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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In Japan, Capcom’s Monster Hunter series is unfathomably popular. It’s a colossal beast that stalks the gaming landscape in much the same way that a Tyrannosaurus Rex did the plains of the Cretaceous period. Western audiences haven’t taken to the series in quite the same way, however, frightened off by the brute’s steep learning curve and awkward online infrastructure. With Monster Hunter Tri – the first ‘proper’ title to appear on a non-Sony console – Capcom has tweaked the formula to accommodate for a much wider audience, resulting in the most accessible title in the series to date.

For those new to the hunt, Monster Hunter is an action-RPG where dinosaur-like creatures are slain for fame, glory, and more importantly, resources. In many aspects of its design, Monster Hunter is comparable to the MMORPG, which isn’t surprising given the online functionality at the core of the experience (more on this later). Unlike most role-playing games, however, your titular monster hunter won’t earn experience or level up; his development is governed almost entirely by weapons and armour. As well as this, the game forsakes narrative and character development, with nothing but the loosest of plots to give all the animal cruelty some context.

In the quaint fishing village of Moga, a series of monster attacks have left the place in a somewhat sorry state of affairs. As a new hunter, it’s your job to kill monsters, support the development of the village, and eventually defeat the legendary sea-dragon Lagiacrus that has been at the root of all the problems. It’s under these circumstances that your life as a hunter begins, although don’t expect to be defeating box-art-badboy Lagiacrus any time soon.

Unlike its PSP cousins, Tri eases players into the intricacies of the hunt at a nice and leisurely pace. It’s a good few hours before everything the game has to offer is open to the player, which can only be considered a good thing given how much there is to learn. It’s incredibly cyclic in nature, and before long slips into a comfortable grind of killing monsters, using the resources they drop to make better equipment and then taking on stronger opponents. A tiered quest system gives this process some structure, but Tri feels more relaxed in its progression than other games in the series.

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Whilst newcomers might expect the game to be fairly combat-centric, they’ll quickly discover that Monster Hunter is just as much about resource management and equipment modification as it is about taking down beasts the size of buildings. Moga Village is your base of operations for such activities, acting as the hub which connects each of the game's environments. The denizens of Moga offer shops, services and information in exchange for money and resource points. Through interactions with the village chief’s son, Junior, hunters can convert kills and items gained in Moga Woods into resource points, which can be spent in a number of interesting ways.

First and foremost is the farm, an area which fans of the series will be more than familiar with already. Here, in exchange for a few resource points, specific items can be harvested without the need to go off on arduous fetch quests. Say, for example, that you need some Blue Mushrooms in order to create a stock of Antidotes – you can simply grow the required amount of items on the farm, saving a trip out into the wilderness to gather them yourself. Secondly, and complimenting Tri’s affinity for water, there is the option to plot fishing trips. By allocating resource points, you can send boats off on fishing trips of varying lengths and locations. On their return, they’ll hand over any materials they found along the way, many of which can only be obtained through this means.

Resources are primarily used to create more powerful equipment, but existing weapons and armour can of course be upgraded too. The selection of weaponry remains largely the same as in previous outings, with swords, great swords, hammers, bowguns, and lances all attempting to add some diversity to the game’s combat system. New and exclusive to Tri is the Switch Axe, a weapon with the properties of both a Great Sword and an Axe. By pressing the R trigger (The Classic Controller offers the most intuitive control scheme), players are able to change the properties of their blade, offering on-the-fly changes to battle, based on the situation.

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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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