BY KYLE VAN DEN HEUVEL
One of the best action games on the 3DS
The “Monster Hunter” series is an interesting line of video games. It is more popular in Japan than the U.S., but it does have a small yet devoted fan base over here. The point of the games is basically what the name says: you are a hunter and your primary game is monsters of various shapes and sizes. What sets this series apart from other games about defeating monsters is the fact that this game has some of the most rewarding gameplay in a long time. It also helps that this game oozes charm.
For those who have not played a “Monster Hunter” game before, “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” is just as good a place to start as any other game in the series. There is no real series storyline, so you would not be missing anything. In fact, this game is the first one in the series to even focus on a storyline, but it is not the main focus of the game, so it can be tuned out if you just want to play. There is also plenty of content set to make sure that you know how the game plays and the intricacies of combat.
If you have ever played any of the “Demon/Dark Souls” series, you will feel right at home. Every action you take requires time to perform, and mistiming a move can mean a lot of pain coming your way. While larger weapons deal more damage to monsters, they leave you vulnerable as you attack, since you have to deal with slow attack animations. The good news is that there are several different kinds of weapons that each has a unique playstyle with their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, my preferred weapon type is the Hunting Horn, a weird mix of a large war hammer and a set of bagpipes. When I hit enemies with a certain pattern of swings, I can play a song that gives my teammates and me benefits or cures status ailments.
The game’s charm also brings a lot to the table. The game has a humorous tone that makes it approachable and complements the game’s demand for precision. One of the races of characters in this series is called, Felynes, which are a race of sentient cats who constantly spout cat-related puns. Some of the monsters use gas as their attacks complete with a status effect called “Soiled.” There are also costumes you can get for your feline companion that let them dress up as characters like Mario,Luigi, Mega Man and even Sonic the Hedgehog.
The game also has plenty of content if you are looking for something to keep you occupied for quite some time. While the game has a good amount of content for playing single player, there is even more content for playing with other people. The game lets you not only play with people next to you but with people online, too. If you are looking for a game to keep you entertained for quite some time, this is one to buy.
“Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” is available for the Nintendo 3DS now for $39.99.