I haven’t seen any love here for this game. I’ve had my eye on this game for a long time, I even bought a PSP to play but it died trying to upgrade the software (lucky I was under 30 days on it and returned it in disgust, nice system while it worked!).
I got a demo disc from gamestop yesterday and I really like it. Sure it’s got the 12 foot swords that most japanese RPGs have but it seems to be a very skill based game.
It’s like a succession of boss fights for random loot to upgrade your equipment except the bosses are all “monsters” so they act more like animals. It seems like it will be a pretty grindy game which is fine by me.
Anyone else looking forward to it? Would be nice to get some Qt3 friends to hunt with when it comes out next month. Hopefully being on the Wii doesn’t kill this one.
It’s carefully and deliberately designed as a multiplayer game. The higher ranked hunts require you to play with friends, unless you’re up for a huge grind getting gear a couple of levels better than necessary, being very lucky and incredibly skilled. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun without other people- it’s just ten times as manic, frantic and chaotic with a couple of others (and easier to take down the truly epic monsters within the time limit). Especially if they have Great Swords or Hammers. The PSP versions allow you to carry it to a friend or cafe and play with other people so that makes multiplayer easier.
This works better in Japan where there’s actually a MH culture. Over here you’ll have more luck persuading people you know to buy it or joining random games with the new PS3 ad-hoc->internet connection thing. There’s a PC MMO that will sadly almost certainly never see the light of day in the West.
Also I’m sure there’s love for the game somewhere. Tom’s a Monster Hunter fan and one of the forumites (idrisz) has killed the final monster in Tri.
As a huge fan of the Monster Hunter series on the PSP - I am sorely tempted by this game…
However, it will require the purchase of a Wii + Monster Hunter Tri + Classic Controller = Significant cost just to play a single game.
Is this game a system seller then? Having logged over 100 hours on the portable versions, the £/fun ratio seems fairly reasonable if I’m going to be playing it for months…
Then again, Capcom have just announed a new portable Monster Hunter in the making, which I assume is Monster Hunter Tri for the PSP. So maybe give Tri on the Wii a miss and wait until 2012 for the Euro portable release?