Monster Hunter Tri

Monster Hunter Tri Review for Wii

On: Wii

An action game that puts the player in the boots of a fearless hunter tracking down and battling huge and ferocious monsters all while traversing breathtaking natural environments.

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8Out of 10
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All this has one purpose: to help you bring down the foul beasts that wander the expansive environments. Tri introduces 18 new monsters to the series, many of which lurk underwater. Where previous iterations have restricted the hunt to land, Tri allows players to take on nautical nasties for the first time. Here, players have to worry about their depth in the environment as well as their usual position on a 2D plane – adding an extra level of tactical consideration to combat.

The beasts are as well designed as ever, ranging from small pack animals like the Jaggi, to screen-filling bosses such as Diablos. Many of these ‘monsters’ are actually herbivores, and are completely harmless right up until the point you plunge a blade into their back. The world in which these creatures inhabit is equally as impressive, with grand, sweeping landscapes that teem with life at every turn. That said, the environment is divided up into several chunks, separated by loading screens that interrupt the action with a complete disregard for immersion. Each environment is beautifully realised, but the frequent breaks give the game a horribly disjointed feel, ruining the authenticity of an otherwise convincing world.

Monster Hunter Tri might be the most accessible entry in the series to date, but it’s certainly no walk in the park. A few hours into the game, once you’re finally feeling comfortable with the mechanics, the difficulty sky rockets. Boss encounters are particularly troublesome, requiring patience, repetition and a keen eye for attack patterns. Skill in combat will only take you so far, and often the only way to overcome such difficulties is to return to the grind. For those lucky enough to have a few like-minded friends, however, Monster Hunter Tri can be tackled with a hunting party of up to four players.

A huge part of Monster Hunter’s appeal is in its integration of co-op and online features, and Tri is no different. In fact, Capcom has gone to great lengths to ensure that the online experience here is one of the best yet to grace the series. Once the ever-frustrating friend-code malarkey has been sorted out, a simple lobby system ensures that setting up a hunting party is as painless as possible. Wii Speak features are a particularly welcome addition, allowing players to discuss strategies (or talk about last night’s episode of Lost) as they play. If you don’t own it already, there are versions of the game launching with Wii Speak – a solid investment for anybody planning to take the game online.

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In keeping this review to a sensible length, I’ve been forced to choice pick certain points to talk about, but this barely scratches the surface of the Tri’s wealth of features. Mining, bug collection, catching monsters as opposed to killing them, cooking, weapon degradation and item blending have all gone un-discussed. So too has the amiable AI-controlled sidekick Cha-Cha, who improves the single-player experience tenfold. Like its predecessors, Monster Hunter Tri is a tremendously deep offering, and one review cannot hope to bring to light everything the game has to offer.

To use a journalistic crutch I generally try to avoid; if you like Monster Hunter, you’re going to love Tri. It brings the tried and tested formula to the Wii without as much as a hiccup, offering the most user-friendly experience yet. The game still requires patience and a solid investment of time, however, meaning that Tri is still very much reserved for the core gamer. For those that have been deliberating whether to jump on the Monster Hunter bandwagon, Tri is the perfect starting point - the most refined, accessible, and visually impressive title in the series.

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-leon-

admitted that if it had been on the ps3.... the only difference would be the graphics would have most assuredly been much nicer, however i am not saying that on the wii they are horrible as for as far as i can see the game looks quite nice and i am very pleased with the way it looks and plays on the wii.....
all in all i would have to say that as far as wii games go this would have to be in my personal top 5 favorite games with MHT in the no.1 place of them....
Posted 14:24 on 12 May 2010
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Endless@ -leon-

If it's as good as you say it is (I have no doubts) The question is how much better could it have been? :)
Posted 13:55 on 12 May 2010
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-leon-

in my opinion mht is awesome..... it makes no difference which console it would have been on to me... it's the same outcome mht = awesomeness.... whatever console it may have been on b4 the wii was chosen
Posted 13:39 on 12 May 2010
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Endless@ bencrosaby

So what they're saying really is they have no confidence in their product and decided to release it on the platform with the least overheads. Fair enough, but you know what they say: You put a spoonful of average in a mug full of awesome and all just spoils.

Well...no-one says that. I just made it up ;)
Posted 12:56 on 12 May 2010
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-leon-

mht is awesome... i now have a reason to come off my psp and play on a wii
Posted 11:59 on 12 May 2010
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wannabefree@ bencrosaby

don't be a freeloader, if you play someones hard work: pay them for it.
Posted 21:49 on 24 April 2010
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bencrosaby@ Mr_Ninjutsu

Believe it or not Capcom were going to develop Monster Hunter 3 for the PS3 a few years back but decided not to because of the sky-high development costs at the time.

http://www.videogamer.com/wii/monste...exclusive.html
Posted 18:54 on 23 April 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ jtorry

And took out the whole binding weapons etc
Posted 15:03 on 22 April 2010
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jtorry@ Mr_Ninjutsu

They swapped out the monsters for big insects and called it Lost Planet 2 :)
Posted 13:11 on 22 April 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Monster Hunter needs to come out on the PS3, you know how epic that would be? Extremely epic.
Posted 12:34 on 22 April 2010
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Endless

Amuses me that there's a feeling that Monster Hunter hasn't been popular in the west 'for some unknown reason' no. It's because it was only ever on the PS2 when online gaming came to fruition. If it had been on the Dreamcast or Xbox like PSO then it would be popular here already.
Posted 12:28 on 22 April 2010
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CheekyLee@ bencrosaby

You sadden me, Ben, Buy the damn thing. I will be.

The review struck me as a somewhat functional one, Jamin, rather than one you put your whole self into. I have always prefered it when a reviewer speaks from the heart, and lets me know how playing the game feels. What I got here was a sort of "Here is what the game has." I'm not complaining, just suggesting that you can do more. They took you on for a reason, bro.
Posted 20:54 on 21 April 2010
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bencrosaby

Downloading as I type.
Posted 16:45 on 21 April 2010
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Clockpunk

Awesomesauce - I'm very tempted to try this series out, having heard so much good stuff about it.
Posted 16:19 on 21 April 2010
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SexyJams

I know a lot of people who are excited about this game, so I'm very glad it got such a complimentary review.
A good score as well, but I tend to focus more on what people have to say as opposed to scores these days :D
Posted 15:56 on 21 April 2010

Game Stats

Monster Hunter Tri
8
Out of 10
Monster Hunter Tri
  • Huge range of armour and weapons
  • Monster designs are fantastic
  • Frequent loading screens
  • Single-player can become monotonous
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Release Date: 23/04/2010
Platform: Wii
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
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