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Back in April of 2010, a game came out on the Wii called Monster Hunter Tri. In this game, players play as hunters in a land filled with giant creatures that could crush a human without even noticing him.
A little less than three years later, Nintendo comes out with an updated version called Monster Hunter Ultimate – with better graphics, better controls (you don’t use the Wiimote and Nunchuck in the WiiU version) and maybe more material.
For those of you who haven’t played either version here’s how it works: you create a guy or gal who’s a hunter, equip them with all sorts of weapons (both melee and distance), gear up on armor, items and supplies, and then go off into the dangerous world and kill any creature that you come across.
Your choice of melee weapon is important – some do a great deal of damage, but they are so big that you need to time your swing right to land the hit. And others are faster to use, but they do less damage.
But when I started playing this game, I got a big flashback to the Tri game on the Wii, and after about two hours of hunting, fishing, mining, swimming and planting, my level of interest dropped.
The single player mode just doesn’t thrill me very much. I felt like I was doing the same thing over and over again – with little incentive to go on doing the same thing over and over again.
Which is why they have the online multiplayer part – where you and up to three other players can go out and fight all sorts of creatures over all sorts of lands (that’s where they get that 200 quests they say in the promo.) This is where the fun is.
Monster Hunter Ultimate can be fun – with other players. But $60 is a hefty price to pay, so I say you rent it first and try it before thinking about buying it.
posted by DavidH85 (WEST ROXBURY, MA) Mar 21, 2013
Member since Nov 2012
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As a fan of the series, I can confirm that the controls and "slow" animations were built into the game on purpose and working as intended. This is not your typical "hack and slash" kind of game, so any reviewer that complains about it being a bad game because of the controls dont understand that it's part of the experience. While I will admit that the learning curve is a bit harsh for players new to the series, it is an extremely fun and rewarding game!
I do have to warn you, if you're the type that wants to play a game where they hold your hand and encourage you to mindlessly mash a button until you reach the end credits, look somewhere else.
posted by CylanthMN (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Mar 25, 2013
Member since Jun 2011
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
Monster Hunter offers a HD graphical makeover of a 3 year old game, lot of content and very deep gameplay, but also a lot of repetition. There is very minimal story, generic quests, and small zones to explore.
Positives: Fantastic combat, great looking monsters, deep gameplay, lots to do and get, thrilling to take down a huge monster.
Negatives: No story, repetitive quests, online multiplayer can be hit or miss, some fights can be very frustrating
Overall: A deep online game that can last hundreds of hours, if you love challenging battles. There is just enough variety to keep you from getting bored, and if you can find a good group of people to hunt with, the game really shines. Lack of any story is a bummer, but you will have plenty of other things to worry about.