If you love going on adventures just to get the perfect footwear, dodging again, and again, and again, just to keep your HP up, or even if you’re the type to just hack and slash everything you see, Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World is the game for you.

The game was released earlier this year, greeting die-hard fans of the popular franchise, and inviting new gamers with its..well..monster hunting.

The fantasy action RPG is a modern and improved version of its predecessors. Don’t go rushing in though. The game is not pro gamer level, but it’s challenging all throughout. It is all about hunting monsters, from the smallest to the biggest and angriest of ‘em. But every step of the way gets more challenging.

You start by journeying to a beautifully-made new world, armed with light gear. Don’t worry, you’ll get better gear throughout the game, depending on the kind of weapons you hunt. May it be lighter weapons that help you cut through a foe’s armor bit by bit or a heavy weapon that simply does the job right every time you attack.

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World’s story revolves around you becoming the best hunter in this new land. And to become the best, you need to defeat the biggest and nastiest of monsters like Zorah Magdaros—an elderly dragon that looks like something that just came out of a lava bath. Throughout the game, you track Zorah’s movements while trying to get better with your skills and upgrading your gear in the process for that battle of biblical proportions.

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It’s the grind!

To prepare you, you will need to beat monsters, loot ‘em, craft better items using the loot, and selling unwanted stuff to get more money to buy even better gear. World offers a lot of gear at your disposal. From different kinds of swords, shields, hammers, lances, to specialized accessories, and charms to help you, you’ll love beating the monster you need to kill or capture just to craft the perfect set of items.

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The grind to get that special and upgraded equipment is not easy on Monster Hunter: World. However, Capcom made sure that every step of the way to grind for a specific item can be done in a logical yet enjoyable fashion? Sever a tail to get a tail item; cut a horn to get a horn, or attack that talon from a flying Wyvern to acquire one. There is RNG, but like any other game that involves such kind of mechanics, the system that Capcom put up make Monster Hunter: World an enjoyable game to play. 

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Better played with friends

If you’re new to this kind of game, it will take you some time to get used to the playstyle. But trust us, you’ll love every moment of it. You won’t be alone anyway. Everyone needs the purr-fect hunting partner right? Excuse the pun. Well, you have your cat, Palico, helping you, annoying you, and making you laugh at the same time on your way to hunting perfection. Oh and you can customize your Palicos to look purr-fect. There I go again…

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By the way, a feature that gamers are excited about is the multiplayer function. Yup! You heard that right. You can team up with three other players to create a squad, go on a journey together, get kills, and loot not just twice, but thrice as fast. And hey, the more the merrier right? Although, with Monster Hunter: World, the more people who take on a specific assignment or investigation, the meaner the monsters will be. So the challenge to stack up is high and the skill level requirement goes up a notch.

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You’re given an option to create a squad or join one of your friends’ squads. But we advise you to lead the squad so you can remove that one friend who isn’t strong enough to hunt with you. Just kidding! Have fun with your friends, guys. Come on!

Monster Hunter: World’s multiplayer feature needs a lot of work and improvement. Every now and then, we encountered random disconnections and inability to connect to a squad member’s or a friend’s game. We use both PLDT Fibr and Converge at home, and we can’t seem to have a smooth connection while playing on either of these connections.

OVERALL

Overall Monster Hunter: World is a game of creativity, action, fun, and patience. If you haven’t tried a Monster Hunter game in the past? It’s the best time to start. And if you’re a constant monster hunter, it’s time to prove your skills.

Monster Hunter World is available for PS4 and XBOX ONE. But we’re expecting a release for our cousins on PC later this year. For more on Monster Hunter: World and other games, don’t forget to subscribe.

That’s it for now folks. I’ll get back to you guys soon with another awesome review only here on Gadget Pilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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