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  • Summary: When a monster strikes, the fearful hide, but the brave? They ride. Venture into monster nests to collect eggs and hatch a wide array of species with uniquely powerful skills. Form teams, battle alongside them, crush opponents with combo attacks, and ride into the sunset a champion. NeedWhen a monster strikes, the fearful hide, but the brave? They ride. Venture into monster nests to collect eggs and hatch a wide array of species with uniquely powerful skills. Form teams, battle alongside them, crush opponents with combo attacks, and ride into the sunset a champion. Need more muscle? Then mix and match genes to create monsters with more abilities! When a monster infected by the Black Blight attacks your remote village of riders, tragedy will thrust you into an exciting yet dangerous world, where you must bond with monsters on your adventure. As the story snakes along, you'll encounter a wealth of side quests and hours of challenging turn-based battles where you must coordinate monster skills, rider skills and enemy attack patterns. The instinctive rock-paper-scissors combat system is a series first, a breath of fresh air for veterans and newcomers alike. It's the perfect entry point into the popular Monster Hunter universe and a game unlike anything else in the series! You can even battle other players online, locally, or via the StreetPass feature. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Sep 13, 2017
    90
    Monster Hunter Stories is an excellent adventure that channels the colourful world of Capcom’s storied series into a joyous JRPG. It suffers from performance issues on non-New 3DS hardware, but it’s still full of personality, beautifully presented and fun to play, with combat that’s easy to grasp but engaging throughout. Longtime MonHun fans will appreciate Stories as a thoughtfully-made spin-off, but the gameplay template and tone are so different that you don’t need to be familiar with — or even enjoy! — mainline Monster Hunter to have a great time here. Regardless of whether you’ve been hunting Hornetaurs since the beginning or couldn’t tell a Felyne from a Fatalis, Stories is yet another charming 3DS RPG that’s well worth your time.
  2. 88
    Monster Hunter Stories is a perfect synthesis between a classic JRPG and the Pokémon formula. Though is quite easy to play, the combat system and the rest of the features are solid enough to keep your attention alive till the end.
  3. NF Magazine
    Jan 7, 2018
    85
    I fully recommend it as a first step into Monster Hunter. [Issue #31 – January/February 2018, p. 26E]
  4. 80
    Monster Hunter Stories was a very enjoyable adventure, but the battle system let it down. With all the improvements made to make the game pop, the battles feel shallow during the campaign. You are asked to make a boring leap of faith in the hopes of finding rewards. Everything else about the game works. Exploring the world hasn't been better than this and the style just pops on the Nintendo 3DS. Newcomers and veterans alike will find a lot to love, but also need to go in with lowered expectations about the combat.
  5. 80
    Monster Hunter Stories may look and sound like a traditional Monster Hunter title, but underneath that veneer is a deep monster collecting game that surprises in its breadth, with cartoonish graphics and a kid-friendly story to boot.
  6. Sep 7, 2017
    75
    It's far too easy and its combat system seems to be too dumbed down, but we've had a great time with Monster Hunter Stories nonetheless. We can't stop farming eggs and monsters, and we're doing it well after the campaign was over.
  7. Sep 8, 2017
    50
    At best, Monster Hunter Stories is a good Pokémon knock off for fans of the genre. The flawed story makes it difficult to recommend for others.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 2, 2017
    10
    absolutely the best 3ds title to come out so far on the 3ds this year (2017)

    the game is jam packed with content... Exploration/raising
    absolutely the best 3ds title to come out so far on the 3ds this year (2017)

    the game is jam packed with content... Exploration/raising strength/bonding with creatures and a light hearted story about becoming a faithful rider of monsties. If you are a fan of turnbased combat, building a created hero, and raising creatures to their potential strength, then this is the game you have been looking for.
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  2. May 23, 2020
    10
    I've enjoyed it a Lot, maybe it's not a 10 game but it have surprised a mi alto it's quality, gráficamente es genial creo que lo mejor que hayI've enjoyed it a Lot, maybe it's not a 10 game but it have surprised a mi alto it's quality, gráficamente es genial creo que lo mejor que hay en 3DS, súuuper recomendable Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2017
    10
    Gotta HATCH 'em all!

    As a die-hard Monster Hunter (MH) player who has spent 100s of hours (each!) in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Monster
    Gotta HATCH 'em all!

    As a die-hard Monster Hunter (MH) player who has spent 100s of hours (each!) in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Monster Hunter: Generations, I was already heavily invested in the MH world and all its monsters, so I bought Monster Hunter Stories on the first day it was released without second thought. And I've never regretted it. Traditional MH veterans should find many subject matters familiar (monsters, weapons, armour). In fact, my affinity to the monsters is what made me buy this game. The difference is you're not a Hunter in Monster Hunter Stories (MHS), you're a rider! That means that instead of slaying monsters, you breed and befriend them so they can be your allies! Together with your monster party, you go hunting other monsters. It's truly refreshing, and of course, much less tense compared to traditional MH gameplay.

    While MHS offers a totally different gameplay and mechanics from the usual highly addictive cycle of working with 3 online friends to strategise, prepare and kill desired monsters to obtain parts to create better weapons and armour, Monster Hunter Stories has it's own addictive nature and it comes in the form of "gotta hatch 'em all" and forming the best monster party you can command! What really surprised me was how equally addictive Monster Hunter Stories (MHS) is, in a whole different way. Let me explain.

    Firstly, there's the "gotta hatch 'em all" aspect to it. You go around randomly-generated monster dens stealing their eggs and hope to hatch all sorts of monsters with unique gene pools - yes, even the same species of monster can have multiple combinations of genes (active skills, passive skills). "Gotta hatch 'em all" gives a familiar ring to another similar game, Pokemon (gotta catch 'em all). If you've played Pokemon, you immediately understand why MHS can be so addictive - you just want to get that next egg which could reveal a Red Khezu, or Pink Rathian, or Shrouded Nerscylla with good genes.

    Secondly, there's the customisation aspect to the game. Even with the monster genes described above, you are (several hours into the game) able to do genes transfusion so some monsters can adopt certain genes from other species! Talk about a recipe for those with Obssessive Compulsive Disorders! Of course, you've got your usual upgrade of weapons and armour, but it's mechanics is a lot simpler in that you don't have to grind a particular monster 20 times to get the super rare drops or body parts. Because the monster fights are much shorter than traditional MH fare, it's not anywhere as onerous. That said, it's no easy task to simply upgrade your weapons or armour, as they often require specific amounts of specific materials. In that respect, there is some similarity to traditional Monster Hunter gameplay. Other similarities to traditional MH games include simplified versions of combining items (e.g. into Potions, Paintball, etc.), villages to visit which includes your house, etc.

    Thirdly, the combat, while simplified, isn't a cakewalk. In Pokemon, you could almost sail through every battle without really "dying" because a lot of the mechanics are predictable. MHS on the other hand - while it has the same rock-paper-scissors mechanic to winning battles - there is a certain element of unpredictability because some craftier monsters don't necessary follow a pattern, so you can't simply predict (and easily win) battles. For example, Speed trumps Power, but the monster could use Power first, then decides to switch to Tactics instead, so you can't blindly spam a single move. Combat also gives a sense of camaraderie with your monster where you build up kinship as you successfully win a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors (Power-Speed-Tactics). Once built up, you can jump on your monster and unleash a more powerful attack. Traditional MH veterans will be familiar also with the fact that many monsters have specialty elements that work better (or worse) against monsters with other elements.

    I've played a couple of Pokemon games in the past including HeartGold/SoulSilver, X/Y etc. but if you asked me to compare Monster Hunter Stories with Pokemon games, I'd pick MHS anytime as Pokemon tends to bore me, but MHS feels much more organic and substantial - I feel more of an affinity to my monsters in MHS than my pokemons in Pokemon.

    Whether you're a MH veteran or you've never played MH before, I highly recommend Monster Hunter Stories, not least because it's so charming, but for a MH veteran, you'll be immediately familiar with a lot of things, yet be pleasantly surprised by the entirely new gameplay mechanics; for a non traditional MH player, this is a substantially new world to explore without much of the grind and difficulty you hear about traditional MH games. Super, highly recommended!
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  4. Sep 2, 2019
    9
    flemme de faire un vrai commentaire lol.
    Merci d'avoir lue c'était s1eely out.
  5. Sep 26, 2017
    9
    no soy fan de monster hunter pero este juego me causo curiosidad ademas de ser entretenido jugablemente bueno la historia es atrapante y lano soy fan de monster hunter pero este juego me causo curiosidad ademas de ser entretenido jugablemente bueno la historia es atrapante y la capacidad de personalización en muy bien pulida Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2019
    9
    As a diehard pokemon fan, it almost feels wrong to say, but this is the best monster collecting RPG on the 3DS.

    Combat is fun, using a rock
    As a diehard pokemon fan, it almost feels wrong to say, but this is the best monster collecting RPG on the 3DS.

    Combat is fun, using a rock paper scissors system that rolls into a system to use powerful combos with your monsters.

    I realized as someone who knew nothing about monster hunter games that now when people talk about the actual monster hunter games, I know EXACTLY what they mean when they talk about things. The weapons, items and monsters are all pretty much the same. It is amazing, I could now easily start playing any monster hunter game, which is genius from a marketing stand point.

    What I like here that it beats pokemon on soundly is story and emotion. There are actual stakes the feel real in this game, your rival is actually a rival and someone to be weary of instead of your happy little friend who rolls over for you to beat up. And best of all the characters actually emote and are animated, instead of being stiff and lifeless. A nice aspect as well is the ability to make a monster more powerful using the DNA tic tac toe system. Taking otherwise useless monsters you catch and...er swapping them for one of their tiles to make another monster more powerful. It is a great way to get through some tough patches of the game when leveling just isn't enough.

    I'm usually not a fan of upgrading items, but the way it is done here doesn't leave you endlessly grinding for something or looking for the rarest resource on earth. In addition to side fetch quests are not at all bad, and actually quite often have very desirable rewards.

    Additionally finding poogies is just really satisfying and the reward for finding them all is actually worth it. They are cute to boot.

    Strangely this game has a ton of amiibo that I highly suggest you try to get at least one of which gives you a good(but not overpowered) monster, plus they are some of the coolest amiibo, and the riders on top are removeable too.

    While the story is a bit campy and childish, it doesn't ever make you feel like a braindead baby as you might find elsewhere, though I do think the dialogue is lacking.

    In the end, everything pays off though, and the final area is actually quite a challenege as is the final battle, one which you work up to the whole game.

    This is a must have for any 3DS player.
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  7. Aug 18, 2018
    6
    The game is pretty fun, it's a mix of Pokemon and Monster Hunter. Unfortunately, the NA version was left way behind the JP version. I boughtThe game is pretty fun, it's a mix of Pokemon and Monster Hunter. Unfortunately, the NA version was left way behind the JP version. I bought the game after watching a trailer for the JP version only to find out we'll likely never get all the content that the JP version has (namely the elder dragons). I've been waiting for a nearly half a year hoping it would arrive, but it doesn't look like we will ever get it. From what I've read on forums, Capcom and Nintendo will say its up to the other company to decide if the NA version will get the same updates as the JP version. It's a bit of a let down by both companies so from now on I'll hold off buying Capcom games on the Nintendo unless it's been fully updated already. Expand

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