Is this going to be anyone else's first Monster Hunter?

#1 Posted by rpwll (82 posts) -

So I've never played Monster Hunter before, I've always been intrigued by it, but I never got around to trying it. However with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate coming out soon, I've decided to go all-in and get both versions of the game. Is anyone else in a similar scenario? It'd be cool to have a group of duders all learning about this game together.

#2 Posted by Bollard (5660 posts) -

I'd love to get the WiiU version too, but there's no chance of me getting a WiiU. Hyped for the 3DS one, but I've played a lot on the PSP before.

#3 Posted by Morbid_Coffee (955 posts) -

I played through Freedom Unite and 3rd Portable, but skipped over all the console releases. Handheld Monster Hunter is infinitely more appealing to me, so I'm probably just going to get the 3DS version.

#4 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2511 posts) -

I played Freedom on the PSP and the original release of Tri in the Wii... I really love the games, but hate playing them single-player, and I could never find a group to team up with online (Since I was going through early areas, and everybody online was much further into the game)

I'm considering picking this up for the 3DS if any of my friends get it, since it would be pretty awesome doing local wireless multiplayer... but chances are none of them will be into it, and I'll end up passing on it.

#5 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5706 posts) -

I've played Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce, which is basically Monster Hunter; so I guess not.

#6 Posted by JJOR64 (19017 posts) -

This will be my first one I'll try to get into. Getting the Wii U version.

#7 Posted by rpwll (82 posts) -

I'm kind of curious to see how many new players pick it up. Maybe it's just because the Wii U doesn't have much else going on right now, more so now that Rayman Legends has been delayed, but I feel like MH3U has more buzz around it than previous games in the series.

#8 Posted by MasonL87 (106 posts) -

Definitely getting this for my 3DS, might grab it on the wiiU also if I can get a good deal on a bundle of some kind. I know right now amazon is selling both on pre-order together for 80, which is better than the 100 you would normally pay. Still, it kinda makes me wish for some kind of cross-play promotion like sony has for some games.

Either way, this will be my first real experience with a MH game, and I cannot wait!

#9 Posted by IndieFinch (242 posts) -

@rpwll said:

I'm kind of curious to see how many new players pick it up. Maybe it's just because the Wii U doesn't have much else going on right now, more so now that Rayman Legends has been delayed, but I feel like MH3U has more buzz around it than previous games in the series.

I think you are right. I bought a WiiU only for MH3U and Rayman Legends was just a bonus. Now with that gone, the Wii U is pretty much a Monster Hunter machine.

But I am really glad to see more people interested in MH games! I have always been a major fan, but it is hard to explain to people why the games are so amazing. Hopefully the recent success of games like Dark Souls / ZombieU, people will at least take the time to learn MH properly. At first it seems clunky / grindy, but as soon as you get a handle on the controls and take down that epic monster after a 30 min battle...it is a feeling very few games can offer.

#10 Posted by rpwll (82 posts) -

@masonl87: If you're in the US you can get both for $80 off Amazon, just scroll down this page to where it's got the option to preorder them together. Bummer they're not doing anything like that over here in Australia.

#11 Posted by rpwll (82 posts) -

@rpwll said:

I'm kind of curious to see how many new players pick it up. Maybe it's just because the Wii U doesn't have much else going on right now, more so now that Rayman Legends has been delayed, but I feel like MH3U has more buzz around it than previous games in the series.

I think you are right. I bought a WiiU only for MH3U and Rayman Legends was just a bonus. Now with that gone, the Wii U is pretty much a Monster Hunter machine.

But I am really glad to see more people interested in MH games! I have always been a major fan, but it is hard to explain to people why the games are so amazing. Hopefully the recent success of games like Dark Souls / ZombieU, people will at least take the time to learn MH properly. At first it seems clunky / grindy, but as soon as you get a handle on the controls and take down that epic monster after a 30 min battle...it is a feeling very few games can offer.

Yeah I think the barren wasteland that is the Wi U's upcoming releases page will get this game some more attention for sure. As for me I've always been a fan of the series from a distance, but for whatever reason I'm really excited to pick this one up.

#12 Edited by MasonL87 (106 posts) -
@rpwll said:
@indiefinch said:

@rpwll said:

I'm kind of curious to see how many new players pick it up. Maybe it's just because the Wii U doesn't have much else going on right now, more so now that Rayman Legends has been delayed, but I feel like MH3U has more buzz around it than previous games in the series.

I think you are right. I bought a WiiU only for MH3U and Rayman Legends was just a bonus. Now with that gone, the Wii U is pretty much a Monster Hunter machine.

But I am really glad to see more people interested in MH games! I have always been a major fan, but it is hard to explain to people why the games are so amazing. Hopefully the recent success of games like Dark Souls / ZombieU, people will at least take the time to learn MH properly. At first it seems clunky / grindy, but as soon as you get a handle on the controls and take down that epic monster after a 30 min battle...it is a feeling very few games can offer.

Yeah I think the barren wasteland that is the Wi U's upcoming releases page will get this game some more attention for sure. As for me I've always been a fan of the series from a distance, but for whatever reason I'm really excited to pick this one up.

Same. Really enjoyed the 3DS demo (Switch-Axe, motherfucker!!!) but oddly enough found the WiiU demo to be unweildy and hard to control. Probably because my fingers naturally rest on the ZR and ZL buttons, which don't do anything.

#13 Edited by Rrang (78 posts) -

After watching the Quick Look last night, and playing the demo again... I bit the bullet and decided to jump on getting a Wii U. Helps that Target is having some great deals right now ($50 dollar Gift card when you get a Wii U Deluxe, and Buy 2 Get 1 Free)

Wii U Deluxe + MHU3, NSMBU, and ZombiU for 410... Not bad!

#14 Posted by Nux (2381 posts) -

This is going to be my first Monster Hunter game and it's all thanks to @patrickklepek. If it wasn't for him spending all that time talking about it on the bombcast or that awesome quick look he did with Vinny I don't think I would of ever given this game a chance. I'm glad I did, it seems pretty cool so far. Thanks Patrick!

#15 Posted by Morningstar (2186 posts) -

Sort of. Played a few hours one the psp one, but this time Im playing it for real :)

#16 Posted by insane_shadowblade85 (1471 posts) -

I've played a good number of them. I played the first one on the PS2, I've played Freedom 2 and Freedom Unite (which I decided to start playing again) and now I'm kind of interested in playing MH3U. The problem is, I don't have a Wii U and kind of don't want to drop close to $500 for the Wii U and the game.

But I really like using the gunlance ><

#17 Posted by Hailinel (25179 posts) -

I played a little bit of the original MH3 on the Wii, but I'm hoping to get into it more seriously with Ultimate.

#18 Posted by metalsnakezero (2309 posts) -

Got the 3DS version and really liking it. Once I get a Wii U I'll get my co-op on.

#19 Posted by JetPackBobby (6 posts) -

First time player here. Was interested after watching the quick look and the. The Wii U was heavily discounted here in the UK by the retailer HMV so I grabbed it and Monster Hunter.

Have only played about an hour so far but I am enjoying it. I like the humour, some great lines and fun characters. I was a bit confused about all the gear I started with. I wasn't expecting to have a set of armour and weapons already equipped and I haven't worked out how to dump the weapons I don't need at the moment.

#20 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

I've been playing for 2 days on my 3DS. Pretty good so far. Lack of online is pretty fucking shitty though. Waiting on an imported CPPXL so I can do underwater half competently.

#21 Posted by Saucy (43 posts) -

This is my first MH game. So far I have defeated the Lagiacrus and moved into 5* quests. I found I had to invest an entire Saturday into the game to really get into it. I definitely had to read about the game to understand some of the appeal. If you don't have some understanding of the strategy behind the weapons and monsters, it's easy to feel like you're just smashing two buttons and rolling/lblocking a lot. Learning what limbs, armor, tails, etc. can be cut-off and smashed is a big deal. My most satisfying moment was fighting the Barroth, cutting off its tail for the first time, and watching as it tried to slash at me with the stub. I really want to get into some multiplayer, but I haven't had any success joining a lobby. I'm not sure why yet.

#22 Posted by Teaspoon83 (629 posts) -

Picked up MH3U for the WiiU because I wanted to play the original MH3 for the Wii. Then, started playing it and thought this would be great to take around the place, so I picked up a 3DS XL at Target for $159.99 price along with MH3U for it. The 3DS version is really great, worth it to run around and do some quick hunting/gathering then transfer it all to the WiiU on the weekends. I don't care for the controls via the WiiU Tablet, will more then likely use a Pro Controller. What a great game.

#23 Edited by Hector (3365 posts) -

It was about to be my first MH game until I played the demo. I could not deal with the "animation priority aspect of the game. I just thought it was sluggish and there is too much stuff to keep track of.

#24 Posted by JetPackBobby (6 posts) -

I've played 8 hours now. Killed a great jaggi and captured and killed the bear (forget its correct name). I'm definitely hooked, want to play just one more quest all the time.

#25 Posted by gla55jAw (2692 posts) -

I bought a 3DS XL last week and pick this up along with it. I played for about 2 hours so far. Seems interesting.

#26 Posted by michaelfossbakk (236 posts) -

I don't have a Wii U, but I was thinking about getting it for 3DS as my first MH game. Some of my friends have played a couple of the PSP MH games extensively, but they don't want to pick MH3U up because they feel it is "too easy." Should I still pick it up and play by myself? Is it a good first MH game to play?

#27 Posted by Morbid_Coffee (955 posts) -

I don't have a Wii U, but I was thinking about getting it for 3DS as my first MH game. Some of my friends have played a couple of the PSP MH games extensively, but they don't want to pick MH3U up because they feel it is "too easy." Should I still pick it up and play by myself? Is it a good first MH game to play?

It's the most friendly towards first time users, and gets pretty challenging once you hit the end of high rank and G rank. It basically cuts out a lot of the bullshit "gather x number of item" quests at the start and lets you get to the meat of the game faster than all the other games in the series.

#28 Posted by MikkaQ (10316 posts) -

Technically my first was the first PSP game, but I didn't play that too much. I tried the demo of this on the 3DS and thought it would be fun to get into, but after fighting the easy ranked monster from the demo I realized the game is pretty boring and tedious without other people. That battle took way too long and it was supposed to be easy.

I decided I'll wait till Monster Hunter 4 comes out on the 3DS with real online support. It's almost insulting that we're getting this game now, considering how soon MH4 is coming out in Japan with the basic feature that this game is desperately lacking in.

#29 Edited by ConfusedOwl (952 posts) -

I've played Freedom unite, portable 3rd and the original tri so this will be my fourth Monster Hunter. I only have the 3DS version right now because I don't have a wiiu but so far I'm really enjoying it even without the online functionality. I forgot how slow tri started out, so much damn tutorial stuff compared to the other ones. I wish they at least gave you the option to skip some of it.

#30 Posted by theQman121 (86 posts) -

This is my first Monster Hunter (3DS version), and I'm 9 and a half hours into it and really enjoying it. My entire 3DS library consists of games 8-4 Play convinced me to buy on their podcast. This and Fire Emblem is all I own.

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