Monster Hunter Tri is the third instalment to the Monster Hunter series after last year’s Monster Hunter Freedom Unite PSP game. The game was developed by Capcom and it seems as though they are keeping the trend going that 2010 is the Wii ‘Hardcore Gaming’ year. This game, Monster Hunter 3 was released in Japan back in August 2009 and was later released in America and Europe without an online subscription fee.
Capcom originally planned Monster Hunter Tri to be a Playstation 3 title, but unfortunately like many PS3 titles, lost its exclusivity to another console, and of all of them, to the
Monster Hunters 3’s story is very simple. A huge sea creature called the Lagiacrus is attacking a village. You play the role of a Monster Hunter and your task is to train yourself to a point where you can take the creature down.
The game is not about being in an engaging storyline. The game is about hunting huge monsters and figuring out the patterns in which they fight. After the battle you take parts of these monsters, using a highly detailed weapons system, and forge new weapons and armour. You then go out and hunt for the next monster.
Visually Monster Hunter Tri looks amazing. Capcom have done an amazing job in making this game look so good that Nintendo themselves have reported to actually feel a little pressure to catch up on their own console. The game’s frame rate runs brilliantly, the textures, colours, effects look amazing and the creatures are huge.
The creature animations are believable and the hunter’s animations look great. The hunters can sometimes look very comical when you run away as you can see them genuinely looking frightened when running for their lives. The game does however suffer from load times between each section in the map, but they are very short and don’t ruin the pace of the game.
You can’t help but think what this game would have looked like, had it actually been released on the Playstation 3.
When playing Monster Hunter Tri, you’re going to have to learn to get used to getting killed at the beginning stages as it has a huge learning curve. Every single monster in the game fights differently and it’s your job to recognise the patterns in which the monsters attack, and learn to overcome them.
The game does have a high risk, high reward sort of feel. As when you finally learn to take a monster down, it rewards you with so much that it was worth it. The sense of accomplishment is great, as is the victory due to your game play skill level and learning to work out the monster rather than going into battle and hoping for the best.
There are seven hunter types to choose from that carry their own weapons with strengths and weaknesses. The game can be played in every control style. It’s highly recommend that you play this game with the Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro that comes bundled with the game as the Wii Mote and nun-chuck can be a little frustrating. If you have played Monster Hunter in the past you will probably know about the lack of camera controls, luckily as this game supports pads, the second analogue stick takes care of that issue.
Monster Hunter Tri is all about playing the game online. Sure you can quickly go onto a solo offline mission and go through the story mode, but most of the fun is joining other hunters and taking down a huge monster. Capcom have really made this so much easier as it’s now on a console. The fact that you can connect your keyboard and type away is one thing, but to actually have Wii Speak support is what makes this game easier.
Wii Speak support doesn’t tend to be used my many 3rd party companies, so you can tell Capcom really want this to be a game people keep playing for a long time. I found myself talking to a lot of people with this game, as with other games like Modern Warfare 2 tend to be your regular ‘here’, ‘capture’, ‘arrgghh’, ‘eeee!’ and some four letter words I wont be putting into this review.
I tend to find that most people gaming online don’t actually talk to each other, but with Monster Hunter, everybody seems to. This is probably because the game forces you to work together as a team, perhaps this is why the Monster Hunter London gaming centre worked so well last summer.
In conclusion Monster Hunter Tri is a great game. I keep finding myself playing it and find that its one of them rare games I actually hate to admit I like. I have always avoided games like World of Warcraft, as I don’t tend to like that type of game fantasy roleplaying game. But this one is actually very fun once you put effort into it.
I’m always looking forward to upgrading my weapons, fight the next monster, and then be greatly rewarded once I complete my mission. If you like huge games that have deep gameplay, loads of content and literally require hours of your time to actually get anywhere then go out and buy Monster Hunter Tri. This game is certainly not for the casual gamers!
4.5 out of 5