I have been a horrible person and should feel bad. One of the usual suspects missing from the Monster Hunter madness has been my good friend and often partner in crime… Grace. Her original line of logic was that she was going to wait until the PC release, and I was largely cool with that because when I started playing Monster Hunter World I absolutely intended to do what I did with Destiny 2. That is to restart when the PC version came out and focus on that from that point forwards as my primary platform. However the longer I have played Monster Hunter World the more I have doubted if I could actually do this thing.
Quitting Destiny 2 on the console and restarting on PC felt like it was a no brainier… and at the end of the day I was not really giving that much up. However I already feel way more attached to what I have on Monster Hunter World than I ever did to a handful of weapons that I easily regained the moment I started grinding things out again on Destiny 2. The other core problem is the fact that there is no announced date for Monster Hunter World for the PC. When I decided to restart Destiny 2 only a month had passed since the launch of the console versions, and really… it allowed me to redo all of those things I maybe should have done differently.
When Monster Hunter World finally launches on the PC something along the lines of six months or more will have passed and that is more than enough time to get acclimatized to a game and pass the threshold of being willing to give all of that up to go elsewhere. In part Monster Hunter World feels more like an MMORPG than Destiny 2 did, and those are the sort of games that you really move into. I love my gear and my weapons and having to give all of that up would feel extremely alienating. While I might have every intent of trying out the PC release, I have a feeling I would bounce pretty hard without my stuff. Now in Destiny 1 I reached this point and it was in part why I had so much struggle getting any measure of traction on the Xbox One client. I am not saying never to Monster Hunter World on the PC… just that I doubt it will become my primary platform over night.
As a result Mor and I have been waging this guerilla campaign of deluging Grace with pictures of Palicos and Poogie. Last night for example I sent her the above image of the two Palicos in my room playing harp music for me. I think the final straw that broke her with adorable… is when I sent one of the Tailrider Safari cutscenes. Whatever the case she relented and downloaded the game last night, installing it and joining the madcap community of folks playing Monster Hunter World. When she first started Destiny I made the mistake of trying to drag her around to experience all of the content that I loved. However this wound up with a really choppy experience so for the most part I am going to be around to answer questions, but try my level best to just let her experience this game.
That is not to say that shortly after taking down the Great Jagras I did drag her through a Kulu-Ya-Ku kill for completely “pure pure” reasons as PizzaMaid would say. The Great Jagras costume for palicos is not exactly a good one… so instead I figured that a single kill of Kulu would get her more than enough parts to make that set of armor for her Palico so she could begin the process of dressing it in increasingly ludicrous costumes. As a result she is now the proud owner of a lute wielding fake moustache cat, and I think the barbs of the hook are officially set. The game is completely nonsense but has a charm to it that is undeniable once you experience it. I also think that while taking down that Jagras, she got a taste of the other side of the coin that makes the game super fun to experience.
Regardless… I should feel bad by bludgeoning my friend over the head with adorable pictures from the game until she caved. However I don’t really because this is absolutely the sort of game that she would love and was only waiting for an undetermined PC release date that might see her playing alone. For awhile I had said that Horizon Zero Dawn was worth every penny of buying a PS4 just to play it. I feel like Monster Hunter World is also sort of in that category, with the exception being that it also exists on Xbox One. The problem there is… my core base is on PS4 and as a result I see very little reason to play anything but the scant exclusives on the Xbox platform. Most Xbox exclusives eventually see a PC release apart from Forza and Halo, and in the grand scheme of things at least in that scenario I would rather wait. PS4 is my console and ecosystem of choice and I am pretty happy about that.