Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: I can't wait to slay some monsters

by Tom Robinson Featured 17 Comments 21 Votes 4009 Views 08/03/2013 Back to Articles

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate comes out on the 23rd of March. In just a few weeks more, I can get my hands on the next instalment of the most painful, grind-ridden game series that I have ever had the enjoyment of playing. There’s not much to the Monster Hunter series – you run around and slaughter monsters many, many times to gather ingredients for recipes to make more weapons to kill more monsters, over and over again.

It’s painstaking, it takes forever, it’s frustrating, and it’s a terribly large amount of fun. Traditionally, the series involves learning your enemies inside and out: from the smallest Giodrome, a true foe, to the Rathalos, large, flying and mascot-worthy as they are. It takes an exorbitant amount of patience to learn the patterns of one monster, let alone the dozens in any one game.

Why do I complain about how hard a game is but still be so damned excited about it? It’s not really easy to pinpoint one reason as to why Monster Hunter is fantastic and why Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will continue the trend; it’s really just the little things that count.


Firstly, the combat is ridiculously intense. In most games, you can just take one weapon-type and use that for the whole course of the game – I do that, I usually pick the sword. That doesn’t really work in Monster Hunter; most hunts are what you would consider boss-fights in any other game, and they’re designed so that usually two or three weapon types work on them. They’re fast, they’re fun, and the monsters are kings in their own dominion. They require you to think about how you play, and that separates the good Monster Hunter players from the great Monster Hunter players.

What else do you need? Customisation? It’s got boat-loads of that. You manufacture anything you want to wear, and so you can customise your character to your heart’s content. Satisfaction? When you bring down a tough monster for the last piece of your recipe, there is nothing more satisfying at that moment. Your son was just born? Nope, took down a Barroth and managed to find the last Wyvern Tear you needed to farm.

If you read any of my other articles that I have written, you know that I enjoy playing with my friends more than grinding stuff out solo. Thankfully, multiplayer is a key facet to the game and always a boat load of fun. There is nothing better than running around with three friends slaying dragons and hunting Giodromes, because that is the pinnacle of life itself.

Which is why I’m very keen for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. It has all this, and more! I’m a university student on the go, and the convenience of having such a social and time-consuming game while travelling about is just amazing. I can meet up with friends on campus, slay some Duramboros, and head to the next lecture.

It wasn’t always that simple, though. The game takes patience. The game takes time. The game takes dedication. The game is hard. But the sense of satisfaction, the feeling of victory, and the plain fun you have while doing it is just immense. There’s a reason the series has sold over 22 million copies; it’s a plain recipe of success and people enjoy the pay-off.


But is it worth buying a Nintendo 3DS for? I plan on buying one just for it. It’s too early for me to say if the game alone is worth a console purchase, but if I sink in even a quarter of the hours I did on the PSP release, Monster Hunter 2 Freedom Unite, then I will definitely get my money’s worth. It’s been years since I’ve had the ability to slay some monsters, to hone my game combat reflexes and I’ve forgotten nearly all the tells for the main monsters.

It will be a brand new game to me, one that I am sure I will find amazingly fun, and I hope I’m not disappointed. With the next release, Monster Hunter 4, also being on 3DS, Capcom need to make sure they get the recipe right before they make it better. But I think they will. It would be hard to screw up Monster Hunter. And hey, even if they do? I’ll still always have my Giodrome, a true foe.

By Tom Robinson

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I want to play this. But I have no one locally I can play the 3DS version with, so it'll have to wait until I get a Wii U, hopefully later this year.
I played the demo on the 3DS, it's not bad but it takes a bit to get used to not pressing the wrong button to holster weapon and such.

GunSlinger said: I played the demo on the 3DS, it's not bad but it takes a bit to get used to not pressing the wrong button to holster weapon and such.


lol same
I'M SO KEEN OH MY GODDDDDDD
Giadrome* Truly the spelling of it was a true foe indeed.

conefrog said: Giadrome* Truly the spelling of it was a true foe indeed.



i gave it the respect it deserved
I has monies but dunno if should buy Wii U... orz

So tempted... worried about getting scolded over it though [MOG]
I'm very committed to MH3U <3

Gonna go buy the Wii U MH bundle JUST to play MH3U <3 it's going to make my jobless bank account very sad for awhile, but It'll be the best thing I've spend my money on for the last 3 years lol

Played the hell out of MH3 on the Wii, I had over 1000 hours of game play, although my wii had that save file exploded, I got myself an another Wii and played 600 hours of Mh on my 2nd Wii once again lawl

Personally I just reeeaaallly prefer to play MH on a console because of the camera controls. I had to use the "claw technique" (which requires your left hand's middle finger on te L button and your pointing finger on the D-pad and finally your thumb on the analog stick for your PSP) which I found it annoying to play while hunting monsters and risking deaths lol
Same goes for the 3DS, camera features are very important in that game IMO

I honestly cannot wait for the release an its driving me crazy atm
I'm gonna get the bundle when I figure out whether I want my co-workers to freak out at me or my mum to freak out at me [MOG]

You bank account will forgive you I'm sure tokini [Derp]
I'm still trying to find the cheapest bundle. It's like $488 for the bundle at EB, but everyone knows EB rips you off sooo I'm looking at Kmart but I don't know if Kmart is doing the bundle.

However, I'm using my azn logics and calculating if its just cheaper to buy the console and the game separately and it probs is but ill probs miss out on something.

My casual job and not eating good for awhile should make my bank account back to normal in few months lawl
SOUL SACRIFICE
I want to know. What are the differences between this and the original on the Wii?

OllyEbbz said: I want to know. What are the differences between this and the original on the Wii?


www.gamefaqs.com/...

KOJINIKI THOU MUST GET THIS AND PUREI WITH TOKINIKI AND AEROR AND I AND IT SHALL BE GLORIOUS JUST LIKE OLD TIMES

asol fek you torki claw4lyfe
Klaw is sheet mang go Dai poozah pls
anyone know if gunlances are coming back?

conefrog said: anyone know if gunlances are coming back?


yes they are




can't wait for this game to come out


i'll probably played the hell out of this game
like a did with MH tri "2000+ hrs of gameplay"

boozer said:
www.gamefaqs.com/...
KOJINIKI THOU MUST GET THIS AND PUREI WITH TOKINIKI AND AEROR AND I AND IT SHALL BE GLORIOUS JUST LIKE OLD TIMES
asol fek you torki claw4lyfe


was fun while it lasted [Derp]

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