This was a game I really wanted to love. I mean, what's not to like about hunting monsters? Unfortunately, the answer is half-baked controls. Instead of spending my time hunting monsters, I spent it fighting to face in the exact right direction to swing my weapon. Of course, by the time I had managed that, the monster had moved so my weapons hit more air than monster.
Come on Capcom! Zelda had an enemy lock on 15 years ago! In a game about killing beasties, not be able to target them is a cardinal sin.
In addition, there were many other annoyances that should have been smoothed out. For example, when switching to the gun to see if its targeting is better (yes, but not by much) I found that all of my items were gone. Why? Because they were in my sword pouch, not my gun pouch. Why do I need two pouches with the hassle of moving my items every time I switch weapons? And why can't I switch weapons in the field?
All I could think of as this game consistently dashed my hopes of having fun was; "If only it had some of that Nintendo polish instead of the traditionally clunky Capcom controls!" :(
Everyone wants to play World of Warcraft on a home system, and this game moves us a step forward...by allowing us to play the worst aspects of WoW. Grinding, choppy graphics, and mindless repetition. Actually, it's a lot more boring than WoW, considering it's a solo game, and there's weapon degradation. There are much better games out there. Just play a Zelda game instead.
I'll go ahead and start my review by stating that I have logged roughly 120 hours so far on Monster Hunter Tri. I strongly believe that most games I dedicate my time to are a waste. However, because I'm having so much fun I plan to spend well over 200 hours on Monster Hunter Tri.
Now I'll tell you why ~~~
I kind of rented Tri on a whim in order to just test it out. Anyone who has played the first MH games and found them a disappointment can tell you why. I was really really really surprised when I began to play. The combat can still be felt which was probably the highlight of the first game for most. In Tri it has been polished to near perfection in my opinion. Not to mention the armor in the game is top notch. Fighting giant monsters only gets old if you think its getting old. Having a hard time? try a different weapon you'd be surprised how much it effects the way you fight. The first time that I killed something big I felt it. That rare and almost non-existent feeling that makes you well... happier than you should be.
In almost all games I play the online community is quite frankly trash. However in Tri I have yet to encounter a jerk with a keyboard... maybe I'm just lucky or it really says something about the kind of mood this game puts people in. I'm hoping its the later. It is rare that you will not be able to easily hop to another server and find a match with people willing to anything you want to do. Whether its soloing, hunting, or gathering. The friends list also works really well compared to all the other Wii games I've spent time on.
Whether its the graphics, game play, controls, camera, or concept of the game I'd say that all are well thought, well designed, and unique. Unlike this review. If your looking for a fun time with friends or by yourself pick Tri up and make some time cause this is a game that will draw you in.
Be warned though there is a slight learning curve.