I thought about doing this based off of playing hours of the special demo (some people received special, early promotion codes from Nintendo via e-mail), but then I wouldn’t have been able to assess any of the beginning story or much of the gameplay (the demo only had three giant monsters to hunt down and no other quests). So further ado, here are my first impressions of MH4U.
You start off creating your own Avatar (fairly extensive) and your Palico (your feline companion who talks a lot). As soon as you’re done with that, you’re on a ship heading to a town when all the sudden you’re attacked! Luckily, other hunters come to aid you after you stall the beast with cannonballs.
You’re an up and coming monster hunter who wishes to get him/herself officially registered and begin taking on quests right away! Good luck to ya!
There are varied quests you take on like there is in most role-playing games. Most of the time, you’ll be hunting down monsters, getting bigger the more you progress. Then there are the traditional “fetch” quests where you have to gather items across the map; mushrooms, cooking up some steak, fishing, and so on are just a few examples.
There is a learning curve for there is a lot of different classes as well as other things you have to pick up on yourself. For example, the Sword & Shield class has the “R” button to block attacks while the Dual Blades has what is called Demon Mode where your attacks are powered up. That’s a simple one, but it gets more complicated than that.
Typically, I just comment on the music throughout the game, whether it’s when you’re in a boss battle or just exploring the various areas, but the sounds of the monsters are just as important I think. The creatures do sound realistic, which is good; many of them take inspiration from dinosaurs, so getting the roar right is key. On that note, the background music is nice as well.
I’ll review this game when I’m deeper into the game, but due to its length, it will take me awhile to finish. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is hard to get into at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll really like the feeling of being the best or “ultimate” hunter around (okay, that was a bad pun). I recommend it. I can’t comment on how much better it is on the New 3DS XL because I have yet to get one, but just having the ability to move around the camera easier with the C-Stick alone seems worth the investment.