Monster Hunter: World, or how I like to call it - Monster Hunter: The Game That Keeps Giving, is currently running a crossover event with The Witcher 3. More specifically, the event features Geralt of Rivia and, as is the tradition with these crossover events, features numerous goodies for hunters to play through. When Capcom announced the crossover they assured fans that they are working closely with CD Projekt Red to bring the collaboration to life. Admittedly, at the time, I didn't pay the sentence too much mind.
When I booted up Monster Hunter: World (approximately 1.7GB for PlayStation 4), I had no clue what to expect with the event. A few scenes later and Geralt is properly introduced to the Astera inhabitants. Not only do you actually get to play as the Witcher, but his entire quest is also designed to play out like an actual The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt quest. Gaining control of Geralt feels natural, in a way like he was always meant to be in a Monster Hunter game.
At the start of the mission, you get to choose one of the 14 available weapon types. Being a Lightbow Gun (LBG) main, I choose the Sniper Shot LBG and started on my adventure. The way the quest is presented is reminiscent of the quest you will find in Wild Hunt. As you progress through the mission, your quest gets updated in Witcher 3 style. There is also a scene where you have to investigate a monster corpse in a similar fashion to the game. Choosing to investigate the three different body parts of the carcass yields a short summary by Geralt, but it's all just really well done. Even Geralt's mannerisms are represented during the quest, when he eyes a particular clue, he utters a sentence, ending it with "looks like". The trippy red Witcher Sense is also present in the quest, complete with red highlighted tracks and or objects for you to follow.
So by now, you summarized that the crossover has been developed with great care and CD Projekt Red's level of quality in mind. But, in all honesty, I haven't even written about the best part yet. Hearing the legendary folk-inspired music track when facing the Leshen, the newest monster addition to World's roster, gave me goosebumps. The silky smooth Monster Hunter: World mechanics mixed with the folk music and a Witcher 3 monster was just a spectacle to behold. It felt like I was playing a different version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at the moment.
Sam: This event felt so true to The Witcher 3, it almost shocked me how well it gelled with Monster Hunter: World's... world. It was immediately evident that CD Projekt Red had plenty of creative input, from the side quests to the main hunt. The side quests were a nice little addition - in total, there are two that you can complete, but is completely optional. One tasks you with "befriending" a gajalaka king, while another has you saving a defenseless Pukei-Pukei from being eaten alive by annoying Jagras. Since the Leshen has the power to summon them, it's a battle of keeping the Pukei alive while putting attention on the Leshen itself. This added depth of challenge was a breath of fresh air in the game, and definitely switched things up.
However, I must admit that I have a soft spot for the Leshen. It has always been my favourite monster in The Witcher, and to see it so suddenly make an appearance here gave me chills. Most community members didn't seem too keen on fighting a more humanoid monster with annoying spamming abilities, but it forced hunters to be on their feet constantly as one slip-up could result in instant death. I loved the Leshen, and if the Ancient Leshen provides a tougher challenge, I am looking forward to what this week's event update brings.
This entire quest is only part one of the crossover events. For now, you can unlock Geralt's armor and weapons. Also, you can morph your adorable Palico companion into a nasty little Nekker from the Witcher world. Thanks to the talented Monster Hunter community members, they have already determined part two of the Witcher crossover event. Next week will be part two of the crossover event and will give hunters the chance to unlock the Ciri armor and layered armor, and, as an added bonus, the ability to upgrade Geralt's weapon. They will also be adding the beefy, upgraded Ancient Leshen, a much tougher fight, only this time you get to squad up with your team mates and use your own weapons and builds.
Kingdom Hearts devotee, From Software fanboy and aspiring Audiophile (the good kind that believes in FLAC files). Vincent enjoys writing about games almost as much as playing them.
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