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.
This game is very time consuming but at the same time very fun. Players can pour 40+ hours into and not even know where the time has gone. The beginning part of the game with Solo missions are pretty simple and do become challenging but the main joy comes from the online Multiplayer mode where you can play with players around the world. The game is fascinating when you go against the humongous monsters.
Two things that can be considered bad about the game is that
1) It is an old port, Decent, but I would have been more then happy to wait for a Revamped MH4.
2) No Local Multiplayer, You can only play with people online or with local players who have a 3DS and the game.
For all of the returning MH fans:
The game is as it was on the Wii; Monster Hunter Tri. Except more monster, armor, weapons, items, areas to explore, etc. Basically how Monster Hunter Freedom 1 & 2 and then there was a Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. MH3 Ultimate is the Freedom Unite of the Wii U. As a returning fan you should already know what to expect.
For all of the newcomers:
Monster Hunter in itself is a very repetitive, frustrating, hard-working type of game. It takes lots of practice and skill to actually be good at the game. Work alone as a solo hunter offline and collect materials by yourself or work as a team online and duke it out slaying monsters with your friends or with random people. Although the game is very repetitive it offers hundreds and hundreds of hours of gameplay. The game is never over. Even when you've beaten the flagship monster of the game (usually the monster on the cover of the boxart), the game is still not over with. Even if you've beaten every quest in the game (which may take hundreds of hours), you're still not done. Go out and collect every piece of armor or the strongest weapon or the toughest armor out there. Make your own creations to make the most ultimate armor out there. There are endless creations and possibilities within the Monster Hunter series. The game will never get old because there is so much to do. You will get frustrated with the game. It takes a lot of patience and skill to overcome the enemies with this game. If you're unsure of buying this game, at least rent it and play it for a few days before you decide to buy it. I doubt it's a game that you'd want to return if you buy it though.