I've played every Monster Hunter game, and I've been playing them since the very first game's launch day. I remember first reading about it in Play Magazine, in the same issue that talked about Sudeki for the Xbox. Monster Hunter World is the breath of fresh air the series was in dire need of, changing the mechanics in a major way that makes it really hard to go back to old MH styles.
As far as where it stands, from a gameplay perspective is number one. It doesn't have as many monsters as most of the other games, but the gameplay is so much better in World that I give the "best" title to it.
Favorite weapon is Longsword. I love the footwork involved and how I'm constantly moving while attacking. It's almost like a dance.
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