Recently Belghast posted on giving up the chase for the ‘Forever Game’. It didn’t really occur to me at the time of Bel’s post, but it has occurred to me since with my return to Monster Hunter: World. While the ‘Forever Game’ may as well be a mythical unicorn, every once in a while… When we’re lucky… An ‘all-the-time’ game can come along.

A game so compelling and interesting to us personally that it consumes all available game-playing time. There is no longer any room for anything else amidst our feverish desire for more. Mooooore. Maybe this happens more often for other gamers less prone to constant game-shifting like I am, but I would say for me this happens perhaps once every three or so months. Other months I will still often have a game with hours-played far outstripping the nearest competitor — but it’s just… different somehow.

When a game can resonate with such ferocity, I do start getting some crazy ideas though. For Asheron’s Call I thought I might end up creating a whole set of guides on getting started with it in 2019. I had even gone so far as to create a draft of the introductory segment. With Anthem earlier last year, it was similar. Warframe? … Well OK, more guides. I thought explaining some skill interactions on certain Warframes I liked like Saryn could be fun. Yeah — my crazy ideas for games that take over my gaming time to this extent are usually guide-centric.

Not this time though! … *cough*

OK I might also have considered some guides for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.

But I also had other ideas. For example, I wondered whether it might be a good idea to try 100% the achievements for Monster Hunter World and Iceborne.

“What is?”

I hadn’t even looked at what the achievements were and yet I was getting pretty gung-ho about committing myself to it. I’m taking a look now and the thought of actually trying this out is terrifying.

There are still a good number of achievements which no-one have obtained. I mean sure — it’s only 4 days since Iceborne even came out on PC. Still… Some people be crazy. It is known.

On a complete side note for a moment: It’s interesting to me to look at the Global Achievement stats for games and see how many people reached the ‘finish’ point of the game. e.g., for Monster Hunter: World, the main story ended with the achievement ‘The Sapphire Star’. A whopping 45.7% of players got here.

Honestly, I’m surprised by that. Monster Hunter is not a terribly easy game. I would have thought the completion rate much lower than that. If I’d been asked to guess, I would’ve put it around 20%. 25% tops.

Not only that, but the achievement ‘Temper Temper’ for killing your first tempered monster (a difficulty over and above ‘normal’ High Rank monsters) is at 42.5%.

Anyway. Back on course. This is all to say I’m incredibly engrossed by Monster Hunter World’s new expansion — Iceborne. I’m still not ready to give it a ‘review’ as such, or even much in the way of detailed impressions. Asmiroth though has outlined his initial thoughts in bullet-form.

All I’ll add to that for now is that it is incredibly rare for something to grab me this hard. Red Dead Redemption 2 and (more sadly) A Plague Tale: Innocence, for the time being at least, are completely to the side. I’m in no particular rush for RDR2, it’ll keep. But I quite enjoyed the other games I was coming across part of my story game kick. Not that I wasn’t also enjoying RDR2 I’ll hasten to add — just that I knew this one would take some time and be one I’d dip in and out of over time already.

Anywho, my train of thought is fading into a haze of desire to jump back to the hunt. Work kicked back to life for me this week, so I still haven’t hunted a monster yet today. *twitch*

I did out of interest take a look into my ManicTime reporting for last year though. I only started capturing data in this tool at the beginning of March last year — so January and February data aren’t included, but I only exceeded 70 hours played for three games in 2019.

Asheron’s Call111.6
Final Fantasy XIV75.7

I don’t know yet for sure that Iceborne will land at these sorts of counts. Entirely possible it will burn bright and short. But I strongly suspect it will at least make it this far.

I’m not quite willing to commit to hundred-percenting the achievements… But nor am I willing to yet rule it out.

We’ll see. ;)


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.


Rakuno · January 15, 2020 at 2:26 am

I go through phases like that too, including the achievements. No guide-making for me though. XD

As for those trophies I don’t find it that hard to accept. I mean, inadvertently or not it is pretty easy to be carried for some fights in Monster Hunter World. For example, when I had to fight Kushala Daora the other day I left all the settings at default. Then on the middle of the fight another random player joined my fight.

I grossly underestimated the fight and despite my best efforts most of my time was spent trying to stay alive. The guy though was way better prepared for it and essentially carried me. It wasn’t exactly how I wanted it to go but I wasn’t going to go back and do the fight again for some “pride” or something either.

    Naithin · January 15, 2020 at 8:38 am

    To be clear, I rarely get to the point of actually *making* said guides. xD I’ve done a few here and there, but it certainly isn’t my bread and butter. With games like this — the desire to actually play typically outstrips my desire for high effort posts on it. Right up until it doesn’t. And then the interest in actually making the guides of course dips too. xD

    I hear you though on not going back for something just for ‘pride’. Certain fights in Iceborne have pushed me really hard, but none so much as the current one I’m on. I finally decided to just group it last night, but we *still* failed. One of the group used all three carts, but I can’t even be particularly mad about it — the fight is *really* hard.

    Hell, the only reason I think the 3-carter wasn’t *me* in this endeavour is that I’d decided to build a full mixed armor set to give me max-rank (3) of the particular elemental defense I needed, and use health, recovery and defensive decorations rather than going for my typical more DPS focused setup.

    It seemed to work though, the attacks that were just savaging me on my solo attempts were much more manageable after the switch around, maxing out the elemental defense. Heck, my usual armor set was -3 across every piece to the element in question. So even just switching to the +3 pieces like I did would’ve made a pretty good difference I think. xD

Carlton · January 15, 2020 at 2:31 am

Good luck with getting all of the achievements. I tried to do the same when it first came out on PS4 and I am currently ten away. Size trophies are a luck of the draw.

    Naithin · January 15, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Aye, I have very few of the king and mini-king recognitions in game at the moment. They’d certainly be ones harder to track down I think. I’d look into whether or not the monsters in low-rank are capable of being kings I think to speed up those ones at least. If they’re not all good, the MR armor/weapons are such a jump over HR that eventually even HR tempered aren’t going to be (as much) of a big deal.

Magi · January 15, 2020 at 6:23 am

Nice post, Naithin!

I, too, fell like MHW (and D2) may be games that I could spend ages with. Seemingly endless! Yesterday I finished playing through Omensight on stream and now I’m only missing three achievements there, before I’ll continue with MHW’s mainstory/maingame. In MHW, I just defeated Zorah Magdaros but there’s more things to do! I’m excited for it! :)

    Naithin · January 15, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Yarr, from a content perspective they can just go on and on and on (and on and on…).

    For me, it will just be whether my interest keeps pace, or rather — for how long it keeps pace. :)

asmiroth · January 15, 2020 at 7:03 am

MHW is such a long tail game given the lunacy around decoration drop rates on game-changing skills. Bows are probably the best example of that. I never got all the achievements on the base game, just far enough to “complete” my sets to take down some a Tempered Elder or two. If I recall, that was probably double the time investment to get to Xeno and “complete” the base game.

Minor tip for those new-ish players. The Defense Skill is the best thing since sliced bread since it’s a % scale. At rank 7 it’s like having another piece of gear and dramatically improves survivability. Easily crafted charm too.

    Naithin · January 15, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Agree! The Daora gem required for rank 3 of the Defense charm was a bit of a bugger until I worked out you can use Gold Wyverian Prints (of which I had several, but also seem to be consistently awarded for responding to SoS’ now, even if they’re >10 mins old) to craft any old gem you might desire.

    I was using that plus some defense deco’s in my armor for a while in MR, but have since switched back over to my Handicraft 3 charm. Gives me purple sharpness!! Not *much* purple sharpness, but some at least. I typically use the Odogaron armor set though which comes with the Protective Polish trait, so I can get it to last for a while at least. :)

      Naithin · January 15, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      Nevermind — it wasn’t the Defense Charm I was needing the Daora gem for. That was the Handicraft Charm. Defense Charm it was just Fucium Ore I needed a little extra of, which was really simple!

Frostilyte · January 15, 2020 at 9:36 am

As someone who had all the achievements until they added 50 new ones, it takes a lot of work to get some of them. Crown hunting for those last few big and small crowns you need is easily one of the most tedious things I’ve done in a game. But I did it. And…I’ll probably end up doing it again.

    Naithin · January 15, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Dang, belated congrats on getting all the original 50, and good luck if you do try for it again!

    Do you play on console or PC for MHW?

      Frostilyte · January 16, 2020 at 2:01 am

      Thank you. I took the long and round about way to getting them though, so it took me way longer than it should have.

      PC. I value my frames too much for console degeneracy.

      Haven’t jumped into Iceborne yet though. Having to wait an extra 4 months already made waiting (potentially) another while I clean up some of my steam winter sale gets seem like less of a big deal. Besides, I’ll probably end up putting another 3-4 hundred hours into it this year once I do get to it. :|

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