Monster Hunter World Video Shows Grueling Combat and Gameplay

Tom Culhane
Jul 8, 2017 7:49pm AST
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Monster Hunter World put out a new video today to show off over 23 minutes of gameplay footage in the Ancient Forrest area. The video shows the character, in what appears to be a starting region, going through a tutorial of tracking and hunting a dinosaur-like monster through dense jungle forests.

It becomes apparent early in the video that while this has the overall look and feel of a Monster Hunter game, there are many new added elements of game play that bring the world alive. The player can harvest items around them, and use tracker fire fly-like insects to track prey. You can sneak around through dense foliage tracking a hunt, and even destroy the landscape during combat.

The combat itself looks grueling as we watch the player spend a good portion of the battle getting thrashed around by the dinosaur-like monster. The fight, which takes a good 20 minutes, takes us through multiple areas, an array of combat tactics, environmental destruction, and impressive AI decisions, culminating  with a tailless, beat up dinosaur taking a machine gun-like weapon to the neck and meeting its demise.

Needless to say the combat looks impressive. The question remains; are we to expect this kind of intense, action packed entertainment from most hunts, or was this staged for the game play video? Check it out for yourself below.

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Monster Hunter World will be released in early 2018 on PS4, Xbox One, and later on PC.

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