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EDIT (posted while I was posting): [QUOTE]Super Shinobi II[/QUOTE] I am HUGELY fond of this game, but I haven't played it in years, so I wondered if it still held up to how good it is in my memory. I'm not generally prone to nostalgia, so hearing your praises has moved it to the top of my priority list. A lot of people seem to like Revenge of Shinobi/Super Shinobi better, so I wondered if my memory was playing tricks on me. Although that was certainly a good game, the only thing I liked more about it was the soundtrack. [QUOTE] I'll have to agree with you on that one. I don't think I'm trying to say that your experience of MH is invalid, but rather that what I got out of the time I spent with it gave me a very different impression. So instead, I'd like to be enlightened so that I can appreciate it more! [/QUOTE] I hope I'm not misinterpreting this and you're asking me to elaborate on the scenarios that I mentioned, because otherwise, I would look kind of ridiculous, saying that the discussion was pointless, then continuing to discuss. But the scenarios I mentioned, in earlier games, were usually Elder Dragoons attacking settlements and you had to repel them. Some scenarios were as straightforward as actually repelling a monster from a town, but others were more implied, as you don't actually kill the Elder Dragons at first, simply drive them away until they come back. In MH3, the Navaldeus is causing earthquakes in your seaside village. When you dive into the sea to fight it, you are drawn into a sunken village, much like your own. Although the creature itself is seen as more of a force of nature rather than something aggressive or evil, it's made clear that it has sunk entire seaside settlements in the past as well. As a side note, this is one of my favorite boss battles of all time. The music is especially beautiful and seeing the sunken village really got a strong response from me for some reason. The fight itself, I could take or leave, but the framing of it really gave me a "Wander and the Colossus" sort of awe and melancholy. I have not finished MH4, but it seems like your main "adversary" is an Elder Dragon that upsets the ecosystem by infecting other monsters with a virus that causes erratic behavior. I'm not meaning to imply from these scenarios that mankind is living in harmony with nature or that their actions on the whole are justified or not. In the war of Man vs Nature, man doesn't just want to survive, they want to thrive, often in ways that involve crushing things under their feet. Maybe the dragons that attack towns are only defending their territory. They try to make the monsters lovable, so it's only natural to feel a tiny pang of guilt when you kill something beautiful. After a long, grueling battle with some dragon being as big of an asshole as I am, I get a feeling like I just beat an enemy general that I hate and respect, like "You were kind of an asshole, but you were a great guy in your own way. Too bad we couldn't be on the same side."
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