‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its RootsHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hung… Monster Hunter: World is finally out in the wild. No longer restrained by outdated technology, the developers were able to create a rich and vibrant world that truly feels alive. Thanks to new mechanics, a dynamic environment, and releasing on current-gen systems, the game has the potential to reach an even broader audience. For many, Monster Hunter: World serves as the introduction to the long-running franchise.The first few hours of Monster Hunter: World may seem intimidating to newcomers. There are certainly a great deal of tutorials to digest before you get to slaying beasts. Even then, there are certain things the game doesn’t exactly spell out. With that said, things aren’t as overly complicated as they appear. There’s a lot to learn, but Capcom does an admirable job of making things relatively user-friendly for beginners.If you’ve picked up a copy of Monster Hunter: World today and are new to the franchise, these tips will help you survive the first few hours of the game.Don’t Let Text Scare YouMonster Hunter: World is the most user-friendly entry in the series. However, players will still have to deal with several text-heavy tutorials in the early hours. It is best to carefully read through everything as there is a lot to learn. You can skim over tutorials if you want since you can always view them later. Monster Hunter games reward players who take the time to learn its intricacies so don’t completely ignore tutorials. They really are quite helpful.Clean Your Plate!Preparation is important in Monster Hunter: World, and one of the key things is eating meals. Meals give you stats boosts like extra health and stamina. Even your little cat-like palico friend gets bonuses from meals. You can eat meals either in Astera or at camp sites. I cannot understate the importance of eating before a hunt. Venturing out into the world on an empty stomach is unwise. It can mean the difference between victory and defeat. I suggest getting the Chef’s Special since it almost always has the best stat boosts.Track Your PreyHunting prey involves more than just killing big monsters. You’ll have to actually find your quarry first. Thankfully, you have scout flies that make tracking easy. You can examine or pick up anything in the environment that has a green glow over it. This includes monster tracks. Interacting with monster tracks leads to other tracks, mucus, or even dung. Eventually, your scout flies will pick up the monster’s trail and lead you directly to it. Trust your scout flies!Carve for MaterialsAfter taking out a monster, do not forget to carve it for parts. This sounds like a no-brainer, but there are some who may not realize this. Completing quests nets users rewards, but you’re going to need to carve game in order to get additional items. You can use these to craft better armor which you’ll need in order to take down more powerful prey.Attack Specific Parts of MonstersThere is a random element to the parts monsters drop. To raise the chances of getting the exact pieces you need, you’ll have to attack individual body parts like the head, tail, or other appendages. The game lets you know when you’ve broken a monster part, so keep whacking away at a specific body part until you do so. It’s also worth noting that, aside from parts you need, attacking certain areas of the body can hamper a beast’s movements and its ability to attack.Try Every WeaponThe game gives you wide variety of weapons to choose from at the beginning. It is in your best interest to head into the training area in your living quarters and try them all out. Some weapons like the sword and shield are rather basic, but something like a switch-axe with its multiple modes takes some practice. Players who love to do flashy combos may want to opt for the Insect Glaive. Those who like to deliver a ton of damage may want to go for the Buster Sword. I can’t say what weapon is the best since it’s all down to personal preference. Spend time training with every weapon, try them out in the field, and see which one suits you.Do SidequestsYou don’t receive an overabundance of sidequests during the first few hours of Monster Hunter: World. Some players may want to save them for later and focus on getting far enough in the story to open up multiplayer. I would encourage beginners to complete every side quest possible. This way, they can learn how to play while acquiring rewards necessary for upgrades. Hunting monsters, using their parts to forge gear, and upgrading said gear is at the game’s core. Completing side quests early on gets you into the habit of doing every quest available so you’ll always have items to craft and upgrade.Use Your HeadThe game’s earliest monsters aren’t exactly a huge threat. This means you can learn the basics of taking down more dangerous game by hunting these beasts. You can’t simply run at monsters while swinging a weapon and expect to win. You’ll take damage and your weapon will become dull over time. Because of that, you have to consider when to hang back to heal or to sharpen your weapon. The best time is when your palico distracts the monster with its attacks. Monsters can prevent you from healing or sharpening your blade by attacking you, so keep a safe distance. Play smart!Play With VeteransOne of the best experiences I had with Monster Hunter: World was playing the beta with a friend who is a long-time fan of the series. While the game does a decent job of bringing new players up to speed, there is a lot it doesn’t teach you. This is where having an experienced hunter in your party to show you the ropes comes in handy. The Monster Hunter community (as I’ve learned) is very welcoming and loves to teach new players how to become experts. There’s even a website dedicated to this called Adopt-a-Hunter you may want to check out. Exploit the knowledge of seasoned veterans whenever possible.Use Nature to Your AdvantageA true hunter knows how to use nature to get the drop on prey. Hiding in brush is a great way to remain undetected and avoid combat until you’re ready. Certain insects can heal you while others can emit a flash of light that blinds foes. You can drop giant boulders on monsters, or lead creatures over vines to trap them. Every area has something you can use to your advantage so always keep an eye on your surroundings.Let them fight!Like I said in my impressions piece, monsters will eventually fight each other. The best thing to do in this instances is to step back and enjoy the show. Yes, you can go in and attack your specific prey while it’s being attacked, but you’re putting yourself at risk since the other monster may decide to attack you instead. If you’re lucky, the monster you’re after will take significant damage during a fight; making it easier to take out.Have fun!Complexities aside, Monster Hunter: World is a true joy to experience. Yes, it can be intimidating but don’t overthink things while you play. Take everything at your own pace and you’ll slowly learn the ins and outs of the game’s mechanics. Play with others at every turn possible and collect a wealth of monster parts to build different types of armor and weapons. Mix and match different gear, and try out every weapon in the game. Explore every nook and cranny in each of the game’s vast zones. Stop and appreciate the gorgeous visuals. Just have fun, damn it! Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.