You start off as a hunter who has nothing but thin leather armor and a sword as you set out to better yourself so you can take on monsters of giant proportions. As you mine, harvest, and skin your way through this game there always feels like you are accomplishing something. It's not about getting your kill counter up high enough so you can unlock some useless achievement. It is about finding and fighting your way to better your arsenal to prepare yourself for an even bigger fight then any of the ones you ever find yourself getting used too.
The progression isn't unrealistic either, when you start out you will be killing creatures the same height you are to get yourself your first self made set or armor and weapons. Only once you feel prepared can you take on something that is somewhat bigger and as you progress the monsters get bigger and bigger until you actually can't fit it on the screen unless you are a good distance back.
So before you go to pick up your next fps shooter, I think you should all give this game a try. For now due to poor advertising and support, it is much more limited for choices that you have of Monster Hunter in any area outside of Japan and Korea. But there are currently versions out for the PSP, 3DS, Wii, and Wii U. But trust me, any version is worth it.
Here is a video that covers most of the gameplay and elements if you want to see how the game runs while you play. Until next post, have a good one.