Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate : One Hell of a Hunter Life

Author // DEDENYS Caplice Siobhan
Posted in // Gaming analysis



Getting lost. Clunky camera controls. Dying. Retrying. Ragequitting to eventually come back to it and grin at the rewards you ripped from your now dead enemy. Oh, and cats, too!

Those words were what defined Monster Hunter the most for me, when I first discovered the franchise back in 2010 with Monster Hunter Tri. But now, this monster-slaying series can easily keep me hooked for several hours in a row in a single day. This might sound contradictory, but I am pretty sure this is how the vast majority of Monster Hunter players felt like when they happily dove into the series. And a new wave of wannabe hunters is most likely experiencing this again with the arrival of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, the latest episode of one of Capcom’s most reknowned series, released early February this year.

Monster Hunter has always been known for its seemingly unnecessary complexity when you start the game for the first time. I have yet to meet a first-timer knowing – even barely – what to do in the game when they have never played a Monster Hunter episode before. This is because the game has never, ever, reached out a hand to help and guide you throughout your hunter’s journey, and simply throw you into the wilderness of its universe. Monster Hunter slowly became a series reserved to no one but its old veterans.


However, Capcom’s Monster Hunter 4 breaks this invisible wall which stood between the regular players and the newcomers by introducing a real, complete tutorial which makes you dive head first into what Monster Hunter is all about. We also have an emphasis on the scenario which was neglected or even non-existant in previous games. This means that the NPCs are a lot more present and interact with the player more than before to explain most of a hunter’s basic knowledge. Learning how to fight, how to combine items, and completing numerous other actions is now explained right from the beginning, and players who were thrown off by the harshness of the series right off the bat might want to consider giving Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate a go. While the presence of an actual tutorial in a game sounds logical, its appearance in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate definitely open the gates to a fabulous world for anyone willing to invest some time in a pretty time consuming RPG.


Veterans who’ve learnt everything they know from the game by themselves might fear it to be easier because of how warmly it welcomes new hunters. But, although the game is now definitely more accessible, the core gameplay is still there with a lot of new features spicing up the hunts, most notably the introduction of verticality into the game, something which might be overlooked by the newcomers but adds a sense of freshness for everyone else. The fights are as unforgiving as ever, and each time you faint teaches you what not to do. Often times you will find yourself struggling with a monster you cannot seem to defeat, but the satisfaction you eventually get by dealing that last blow and seeing your nemesis fall to the ground is priceless. And with each of your victories comes your rewards with which you will be able to make new equipment to hunt the hundred of monsters the game has to offer. You’ll make your hunter unique by making fancy but sturdy and deadly new weapons and armors. Speaking of which, there are a total of 14 weapon classes, each one fitting a playstyle. Are you a type who bashes and knocks down monsters by smashing their heads ? The Hammer is there for you. Or, on the contrary, do you prefer a safer playstyle, looking for an opening to accurately hit a monster’s weakspots ? The Lance’s deadly tip and its big large shield are probably fit for you. If you wish to take monsters down from a distance, the Bow will do the trick. Efficiently hunting down monsters requires knowledge about them, and you will need to spend time to see how they react under certain situations and what moves they can perform to prey on you. Not to mention the preparations needed before heading out on a quest!

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But, what makes Monster Hunter truly what it is for most of us is the multiplayer element. Group hunting is definitely the most wondeful thing you can do in the game. And it is now easier than ever with the appearance of online support for a Monster Hunter game on a portable system. Hunt anywhere with players from all across the world and team up to take down the biggest creatures of the game. Set up strategies, lay down pitfall traps to allow your teammates to go berserk on the monster, or heal everyone in case of emergency. Each hunt is unique and there is always something new to learn from every hunt, be it about the monster you went against or a new way of playing from a fellow hunter. And it takes a lot – a lot – of time to be a flawless hunter and knowing everything the game has to offer.

I personally am a hundred hours in and I don’t feel like I am anywhere near done with the game,  and actually, quite the opposite. The amount of content at our disposal is insane and everytime I pick up my 3DS and start the game, I intend to learn something new to perform better in my next hunts.




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DEDENYS Caplice Siobhan

English Teacher in Rubika. Started the blog with students hope they keep it alive !

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