GGUK were invited over by Capcom and Nintendo to the UK preview of ‘Monster Hunter Tri’ on the Nintendo Wii. I headed out with my rather cool Monster Hunter Tri invitation in hand to see what the new game was all about.
It was an opportunity to have some hands on time with the game and see what new features the game offered. It took a while for all of us to finally get into the actual director’s suiteÂ at the London Science Museum.
The Capcom team had put on some really great Monster Hunter Tri display placards outside the main doors which were really cool and there was some rather strange roaringâ€™s coming from the director’s suite itself. Before we all went in we discovered some Knights in shining armor knocking on the door in front of us and wanting to go in, whom we followed and got to our seats. Each seat had a black swag bag which consisted on some beautifully illustrated Monster Hunter Tri postcards and some other bits and pieces. We had a brief presentation which showed us details and features of the new game.
Single player story mode showed us new monsters and new environments which included underwater levels and some marine based monsters. The game offers the potential for 100’s of hours in repeat game play. Two player, split screen co op mode letâ€™s you enter the arena to take on a selection of monsters with fellow hunters and we were also introduced to new weapons such as Switch Axe. Each weapon class has been updated with new moves and innovations. Weapon classes included are Sword and Shield, Great Sword, Hammer, Bowgun (Light, Medium and Heavy), Lance, Katana (Longsword), and the new Slash Axe, which can switch between Axe and sword forms, so there is a good choice of weapons. The game also offers great customization of your character such as hair, weapons etc. To achieve glory, you must accomplish various quests that are assigned to you by the Elder of your village.
It was good to know that the new Monster Hunter Tri game had the ability to use the Wii Speak, which is great if you’re questing with friends online as you can then vocally share your knowledge of monsters and strategy procedures.
The game can be played with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk and is also compatible with the Classic Controller Pro. So when we all teamed up together, we had the choice of them two options. We quested in teams and used the Classic Controller Pro first. Initially I had only played Monster Hunter on the PSP, so I wasn’t an expert in the game and it showed. Opting for the Classic Control Pro I found myself struggling a lot. Not just initially in the questing, but the fact that I felt the classic pro was not very responsive when trying to massacre an overwhelming monster that stood before me. I tried for about 20 minutes with the classic and I didn’t like it at all. Deciding enough was enough, I used the Wii Remote and Nunchuk and it seriously made a difference in my game play.Â Moving about more freely and waving my weapon around the arena, I had a much better experience. So check out both controllers if you can, because one may be easier than the other.
Now I’m going to say this because I think it was personally true for me. I don’t think Monster Hunter Tri is going to be an easy game. It felt hard to kill the monsters and took me a while to use all the different equipment that was available, but having said that, I am a novice so maybe people who have already played the orginal Monster Hunter games may find it a lot easier than I did. Battling these fearsome creatures can be challenging to say the least. For one thing, you need to keep your stamina and your wits about you or find ways to maintain your stamina. I found myself dying very quickly.
Players can join online hunting parties with up to four players or play with two players on a single TV for select quests. Players also have the option to face Monster Hunter Tri’s quests as a single player experience accompanied by Cha-Cha, an AI hunting partner whose tracking and trapping skills will prove invaluable in the hunt and is rather cute looking.
Graphically the game looked astounding together with its atmospheric background music. Questing and teaming up with friends online, Monster Hunter fans will love this game as you interact with the majestic creatures that share your Monster Hunter world.
Hunt out them monsters this April 2010!