Since we're talking about monster hunter, I've been thinking about getting into it but every time I do research on it, I'm unable to find anything like a story in any games so is it pretty much all fighting without story?
Monster Hunter is pretty much the son of Street Fighter II if you think about it. It's awesome and you don't really need an excuse to kill shit like crazy but the game still give you "Quests" as an excuse. The entire charm of the franchise is in his "old fashioned" design as a game (and you know, old school video game design > new video games).
That's how I see the whole franchise anyway.