The 2016 Monster Hunter Community Game-Along

Monster Hunter Community Game-Along 2016

It’s finally time for the 3rd annual Monster Hunter Community Game-Along! I originally dedicated a month to Monster Hunter and the various hunting games the series has inspired back in 2014 for its 10th anniversary, but now it’s become a mainstay of my Community Game-Alongs together with JRPG July. If you’re not a fan of Monster Hunter, never fear, as any hunting-like game is eligible for this month’s theme. So grab your title of choice, and let’s get hunting!

If you’re on social media, you can share your experiences with your chosen title or recommend games to other participants using #MonMonth. I’m always following along, so you just might get featured!

Aside from the obvious Monster Hunter games, there are a handful of other titles from Freedom Wars to Bloodborne that would count for this month’s theme. You can head over to my original MonMonth post for some suggestions, but here are a couple more recent picks that you might like to try!

Final Fantasy Explorers Cloud costume

Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) – This is the Monster Hunter game for Final Fantasy fans! While it takes a lot of inspiration from Monster Hunter, it doesn’t have nearly as steep a learning curve, making it a great first foray into this style of game. Plus, you can dress your character up like iconic Final Fantasy characters! Since this was recently released, it should still be getting a lot of action online.

Toukiden Kiwami screenshot

Toukiden Kiwami (PS4, Vita) – The sequel to Toukiden: The Age of DemonsKiwami is a great pick if Japanese folklore-inspired monsters are more up your alley. It’s about as close as we’ll get to playing a current-gen Monster Hunter game on a home console for the time being, too. Luckily, it’s a very solid hunting game from the Dynasty Warriors crew.

As for me, I’m going to finally attempt to play MonHan Nikki: Poka Poka Airou Mura DX, a cute Monster Hunter spinoff game for the 3DS featuring the adorable cat critters known as felynes. Let’s see if I actually find time to dedicate to it!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • Franggio Hogland

    sigh…I can’t play Monster Hunter any more.
    Thought to myself that I was going to just run with randoms instead of my group and suddenly I find myself at HR999, this was a while ago, and I just deflated. 🙁 I tried making a new character but it just isn’t the same 🙁
    As for FFE…have you played it Anne? 😐 I mean cool if you liked it but I didn’t…I knew that and bought the European CE anyway…sigh the fool is me ^^
    As for Toukiden though 😀 I like that, a lot. Still not PSO but not to far away from MH to be really fun. In a different way though and I’m really looking forward to their next game. Open World MH that isn’t region locked to China/Japan! yay!

    ohh one more thing…please do write about Poka Poka….or just throw pictures at us ^^

    • Wow, you made it all the way to HR999?! That’s dedication! I think the highest I’ve ever been is 170ish, heh.

      I played the FFE demo when it came out in Japan, and to be perfectly honest… I was not a big fan. So I’m not inclined to purchase the full game myself >_< But I thought some other folks might like it, which is why I included it in this post.

      I will definitely write about Poka Poka! Thanks for asking – that helps me get off my lazy butt and go through with it 😉

      • Franggio Hogland

        Nah I didn’t get to HR999….I joined a room with cheaters and after the hunt I was HR999.
        Really took the air outa me 🙁

        • Ohhh whoops I misread you! My husband has played with a few HR999 folks heh. But sometimes you can definitely tell they just grinded to get levels, but they don’t actually do the legwork in hunts 😉

          • Franggio Hogland

            True enough 🙂

  • Tzivya

    tempted by ffe, but i still have mh3 from last year almost untouched.

    • Hopefully you can put some more time into MH3, then! ^^

  • Despite not being a fan of the FF franchise, I’ve found myself really wanting to play Explorers! :O
    I’ve never been able to get into MonHun though, I think the Airu Village game is probably more up my street XD

    SAMI★SPOON

    • Explorers looks pretty cute! But I bet you would definitely like the MonHun Nikki games 😀

  • I really am awful at picking games this year. I have picked three games in a row so far that I have not liked. i’m really looking forward to next month’s game.

    • Oh no, I’m sorry to hear you haven’t had good luck with your game picks so far! Hopefully you find something you enjoy soon!