Monster Hunter 3 is a gamer’s game. This is not something you buy for your 8 year old nephew, unless he is a serious gamer. To have fun playing this game, you must put in time and effort. It isn’t something you pick up and play for five minutes like the Call of Duty series. This is an RPG where you spend hours upon hours fighting bosses to gain better armor and finally take your skills online to play with real players.
The story is sweet and simple. You start of as an unskilled hunter. The main task of the offline game is to level up your character with armor in order to defeat the evil sea beast called Lagiacrus. The story is nothing to get excited about, but it gives you a reason to keep playing.
The game play in Monster Hunter 3 is not easily accessible but is immensely satisfying once you get the hang of it. The game has five weapon types: the switchaxe, longsword, sword and shield, giant hammer, and great sword. Each weapon type is essentially a different class with its own drawbacks and advantages. For example, a greatsword will do more damage but you can’t move as fast so you should take more health potions. On the other hand, bringing a sword and shield will give you a higher defense so you won’t need as much health potions, but you will not do as much damage. As you play the game, your goal is to defeat monsters to gain components that you can use to build weapons and armor. When you get better equipment you can fight stronger monsters to get even better components. Finally, you can go online and play with your friends or anyone else. Monster Hunter 3 is not limited by the Wii friend codes like New Super Mario Bros Wii. You can seamlessly go online with anyone and fight monsters together for hundreds of hours of extended fun because there are new monsters and items only available online.
The latest addition to the Monster Hunter series looks fantastic. You will travel from volcanoes to villages to oceans to deserts and everywhere in between. The monsters you fight have smooth animations and look very intimidating. The monsters’ roars are fearsome, and the music sets the tone well. Playing Monster hunter 3 is a treat for your eyes and ears.
Monster Hunter 3 does have its drawbacks. The load times are irritating and unless you have the classic controller (highly recommended) , it is a pain to move the camera around. However, these issues don’t prevent this game from being a triple-A title. If you are a more than a casual gamer who has a Wii and is looking for a fun, challenging game to eat up days of time, then look no further because Monster hunter 3 is here.