Published on April 6th, 2015 | by Lee Davies
Review: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U)
Format reviewed: Wii U eShop
Website: Official Site
First released on the 3DS in Japan, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was released simultaneously for the Wii U and 3DS in Europe in 2013. Featuring online play for up to 4 hunters at a time this truly is the Ultimate edition of a monster of a game.
Solo made plays through the Moga Village where you are quested to solve the disturbing events of recent earthquake rumblings that are scaring away resources to allow the village to flourish. But it’s in the simultaneous online cooperative 4-gamer multiplayer that this game totally soars. All quests, whether solo or multiplayer, revolve around either gathering, collecting resources to make health potions and the like, hunting, locating and killing a monster, and capturing, a variation on hunting that ends with a trapped and tranquilized monster rather than a monster bereft of life.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate’s main goal is to balance RPG elements with more real time action. The main idea of hunting a monster and taking it down plays out like a boss fight from other games. And you’ll spend a lot of time learning a monster’s attack patterns and finding openings. Attack with short range or long range weapons such bows, and swords. It is when you kill an enemy that you have the opportunity to carve 3 pieces off it for collection. These carves appear randomly and depending on what you get can be converted into making stronger amour and weapons. So, by defeating tougher and tougher monsters, your armour and weapons get stronger and, therefore, you get stronger. A unique take on the classic RPG formula. Add in talismans and jewels that can be worn to add extra effects and there is an incredibly deep RPG mechanic running throughout the experience.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Summary: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is not for the faint of heart. It can take between 20-30 hours just to get to grips with what the game is asking of you. Expect to lose 100s of hours in this if you fall for its charms.