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- Local co-op, and the ability to progress simultaneously between the 3DS and Wii U
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STORY: You start off the same way as in Tri in Moga Village, which is in serious trouble from earthquakes. You do get a full set of armor and one of every weapon (your character has a sword, but you can switch to other weapons at the chest in your house) this time around. You don't have to wait to unlock the Longsword, Switch-Axe, etc., since a basic version is already there, along with new weapons, like the Bow, Dual Blades, Gunlance, and Hunting Horn. You also get access to a new island with different/more powerful monsters, though I would recommend newer players to stay away from there until they feel comfortable with the game. The first quests start out simple enough (fetch quests, kill "x" number of easy monsters, etc.) and are still centered around Lagiacrus being the earthquake maker. That's about all I'll cover for the beginning. Moving on...
CONTROLS: They are better than I was afraid they would be. You control your character with the slider pad and the camera with the L-Should button (centers the camera behind you), D-Pad, D-Pad on the touch screen, and/or the auto-targeting system, which targets onto large "boss" enemies and is also on the touch screen. You can customize the touch screen and adjust the size of the buttons you place, like the D-Pad, which is a nice little convenience. Personally, I usually stick with the L-Shoulder, since it's easier and I like being centerd, but I do use the D-Pad on the touch screen for swimming.Read more ›
Players accept assignments from the guild counter (and sometimes other people in the village), choose their equipment and dive into large environments with the goal of completing quests. Quests can consist of killing or capturing a monster or monsters, gathering items, or simply having a look around.
Completing these tasks is part of a larger goal. However, the main drive is to scavenge what you can and use it to improve your weapons and armour. As the monsters get tougher, so must your gear and thus starts a grind as you strive to bring down the game's most fearsome beasts. Monster Hunter is a style of action/adventure game that certainly isn't for everyone, but those who love it wouldn't dream of spending any less than hundreds, if not thousands, of hours chasing the series' biggest beasts.
Patience and perseverance is essential at times. You will need to complete a few of the more mundane resource gathering quests, before the game really starts to open up more quest options etc. The rewards are high. Some of the bigger and more challenging monsters will also be a real test of patience (especially later in the game). You will need to apply a bit of strategy when taking down the big monsters (i.e. learn how the monsters move and behave, and use this to your advantage, by picking opportune moments to attack, and applying evasion tactics to avoid loss of health).Read more ›
It is my favorite series of all time. I started gaming in the 80's with the NES. I've owned the NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Super NES, Genesis, Turbo Grafix 16, Playstation, Gamecube, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSP, PS Vita...
Monster Hunter is my favorite series.
I've played literally hundreds of hours across Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. I don't think it's necessary to describe Monster Hunter at this point. In short, it's all kinds of awesome. But one thing keeps this game from being a 5 star game in my opinion...
NO ONLINE MULTIPLAYER.
Yes, I know that no portable Monster Hunter has ever had online multiplayer, but this is different. This is not the PSP. This is not the DS. This is the 3DS and the year is 2013. It is inexcusable to release a game that is practically MP focused without the ability to play online.
It works in Japan because everybody and their brother owns a copy, but this isn't Japan and Capcom doesn't seem to get that. This game needs online multiplayer in the United States WITHOUT NEEDING TO OWN A Wii U.
That said, if you have a friend or two to hunt with, this may be a 5 star game for you. I plan on going as far as I can playing solo, which will be a challenge.
It's Monster Hunter, it's awesome, I love it, but I can't give it a 5-star rating when it's missing such a crucial feature.
4/22/13 EDIT: In my review I said "I plan on going as far as I can playing solo, which will be a challenge." I've gotten pretty far. I managed to solo my way up to G-Rank, which I'm proud of. There's a great sense of pride in killing G-Rank monsters solo. A real sense of accomplishment.Read more ›
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One of the coolest games Nintendo has ever put out, and definitely one of the best games on a portable device. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jordan Scribner
Great game came in time and was able to track it the whole time very satisfiedPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Well, my friend loved this game, but it's not for me. The monsters take too long to kill and I just find it a little slow for me. Take my review with a grain of salt. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mashduba
This was my first Monster Hunter title. I waited about a year before taking it out of the cellophane for some strange reason, but this game exceeds expectations immensely. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grim