Wild Hearts Comprehensive Review
Unearthing The Spirit of Wild Hearts
Wild Hearts, developed by Omega Force and Koei Tecmo and published as an EA Originals title, can be best described as a Monster Hunter game through the lens of Dynasty Warriors developers. However, after spending close to 38 hours in its world, certain elements falter in their bid to make a lasting impression.
The Intricacies Of Wild Hearts
Mirroring the Monster Hunter essence, Wild Hearts serves up a heady mix of captivating creature designs, mission-based hunting quests, intricate weapon upgrade systems, and spectacular outfits that rival their associated monsters.
The Engaging World Of Azuma
Set in a fantasy land reminiscent of Feudal-era Japan, Wild Hearts introduces a unique feature to its world: constructing ‘karakuri’ or on-the-go mechanisms on quests. These devices, initially intriguing, offer navigation and combat advantages. Yet, they fall short of significantly distinguishing Wild Hearts from its primary inspiration – Monster Hunter.
Of Kemono And Conversations
Four picturesque season-themed zones serve as your hunting grounds for the kemono – the monsters of Wild Hearts. Despite this variety in monster hunting, Wild Hearts’ diversified experience seems lost within the hub town of Minato.
The denizens of Minato are rich in Japanese influence. They effortlessly weave Japanese phrases into their dialogue, potentially serving as a unique language tutorial. That said, the charm quickly wears off due to limited vocabulary and forced enunciation.
The Side Quests and The Gameplay
There’s more to Wild Hearts than just kemono hunting. The hub town of Minato hosts a series of side quests that feed into an immersive narrative. In a departure from the Monster Hunter format, there are no billboards for quests; they are instead picked directly from the main menu map. Thanks to the Fisherman Guild, an array of additional quests rewarding coins and materials are up for grabs.
Final Verdict: Wild Hearts
Despite its sincere efforts to replicate the Monster Hunter vibe within a different parameters, Wild Hearts struggles to stand out amidst its contemporary counterparts. The game’s dedication to Japanese influence and additional gameplay elements like karakuri construction fall short of providing a truly riveting gaming experience.
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