Review by TheGr8Blumpking
"Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Meow Mix Tamagachi Simulator"
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is Monster Hunter Tri, with a ton of new stuff, better visuals, all the weapons, and tons of stuff to do with friends. If you have never played Monster Hunter before in your life, chances are you will probably hate it, suck at it, or both. Usually, it's both. However, if you can get past the learning hump (that for some can last hours), you will soon see the light and wonder that is the Monster Hunter universe.
This is my fourth Monster Hunter game that I have played. By now, I've definitely sank more than 300 hours into Monster Hunter. Because of this, I am able to explain the game in a light that isn't negative. (honestly I'm surprised this game has gotten decent scores because usually they always are bad) A major reason that Monster Hunter isn't so crazy-popular in the west is because it isn't the type of game that caters to the casual western gamer. People want a lock-on' feature. People expect the Square button or the X button for 360 to be the main attack button, or don't like games that requires you to LEARN ON YOUR OWN.
Capcom doesn't exactly deliver when it comes to teaching the players how to play Monster Hunter. They cater to the majority of the people who already love and know how to play the game. A lot of reviewers have complained about small text on the Wii-U, or unreadable text for the 3DS. While there is nothing wrong with complaining about such a thing, it's also something that does NOT matter in Monster Hunter. You don't need a story in Monster Hunter, the setting is there, and you are able to easily extract information about the plot on your own without having to have the game explain it to you.
What makes the game great is the tale you unravel yourself, as a hunter, an adventurer that does one thing well and one thing only, killing monsters.
The game fully shines when you go online into a mission with 3 of your friends, or even 3 strangers, and fight a giant dragon for 20 minutes. This might sound boring to some, but it feels so rewarding when you down a monster and get to carve all of it's cool parts off it's corpse. The way the weapons handle is (in a sense) more realistic than most Japanese style action RPG games. For instance, my favorite weapon, the two-handed Great Sword, swings very slow, and it even looks like the weapon is incredibly heavy. But lordy lordy does it pack a serious punch when it connects. You can also block with it, which is a plus. There is also a weapon type which is which is awesome, the dual swords. You're very nimble with them, and can get in a lot of rapid attacks, but you're stunted by not having any way of blocking, but the dual swords allow you to dodge faster and further. There is even a few long-range weapons, like the hunting bow, or the bowgun which uses ammo. These weapons are strong but you can only wear light armor while using them, so don't get hit! Every weapon type/armor set has it's own unique abilities and skill sets.
What isn't cool about skinning a giant monster, and making armor out of it, or giant weapons that you use to bring down even bigger monsters? That is the game. It's fun, and isn't nearly as time consuming as you might think. The time spent in Monster Hunter is the time you devote to it, you will get everything out of it that you put in. If you grind the same mission 10 times to fight the same leviathan over and over for it's armor set, you will be rewarded in money and materials and actually have a sweet feeling of accomplishment. Something that isn't found in a lot of games today that cost you 60 bucks and give you a terrible ending.
The demo for Wii U and 3DS in no way, shape, or form is worth playing. People either dive into the Monster Hunter world, or have a friend bring them to it. The demo does not help you fully grasp what Monster Hunter is about. It has a mission where you fight a dumb bunny looking monster that dies pretty quick if you're not terrible. It's other mission is against a Plesioth, a monster that a lot of fans have a burning hatred for. (he's really difficult, and he hipchecks you and shoots water beams) So don't even bother playing the demo for it. Watch some videos of some end game stuff, read or watch some guides. Do as much research about Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate that you possibly can before you purchase it.
What is cool about the Wii-U version is that in April, a patch will be released that will allow you to play the game fully on the gamepad screen. And on the 3DS, you can transfer your saves back and fourth and take the game on the go or play at a friends house who has the game for the Wii U.
Let me make this clear, this game is NOT for everyone. However, once you get that real taste after your first big mission with friends, you'll keep coming back for more. Give it a chance, and you will love the series. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has become my favorite game, and is a huge reason why we have all been totally MIA here at Subweapon for a week straight!
See you in the fields, hunter.
For fans of the Monster Hunter Series: 8/10
For new fans/people just stepping into this game: 6/10 (Rent/Watch Videos before buying)
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/22/13
Game Release: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (US, 03/19/13)
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