This new edition in the Monster Hunter franchise has a new type of gameplay than its predecessors. You play the role of a Rider who befriends monsters by stealing their eggs and by hatching these. When these eggs have hatched you can name your monsters, you can ride them and they can battle against all sorts of enemies on the battlefield. You get the chance to visit many different types of areas In Monster Hunter Stories, but you will also find other monsters and beat them at their own game next to collecting many items and skills to get better at stealing eggs and hatching these.
The battles have a new RPG turn-based system and when it is time to attack yourself you can do so together with your Ride, but also with your monsters. Attacks have three different levels for gamers and enemies alike; the levels are: power, speed and technique. Some attacks are stronger than others, like in the rock, paper, scissor game. Power overrules technique, speed overrules power and technique overrules speed. During battles you can choose out of four different weapons which vary from shields and swords up to a hunting horn. Gamers also have special powers which they can use to their advantage while playing this game.
Monsters can be customized, and in that regard the sky is the limit, because you can adjust them the way you want by having a special in-game Transmission Ceremony. Monster Hunter Stories also supports local internet or a WiFi connection with which you can upgrade your monsters with different types of features.