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Getting into any complex, well-established video game series can seem so overwhelming you might not even want to try. But fans of the Monster Hunter series don’t want you to give up so fast. To that end, some benevolent, diehard fans have set up Adopt-A-Hunter, a fan community that connects veterans with newcomers to show them the ropes and give them a leg up in the game.
Monster Hunter first launched on PlayStation 2 in 2004. The series has hopped around to various platforms but hasn’t been on a console for nearly a decade. That means many console players won’t be familiar with it when Monster Hunter: World launches on Jan. 28, 2018.
In these games, players control hunters who travel the world, seeking out sizable beasts to slay. Killing a monster yields all kinds of resources you can use to craft more powerful weapons and armor. This new gear makes you better equipped to venture further into the wilderness to find bigger beasts to slay, at which point the process begins again. It all amounts to a winning gameplay loop that has fueled over a dozen Monster Hunter games and spinoffs over the years.
The problem is, the series has become so complicated, with loads of weapons and systems and play styles, that it can be hard for newcomers to find a foothold. That’s where Adopt-A-Hunter comes in. In this fan-made community, series veterans and newcomers can register to be paired up on a one-on-one basis. The program even accounts for participants’ preferred language.
The programs’ FAQ page offers more information, including reassurances that players will be happy with their assigned partner. If either player wants to bail for any reason, they’ll be assigned a new partner—no questions asked.
Assuming all goes according to plan, this sounds like a fantastic way for veterans to help ease new Monster Hunter players into a prohibitively deep game. If every gaming community were this helpful and supportive, the world would be a better place.