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Staff Review - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

WheelsWheels RPGamer StaffRPGamer Staff
edited April 2013 in Latest Updates
The latest entry in Capcom's Monster Hunter series has finally arrived in the West. Inquire within to discover if this monstrous game provides the ultimate hunt.

Staff Review - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

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  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited April 2013
    Yeah, this is mostly in line with my experience. Great game, bit light on story, and damn if the repetition can get to be a bit much, but still a great time to be had.

    I have to ask, however, having never played Tri, was the city area accessible in single player in that one? It really feels like that level was meant for multi, and the quests are a hell of a lot more difficult there.
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  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2013
    MasterChief said:
    Yeah, this is mostly in line with my experience. Great game, bit light on story, and damn if the repetition can get to be a bit much, but still a great time to be had.

    I have to ask, however, having never played Tri, was the city area accessible in single player in that one? It really feels like that level was meant for multi, and the quests are a hell of a lot more difficult there.
    I don't think the multiplayer area was available offline in Tri, which would suck for anyone still playing that versions since the server is going offline.

    Thankfully all of that is available offline in this version.Since the Wii U version can play locally with the 3DS version, there will always be a way to access that content with other others in Ultimate.

    As for the grind, it can be tough at times yeah, but it's only really an issue when you're trying to gather materials from one specific monster. Gathering materials via mining and such is a lot easier because you can do it within other quests.
  • PimpaliciousPimpalicious Member Full Members
    edited April 2013
    Nice, I still haven't decided if I want to buy this for 3DS soon-ish(like in a few months, I'm getting Soul Sacrifice in a little over a week) or wait until I have a Wii-U.
  • TG BarighmTG Barighm Member Full Members
    edited April 2013
    Heh. Your "diary" thread made it sound like you weren't too impressed. Funny though.
  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2013
    TG Barighm said:
    Heh. Your "diary" thread made it sound like you weren't too impressed. Funny though.
    haha the diary thread was all for the laughs, was trying to think up a character for my hunter! (though I was not impressed with a few of the early missions which kind of inspired the snarky character).
  • Morgan19Morgan19 Member Full Members
    edited April 2013
    ...On the 3DS, the D-pad placement feels more natural than it did on the PSP so quickly moving from the Circle Pad to the D-pad to adjust the camera isn't a nuisance. The only area of concern on the 3DS...
    That surprises me. I'd not played a MH game before trying this demo, but was immediately put off by moving with the circle, stopping in my tracks to jump over to the d-pad to adjust the camera, and then back to the citcle to move again. That stop/start motion feels more natural? It seems like the L/R buttons would've made more sense... At least that way you can move and adjust the camera at the same time.
  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2013
    Morgan19 said:
    That surprises me. I'd not played a MH game before trying this demo, but was immediately put off by moving with the circle, stopping in my tracks to jump over to the d-pad to adjust the camera, and then back to the citcle to move again. That stop/start motion feels more natural? It seems like the L/R buttons would've made more sense... At least that way you can move and adjust the camera at the same time.
    I never ran into what you experience, i.e. lots of starting and stopping. Tapping L to center the camera does the trick most of the time in most versions, and moments when I needed to quickly adjust the camera generally happened to be moments when I was already stationary, rolling, using items etc. when I wasn't already using the circle pad. Obviously this is a your mileage may vary situation, which is why many will be making use of the circle pad pro. There is also the option to put a virtual d-pad on the touch screen that I've heard of others who've found that option to their liking. I can only write the review based on my experience though, and I had never had issues with the base 3DS controls, except for in the underwater sections as I stated in the review.
  • TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff Healer RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2013
    I'll agree with Wheels about the controls. I've never really had any problems with the camera controls at all in this game. Tapping L to either face the target or to center the camera behind my character was all I ever needed. That one control works beautifully, so I didn't need anything else 95% of the time (the remaining 5% was trying to rise or sink in aquatic combat). It works even better than a dual-analog control set-up would, in my opinion.

    Anyways, I just completed this main story in this game yesterday, after putting more than 100 hours into it, and I've enjoyed it the entire way. There is still so much more I want to do, too... It's very easy to see how some people can get totally addicted to it and play it for thousands of hours. I might need to stop here before I get in too deep...
  • SlayerSlayer Member Full Members
    edited April 2013
    I wish I could play this on my PS3 instead of Dragma: Dark Arisen. I think this game is much more appealing to my tastes.
    *EDIT*
    Thanks for the info, Wheels.
  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited April 2013
    Slayer said:
    I wish I could play this on my PS3 instead of Dragma: Dark Arisen. I think this game is much more appealing to my tastes.
    Nintendo is unlikely to easily let the franchise out of its claws. That said, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD is actually a relatively cheap import ($39.99 or so) and being a 3rd generation game gets you many of the same monsters and locations. Obviously the language barrier is an issue (and single player isn't as fully featured) but it is an option (and there's plenty of guides for it in english online).
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