Who knew that Monster Hunter World would actually be about hunting monsters, in a world? Us neither! Thankfully, it's ridiculously good fun and despite the fact you're always being pitted against bigger and badder beasties, that sense of achievement never dies. They also each have their own set of attacks, weaknesses and exposed squidgy bits to aim for, so you might need a bit of help knowing what to do. When you first start out in Monster Hunter World, taking all this in is definitely a challenge. Working out where the best place to hit a monster is might be the easiest part, but working out why you keep dying so quickly is another thing entirely. We’ve put together a Monster Hunter World monsters guide to help you out though, with knowledge pulled from our Hunters Notes and numerous, numerous deaths and hunt attempts. It’s worth checking out this guide before you go into a fight, to make sure that your armour is the correct type for protecting yourself from the … [Read more...] about Monster Hunter World monsters guide: Weaknesses, locations, strategies, materials and more
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Depending on who you talk to, the Monster Hunter series has a very mixed reputation. On the one hand, it has a ravenous fanbase that won’t hesitate to import the newest games. On the other, there’s a slew of confounded gamers who quit immediately after being locked in the lengthy potion-drinking animation. In an attempt to bridge the two extremes, Capcom rebooted the series with Monster Hunter: World, which addresses a lot of the complaints while maintaining the core thrill of the hunt. But whichever side of the fence you’re on, there’s a lot to learn before going toe-to-much-bigger-toe with the game’s titular monsters. This guide will get you up to speed. Editor’s note We wanted our Monster Hunter: World guides to be as comprehensive as possible, so we enlisted the help of an expert. Roy Blakely works at 8-4, the company that helped Capcom localize Monster Hunter: World into English. He served as a project manager on the game, and we believe his … [Read more...] about Monster Hunter: World beginner’s guide
There isn’t much of a DC Cinematic Universe, despite a flurry of films that have done pretty good business while bringing critical scorn on Warner Bros.’ handling of the characters. Ben Affleck seems more than ready to leave the role behind, and the rumors of Jake Gyllenhaal taking on the cowl are ... safe. It’s a good fit that doesn’t yet seem to bring anything interesting to the role. So how does Warner Bros. stay relevant in a world where Marvel and Disney are dominating so handily with both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars? We have some thoughts. What is interesting about Batman? Affleck’s Batman was a brute who looked like a stone rectangle that has been carved with bumps where you’d expect muscles to be. He’s scared of Superman, and then he brings Superman back from the dead but he mostly reacts to what’s going on around him, while killing a bunch of people. He’s not the world’s greatest detective as much … [Read more...] about How do you stay relevant in a world where Batman is terrible?
Rockstar Games dropped a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 this morning, and after watching it a few dozen times, we know much more about the game than we did yesterday. Well, OK. Maybe not much more. But some more, at least! The second trailer is about 50 percent longer than the first one, which Rockstar released more than 11 months ago — two days after officially announcing Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar also sent out a one-line story synopsis confirming that the game is a prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, saying that it is “the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van Der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.” There’s more fodder for discussion in the trailer. Let’s dive in and see what we can glean from the footage! [Ed. note: The following contains spoilers for Red Dead Redemption.] The second trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer breakdown: what we learned
Bridge Constructor Portal leans heavily upon its iconic forebears. GlaDOS, an uncaring-though-humorous AI, greets you at the beginning of many levels, setting the stage for the plentiful puzzles that lay before you. It sounds like the setup for another delicious brain-teaser that will tickle your funny bone while pushing your logic muscles. But neither the story nor the puzzles capture your imagination, resulting in a predictable slog that grows more tedious the deeper you get into the adventure. Even worse: I encountered a game-breaking bug that completely halted my progress at the home stretch. The story in Bridge Constructor Portal is little more than a collection of references to the previous Portal games. GlaDOS is back to make light of your shortcomings, but her insults feel like diluted copies of familiar quips, lacking the clever tongue-lashings that she used to so easily dish out. She's there to greet you with an insult at the beginning of some stages, and then you're left on … [Read more...] about Bridge Constructor Portal Review