Did the Apex Arzuros fight last night with two others. I carted once, to my shame, but holy FUCK. Mildly disappointed that there's no high rank single player quests but I suppose it encourages you to play with friends at least.
I mained bow, dual blades and greatsword in World and was planning on maining hunting horn til my fiance decided he'd do that so I've gone light bowgun and I'm having so much fun. It was way easier to pick up than World was (but I was an idiot who tried to start with insect glaive, and that lasted about two seconds).
One thing I wish we had was the ability to set an online lobby to be visible only to friends. Had to kick some poor rando from my lobby last night and felt kinda bad about it.
Hunter Connect, it let's you make a group and any lobby you create will be exclusive to whoever is in the groupHigh rank is online multiplayer but it's possible to it solo. As for lobbies as far as I know now is set a password.