I am jealous of how much time you've already put into it. I bought it at literally the worst time (very busy).
I do agree that there was a lot that was lost (and gained) from the move to Monster Hunter World. Which is pretty ironic because I was singing it's praises since it's announcement, and I felt like the only one in the fan community who preferred where Monster Hunter's direction was going (I actually still prefer the World direction but there are so many obvious misses that newcomers just wouldn't be able to notice). It's the kind of thing where I wish I could make a blog or Youtube video about it, analyzing what was improved and made worse. Too bad I don't have any talent in creating videos or sites.