Monster Hunter Tri review
Monster Hunter Tri
Well, here I am, over 1500 hours of game-play put into this game and there is only one thing left for me to say. Time well spent!
This game is one of those "Diamonds in the rough". A game and series not too well known that would probably rise in fans if it were better brought to public attention.
This game combines those elements of Action RPG's that we love, with the life of a primitive hunter. Keeping those Fire Breathing Dragons and Electrical Serpents of the deep, close to home. Capcom and the creators/developers of the "Monster Hunter" series did a wonderful job on the visuals of this game. Weapons feel fluid and monsters as realistic as ever.
In other games where you would see a repeated pattern symbolizing dirt or concrete, here you see none, every detail is done thoroughly. From the lush green grass of the "Deserted Isles" to the ever impending glow of lava from the "Volcanic Region". This game really shows off the Wii's potential for graphics in fantasy environments, really sucking one into the world around them. As the name ensues, you are a "Monster Hunter" living off the "Monsters" in the world in order to survive and progress. Whether its using monster parts to create a stronger weapon, or supplying materials for a ship, you will find that everything in a monster hunter's life relies heavily on the monsters in the land around him.
Throughout the game you will find yourself doing a number of challenging tasks, from gathering special fish or herbs for food and medicine, to slaying a dual horned Wyvern that has been terrorizing a nearby desert village. There are several types of weapons that can be used throughout the game and at anytime you can switch to a different kind. Each type of weapon brings something different into play. Bowguns for example, are very versatile and able to be customized (a new feature in this monster hunter installment) to suit a specific need. The lance however is a more defensive weapon that is equipped with a giant shield. Many weapon types allow many different play throughs or maybe just different styles (as mentioned before).
You start out as a newbie hunter in a small island village that is being attacked by a monstrous sea serpent. (I'll be scarce on the entirety of the plot so as not to give out too many spoilers) From that you evolve into a Semi veteran hunter, slaying an elder dragon (one of the more feared species of monsters in the game) by yourself.
Now, this is where it gets good.
Though The village provides at least 500 hours or so of Solo game-play, a key part of the monster hunter series is being able to get together with friends, to tackle strong monsters. This installment of the "Monster Hunter" series, features wi-fi compatibility or "online play". in the online mode, you enter a giant desert city known as "Loc Lac" with your character you made in the village, from here you embark on another journey entirely. Here you can meet and hunt with other people, not just NPC's, Real Living People who love to hunt, chat and just hang out. This portion of "Monster Hunter Tri" (or MH3 as the veterans call it) is the games most notable feature, providing well over 1000+ more hours of game-play, and weapons and armors that can ONLY be obtained through online play. Even with all of these things, a lot of the adventures online take place with the people in the servers. from 1337 pros to those silly people who like to goof around for a good laugh, MH3's online diversity is one entirely its own.
All in all, if you happen to see this game at a local retailer and are looking for a good long game, you should definitely give it a try.
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