MHX demo available now for everybody. Went on a couple solo hunts. First was aerial switch axe against the maccao. This guy was a mega chump but it was good to try out aerial SA against a chump monster cause that shit was fuuuuuuuuuuuuun. Oh my. They switched a couple of the button combos to do some of the moves and removed certain moves in certain styles, so that'll take some getting used to, but I feel like aerial SA had most of the stuff I wanted and jumping around on monsters is awesome.
2nd hunt I did was adept bow against Malfestio. I almost ran out of time (25 min limit) on this guy because I forgot about stupid power shots because it had been a long ass time since I bow'd in MH. Still managed to beat him after the 5 minute warning without too much hassle. The confusion stuff is a bad mechanic that I really dislike in every game that has it, but it's even worse here because naturally your camera moves around a lot while moving, so even if you know what direction you want to move in to get away from the monster, sometimes the camera has other ideas and you end up changing direction. They give you some bitterbugs to break out of it but honestly my cats were doing a pretty good job of kicking me out of it.
They don't let you customize the bottom screen that I can see and the 3 hunter arts takes up the entire right half of it (map + monster targeting is the other half) even if you're in a style that only uses 1 or 2 of them. So no item shortcuts and no way to ping. Not a huge deal for the demo but I kinda rely on those things a lot so I hope there's a way to fit everything on there somehow but I'm not super hopeful. I see that there's a circle pad pro option to use the L/R buttons as additional buttons to use the arts, but I'm too used to just using them as a replacement for the tiny/shitty 3DS L/R buttons for targeting and cycling my items, so I dunno if that'll be viable to me.
Gonna do more hunts and try out some other weapons. If you guys wanna team up and fight some nargacuga later lemme know.