Games of 2015 : Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

To be honest, this game kind of flew under my radar. It’s not that I’m not a fan of Monster Hunter, in fact I put in 600+ hours for Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G on the PSP. It’s just that in a sea of other game releases, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate struggled to gain any significant mind share. But with the game to be released soon, people are generally excited for this game thanks to the demo that was released recently. I managed to obtain a demo code through someone and decided to see if those old hunter skills were still there. After playing through a few quests, it was still the same Monster Hunter that I grew to love and I still got them hunter skills.

For people who are not familiar with Monster Hunter, the game debut back in 2004 on the PS2. As the name implies, you take on the role of a monster hunter. You would slay and hunt monsters and use their parts to craft stronger equipment to take down fiercer foes. The game wasn’t forgiving as monsters would be able to take you out in as little as 2 or 3 hits so it would be satisfying when you manage to slay one on your own. Monster Hunter however, only really hit it’s stride when it was later ported to the PSP and that was largely due to the multiplayer aspect of the game. While the PS2 game had online capabilities, actually getting online and playing with others was a real chore as you had to not only obtain a separate modem for the PS2 but you also needed to go through a very tedious login process. Although the PSP port didn’t have any online functions, you could easily play with other people via ad-hoc connections. Playing Monster Hunter with friends was what made the game so much fun, it’s just so satisfying and fun taking down a huge monster together with other friends. And ad-hoc gameplay sessions is much more fun when you can shout and scream at the person next to you for help or if someone screws up and gets knocked out during the quest.

Combat mainly involves understanding the monster moves and patterns and then attacking at the opportune time. This form of combat was given added depth with the variety of weapons that handles distinctively different from each other. The sword and shield is swift and easy to handle but lacks the attacking power whereas the great sword is slow and cumbersome but makes up for it with it’s destructive power; You will almost certainly find a weapon that suits your play-style.

With Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, an element of height and elevation has been added into the mix now as hunters will be able to mount and get on the back of monsters to inflict damage. This added emphasis on mobility and height should add an interesting dynamic to the combat. We won’t have to wait much longer as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is launching on February 13th alongside the new Nintendo 3DS. Hope to see you guys online and good hunting!

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