Ever since we first went hands on with Monster Hunter: World we’ve been waxing lyrical about the title, and our collective enthusiasm has only grown with subsequent betas. It’s no surprise, then, that the first review of the game is particularly high: 39/40 to be precise. But yes, there’s the caveat: this comes courtesy of Japanese magazine Famitsu.

While it’s obviously reassuring to see such a high score awarded, the legendary publication has a – how shall we put this? – sketchy reputation at best. There’s no reason to be concerned, of course, but it would be disingenuous of us to recommend you put all of your faith in the game into a Famitsu score.

The review itself is very complimentary, however. It mentions that it takes about 50-60 hours to reach the ending, and obviously there’s plenty to keep you coming back beyond that. Interestingly, it says that the story is “strong”, and it also praises various quality of life improvements that have been implemented into the series for the first time.

Essentially, it sounds like there’s ample reason to be excited. We’re going to have lots more on Monster Hunter: World later in the month, so if you’re looking forward to the game, please be excited for that. In the meantime, do let us know if you’ve pre-ordered the title in the comments section below.

[via ryokutya2089.com, gematsu.com, resetera.com]