I really need to start posting some more “blogy” type things on here that aren’t whole game reviews, so this is my first effort in awhile to do so. About a year ago I wrote a post or two detailing the reasons for my “Hunting Action burnout” (or perhaps more specifically my Monster Hunter burnout). Monster Hunter 4 had come out, and was supposed to be setting my world on fire. I played through the single player long enough to see the ending, and just barely got into high rank online, but it just never stuck with me like past Monster Hunter games had. I attributed this mostly to playing too much Monster Hunter in too short of time periods.
Fast forward to October 11th of this year, and I’ve bought Monster Hunter 4G (Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate) mostly out of obligation. I’ve bought every Monster Hunter game since Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii at launch, so why not. I fully expect to play this version for a bit and put it down out of fatigue, just like I did with vanilla Monster Hunter 4. As my game clock on 4G approaches 100 hours and I’ve hit G2 rank, this obviously did not happen. But why didn’t it happen? The non-G Rank content (which at this point still makes up the bulk of my play time thus far) is the same as it was back in vanilla 4, so I could have just played through it as furiously back then as I have now. What is different? I don’t even have a local Monster Hunter partner like I used to, and am only able to sometimes play with friends I’ve met on Twitter.