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I previously reviewed Monster Hunter Tri, the previous western release before Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
Having been a monster hunter fanatic for a few years now, I eagerly anticipated this game.
Anyone that is familiar with Monster Hunter Tri will find much has changed with this game.
With a smashing SEVENTY monsters to hunt, and new areas to discover, this is not only Tri, but an additional game entirely.
Players may find the use of the gamepad as the controller somewhat clunky and unmanageable, but fear not, the WiiU also supports Wii U Controller Pro and Wii Controller Pro, making gaming much more comfortable.
If you chose to hunt this way, the gamepad can be used as a map, and when hunting in multiplayer the mic in the gamepad will enable you to communicate in real time with your team mates, and hear their replies via the gamepad speaker. If you choose not to use the mic functionality, you can use the on screen gamepad keyboard.
However, if this still doesn't cut it for you, it also supports blue-tooth keyboards.
Most of the monsters which are new to Wii U are taken from the Japanese release Monster Hunter Portable 3rd which came out on PS3/PSP. However, the HD rescaling of all the monsters and areas you hunt in gives the game a fantastic refresh. You will see monsters in detail never seen before. Everything is much more crisp, and sharp, colours much brighter.
Not only are there more monsters to hunt, but hundreds more weapons and armour choices with new skills to assist you and your team in taking down some of the most colossal beasts in gaming.
Never played Monster Hunter before? That's not an issue. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a game in and of itself.
If the fancy really takes you, you can also get Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS, giving a much freer gaming experience. A save data transfer tool allows you to transfer your save file between consoles, so you can continue to play after you've been told to vacate the TV, or are at work, commuting to college...
Multiplayer on WiiU is free, and open to hunters across EU, AUS and USA, with a recent update merging previously locked multiplayer regions.
Multiplayer on 3DS is possible, via DS to DS link up, or when a game is being hosted on a WiiU and you connect locally.
The only downside I have encountered when playing online is that rather than guest rooms being hosted on a main server, the person who creates the hunt room is now the host of that server room. If the host leaves (and that host isn't you!) then you are all immediately disbanded, and you back to network select screen rather than back to the lobby.
Online play, as I keep talking about, is something that really makes this game enjoyable.
The monsters are so diverse, its very rare that you would get bored, and even if you do the same hunt over and over again in search of that one elusive material, no hunt is ever the same.