Monster Hunter Rise, which has sold over four million copies in four days, is sweeping the globe and winning over players from every corner. You'd think that the draw of the game would be the satisfaction of battling ginormous creatures, but gamers are actually sharing sweet stories of bringing their pets to the game in the character creator.
I'm fairly certain this is a common thing. Like, when I play Pokémon, I know that if I catch an Umbreon I'm naming them Sasha because they look like my all black cat. Similarly, all Delcatty are the spitting image of my other cat, Roxie, and so I've got a soft spot for these critters based on that. I mean, there's even a whole Twitter account answering whether petting the dog/cat/bear/dragon/slime is possible in a particular game. In short, we're very attached to our four-legged friends and want them to be with us wherever we go. With regard to the recently released Monster Hunter Rise, Palicoes and Palamutes are feline and canine companions that will accompany the player on their adventure.
The former are like supports in that they collect advantageous items from the surroundings and engage in battle with offensive and defensive strategies. The latter are mounts, but they're also able to use weapons like the Dual Blade Chain, Steel Fang, and Guarding Parasol to gain the upper hand over a behemoth. Most importantly, they're customisable, so gamers have been painstakingly recreating their pets to immortalise them forever in the virtual world of Monster Hunter Rise.
"My dog Nebin passed away 6 months ago. Now he can live on as a hunting legend," said Reddit user mirdbird, attaching a photo of the Palamute who looks just like their dog who had a penchant for perching on a recliner. "It seems silly sometimes that these little creatures can have such an effect on our lives. But just having him around in this little digital world that I've loved for so long means a lot." The comments under the post are all so supportive, and echo the amazing ability that games have for keeping us connected to those who have passed on.
Metalocachick shared a photo of their cat Milo recognising their attempt at recreating their other cat in Monster Hunter Rise, swiping at the Palico on the screen. "Guess this means I did a good job!" they joked. However, there have been some comical scenes where people's pets haven't been that impressed with their virtual lookalikes. "Rocko isn't a fan of seeing himself in Monster Hunter Rise," said SpaceShoob, and their dog growls and barks at the Palamute, laying their ears flat against their head in disapproval. Accept no imitators.
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