First and foremost: Keep up with your Palico’s weapons and armour! They help you out, and if they’re outfitted in trash, their level of helpingness might also be trash.
Speaking of kitty cats, if you collect GUILD CARDS from other players, their Palicoes may show up and help you fight every so often!
Speaking of which again, your Palico can ALSO get you Tailraiders and even monsters to fight alongside you or just pick up fancy herbs and minerals. (Win-win, if you ask me!)
Instead of trying to learn the camera/target setup in this game, you can hit OPTIONS button (PS4), SYSTEM > OPTIONS (the one in the in-game menu) > CAMERA. I, for example, learned how to move in such games via Dragon Quest VII: Journey of the Cursed King, as well as FFVII: Dirge of Cerberus, FFXII, yada yada, and since then, the only way I can move is if the camera and the reticle or whatnot is set so I can pull R3 and L3 inwards and have the character run in circles, aka “all-inverted.” I simply can’t get used to it any other way. Believe me, I’ve tried. Some games don’t let you change these settings, but this game does. So yay for that!
The TRAINING CENTER is your friend! Try out new weapons, get (a semblance of) guidance in said weapons, and try them out in a safe space (without worrying about depleting bullets and the like).
Assembling a SQUAD can save time if you’re always playing with the same buddy or three.
Voice chat IS available in-game, and that includes when you fire off an SOS FLARE, so keep that in mind (just in case you were belting showtunes or something…).
Speaking of which, if you’re stuck on a particular story-line quest, you CAN set it up to where a chum or crony can JOIN your quest after you hit the required cut-scene. (This is NOT the same as sending an SOS Flare, since sending that will cause your invitation to be available to “anyone online who fits the bill”). That said, the enemies are usually about twice as difficult with two instead of one, and I haven’t done any scientific testing with three or four party-members, but stay tuned for that!)
If you’re with an actual chum in this game, you may wish to forgo the in-game VOICE CHAT and instead use DISCORD on a computer or gadget. Even better, you can form a party via PS4, then plug a USB headphone/mic combo into one USB jack in the PS4, then get into a voice chat that way. In my tests, at least, the PS4 party chat sounded much clearer. (Then again, that particular chat didn’t have 15 other people in it…)
Phew, reviewing and/or play-testing is hard work, isn’t it! But I shall remain dedicated to my cause! (aka “more fun tips in two shakes!”)