Thursday, 9 May 2013

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

“Considered in the Eastern community as one of the greatest RPG series of all time, does Monster Hunter have enough firepower to bring Europe and the US over as well? If this game is anything to go by, then absolutely.”


The gameplay:

The Monster Hunter series has never strayed far from the formula that made it so popular in the first place. Players work in groups to gather resources, create equipment, hunt down monsters and kill them. The premise is incredibly simple but the way Monster Hunter feels and plays is pretty special. You will travel across vast locations filled to the brim with beautifully designed creatures culminating in grand finale battles with monsters the size of buildings and beyond – this is truly a game that uses scale to create an epic atmosphere and a sense of unrelenting power that only you and a skilled group of friends can overcome. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate provides more than 100 hours of gameplay in quest form and with so much to unlock, create and kill, you and your friends will be hooked for a very long time. You can choose to undertake this journey alone but it’s nowhere near as exciting or entertaining without comrades to help you along.


The presentation:

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is essentially an upgraded version of Monster Hunter Tri – the graphics have been updated, some new monsters have been added, missions have been reshuffled and the difficulty curve has been made more forgiving. That being said the release on both Nintendo WiiU and 3DS has made this version almost an entirely new game. Players will experience the exact same content regardless of the console they play on and there’s opportunity to link up locally and use the main TV as a grand view of the carnage occurring on the WiiU Pad and 3DS screens. WiiU players can also play online but 3DS owners don’t have this option. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has an impressive display of character and monster models, but environments are quite bland and leave little to the imagination – this is unfortunate and takes away from what is otherwise a very pretty game. This is also a game brimming with life and character, which is surprising considering the expansive size of the content.

The verdict:

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is definitely a game best enjoyed with friends and when you do get a group together, there are very few multiplayer experiences that can beat the sheer level of awesome that’s found here. Epic battles and plenty of content make this a game worth investing in, especially if you’re looking for something on the WiiU that’s had a pretty poor start software wise. So check it out whether it’s on Nintendo’s handheld or home console, there’s definitely something here for you.


Gameplay – 8 out of 10
Presentation – 7 out of 10
Replay value – 10 out of 10
Verdict – 8 out of 10

Igor Kharin.


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate at CeX


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