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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate brings a lot of verticality to the table

Sep 19 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]277922:54837:0[/embed] Over the course of 15 minutes or so, we implemented whatever attacks we could to eventually weaken and defeat this monstrosity. Some ranged, some melee, one buckin' bronco, we chased him from area to area and successfully slayed and plundered him. Three cheers for teamwork! The other change to Ultimate is that this iteration is coming to 3DS only. Because of this, it's not necessary to use a Wii U to play with others. Instead, any old wireless hub will work. Three cheers for accessibility! By the time the demo was over, I was ready for another round. We fired up a quick go at a early-game dinosaur monster named The Great Jaggi. We took him down without much difficulty, but more importantly, it satiated that quick need to play just a bit more. It's easy to see why this game is so popular in Japan. Three cheers for Monster Hunter!
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Water is gone
When the west finally gets Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate -- what Capcom calls "the most complete version of 4 that it'll get" -- players are going to need to turn their attention to the layering of the game. Rather...

Today's WTF photo
Today's WTF

Sonic x Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is, uh, yeah...


The Taiko Drum Master tie-in, on the other hand, is rad
Sep 18
// Jordan Devore
Admittedly, this collaboration is slightly less horrifying once you realize it's a Felyne (or Palico, if you want to be precise) wearing Sonic the Hedgehog armor. Slightly. Still, I think this tops the sexy/stretchy fan art f...
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

North America gets Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate collector's edition


$60 gets a statue and other crap
Sep 09
// Steven Hansen
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is coming out in Japan next month. The rest of us will be waiting until 2015. Perhaps it eases the wait: Capcom announced a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate collector's edition for North America.&...
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Lil dick pt 2

That expensive, gold Monster Hunter statue? Doesn't have a lil dick!


Schrödingers' cat's dick no longer incumclusive
Sep 05
// Steven Hansen
Last month, we brought you an investigative, penetrative look at this $29,000 gold Monster Hunter statue. Particularly, "does it...does it have a lil dick?" we asked. It wasn't immediately clear. All the photos prov...
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Capcom sale

3DS, Wii U Capcom games on sale


I don't want any of them, do you?
Aug 29
// Steven Hansen
A bunch of Capcom eShop 3DS and Wii U games are on sale until the morning of September 4.  Writing about Capcom just makes me want to replay every Clover game and Resident Evil 4. At least Mega Fans are getting good Mega Man alternates.
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Final Fantasy Explorers

Check out this new Final Fantasy Explorers gameplay video


It's Monster Fantasy Final Hunter Explorers and I love it
Aug 23
// Brittany Vincent
This new gameplay video of Final Fantasy Explorers has me praying to the ghost of Gunpei Yokoi that Square Enix will localize this game to the U.S. The gameplay looks to be somewhat like the Monster Hunter series and that is...
Schrödingers' cat's dick photo
Schrödingers' cat's dick

Does this $29,000 gold Monster Hunter statue have a lil dick?


Schrödingers' cat's dick
Aug 03
// Steven Hansen
Capcom is selling a $29,000, solid gold Otomo Airou statue to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Monster Hunter.  Does it have a dick, though? We at the Destructoid virtual office thought it might. "does it...does ...
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Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate gets box art, multiplayer details


North America and Europe can play together
Jul 31
// Chris Carter
Capcom Unity, the community site for the developer, has announced the official box art for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which is set to release in western markets in 2015. You can see both the actual art and the spine font in t...
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More video footage
We've already known that Monster Hunter 4 has a very neat looking set of Link armor and weapon sets, but we haven't seen a whole lot of footage on them -- until this week that is, when Capcom unleashed a new trailer int...

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Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4 NA weapon contest winner is an insect glaive


It's no pig club
Jul 28
// Chris Carter
I don't think anyone expected the North American weapon contest winner to top the UK's Monster Hunter 4 design (a freaking pig on a club, c'mon!), but it's a pretty cool looking item nonetheless. Yep, the North American...
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Monster Hunter 4

Loads of Monster Hunter 4G limited edition items and accessories


PS1-case lookin' limited edition
Jul 15
// Steven Hansen
As we wait until 2015, Japan is getting Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in October and, with it, a chance to clutter players' living spaces with more kitschy junk.  The limited edition (above) comes with four figurines an...
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Play Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate at Tokyo Game Show


...as well as a host of other games
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
September's Tokyo Game Show will play host to a playable demo of the upcoming Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3DS. While the game itself will be available this fall as we reported a couple of days ago, 4Gamer (via Gematsu) repo...
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Also, check out the new trailer
In this morning's Japanese Nintendo Direct, Capcom revealed that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will hit Japanese 3DS units everywhere on October 11th. Yep, this is the same game we will eventually get overseas come 2015. As...

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Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4 will be distributed by Nintendo in Europe


Fine by me!
Jul 03
// Chris Carter
We all know that a successful Monster Hunter can make a portable. The PSP exploded after each subsequent Monster Hunter launch, and the Vita is currently suffering in part for a lack of the franchise. Nintendo ...
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Monster Hunter 4

The Monster Hunter 4 UK weapon contest winner is a pig club that oinks


Yes!
Jul 03
// Chris Carter
There's going to be a long wait before most of us get to play Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS, but in the meantime, we can enjoy the festivities from Capcom's recent weapon design contest. Sending out a casting call to all ...
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Monster Hunter iOS

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on iOS is astoundingly faithful, if you have a controller


That 'if' though
Jul 03
// Chris Carter
Here we are in 2014 with an iOS port of a PSP game, in the form of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. The kicker? It's very, very good. As a port of 2008's Freedom Unite, everything is faithfully recreated on an iOS devi...

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: E3 first hunt

Jun 16 // Dale North
Going back in, the two of us headed out on a hunt for the Great Jaggi, a Tyrannosaurus-like beast that took a good fifteen minutes of beating on to go down. I did my best to get in damaging hits with my massive, slow melee weapon while my teammate kept Jaggi busy. We both took advantage of MH4U’s newly improved climbing ability to train the Jaggi up to a wall where we could attack from above and even jump down to land a stronger attack. This time around, simply walking up to ledges has you climbing up them, so the surrounding caverns made for a pretty nice positional advantage.  As we got better at teaming up on it, I was landing some pretty big hits, and we could finally see the Jaggi becoming exhausted. It was at this point that riding the Jaggi became possible. Pining it down let us get in a nice string of hits, but just when we thought we had it the Jaggi ran off into a cave. It did its best to send its little dino-like underlings at us (like annoying little Velociraptors) but we managed to finish it off there by backing it into a corner. And as Monster Hunter goes, that loot we earned from taking down the Jaggi could then be used to upgrade weapons and armors to be able to take on even bigger beasts.  If you’ve played previous series games, you’ll be right at home with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate with its button mappings and touchscreen camera controls. Again, I’m but a casual player and I was pretty comfortable even in the thick of things after only a few minutes.  Every time I play Monster Hunter I think about how I could see myself easily giving up dozens of hours of my life to it. A portable game with a huge, varied world and plenty of challenging situations is the ideal game for me. Add in cooperative play and thrilling boss fights and you have a game that s dangerously tempting for me. I really enjoyed my couple of demo missions at E3. Maybe it’s time I stop being a Monster Hunter newbie. 
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Two hunts, one failed
Waiting for one of Capcom’s own to sit in and play with me for my first go at upcoming 3DS title Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, I got a bit hasty and started picking my own quest. Little did I know I was headed for trouble...

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate trailer takes us big game hunting


It's Capcom's big game
Jun 05
// Brett Makedonski
Capcom's putting a lot of its eggs in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's basket. Recently announced as one of the publisher's games that will be shown at E3, Capcom hopes that the beefed up re-release will move 3.9 million copies. ...
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Monster Hunter 4

Capcom hopes Monster Hunter 4 sells 3.9 million more copies


Think big
May 09
// Brett Makedonski
We already knew that Capcom did pretty decent for itself last year. This was thanks in no small part to Monster Hunter 4, which moved 4.1 million copies in Japan and South Korea. Capcom's not calling it a day, as it has more ...
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Capcom

Capcom had a good year, Monster Hunter 4 led the way


Dead Rising 3 did alright, too
May 08
// Brett Makedonski
If you hear some hootin' and hollerin', and maybe spot a party hat or two, that's just Capcom celebrating its decent fiscal year. Not everybody actually makes money anymore, so don't rain on its parade. Capcom's good year was...
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Monster Hunter iOS

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is now out on iOS in Japan


You know, since it has controller support, I'm okay with this
May 08
// Chris Carter
This week Capcom released the iOS version of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, and it doesn't look half bad -- if you have an MFi controller of course (the on-screen touch prompts look pretty nasty). Why does it look decent, you...
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Monster Hunter

Shred with this ridiculous Monster Hunter guitar


It'd play a mean rendition of "3's & 7's"
Apr 26
// Brittany Vincent
My, how time flies. Capcom's indomitable Monster Hunter series has been around for ten years now, and to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Capcom has teamed up with ESP Guitars to release what could be the most metal guitar I'...
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Monster Hunter 4G

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate continues to look great on the 3DS


Giant enemy crabs! Giant puffer fish lizards!
Apr 21
// Chris Carter
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (4G in Japan) is on its way over here in "early 2015," and you can get a glimpse of what's to come in a new video straight from Capcom. At first the trailer starts off all serious, with high stakes ...

Review: Toukiden: The Age of Demons

Mar 27 // Kyle MacGregor
Toukiden: The Age of Demons (PlayStation Vita)Developer: Omega ForcePublisher: Tecmo KoeiRelease:  February 11, 2014MSRP: $39.99  Toukiden takes place in a world where the last vestiges of humanity hang by a thread. Beset upon by an endless horde of demonic Oni, embattled villages depend on warriors called Slayers to repel the tide of monstrosities that constantly crash at their gates. As a Slayer, players will venture into the corrupted lands beyond their borders to cull a particular number of a particular type of demon. Then it's time to collect their remains and use the spoils to craft new weapons and armor before pursuing the next bounty. And that's basically it. With little in the way of frills, Toukiden takes that tried-and-tested Monster Hunter formula and, um, well, it certainly sticks to the blueprint. That's for sure. The story and setting are perhaps the most unique aspects of the experience. It's just a shame that it's all so terribly bleak. Toukiden's world is cheerless, eschewing the vivid natural environments and amusements like the talking cats that its inspiration employs, for dreary landscapes and oppressive situations where things always seem to be going from bad to worse. Sadly, the characters are rigid and prosaic, offering precious little comic relief to a world that so desperately needs it. [embed]271663:53150:0[/embed] The gameplay makes up for most of the title's shortcomings, and should win over fans of the genre with its familiar structure and solid combat. Once you take a mission, players are whisked away to an array of arenas populated with enemies. From there it's a basic hack-and-slash where teams of up to four Slayers grind through waves of smaller foes and occasionally tackle larger creatures. Missions are typically short and well suited for portable play, though more powerful Oni may test some players' patience. Boss fights are repetitious affairs where larger demons must be carved up one limb at a time. These baddies possess excessive amounts of health and take what seems like forever to take down. These events seem to drag on and on, before the frustration climaxes in a moment of relief as the tired affair comes to a close. Adding insult to injury, these encounters lack variety, as boss types are recycled over and over again. In the heat of battle players will need to lower their guards in order to purify the corpses of slaughtered demons, which yield the materials necessary to craft new weapons and armor. While the game supports both local and online multiplayer, allied characters are surprisingly competent at taking out enemies and watching the player's back while one is otherwise indisposed. And should you fall in battle they're rarely too far off to help you back to your feet so you can rejoin the fight. In terms of weaponry, there's a myriad of blades, bows, and other implements of death to play with -- like the chained sickle. On top of standard attacks, Slayers can equip the tools of their trade with Mitama, souls of fallen heroes that offer different combat bonuses and abilities. Much of the game's appeal comes from equipment progression and kitting your character out with new and more powerful gear. Beyond that, though, Toukiden lacks variety and nuance. The objective never changes. It's all demon slaying and equipment crafting all the time. Which is fine. But by never straying from the beaten path, it does little to differentiate itself from its competitors or step out from Monster Hunter's shadow. Those starving for that type of experience would do well to give Toukiden a go. It's a good bit of fun and certainly a pretty experience that might well satiate your desire to kill and collect for a few dozen hours, especially if you play with friends. Just don't go in expecting anything particularly great or revolutionary. If you're going to steal, steal from the best. And that's precisely what Toukiden's done, for better or for worse. It's a very competent Monster Hunter clone, but, by adhering so rigidly to that winning formula, it lacks an identity of its own. That's not to say that this is a bad game, far from it, but it isn't a great one either. It just doesn't do enough to separate itself from the crowd or demand your attention. A touch of color, a few diversions, and some fresh ideas could really have gone a long way to making Toukiden something special. As is, it's merely pretty okay.
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Off-brand Monster Hunter
Originality is a pretty hard thing to come by, and ideas don't just materialize out of thin air. They're a patchwork of experiences lifted from our surroundings, filtered, and diffused back out into the world. Many of us hide...

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Monster Hunter

A Monster Hunter Felyne becomes decidedly more Mega Man


Meow-ga Man
Feb 19
// Chris Carter
Capcom is currently undergoing its 30th anniversary, and one of the celebrations is in the form of a Monster Hunter and Mega Man mash-up. Of course it isn't an actual game, but rather a toy featuring a Felyne dressed up as th...
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Capcom

Monster Hunter 4, Dead Rising 3 did well for Capcom


Lost Planet 3, not so much
Feb 07
// Jordan Devore
Capcom has reported its earnings for the nine months of fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 and the usual suspects are all represented. Monster Hunter 4 did extremely well for the company, selling four million units; Resident E...
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Lets hurt dinasours!
Capcom has been pretty quiet on their plans to localize Monster Hunter 4, which had the West's small but dedicated Monster Hunter fanbase a little worried. Well worry no more, fictional animal murderers! Capcom has announced...

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Monster Hunter

Fire Emblem rides into Monster Hunter Frontier G


The ultimate crossover for patient Nintendo fans
Dec 07
// Jonathan Holmes
Fire Emblem: Awakening is Nintendo resident tough-as-nails, patience testing magic-and-fantasy 3DS title. Monster Hunter is Capcom's resident tough-as-nails, patience testing club-a-dinosaur game franchise. Putting them...
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MH4 x LoZ x Mario

Monster Hunter 4 adds Link outfit, gear to Mario offering


Mario and Luigi Felyne need their own game
Oct 22
// Steven Hansen
Monster Hunter 4 has sold incredibly well. This pleases Nintendo and thus there is a pretty Monster Hunter 4 3DS. But, hey, why stop there? Starting December 2 and shimmying on into January of the new year, Monster Hunter 4 f...
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Monster Hunter 4 3DS

Blue yourself: Monster Hunter 4-themed 3DS hitting Japan


The Monster Hunter has become the monster hunted...
Oct 17
// Steven Hansen
What with its 2.5 million and climbing sales, Monster Hunter 4 is showing no signs of slowing down. Not many signs of releasing outside of Japan, either. But for fans in Japan, or intrepid importers, here's a cool thing: a cy...

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