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Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate first impressions and tips [VIDEO]

Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate was released this past Tuesday. While it has been receiving pretty high review scores, many are still intimidated by the game’s rather complex systems. I’ve been putting a lot of time in with the game over the past few days, and have put my initial impressions in the following video:

As I stated in my first impressions video for the game’s demo, I’m a total noob when it comes to the Monster Hunter series. Initially, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to wrap my head around this game, but I found myself understanding the mechanics rather quickly thanks to the vast amount of tutorial missions.

While there is a lot going on in this game, the player is introduced to all the different elements one by one at a slow pace during the beginning of the game. This makes it so players are not only introduced to the mechanics such as gathering and crafting separately,  but they also get some experience with each mechanic before learning another one. Veteran players are likely to get bored of this quickly, but it makes the large amount of content easier to digest for newcomers.

Most of the fun in this game is to be had online, as all the activities are just more fun with a group. I suggest that you hold off on joining the bigger hunt missions until you have some experience and equipment upgrades, because if you aren’t comfortable with the game, you are likely to only hurt your team’s chances at taking down the monster. If you are looking to jump online as fast as possible, search for rooms with descriptions like “Looking for resources!” and “Relaxed Hunting.” In those rooms you are likely to find people who can help you when getting started. Also, don’t forget to check out the game’s Miiverse group. There are a lot of people posting on there for help, as well as many offering to help new players.

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If you’re like me, and want to mix it up with the large monsters without worrying about your equipment, you should check out the Arena Quests. These quests put the player in a coliseum like battle against one of the games major monsters. What is nice about this mode is that the player must use a pre-set of equipment including weapons and armor, so the player’s own gear doesn’t matter. This is a great way for new hunters to develop their fighting skills either on their own or by partnering up online.

Once you’re ready to take on some big hunts with a team, the game becomes incredibly addicting. All of these behemoths have unique attacks and vulnerabilities, so players must prepare and attack accordingly. Every time I’ve engaged one these monsters, it has been epic. Also, many of the rare resources required to craft higher end items come from these large monsters. Add to that the fact that the player receives a stack of other items and resource for completing missions, and you’ll find that you can get a good amount of what you need from doing major hunting quests.

These are just my initial impressions; you can expect to see my full review soon. But for now, if you’re looking for a fun experience filled with deep gameplay mechanics and hundreds of hours of content, I highly recommend giving Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate a shot.

Are you guys playing the game? What do you think of it so far?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Bingham/100000260255063 Chris Bingham

    It hasn’t got the greatest graphics but the gameplay is awesome and fun like it used to be :)

    • Nintedward

      It’s not supposed to have the greatest graphics. The game was originaly a 60FPS wii game. 60FPS games always look worse than 30FPS games…
      Anyway I’m happy to play it in HD and 3D now :) . And like you say the gameplay still kicks some serious ass and is addictive as ever!

      It’s an amazing game to have on Wiiu and guarantee’s hundreds of hours of playtime with your new console!

      • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

        60FPS games will not always looks worse, only on wiik systems.

        • Laud

          Everything else he said flew right over your head didn’t it? It’s amazing you’re still here Donaald. I figured you’d leave by now but that’s how ‘hard u troll’ though right?

          You always come back because you love the Wii U and are ashamed to admit it.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            You are a paid agent, so that is why you are here.

          • Laud

            Obviously right?

            Time to go spend all this money I get from Nintendo by defending them on fan sites they couldn’t care less about.

        • Refrayin

          Of course 60 fps games have lower graphical fidelity then a comparable 30 fps game. The console has to render twice the amount of frames, and that puts about twice as much strain on the system for the same visuals.

          Basically, It’s like that.

        • gobrowniesgo

          Then why do you own a ps3 n not a 360? Since the 360′s 3rd party games look way better than the ps3 versions.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            I have a 360, not a PS3.

          • Richard Yates

            Trololol then my old mucka you are indeed an agent! Only you pay them you mug!

        • Neilandio

          Are you even trying anymore?

        • Richard Yates

          Only on wii systems aaaargh you are an infant! Fps matters most in fast paced games with alot going on like bf3! On my pc bf never drops below 57fps and it is noticabley smoother when theres alot going on around you in game!
          And when they run games on the wii u at 60fps they will benefit from the same affect….i mean they could drop down to 30-40 fps and you wouldnt really feel any slowdown! its a nice option to have although i find good games written well will look lovely at a steady 30fps!

          I wanna know what spaz’s voted this imbecile up?

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            You must be one of those fat, non-pussy getting geeks who likes to yell at people but can’t fight.

  • djvalbnc

    they are talking about “not enough games on wii u”

    but right know I want to buy Need for Speed, Monster Hunter, Lego City and W101.

    and I already own AC3, COD BO2, Trine 2 & mario bros U. I never
    had/wanted that many games on a console in the first 4 month.

    I don’t even have time to play all because of work & other hobbys

    will buy this today after work..YAY

    • tomtank91

      it’s the people that say there are no games are the one’s that don’t have a job and refuse to play a nintendo console because they are ignorant graphic whores.

      • Zelly Jeffers

        Hahahaha… Well, damn.

        Really though. I don’t get how anyone says this. I’m STILL working on Batman Arkham City, the first episode of King Washington in Assassin’s Creed III, Bit.trip’s Runner 2, and now LEGO City: Undercover AND Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate! Thinking of getting Need For Speed for the boyfriend.

        And no doubt I’ll snag The Wonderful 101 on its release day.

      • sithWiiU

        Or maybe because they own a PS360. For a person making fuh of ignorant people, you’re pretty ignorant and arrogant too.

    • Laud

      You’re so lucky ):

      I don’t have any money so I can’t buy it and school keeps me busy all the time.

      • kevin nun—-

        exactly

      • Eli Braden

        yep

    • sithWiiU

      All the games you own are ports, besides MBU.
      what? Did you not own a PS360? For people who only owned a Wii, the launch looks awesome, to the rest of, it sucks.

      • Sidney Majurie

        So that means EVERYONE who owns a PS360 has already played this game and these games are no longer relevant or good now? Interesting theory. Am I also to assertain that PS360 owners excited for RE Revelations shouldn’t be excited because EVERYONE who was interested in that game already played it on 3DS? I mean… this is your “logic.” I mean… its just an upscaled port of a 3DS game, so the PS360 versions are irrelevant…

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Johnson/100001559271785 Mark Johnson

          no, it means nintendo announced a bunch of cool exclusives for the launch window but all we’ve seen is releases of games that came out awhile back. No one is saying they are less good or relevant now, but many gamers do own multiple consoles these days. So instead of seeing a barrage of titles already out from a year ago, we’d like the new exclusives. Also, said it multiple times on this site, but top notch exclusives sell consoles, not rehashed games. Nintendo needs to get their exclusives on the shelves to move wii u consoles

          • Richard Yates

            Give the man a cigar!

          • Sidney Majurie

            Nintendo Land, NSMBU, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Zombi U, Lego City Undercover etc are all exclusives. Just because you may not care about these games doesn’t mean they are irrelevant or don’t exsist. Along with some of th biggest 3rd party multiplats to release last holiday season like COD BO2, Darksiders 2, Assassins Creed 3 etc. Show me a better variety of games during a console launch in the first 4 months.

            Show me better consoles sales numbers after the first 4 months. Over tbe next 4 months of Wii U, we’ll get Pikmin 3, Wario, Wonderful 101, and maybe even Bayonetta 2. With E3 dropping some bombs to be sure. Is Wii U perfect? Of course not. Is it terrible and doomed? Of course not. A little perspective please “gamers.” I realize we live in a new wave of whiny, I want what I want when I want it gamers. Remember the N64 launch? 2 effing games for like 2 months! Perspective…

      • WiiUltra

        If you own those games then all you own are ports too. Whats wrong with ports? Last time I checked PS360 has the most ports.

      • JuleyJules

        not everyone has or wants ps360 or more than one system. finding time for what i have now is hard enough. to me i’m happy being able to get hd games and ones like ac3, arkham city and me3 we couldn’t get on nintendo before; later there are nintendo exclusives coming like bayonetta 2, pikmin 3 and 3d mario that will be fantastic in hd!

      • Richard Yates

        Now lets be honest here when you said “the rest of us think it sucks” you meant ps360 fanboys right? not joe public?
        Cause if i was joe or joane public and i could buy a machine right now that plays all the popular games at this moment in time and majority of the good games of the future plus nintendo first party titles then i’d think its win fucking win eh? Pfft sith you are a smeg! Why dont you get together with donaald an make some fugly troll babies!

    • djvalbnc

      I owned every nintendo console. Never buyed sony or ms, never will;-)
      Before it was cool to own both maybe, now that wii have good 3rd party on nintendo and The usual 1st partys, ms and sony are useless.

    • Guilliman

      It’s because the current console cycle has lasted for so long, and gaming has become so increasingly mainstream in that time. The result is a generation of kids who don’t know what to expect when a console launches, and a huge number of gamers who are used to the saturated PS360 game market.

      There’s a chance that Sony and Microsoft will have similarly slow starts with PS4 and the Nextbox unless they both make a huge wholesale jump to committing almost exclusively to their new consoles. Otherwise a lot of people are just going to persist with the current gen and the vast selection of games available.

      I mean, after months of on/off play, I’ve only recently finished Skyrim and Xenoblade. I’ve still got Skyward Sword to play, Dragon’s Dogma, Deus Ex Human Revolution, ACIII (AC Revelations for that matter) and more. I’m not going to be finished with this gen until a year after PS4 and the next Xbox are released. And that’s without even mentioning the Wii U stuff on the horizon: Monster Hunter, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Wind Waker etc. etc.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kenley.d.hall Kenley Digidestined Hall

      I have NSMBU, Nintendo Land, Lego City, MH3U, The Amazing Spiderman, Blops2, AC3, ZombiU, Scribblenauts, NG3RE, Sonic and all stars racing transformed, Trine 2, Runner 2, The Cave, Mighty Switch Force, Chasing Aurora, Nano Asault Neo, Zen Pinball 2, Little Inferno, Punch Out, F-Zero, Balloon Fight all For Wii U. So I laugh at the statement no games.

      • djvalbnc

        how is scribblenauts & runner 2 ?

        • http://www.facebook.com/kenley.d.hall Kenley Digidestined Hall

          Both are awesome fun, Scribblenauts is a lot more relaxed, while Runner 2 is very much a thumb reflex tester you need great button reflexes in its harder and even some of its easier stages.

  • Saul Rivera

    I’ve been wanting this one…along Most Wanted…but can’t for a few weeks because of some bills I have to pay T-T

  • wober2

    I cannot wait to sink my teeth into this one. By accident I shipped super saver from amazon now I wait 10 days after pre-ordering for 2 months…

    • Richard Yates

      Gutted :P

  • babe333

    Totally addictive. Just played for the first time today and can’t wait to see what’s coming.. Thanks for the video. Awesome graphics. I have classes but will comment more later.

  • Death47

    Man, I can’t afford all these games LOL

    Obviously getting mh3u because I played tri on wii.
    Want lego city
    Want pikmin 3
    Want w101
    Want new 3d mario
    want windwaker hd
    Want Darksiders 2
    Want ac 4

    And these are games either already out or coming this year! (and they’re just the announced ones)………. XD

  • WiiUltra

    You should do a video review, I think they are way better than written ones.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ChiGuyGaming John Zaccari

      My full review will be in video format. Thanks for the support!

  • bizzy gie

    John, what’s your Nintendo Network I.D.?

  • Barters

    Unfortunately I don’t have the time to get right into this game……maybe MH4 when it comes out. Too busy with NFS and soon Lego.

    Yes I have a PS3. But wanted to play these games on the WiiU, so stopped buying multiplat games for the PS3.

  • Dennis Fisher Jr

    Fuckin amazing!!