I’ve played Dual Blades since I started playing Freedom Unite. I feel kinda bad about it because it’s a fast weapon in a game that is built around slow, giant weapon swings, but it’s what I’ve found fun and I’ve begun to appreciate the subtle differences in its moveset with each game I play. Also, without the ability to hit enemies that are high off the ground except their feet, you have to use the environment a lot more if you want to, say, strike a flying monster or to slice off a tail. So while I respect the big giant swings that shake the earth and send monsters reeling, I’ll likely be beside those players zipping in and out and through the monster’s legs to do a bunch of damage and then run back to drink some dash juice or, inevitably, sharpen my blades.
As for MHW, having played the demo a few times through, I am pretty certain this is going to end up being high up on my 2018 GotY lists. It’s so damn fun and my trusty Dual Blades have never felt better.