Quinn wrote on Aug 10, 2018, 16:00:
Prez wrote on Aug 10, 2018, 14:38:
Quinn wrote on Aug 10, 2018, 13:46:
Running around killing big monsters so you gain loot to kill other big monsters. I am honestly so confused about why this is such a success. I need a new game... so I'd love to try this... but... but... it just seems so fucking shallow? :\
That's the gameplay loop of virtually every Action RPG in existence. It's got a lot of fans, me included.
Yeah sure but isn't every quest "kill this beast" and isn't every map just jungles and charred lava landscape? I'm genuinely confused. If it wasn't so goddamn expensive on Steam I'd have bought it for the 2 hours trial time...
For me, it's a bit more involved than just randomly killing a monster since it also involves you (or your teammates) tracking them down via footprints or other clues, possibly chasing it (if they flee when they're too hurt), trapping it and using various strategies to take it down or to capture it. That is a big part of the appeal for me since it's a lot of fun working together with friends in co-op to hunt down behemoths.
Granted, it ultimately boils down to smacking the crap out of a monster and getting materials to get better gear, but each monster has it's own strategy, weaknesses, and strengths that's required to overcome to take them down. It also becomes a bit more complicated when you have the chance of another monster who charges in to fight your target monster and now you have to figure out how to deal with two gigantic creatures duking it out and you're stuck in the middle. Unlike with Dauntless, there's an ecosystem in the map and things often get a bit more complicated when you have other big and small creatures that can hinder you, are hostile to you or help you in your hunt.
Also the map gets a bit more varied when you progress through the storyline or by discovering areas. It starts off in the jungle but eventually you unlock sections of the map that are in the desert, tundra, etc. to fast-travel to.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea but maybe there's a "Let's Play" youtube floating around with friends playing together that would give you a good representation of how the game plays. Finding a video of friends just casually doing a hunt would be a lot more indicative of the game than some try-hard who's already beat the console version and can defeat all the behemoths solo without taking a hit.
(Edit: found one of a pair who just started co-op. Naturally they're pretty bad but it does show off a bit of how the gameplay works and how unpredictable and chaotic things can get: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6nh4Qxyx48