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curl-6 said:

They said in an interview that gear will require less materials to upgrade this time around to speed up the pace of getting new stuff.

Personally, the thing I'm most looking forward to is trying out new weapons I never really played like the Insect Glaive, Charge Blade, Bow, and Gunlance, as well as the Wirebug and Palamutes.

Also I freaking love the new mud dragon and the yeti bear, they're my favourites of the newcomers so far.

So how many of you are newcomers vs veterans, and for the latter what MH games got you started?

By yeti bear you mean Goss Harag, right? Because Lagombi is also *kind of* a Yeti Bear (a bit more marsupial like, but the "bear trio" is basically a bear and other animals mixed - stuff like Azuros and Volvidon for example), and Lagombi isn't new to Rise. 

But yea, assuming you mean Goss Harag, I FUCKING LOVE HIM too! 

This is something that was posted on Reddit. It's all the newcomers. Honestly, I love the designs of all of them now (except the monkey, he's just ok). It took me a while to come to Somnacanth and Magnamalo. Magnamalo I always was 50/50 on but seeing him in action his design is really complemented by the fact that he uses the Zinogre skeleton. Somnacanth is a monster where one small detail - his eyes - were bothering me originally. I wished his eyes were bigger to create a mixture of weirdness and creepiness, but also cuteness, which is something I really like from Monster Hunter, that contrast of feelings in relation to its monsters. As it stands, he's kind of just a creepy weirdo, but once again seeing him in action sold me on this concept. Especially when I noticed the claws, I like how they are like disturbing sloth claws. 

But I FUCKING LOVE Goss Harag, Almudron, and Rakna-Kadaki (the spider).

Cerebralbore101 said:

I buy a lot of games and put them into my backlog. Buying Bravely Default II and putting it into my backlog until I beat Bravely Second. Buying Ryza 2 and backlogging it until I finish the Arland series.

Rise though? I'll be playing this on day 1! It's my most anticipated game for the 1st half of 2021.

AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Honestly probably the most hype thing about Rise to me is that, unlike World, there is going to be a lot more high tier monsters in the game. Not necessarily talking about elder dragons but like, just anything that actually presents more than a decent challenge. I think they've technically already revealed more than World by now? The only challenging monsters in World at launch was the four elder dragons and Bazelgeuse, whereas we already have Barioth, Tigrex, Magnamalo, Rajang, and the Elder Dragons yet to be revealed. Rakna-Kadakai (the spider), Almudron (mud weasel dragon), and Goss Harag (samurai ghost bear) also look like they might be somewhat high tier, especially Rakna. Plus the fact that...

I saw the leaks and know there's a shit ton more returning high tiers to be revealed. 

Basically, whereas World created a lot of new monsters with most of them being low-tier and piss easy, it feels like Rise has a much more evenly proportioned amount of difficulty in it's new monsters, AND just a much bigger amount of returning monsters overall. Like World was 80-85% piss easy and it made the fights less memorable imo. 

Yeah, in World you could just use flash bombs to stun flying monsters and wail on them. And a lot of the monsters in World were flyers. Flying Monsters were both annoying and easy. If you were melee and didn't bring flash bombs you had to wait for them to land. If you brought flash bombs they were easy to take out.

I do """hope""" they bring Bazelgeuse back, though. Again, he's basically the only somewhat hard "normal" monster in World. His bombing was really cool and unique. But yea, none of the other flyers were hard to me. 

Shaunodon said:

I'm practically a newcomer. Several years ago I spent a couple dozen hours on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for WiiU while the internet wasn't working. I enjoyed messing around with the gimmick of setting the WiiU Gamepad as a second screen for the UI while playing with the pro controller.
I've had Monster Hunter World for years but only started getting into it recently in anticipation for Rise.

Curious if anyone still plays Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Always wanted to put more time into it.

Yea to answer Curl's question, i'm intermediate with my experience with the franchise. I put a lot of time into 4U, but that was between separate saves, so I got pretty far in the story but didn't beat it and thus a lot of the harder monsters I never experienced. World I beat the singleplayer but not the "true ending". Generations I played a decent amount of but never got much into. 

So I'd say i'm in the middle. This is the first one I plan to just put a shit ton of time into one save and experience the 'true' ending of these games (which is the Elder dragon stuff). 

Also I'd play with you but I don't have a Wii U anymore, and have never owned a copy of 3U :/