Only doing a couple a hunts a day at best cos of work and stuff. Having quite a bit of fun seeing the new tricks the old monsters have and all the new materials and what not in the maps and what each unlocks in the forging/upgrading trees. I was a bit surprised the hermitaur was the first new monster right off the bat, I'd think the ceanataur is the less intimidating looking one of the two because of that giant skull on the hermitaur and its massive claws but I guess they're reversed in lethality so that's saved for later instead (although I imagine soon). I've made a few new weapons and decorations but haven't made new armor yet, still rocking the neat HR bazel set, that might be why I get the occasional cart even with these first few monsters as they do a lot of damage and it's easy to miss and forget healing being used to their HR counterparts. I might skip the unecessary quests to progress faster but so far I've been completing the MR 1 star ones even though I've unlocked the 2 stars (after just a couple missions, so you can progress super fast initially if you wanna skip stuff). I just beat 3 lagombis in a row and it was pretty fun even though it's one of my least liked monsters.
What's with the mixed user reviews on Steam, the game is still Rise, which was generally better received, but much better. All the additions, in and out of combat, are great, as is the new town with everything accessible in the one area (outside your room that is and although I would personally prefer it if they actually brought over things like the meowcenaries flying off and the item gatherers' subs at the dock and what not, instead of just being the shortcuts and not seeing the palamutes and felynes hanging about, that's minor). I've seen some complaints about fighting old monsters but that's just how the series is, you fight a new monster and a couple new sub species in a new hunting area right away and, again, the old monsters also have new moves and behaviours. Some claim the MR armors look the same but most I've seen don't, so far. Then there are complaints about the number of monsters yet, again, checking online, while it did add less than Iceborne, the base game already had more than World, so the totals are comparable, plus the title updates will probably bring it on par (just as World/Iceborne/Rise got more over time) if not put it on top.