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a triumphant return! Import review is back and what better game to
get it started than Monster Hunter 4. Capcom returns to the 3ds with
the next installment of the ever popular Monster Hunter series. MH4
is even getting a upgraded version, and even a US release coming next
year. But does this game reach the heights 3G (3U in the US) or does
it fail to live up.
Hunter 4 is a nice mixture of old and new, and as such that proves to
be the games biggest strengths and well it's biggest downfalls. For
people looking for a new experience from the series sorry to
disappoint. Many of Monster Hunter's concepts return. The story is
weak, and is simply a means to give you reasons to hunt monsters.
Hunt said monsters, use the monster parts to form armor and weapons,
and then back to hunting. The simple hunting and gathering concept
can be quite addicting, but seriously frustrating when you miss one
material to craft an amazing weapon. But it's the thrill of the hunts
that keep you wanting to come back and make that amazingly cool
for new things they are few and far between. The story, while boring,
does take you different areas making sure you aren't bogged down with
one simple town. It isn't a big change, but it is nice. There are
also 2 new weapons to consider. The charge axe, and the insect rod.
The charge axe is half sword and shield, half axe. It's a nice weapon
to get started on with the simplicity of the sword and shield, but
adds the complexity of the axe as well as the combo ability and
charge ability. The charge lets you unleash stronger attacks, but
only for 3 swings then needs charged again. The insect rod is the
more interesting of the two consisting of a.. well insect and rod.
The insect can be thrown and sent out to monsters to afflict things
like poison or simply steal health. The rod can launch you up on top
of monsters to deal good damage. Both are welcome additions to a
great lineup of weapons. Lastly the newest addition is online play,
and insures you will spend dozens upon dozens of hours on your 3ds
playing this game.
The Charge Axe is a cool new weapon!
best part of the game is the Monsters though. Monster Hunter 4
delivers, with some very good new monsters such as Goa Magara. They
also mix some good older monster such as Zingore, and the always
popular Rathian. The new monsters are very fresh and many of them
provide some of the collest looking armor I've seen in Monster
Hunter. It makes me wonder if the Ultimate version will add in even
more. The game does do away with water battles, so no more duels with
Plesioth or Lagiacrus. There is also a surprising lack of levels, and
sometimes 1 level can be used for 2 different areas, one just full of
lava requiring you to keep cool.
Goa Magara is ready to destroy you, and everything you stand for!
short though Monster Hunter 4 is a terrific game. Not only adding new
monsters, but even bigger adding online play. As it is right now
Monster Hunter 4 reaches very high and does not disappoint. And right
now it leaves me wondering how much better it can get when the
Ultimate version of this game is released.
- No story... still
-not many areas