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Another retrospective this week... although it isn't looking that far into the past.
An absolutely huge update, and a pretty key one for the Frontier series. Not only do we get a pretty good new area, the Polar Sea but there's also a whole host of new monsters. Xiang Tien steals the limelight (and the CG videos) but I quite like Pokaradon - a sort of fairly traditional Leviathan that got lost at the North pole -and Farunokku (a little bit like Hypnocatrice but with much more electricity involved). And that's without mentioning the rather wonderful/slightly ridiculous Hyujikiki with all its brutal, fast paced attacks.
I almost forgot Midogaron, the teleporting fire-wolf - which isn't actually as exciting as that description makes it sound.
Considering I've been quite outspoken in my dislike of Rajang, was I ever going to get along with Gougarf? IMO they're fairly ugly designs and an over-the-top style-over-substance fight, but of course your mileage may vary.
On the brightside the Polar Sea is fleshed out with Anorupatisu - the Flying Wyvern with a saw-like nose. Fight's OK, but it's a cool piece of design. Also introduced there is Giaorugu. I liked Abiorugu immensely, so the icy subspecies was welcome by me. Less exciting is Rebidiora - Rukodiora is one of my favourite Frontier monsters, but IMO Rebidiora doesn't really do enough differently. Last but not least, Disufiroa - either ridiculously cool or ridiculously ludicrous depending on who you ask - and Mi Ru (cool shifting crystal idea, at least).
Baruragaru! I love the Leviathan class, and I love what Frontier's done with it. No flashy lazers, no world-exploding moves, just a really effective creepy design, a fun fight and some terrifying gimmicks. Who would have thought Frontier would introduce a monster that makes you feel sorry for the 'dromes?!
Then comes magical crystal Rathalos (or Zerureusu) - not really too sure what to make of this one. I kinda feel it's limited by being stuck to the clunky old 2nd gen Rathalos model, when we've all seen the 3rd/4th gen Raths look so much smoother and defined in their movement. Although I don't actually mind the flashiness too much on this monster.
Let's not forget G Rank Fatalis... I mean, it's kinda difficult to...
I'm not going to cover G Genuine because it's not out yet.
- Favourite update as a whole?
- Favourite monster introduced?
- Least favourite new monster?
- General comments on anything.