In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 3DS, players will take on the role of a hunter that joins up with a traveling caravan to explore new lands and towns along the way. This grand adventure will include hundreds of quests to take on a variety of extraordinary creatures that yield valuable resources used for weapons and equipment. Launching on Nintendo 3DS, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate represents the biggest leap forward ever for the series, with more new content and exciting features than ever before. Also, for the first time ever for the Monster Hunter series on a handheld system, players will be able to join up with friends over the internet via the Nintendo Network, as well as the previously available local wireless option.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will take players to new heights, literally, with the introduction of more vertical and lateral movement than ever. An expanded repertoire of actions will create more dynamic hunting experiences with fluid climbing motions and the ability to jump attack from walls or ledges. In addition, players will be able to ride atop a monster for a limited time as they hang on and deliver attacks. With the addition of two new weapon classes, challenging new monsters and numerous locales, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be the most robust hunting experience yet.
Online play – Connect with up to three other hunters online over the Nintendo Network for the first time ever, or local wireless, to join up and take down larger than life beasts.
Two new weapon classes – The Insect Glaive is a long staff type weapon accompanied by a powerful flying insect which can be customised with various attributes; the Charge Blade is a hybrid that switches between a sword and shield or axe mode, with the ability to collect energy from attacks to charge up and unleash powerful attacks. The 12 previous weapon types have also been updated with modifications to moves or combos.
More vertical environments – The action expands with more fluid climbing motions and the addition of jump attacks from walls or ledges.
Virus effect – Monsters are even more threatening, with a new feral effect which makes them stronger and more vicious than in their normal state.
New gameplay mechanic – For the first time ever, hop on to monsters and hold on to deliver a burst of attacks.
Dynamic terrain changes – Some monsters can cause the battlefield to shift during a fight, making even ground slant at an angle into a steep slope; if hunters are not careful, they could slide right out of the zone into the next area.
Returning favourites and fresh challenges – With several brand new monsters such as the dark and menacing Gore Magala as well as hordes of returning favorites including the primal Tigrex, players have access to the largest roster of ferocious enemies than ever before.
by James on February 25th 2017
A huge series in Japan, but as handhelds are lesser used in the West, so too this series hasn't garnered the recognition it probably deserves. It's a deep long game with tons of gameplay mechanics. You're a hunter, you equip yourself with tons of weapon choices each affecting how you play the game. Kill monsters to get more loot. Monsters too hard? Play with a friend.
by Anthony on November 20th 2016
A phenomenal game. Hunting was already fantastic with the new roster of monsters. With the online mode for hunting, now you can take on the top tier enemies easily and have lots of fun while you are doing it. Easily up there as one of the best games on the 3DS. The game also primes games well to learn what's what and get them ready for the battles ahead. The gamers first experience with Gore Magala is going to rock their world for sure.
by Aaron on February 2nd 2016
One of the higher quality games, you can spend hours playing solo, and then co-op gives you way more to do too. But as mentioned by others, there's quite a bit of grinding involved, particularly because you're not guaranteed to get certain items from hunting a monster, since there's a pool of possible drops. But all in all, a really good game.
by Thow on September 7th 2015
Monster hunter 4 U is a fantastic game both as a single player and multiplayer game. This game is about fighting humongous monsters using one of fourteen weapons. Monsters have no health bars, and as you attack it more, you will notice signs of fatigues, it will vary in aggressiveness throughout the battle, making no 2 battles the same. I am writing this review after 250hrs+ and I am not even close to completion.
The reason I am writing this review is to address some of people's concern. Grindy: not in the same sense as other RPG kind of grindy - no two battles are the same. As you both subconsciously and consciously learn the monster's attack pattern, you get better. Instead of being the hunted, you are the hunter and this is the most rewarding aspect for me. From failing or barely surviving a fight to making a joke out of the monster as you skillfully avoid its attack, you see yourself improve. In addition, fighting in a group is entirely different.
Slow combat: Throw all preconceive ideas about what this game is about, it is not a hack and slash game and it is designed to be balanced across 14 weapons type. This game is not designed to make you look amazing straight off the bat, it is about making you learn both the weapon you wield as well the monster. It is meant to challenge you. When your character takes a potion, he does not move for a moment. This is to teach you to find appropriate opportunity to use items. Otherwise, you can just spam items.
Finally, intuitiveness: This is my first monster hunter game and let me just say that the demo did a horrible job at introducing you to the controls. The demo was meant only for veterans. It also does the best job in providing tutorials without spoon feeding you. No treating you like a baby, subtle, informative instructions. The creator of the game designed it for the japanese audience and it is meant for online discussion. You will not find every detail in the game. So help yourself to online materials without feeling any shame. There are tons of tutorials to teach you how to do anything.
In conclusion, MH4U is a great game with tons of contents. I've spent 250+hours and only focused on 1 of 14 weapons (just started a new weapon). If you ever feel bored, switch to a new weapon and it is an entirely different game. The grind is not the typical mindless grind you experience in other RPGs. It is exhilarating and battles are never the same. This game does not make you a hero straight away, you need to earn it. If you have never played a monster hunter game before, this is definitely the one to start with as it is the best for teaching you the basics. For more advance things, search online as the game is designed for community. Looking back at 250hrs of playtime, non of it has been boring.
by Tom on August 13th 2015
Amazingly fun to play with friends - that's this game's strong point. There's nothing quite like gearing up with a few pals and teaming up to take down some hulking great monstrosity like a Deviljho or Dah'ren Mohran. Helping each other farm parts to make new armour and weapons - it's great fun. You feel at your strongest when each of you takes a different role. For example, I use hammers and focus on part-breaking, my buddy uses the switch axe and focuses on tail-cutting, and my other friend fights from a distance with the heavy bow gun.
On your own, the game lacks a little something, but it's still incredibly fun to play, and you never quite feel like you're at a huge disadvantage for not having a whole team. The game looks fantastic, has great music, and controls incredibly well - especially if you're playing on the New 3DS. The game's grindy by nature - harvesting parts for new gear and whatnot - but I find it never becomes too tedious, and it keeps throwing new monsters and the occasional new mechanic at you even late-game. It's the perfect portable game.
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