Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Video Game)
Available for Nintendo Wii U (reviewed) and Nintendo 3DS
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a trip down memory lane with beautiful and vibrant designs, tons more content and over 100+ hours of gameplay. Players will get the ultimate experience as the new title is a HD remake of Monster Hunter 3 which was released on the Wii a few years ago. Fans of the series will get to adventure though hundreds of new quests, equipments and monsters. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has taken an already enjoyable experience to the next level and could possibly be the best title in the series.
The gameplay in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is very identical to the original with gamers taking on the roles of hunter who slay the monster-sized dinosaurs of the land and use the resources they gather to forge new weapons and armor. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate really thrives with its extensive amount of new loot and the ability to use the forge mechanic alongside hundreds of new quests. The co-op RPG gives players one of the most rewarding gameplay experiences to date in the franchise.
Players can purchase Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on both the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS with the exact same content, local co-op and even save data between them. The first few hours of the game is primarily based on the foundations of an old game and are far too basic for experienced players. The basics are taught slowly from gathering to hunting which gets immediately old for those of us who are veteran monster hunters. This however can be a great appeal to some players who enjoying learning at their own pace.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate scales its monsters over the course of the game from the predictable Great Jaggis in earlier hunting grounds to more deadly creatures later in the game. Online play has been improved dramatically and gamers can work together to gain loot and raise their hunter rank. Players can participate in tougher challenges and monsters by playing online that they can miss out on if they participate only in single player mode.
The player's success relies on successfully mastering the crafting system in order to make better equipment and armor. You must gather and collect resources and items effectively in order to create that perfect weapon or gear. The Hunter Ranks will start out slow allowing players to pick up tricks and tips to help them succeed later in the game. The fights in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate are a real challenge and will give the player a sense of accomplishment once they finish one. The game combines the use of tantalizing sound effects and animations to really immerse the player in the battles.
Alternatively, controls are responsive and easy to master with practice. As the game is mastered, gamers can jump into G-Rank which becomes more difficult with new moves and behaviors. The replay value in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is insanely high and some players will be playing for hundreds of hours. If you haven't picked up the game today, then what are you waiting for?
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is now available for Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and is rated T (Teen) which may have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. To learn more, visit the official Capcom website.
4 out of 5