Monster Hunter 4 Demo
In fact, it's a game that's been extremely difficult for new players to figure out. I think I would have gotten into it long ago if I had a friend to answer questions and guide me through the game. But, that's never happened.
Everything I've heard about Monster Hunter 4 says that it's the most newbie friendly Monster Hunter game that they've ever made. So, I gave the free demo a shot. Thanks 3DS eShop!
I sat down and played the demo for over 3 hours the other night, just trying out all the weapons and attempting to get my head around the basics of monster hunting while in the beginner section of the demo. I finally settled on two weapons that I like (after trying almost all 16). It's tough, because each weapon feels almost like you're playing a different game. They each handle in a unique way that doesn't translate to the other weapons.
I powered through, struggling with the different weapons, until I found the long sword. It was the first weapon that clicked with me. After going through almost everything else, I eventually tried the duel wielding swords and found those to my liking too.
With two weapons in hand that I kind of understood, I jumped into the intermediate level of the demo to see if I could take down a monster that was actually a challenge. And I did it! It was my first monster hunter kill that I was really proud of. It was also the first time I hunted a monster and didn't walk away frustrated at the controls. Spending that time picking the right weapons seemed to make a world of difference for me.
After pouring so much time into the demo, and hearing such great reviews, I downloaded the full game. The demo did enough to convince me that Monster Hunter 4 might be for me. The verdict is still out. I'll let you know once I've had more time with the full game.