Wild Hearts is janky, derivative, and utterly bizarre – but I can’t stop playing it

I’ve always wanted to love the Monster Hunter games. From its pseudo-MMO trappings to the promise of an epic beast-slaying spectacle, on paper, it’s everything I want in a video game. Yet despite my best attempt to brandish its ludicrously oversized weapons, the series never quite clicked. Diving in with the barebones Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and then again with 2017’s menu-littered Monster Hunter World, I left the impenetrable early game yearning for a more accessible entry point into

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