It's been six years since Monster Hunter: World graced our screens, and boy, is it making a monstrous comeback! With the recent announcement of Monster Hunter Wilds, this 2018 game has seen a surge in players like never before. And let me tell you, it's running circles around many modern games, proving that it's a force to be reckoned with.
What sets Monster Hunter apart from other multiplayer-focused games is its versatility. Unlike Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, you're not restricted to playing online. You can enjoy this epic hunt both online and offline, giving you the freedom to embark on your monster-slaying adventures whenever and wherever you please. Take that, Squad!
And let's talk about crossovers, shall we? Monster Hunter: World takes the cake when it comes to impressive collaborations. While other games lazily swap their IPs for a quick cash grab, this game goes all-in, showing genuine respect for its crossover partners. They've crafted eight different video game crossover events, each one meticulously designed and completely free. It's a labor of love, my friends.
Let's start with the Devil May Cry event. Players were not only able to don Dante's iconic red leather outfit but also wielded a charge blade modeled after his Devil Sword. The quest itself featured music tracks from Devil May Cry, with each weapon type having its own unique song. And let's not forget the Red Orbs, the currency from DMC, which players could earn to craft Dante's gear. It's the basic level of crossover, and it's already blowing our minds.
But the real showstopper is the Witcher quest line. Picture this: Geralt of Rivia, fully modeled and voiced, stepping into the New World through a portal. You take on the role of Geralt, hunting a Leshen in the Ancient Forest. What's incredible about this mission is how it seamlessly blends the Monster Hunter framework with an authentic Witcher experience. You investigate, follow clues, learn weaknesses, and prepare for the fight, just like in a Witcher game. Capcom poured their hearts into this crossover, and it shows.
And then there's the Final Fantasy 14 event, the grand-daddy of them all. It brought in a menagerie of Final Fantasy creatures, introduced new armor sets and cosmetics, but the pièce de résistance was the Behemoth hunt. Hunting this majestic beast felt like battling a raid boss in FF14. The music, the visual effects, the damage numbers flying off the monster – it was an authentic MMO battle right in the heart of Monster Hunter. Bravo, Capcom!
These crossovers are a breath of fresh air in an industry saturated with cash-grab collaborations. When Street Fighter 6 had its TMNT crossover or Destiny 2 dipped its toes into the Witcher universe, it felt like a blatant attempt to sell more cosmetics. Sure, Apex Legends' Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth takeover gave us a Buster Sword and Materia Hop-Ups, but it was still part of an expensive collection event. The crossovers in Monster Hunter: World, on the other hand, were genuine opportunities to expand the game's world and provide unique, free experiences.
Monster Hunter Rise had its fair share of fun crossovers, with Palico turning into Sonic and Palimute transforming into Rush from Mega Man. But it never quite reached the heights of The Witcher or FF14 events. Now, with the upcoming Monster Hunter Wilds, we're eagerly awaiting the next level of crossover greatness. Will we be hunting Rathalos in Night City or taking down Zinogre in a turn-based battle outside Baldur's Gate? Who knows? But one thing's for sure – the bar has been set sky-high by Monster Hunter: World, and we can't wait to see if Wilds can leap over it.