It Was A Monster Mash.
Monster Hunter is a series that is one of the most popular in the Land of the Rising Sun. Each game in the franchise is consistently a million-selling title in Japan alone. In the West, the series is much more niche rather than being a widespread success. Despite this, Capcom has been open to releasing the games to North America, Europe, Australia, among other parts of the world. The latest installment of the Monster Hunter series is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, essentially an expansion of the Wii's Monster Hunter Tri. With more weapons, more monsters, and the ability to transfer one's character from the Wii U to the 3DS and vice versa, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the best Monster Hunter game to date. Here's why.
The world of Monster Hunter can seem very overwhelming at first. What weapon do you choose? How do you face off against more powerful monsters? What armor should you gun for? How do I get _____ to upgrade my _____? The questions posed to players are immense. Thankfully, the game does a remarkable job of easing players into the game via starting tutorial missions. While these may annoy longtime Monster Hunter players, as they are mandatory, for those who are for the first time entering the Monster Hunter universe or haven't played Monster Hunter in a long time, they're invaluable to complete.
Even attacking harmless creatures isn't
below a typical monster hunter.
Each monster has their own attacks that need to be dodged accordingly. For instance, the fiery dragon Rathalos spews out fireballs that will cause a temporary burning status to whomever it hits. Meanwhile, the Great Jaggi, one of the earliest big monsters, will swipe at hunters with its tail and even call in reinforcements. The fun of Monster Hunter is finding the best ways to go about defeating each beast, how to dodge their attacks well, and knowing when to simply run away. Simply button mashing will not bode well for those on the hunt. Monster Hunter as a series is all about timing your attacks and evasions for the best success. This learning experience is an exceptionally rewarding feature of the Monster Hunter series, and it holds true for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
|Be careful! This creature's quite shocking!|
When a monster is on the edge of being slain, you can do one of two things. You can either slay it normally, or you can opt to do the more difficult task of the two, capturing it. A weakened monster, as stated, will have telltale signs it is about to keel over. By dropping a trap and luring the beast into it, you have a shot of capturing it. Of course, a pitfall or shock trap alone won't put the monster into hibernation. No, you need Tranq Bombs to chuck at the monster to soothe it to sleep. One might wonder what the point of capturing a monster is if it's a more challenging task. Well, capturing a monster will give you more resources, and sometimes the rarest of them can only be received through capturing a monster.
|This winter rabbit is quick to chill any hunter out.|
It is important to choose the right weapon and armor for the proper situation. If you're going to be facing a monster like the Royal Ludroth who does water attacks, you might not want to wear an armor with a fire element to it. Choosing the best weapon for the job is also important. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate features a dozen or so weapon archetypes, each with their own way of handling and each with their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Sword and Shield doesn't take too long to attack, but it's one of the weaker weapons of the game, requiring a lot more attacks on a monster than say, a Great Sword. The problem with the Great Sword archetype of weapons, however, is that it's a heavy weapon, requiring some time in order to get off an attack. Finding the right weapon for your play style is of the utmost importance. Learning what weapon works the best for you and then being an absolute boss with it is an awesome thing.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate doesn't just offer local play. It also has its own network mode, where Wii U players (sorry, 3DS owners) can hop online, set up and enter rooms on the various lobbies of the game's servers, and team up to take down savage monsters together and complete unique online quests. This is probably the most fun I've had with an online game in a long time. The cooperative aspect of the hunt with friends or total strangers, chatting into the Wii U GamePad's microphone or inputting text, and helping one another out in battle gave me an incredibly empowered and fun feeling.
Teaming up with friends and/or other players
is such a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
The latest patch introduced off-TV
play into the fold.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is absolutely packed with things to do. It is not unheard of for certain players to log in over 500 hours of playtime. Of course, that's only for the most dedicated hunters out there. You need not play for so long to experience the most the game has to offer.
Perhaps the only issue I have with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, other than the slow start the game has and the steep learning curve for those trying to get into the series, is with moving between areas. When you near the edge of one area, you are automatically taken to the next. The problem with this is that if a monster moves to an area's edge and you follow it, you will accidentally be taken to the next area. I would have liked to have it where you have to pres the A button to move from area to area, as fighting a monster and then unintentionally moving to a new area is sometimes really frustrating.
Yeah... I think you win the
"Who's taller" contest.
The Flooded Forest is one of the prettiest
locations in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
[SPC Says: 9.25/10]