Monster Hunter Stories - Nintendo 3DS [Digital]

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  • Monster Hunter Stories

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (235 out of 242)

Product Details


  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • Release Date: 09/08/2017

Synopsis


Fly, swim or crash your way through an epic adventure in Monster Hunter Stories for Nintendo 3DS. Find eggs to hatch into brand new monsters as you travel throughout the map and discover new environments. Monster Hunter Stories lets you bond with each monster and build new skills to take on fellow competitors.

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Features


Prepare to embark on an RPG adventure unlike anything the Monster Hunter series has ever known

Become a rider and bond with monsters to raise their potential and unleash powerful combos

Fly, swim and crash into new areas of the map

Discover eggs to collect and hatch

Participate in turn-based battles with a party of multiple monsters



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not just another Pokemon clone

    Posted
    Jrodddr
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    As a fan of both Pokemon and Monster Hunter, MH Stories was on my radar the moment I saw it's announcement. I mostly expected a Pokemon clone with Monster Hunter elements sprinkled into it but instead it feels different. It borrows very few conventions from Pokemon that Monster Hunter Stories stands strong on it's own legs. I would venture to say that it is 85% MH and 15% Pokemon as far as that goes. The game revolves around a village of Monster riders who were attacked by a Nargacuga shrouded in a purple mist. Your overarching task is to find it's source and eliminate it. Like proper Monster Hunter games you outfit your character with giant weapons and armor and take on quests from the quest board. However instead of one quest at a time you can take on as many as possible as these serve as the sidequests to the main game. Once you are geared up and quest log filled you now take on the open world. Along side you is your monster. These serve many purposes. Battle partner, open world mount, item seeker, vine climber, swimmer, etc. With the ability to have 5 with you at a time, your Monsters can help you traverse the open world with their special abilities (Think HMs from Pokemon). In battle, monsters use attacks and abilities at their own discretion unless commanded to do different while you perform your own attack/ability. If either you or a monster is downed you will pop right back up and use a heart. You have 3 hearts between you and your monsters which act as lives more or less. Once all three are depleted you lose. These can be recharged in towns. Combat revolves around a Rock, Paper, Scissors system that is easy to use and understand. After a while you will be able to mount your monster in combat and use powerful special attacks. Monsters are gained from finding and entering monster dens and collecting their eggs. This become a very fun and addictive side of the game as each monster hatched has different passives. Overall this game is very enjoyable. It has more than enough Monster Hunter elements to keep it true to it's series and enough Pokemon elements to scratch that itch. Overall I have been very much enjoying this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Strangely unexpected... but in a good way!

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    AOverlord
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    Capcom has had a spotty record of releasing Monster Hunter games in the past. Dos for the PS2, Portable 3rd for PSP/ PS3 and ALL of the Poka Poka Airou/ Felyne Village games have failed to escape Japan. Given that Japanese sales of Stories didn't really set the world on fire I was sure that it wouldn't get a North American release. Happily, I was wrong! The introduction drags a bit and some systems like armor crafting take awhile to become accessible but it's a solid little title that does its own thing. They're a little simplified, but many of the systems from the normal Monster Hunter titles are present. Armor's a single piece now instead of a mix-and-match. Item combinations are restricted by 'recipes' instead of just maching stuff together until something works. It's kind of similar to the original Monster Hunter's 'tiers' where high-rarity items couldn't be made without a high enough 'combination' skill. It's super-dumb that you can't just make super potions out of the gate but it gives an excuse to go on more side-missions to collect new recipes. It's fun, colorful and has more going on than its cutesy look implies. Hatching favorite allied monsters is good but once gene transfering is available it opens up tons of possibilities! The tutorial example results in a fire-breathing lagombi, a fuzzy ice bunny. It runs fine on the original 3DS, though in towns it loads low-detail people placeholders very frequently. The detailed models eventually pop in. I don't know if the New 3DS eliminates this, but it's perfectly playable on on the old hardware.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for kids, not so good for adults.

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    SethM
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    I am an avid Monster Hunter fan, as I love the series with a passion. I recently stumbled upon this game in the Nintendo 3DS store, where I downloaded the demo and played it for about 9 hours. It was fun, so I bought the game. It started out fun and interesting - you can steal monster eggs and hatch them to raise as your own army of monsters; it was almost a Pokemon version of Monster Hunter. Well, eventually it got old, between stealing eggs only to receive the same monsters over and over, and then when I get a seemingly good monster, I then have to spend a lot of time to grind out experience for it to even make it usable on my team. I found I was stuck with the same monsters for a long time, and it grew dull. Also, the armor crafting is SUPER simplified, as well as the fighting. Like I said, this game is GREAT for children, but not very stimulating for adults or true Monster Hunter fans. The graphics are adorable and charming, and those alone have kept me playing the game as long as I have. The story-line is okay, but nothing to write home about. If I was to give this game a score out of 100, I would say about a 75/100. But, please, don't let me deter you from purchasing this game. It is fun, just far too casual for me. If you're a fan of more low intensity games or are/have a child that likes things of this nature, I would rate this game a 9/10.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great RPG Experience

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    CrazyYanmega
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    Monster Hunter Stories is everything I'd hoped it would be. A solid, albeit cliched story, excellent gameplay, and even some PvP. Gameplay is turn based, rock-paper-scissors combat. While you still can deal damage if you lose the contest, it is reduced. Each move must be carefully thought out turn by turn, unlike many RPGs where you just throw out your most powerful move until you can't use it anymore. Speaking of powerful moves, pulling off the cinematic Kinship move feels extremely satisfying. The story revolves around you, a fledgling Monster Rider, as you quest to put an end to the Black Blight that is slowly infecting the land. As you travel you will make new friends with not only the Monsties you hatch, but also the NPCs you meet along the way. The only complaint is how slowly the game renders sometimes. NPCs will sometimes appear as a grey collection of polygons until you get very close, and the draw distance for NPCs is very short. I've had this game for about a week,and I've already sunk over 88 hours into it. I highly recommend this for anyone who has a New-3DS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Monster Hunter meets Pokémon

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    LyonHart
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    You have two of some of the best franchises around that have had a long and prolific history in video games combine to create a unique and welcoming new Monster Hunter game that is great for all ages. Monster Hunter has always had a bit of a learning curve to it, and while I maintain it's worth it to stick with it because once it clicks it's hard to put down, it can definitely be off-putting at first. Monster Hunter Stories takes the universe of Monster Hunter, makes it cute, and implements a Pokémon monster-catching/taming and progression system that is refreshing and wonderful to see in the Monster Hunter universe. Whether you're a fan of one or the other or both franchises, this game is a must have for the already impressive 3DS library.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Adorable, Turn Based . . . and Still Addictive!

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    Chris
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    MH Stories is an offshoot of Capcom's popular action RPG series that alters the core gameplay formula while maintaining the addictive reward loop and charm that makes Monster Hunter such a successful phenomenon. Stories is an attempt to open the MH world up to a much younger audience. The need for careful planning is largely gone, and the punishing-but-fair action combat has been replaced by a more forgiving turn based system with a simple rock-paper-scissors base. Monster Hunter's signature beasts have always been full of character, but Stories' revised cute aesthetic makes them all that much more endearing. Monsters are a joy to collect and train. With weapon and armor collecting and upgrading added to the mix, MH Stories puts some interesting twists on the classic Pokemon formula.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Casual Monster Hunter

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    Chris
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    This game combines traditional turn-based combat with the action RPG universe of the MoHun series, while throwing in some added mechanics to keep combat and progression fresh. I would definitely say Stories is a fun MoHun Lite game with a slightly higher focus on storytelling. The artwork and graphics are very stylized and are pleasant to look at, and seeing the monsters in this style makes them look pretty cute. The story is decent and provides a good motivation for the MC to improve while adding a Kingdom Hearts esque trio of friends. You do get a sidekick in this game besides the monsters, but his dialogs do get repetitive during fights. Overall he's fine though As a fan of MoHun, I Rate Monster Hunter Stories a 4/5, not perfect but still a very excellent game,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Egg Hunt

    Posted
    Bunny
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    A spin off of the mainstream Monster Hunter. I liked how you can gather eggs to hatch monsters (the eggs have patterns to tell you what kind of monster you are hatching), and also have the ability to create stronger ones by messing with their genes. The fighting system is pretty simple and is basically a rock/paper/scissor game. I haven't messed with the online, but you can challenge other people to battles. The monster field abilities are similar to HM moves on Pokemon, but don't take up any slots on the monster. You can try the demo which is the beginning of the game, and transfers everything over to the full game. Careful though because I don't think there's a level cap in the demo, so you could be way over leveled when you transfer the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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