Everyone seems to be acquainted with the Monster Hunter video games. They’re the epitome of skill-based fight and hitbox-porn, proper up there with the likes of Darkish Souls. After all, this actual fact, together with the steep studying curve and mechanics makes the Monster Hunter video games fairly exhausting to get into. Enter, Monster Hunter Tales, a recreation primarily based on this planet of Monster Hunter the place you do not really hunt monsters, however tame them. Suppose Monster Hunter meets Pokemon. Contemplating that is Monster Hunter Tales 2, it is a components that works, and never a lot has been modified from the primary recreation. With that being mentioned, let’s get into the overview.
Monster Hunter Tales 2: Wings of Smash – Story
The benefit of Monster Hunter Tales 2 is that you just need not have performed the primary recreation, and even Monster Hunter video games basically to get into it. Certain there are a couple of recurring characters right here and there, nevertheless it’s actually not vital sufficient to warrant needing to play the primary recreation. Like with all Monster Hunter video games, you begin with character creation, and there is a first rate quantity of customisation to go round, so should you, like us, get pleasure from character creation, you is perhaps right here some time. Like within the first Tales recreation, your character does not actually discuss a lot – or in any respect for that matter.
In Monster Hunter Tales you tackle the position of a rider, whose job, in contrast to the hunters, is to tame monsters, fairly than kill them. Though you can be doing a good bit of monster killing anyway.
The sport’s story is fairly weak. The story has by no means actually been a robust go well with for any of the Monster Hunter video games, certain there’s loads of wealthy lore and background data, however as for why your character is doing what they’re doing, you are a bit in the dead of night. So long as you are probably not bothered with the small print, you need to be superb. When you’re a stickler for that kinda stuff, you’ll in all probability be bothered.
Monster Hunter Tales 2: Wings of Smash – Gameplay
Monster Hunter Tales 2 performs like a conventional JRPG, with flip primarily based fight. In typical JRPG style, the grind is actual and there is heaps to do, which isn’t essentially a nasty factor relying on, properly, you. There is a quest system, which is basically a ‘go to this location and bonk this monster’ kind of deal. When you’re free roaming you’ll be able to encounter wild monsters, which is able to begin the sport’s turn-based fight. Fight in Monster Hunter Tales follows a rock, paper, scissors format. You have bought three assault sorts: energy, pace and technical. You should choose the fitting assault kind to counter the transfer the opposing monster telegraphs. In Monster Hunter Tales you are additionally accompanied by your individual monster – dubbed “Monstie” to tell apart it from the monsters you are preventing – who will show you how to in fight. Each your monstie and the monsters you face in fight have a major assault kind and factor, which you should guess the primary time you face them, to be able to successfully counter them.
Determining the way to beat a monster you are going through the primary time is quite a lot of enjoyable. There are a number of phases to each combat, and monsters will not comply with the identical patterns for each part. Identical to with Monster Hunter, your selection of weapon additionally makes a distinction, relying on the monster you are searching and the way your weapon will have an effect on their totally different physique elements. You may as well double workforce monsters with a combo transfer alongside along with your Monstie, dubbed Kinship expertise. Whereas the primary time is essentially the most enjoyable, as soon as you have figured a monster out, you have just about figured it out endlessly, to allow them to by no means get the bounce on you once more. Which kinda sucks. There aren’t too many various monsters you’ll be able to face, so you may finally get used to the patterns of each monster you’ll be able to face, which in flip begins turning into fairly repetitive. Fortuitously, whereas battles are fairly lengthy, you’ll be able to pace them up, and finally even resolve them immediately.
One other facet of Monster Hunter Tales is the Monsties. Accumulating and elevating them will take up a giant portion of your playtime in Monster Hunter Tales 2, and it is time properly spent. The world is dotted with monster dens, the place you will see eggs. You swipe these eggs, which have patterns on them indicating whether or not you have already collected the monster inside or not. After all, you will get even deeper into the entire gathering and breeding factor and fine-tune your monsties to have excellent stats and genes and whatnot. Whereas this may not actually make an excessive amount of of a distinction in common battles, it does in multiplayer battles. Oh and the elective subquest battles, that are comparatively tougher.
Monster Hunter Tales 2: Wings of Smash – Graphics
The sport seems wonderful. The battles, the biomes, the monsters themselves, the animations, assault results, particular strikes, all of it seems wonderful in Monster Hunter Tales 2. It seems so good that you’d be forgiven for forgetting that the sport’s getting repetitive as a result of it seems so rattling good. You possibly can clearly see the love and a spotlight to element that has gone into the animations in Monster Hunter Tales 2, which brings the sport to life. Simply the act of driving your monstie buddy throughout open plains is gorgeous. Every monstie additionally has its personal animations, and have alternative ways they transfer round. We do not suppose we have to point out the monsters themselves, that are clearly top-notch, similar to they’ve at all times been in Monster Hunter video games. The graphics are barely extra anime when in comparison with Monster Hunter World, however general, no complaints from us within the graphics division.
Monster Hunter Tales 2: Wings of Smash – Verdict
The story in Monster Hunter Tales 2 is paradoxically its greatest weak spot. Nevertheless, it covers up for it in nearly each different division, which in the end results in us probably not minding the dearth of a narrative. Clearly, even Capcom is conscious of this. There’s much more content material deliberate for the sport, and none of it expands on the story, it is extra monsters and monsties to tame. They know what the sport does properly and so they’re sticking to it, and we’re all for it. With Monster Hunter Tales 2, what you have got is a recreation that is for all of the individuals who weren’t too eager on the Monster Hunter gameplay, and have been searching for one other option to sink their enamel into the expansive Monster Hunter universe.
SKOAR! – 8/10
Platforms: Nintendo Change, Microsoft Home windows
Publishers: Capcom U.S.A., Inc., Capcom
Builders: Capcom, Marvelous Inc.
Performed on: Microsoft Home windows
Value: INR 3,499 (Steam)