Capcom sure took their sweet time releasing this demo. I was hoping they were going to make it available at least a month before the actual game release, but I suppose this is better than not getting anything at all.
This demo really doesn’t showcase the game very well as a whole. It’s a good refresher for veteran players who want to try the new hunting styles, but it may prove too challenging if not downright confusing for newcomers to the Monster Hunter franchise.
The great thing about this demo is that players are allowed to try out both solo and team play modes. Both local and online co-op are available and from what I’ve heard, this demo is also serving as a stress test for the game’s online connectivity. I also have to mention that the opening cinematic is pretty damn gorgeous.
There are three monsters to choose from in this demo. The Great Maccao is intended for beginners, Barioth for intermediate players and Valstrax* for seasoned hunters. There is a noticeable scaling in HP depending on whether the hunter is going solo or in a group.
There are a total of 14 weapons to choose from. The last option being the chance to play as a cat, otherwise known as Prowler Mode. The weapons available are:
- Sword and Shield
- Hunting Horn
- Switch Axe
- Charge Blade
- Insect Glaive
- Light Bowgun
- Heavy Bowgun
- [Prowler Mode]
There are now six hunting styles in MHGU instead of just four from MHG. The two additions are Valor and Alchemy, which I still don’t know how to use.
The hunts took longer than expected, which simply means that I have become way too rusty. I haven’t been able to play MH as frequently as I used to during the past few months and the control scheme I’m used to is for the 3DS. I intend to make good use of this demo to make myself adjust to the slightly different controls and hopefully become familiar enough with the new styles in case somebody asks me how they work.
Only eleven more days to go until release and I’m getting pretty hyped. This game is gonna eat up all of my free time, so I might not be able to touch any model kits for at least a month.