I picked this game up a couple of weeks back when Target had it on sale for $45. I tried to go back to World but the lack of pausing caused frustrations (due to spontaneously having to stop due to kid).
I’m over 20 hours in now and just hit 5 star village quests (beating Magnamalo). I’ve spent a non-trivial amount of time in the training room experimenting with different weapons trying to figure out what I actually want to main. I also have spent a lot of early materials building weapons to try them out on hunts.
In MHW I played all 50 hours with Hunting Horn, but Rise’s horn doesn’t have a lot of the depth I enjoyed from MHW’s.
Charge blade seems like I should enjoy it, but I am missing something in timing the shield charge and sword charge that is frustrating me, and missing SAED/AED is frustrating. It feels like you are doing a little damage just trying to build up to a AED or SAED for the one big hit, which isn’t that interesting to me.
I had some good ok fun with lance. I need to get better at learning monsters tells to fully take advantage of it though. I think I might like it better once I can get some better equipment skills going on.
I tried great sword and … definitely not for me. I couldn’t figure out how to consistently get myself to aim where I was charging and thus I’d end up swinging in the whole wrong direction a bunch of the time. I have no idea what I was missing there but not being able to quickly adjust the direction I was facing before starting a charge made me angry. I know it’s something I"m doing wrong, I just don’t know what and not sure I want to really spend time figuring it out.
Bow was fun for the two hunts I tried it on. It’s not clear to me if there’s much depth outside knowing when to dragon pierce and when to dodge, so I’m not totally sure how long lasting it would be for me.
Now I’m currently doing some hunts with gun lance, and I’m actually finding it fun. Figuring out when to wyvern fire, when to commit to a wyvern stake, reload and full blast is giving me some good variety. So maybe this will be my main… Until I get ADD and decide to try something else…