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Monster Hunter Stories Will Charge into Stores This September

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I will be the first to admit that Monster Hunter is a difficult and time-consuming game. It takes a lot of patience, strategy, a bit of luck, and a metric ton of grinding. Plus, the game’s combat system is extremely punishing. While I love Monster Hunter, for years, I have wanted an easier version my young cousins could enjoy, which is exactly what Monster Hunter Stories tries to be. However, when the game was announced, I was afraid it would remain a Japanese exclusive, but now I can rest easy knowing Nintendo has stated the game will release in America on September 8th.

Nintendo’s announcement was accompanied by a short, two-minute trailer that shows off what Monster Hunter Stories is all about: riding Monster Hunter’s iconic monsters into turn-based RPG battles. While Monster Hunter Stories forgoes the usual art style for a cutesy, anime aesthetic, the new look still makes the monsters appear terrifying and intimidating. Also, the trailer might not hint at the game’s story, but the video shows how the main character meets his (or her) first monster companion, a baby Rathalos already fully capable of flying and breathing fire.

As I’ve already stated, Monster Hunter Stories breaks from the traditional Monster Hunter formula and uses turn-based RPG combat that relies on a rock-paper-scissors-styled system — power attacks overpower technique attacks; speed attacks outpace power attacks, and technique attacks overcome speed attacks. The attacks players use depend on the weapons and monsters they take into battle. Unlike other Monster Hunter games that have up to fourteen weapons, Monster Hunter Stories only has four: the Sword & Shield, Great Sword, Hammer, and Hunting Horn. Furthermore, players can hatch and ride over 100 different monsters, from the living bulldozer Barroth to the not-Super Saiyan Rajang, and they each have their own special attacks and abilities, some of which are used to access special areas of the game’s maps. Monster Hunter Stories also introduces several new monsters, although one of them is just a Legend of Zelda reference. However, even though the battle system has changed, most of Monster Hunter Stories is the standard Monster Hunter experience fans know and love. Players can still gather materials and combine them to create healing items, and gamers still need to hunt and slay powerful monsters to craft powerful armor and weapons.

From what I have found on the Internet, Monster Hunter Stories has received generally favorable reviews and has sold really well over in Japan, but then again, the country is basically in love with Monster Hunter, as evidenced by the Monster Hunter theme park in Universal Studios Japan. As a Monster Hunter fan myself, I look forward to the release of Monster Hunter Stories this September, and of course, I will also buy as many of the game’s amiibos as possible.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s Retry Wording Has Been Updated in a Subtle Manner

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Despite the numerous praises players have showered upon Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, there is one particular aspect of the game that has garnered nothing but criticism: the perplexing wording of its retry screen, which players encounter when facing a Game Over. Fortunately, the developers have discreetly resolved this issue in the game’s latest patch. They have fixed the Platinum Trophy progression, resulting in a slightly less confusing experience for players.

If you don’t possess exceptional combat abilities, chances are you’ve come across the game’s notorious four options: “Retry from Current Battle, Retry from This Battle, Retry from Before Battle, or Resume.”. As an avid gamer, I must admit that I’ve experienced the frustration of losing precious time due to my own foolish mistake. In this particular instance, I found myself engrossed in fine-tuning my matrix and equipping my party, only to have it all go to waste when I encountered a formidable enemy. To compound my error, I made the ill-advised decision to retry the battle, resulting in an hour of agonizing repetition. Lesson learned!

The “Retry from This Battle” option has become a source of frustration for players who are struggling with the game’s final boss encounter, leading to a significant number of rage-quits. Without giving away any surprises, opting for that choice after being defeated would result in players being sent back to the beginning of the final boss encounter, needlessly forcing them to forfeit approximately an hour’s worth of hard-earned progress in battle.

After the update, players now have the option to select “Retry from the Current Phase” instead of “Retry from Before the Current Battle.”. It’s worth noting that this change is only slightly improved. It’s rather disappointing that the screen is overly convoluted, which may lead to players feeling frustrated. While it’s better late than never, we can’t help but wonder if this issue will persist in the future.

 

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