but I wonder when the last three console wars posters will be released. It’s been more than a year since the previous set. 🙁

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
10 months ago

Ehhh. I had two runs with PoGo: one when it came out, another right after Pikmin Bloom came out, and I realized that I had a Pokestop right next to my house AND right next to my office. For both, I got sucked in for about a year. It’s always a very, VERY light experience, full of grinding, that puts main priority on walking around in the world over any gameplay. To the point that Niantic actively punishes people who can’t go walking around in heavily trafficked urban areas. Their core philosophy is that the game should always funnel back… Read more »

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
10 months ago

Nope, not interested.

Ace5762
Ace5762
10 months ago

Why is Niantic the only company working on these kind of games, anyhow? Pokemon GO was exceptionally popular yet no other publisher seems interested in entering the GPS ARG space.

Last edited 10 months ago by Ace5762
Kaogen
Kaogen
10 months ago

I wonder if itll have a mechanic where it makes your phones speaker blast out three hundred decibels every few minutes to stun everyone in the vicinity unless you’re wearing earplugs.

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
10 months ago

Never played monster hunter, but if they have a launch like they had with pokemon go, it’ll be a few months till you can play anyway.

Omg Omg
Omg Omg
9 months ago

I miss the Pokemon-go hype. I never played it, but I enjoyed seeing friends looking for pokemons everywhere, including coworkers shouting “there’s a pokemon in the warehouse!”. You got a bunch of grown-ups looking for cartoon creatures and getting excited about them. It was fun and cute, I miss those times 🙂