Monster Hunter Tri is the newest game in the Monster Hunter Series. It was Published and developed by Capcom and released on April 12th 2010.
Monster Hunter Tri is an Action Adventure RPG that’s about…………hunting monsters. You play as a Hunter who is called to a small village (Moga Village) to defeat a fearsome creature called the Lagiacrus.
When you first fire up the game it will quickly become apparent (especially for newcomers) that this is a huge game with lots to learn and take into account. Do not let this turn you off though, as you play through the game (both online and offline) you will eventually learn all you need to.
You can’t hunt monsters without weapons luckily for you Monster Hunter Tri has a massive inventory to choose from, even from the start when purchasing your first weapons you have a large inventory to choose from. The game features 7 weapons types there, Hammer, Bowgun, Great Sword, Long Sword, Switch Axe, Sword and Shield, and The Lance. Each weapon has its pros and cons though Hammers hit hard and often stun monsters its lacks any kind of defense, while the Lance has the best defense of all the weapons because of its size your movements are slowed while its equipped. Weapons are also upgradeable (once the appropriate materials are found) and enhances with decorations making them more powerful than they were before, some upgrade even add on an element (fire, water, thunder, etc) for added attack power.
Like weapons Armor is also another important part of a hunter’s attire, unlike weapons though armor is made directly from materials obtained from monsters so there is an extensive variety. Armor can also be enhanced and upgraded for better stats and defense. Another feature of armor is the skill that comes with them; certain armor comes with a specific set of skills that truly make your hunter unique. While some make you more resistant to heat, some raise your defense, and others even raise your health. In this game armor is just as important as weapons.
From Flooded forests, to Massive Volcanoes, and even underwater environments, Monster Hunter Tri has features many large and expansive environments in which to collect resources explore and hunt monsters. One of the cools things with the game is the monster AI, each monster behaves and react in different ways, even very similar monsters like Baggi and Jaggi are each unique whether it be cosmetically or the type of environment they prefer. The game also features a day and Night cycle, similar to Driver Parallel Lines. (Not based on real time)
In Monster Hunter the big thing is quests, there are three types Hunt (Capture or kill the target monster), Slay (kill the target monster) and Capture (keep the target monster alive by capturing it). In addition to the main quests are sub-quests. Sub-quests usually consist of delivering certain items or slaying a certain amount of small monsters. Sub-quests do not have to be done but when they are completed in addition to the main quest you are awarded with more money. While you do earn money from quests they are not free, to initiate a quest you have to pay a certain amount of money if you don’t have enough you cannot start the quest (if playing online you can still join though.) Lastly no matter what type of quest you choose all quests are timed both online and offline you get 50 minutes to complete your quests. If time expires before you complete the main quest (even if sub quests are completed) you will still fail the quest.
While the offline component of the game is great lets get to the real reason why many people bought this game, the online. The online component in Monster Hunter Tri is the best; of all the online titles currently available for Wii MH3s is the best. There’s virtually no Lag, no hackers, no fee (In North America and Europe) and No friend codes (they are replaced by Hunter Ids). On top of that also included are text and voice chat (through the Wiispeak accessory, and a USB Keyboard), the ability to add friends online by (kinda like the Conduit), an arm wrestling feature, the ability to make your own city (like making a room), new event quests available every week, and exclusive quests available only online.
In the graphics department Monster Hunter Tri is the second best looking game of 2010 (sorry Capcom Redsteel 2 takes the prize). Not only do the environments look good but the monsters themselves look amazing. The developers did a great job. The gameplay is very RPGish, there’s a lot of grinding and a lot of reading. The game is a little hard to get into because it’s a little slow at the start but once you make it through the boring stuff (The tutorials) the games starts to be a blast to play. Hunting Monsters (especially online with others) is fast paced, action packed and anything could happen (like a Raithan appearing in the middle of hunting another large monster). Lastly the controls in the game are a little complicated but like all games practice makes perfect, for a more authentic feel though the game is compatible with the classic controller.
My only gripe with the game so far is that sometimes while playing online there are various connection issues that will kick you offline, and the load times in between map areas and starting a quest can be a little long. Apart from that Monster Hunter tri is yet another example that big good looking games can work on Wii. The graphics are awe inspiring, the gameplay addictive, the online superb, and the many many different features and gameplay elements just add more awesomeness to this already awesome game. If you’re looking for looking for an awesome game gaming experience and a game to play for a long time this is for you. Monster Hunter Tri gets 9.8 out of 10.
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