Monster Hunter Stories is out now, and some of you may be wondering if it's worth your time. We've got somebody beavering away at the full review as we speak, but in the meantime our video expert Alex Olney has spent a little time with it - and he's come away pleasantly surprised at how it serves as a more gentle tutorial to the core franchise.

Monster Hunter, as you may be aware, is quite a demanding beast and newcomers may well find the more recent 3DS entries to be rather intimidating. In that regard, Monster Hunter Stories is ideal; it gives you the basic building blocks of the franchise but doesn't drop you in the deep end immediately.

Check out the video and let us know your thoughts; will you be picking this up even if you're a seasoned veteran of Capcom's series, or are you entirely new to the franchise and therefore consider this to be a good entry point? Post a comment to tell us, and the world!