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Monster Hunter 4

Holy hell, Monster Hunter 4 is still getting free DLC

It ends next month though
Oct 02
// Chris Carter
Monster Hunter 4 launched all the way back in February in the US, and it's steadily been getting a ton of free DLC every month, ranging from missions to weapons, to sets of gear. It's pretty damn awesome, and not a typi...
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Monster Hunter iOS

Capcom likely won't fix Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS 9

Beat it before you update
Sep 28
// Chris Carter
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is a pretty great game on iOS. It's a shame then, to learn that Capcom probably isn't going to update the game to support the recently released iOS 9. According to the game's official iTunes ...
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Monster Hunter Spirits

Monster Hunter Spirits is housed in a really cool arcade cabinet

With premium 1000 yen lockets
Sep 19
// Chris Carter
One of the biggest reasons for wanting to visit Japan as a kid was the prospect of setting foot into a Japanese arcade. The flashing lights, the sounds emanating throughout the street, the cavalcade of new games fresh on the ...

Monster Hunter Diary contains pure silliness, with plenty of cats

Sep 18 // Chris Carter
Diary DX is very much like Animal Crossing, or in a more relevant but more obscure comparison, Disney's Magical World. It's part simulator in the sense that you can roam around talking to other Palicos in the Monster Hunter universe, but the end goal is to participate in a bunch of mini-games located within each micro hub. The hub itself is made of different spokes, with the ability to fast travel instantly with the tap of the bottom screen. Palicos are front and center here, inhabiting each realm and going along for the mini-game rides. During my time with the demo I was able to play two such micro-games -- a pig race, and a Patapon-like sidescrolling adventure sequence. The former sees players betting on pig-riding Palicos, with the power to control a single rider, jumping over logs and other obstacles in the race for first. It's simple, and not something I'd likely want to do more than a few times in total. The Patapon bit was a tad more enjoyable, as it provides options as you follow a set path, like the choice to eat a mushroom, ignore it, or harvest the ingredients -- likewise, enemies can be approached with a stealth or combat option. For the most part, this seems really geared towards Monster Hunter fans, and it's something that the younger audience would enjoy more than a seasoned veteran of the franchise. Monster Hunter Diary DX was recently released this past week in Japan, with Mario and Tom Nook costumes. There's still no word on a localization, but it might be possible if the series continues to sell like gangbusters in the US.
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Did I mention the cats?
Monster Hunter Diary DX for the Nintendo 3DS is a silly game. That much is evident from watching the series of commercials presented on a nearby TV screen at TGS, which shows a variety of cats in a variety of different k...

Monster Hunter Stories takes the series in an entirely different direction

Sep 17 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]311169:60408:0[/embed] Because of the language barrier (the demo was entirely in Japanese), it was unclear to me if this is solely a random event or if there are patterns you can pick out. Fortunately, the rest was easy enough to figure out just from familiarity with turn-based games. Replenishing health was necessary a couple of times via healing potions; otherwise, attacking was the way to go. All that was training for the quest's final boss: some sort of giant, unhappy dragon. His health bar was obscured by question marks, so all I could do was fight on and hope that he was near death. It added a nice sense of tension. I fought alongside my humble looking monster in hopes of taking down this formidable-looking foe. We didn't stay side-by-side the entire time, though. Eventually, something called my Kizuna Stone filled up and I could hop on top of my monster for a particularly powerful group attack. This was accompanied by a slick animation to verify that, yes, whatever was happening was indeed special. A few of these, some solo attacks, and a couple rock, paper, scissors victories later and the dragon was defeated. We did it, monster buddy. It may be more Pokemon than Monster Hunter, but Stories is undoubtedly entertaining. It's breaking the series formula to try something new, but piggybacking on franchise popularity. At least it's thematically consistent. After all, piggybacking's kind of the entire point in Monster Hunter Stories.
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Ride or die
In a lot of ways, Monster Hunter Stories doesn't necessarily feel like Monster Hunter. It shouldn't; it's different. The Monster Hunter series that has grown an immense following basks in constant action and team-or...

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Monster Hunter Stories

The new Monster Hunter RPG looks just adorable

As adorable as scaly beasts can be
Sep 05
// Kyle MacGregor
A lot of people love the idea of Monster Hunter, but Capcom's cash cow certainly isn't for everyone. The series, while massively popular, isn't the most accessible game around -- which is unfortunate, since it possesses a ric...
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Dragomon classes

Dragomon Hunter shows off monster hunting character classes

Chibi, colorful Monster Hunter-like
Aug 26
// Steven Hansen
That Monster Hunter-styled MMORPG Dragomon Hunter has put out a new video focusing on the available characters classes. All the classics are there: scout, mercenary, mage, buscemi, cleric, substitute teacher. The free-to-pla...
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MonHun cats

Those Monster Hunter cats are back for more

Lil adventures
Aug 20
// Jordan Devore
While I was on vacation this week visiting relatives, Capcom uploaded more Monster Hunter cat videos. What a treat to come home to. The first one is over here, if you missed it.
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Monster Hunter Explore

Monster Hunter Explore is a mobile game with a focus on...exploration

Aug 14
// Chris Carter
You know what, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite was actually pretty good for a mobile Hunter game. I'd definitely try out another one, and it looks like I'll get my wish with Monster Hunter Explore. It's an upcomi...
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Never coming here

If Chao Garden and Animal Crossing had a love child, it would be Monster Hunter Diary

Cameo by Tom Nook!
Aug 13
// Jed Whitaker
Today in "things I really want to be localized but probably never will," I've come across Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX, an upgraded port of a PSP game from 2010 that was developed by From Software, strang...
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MonHun cats

My cat would never wear one of these Monster Hunter hats

Aug 10
// Jordan Devore
Capcom outfitted some adorably round-headed cats with Felyne hats for a YouTube video and, oh, I guess there's footage of Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX in here, too. The PlayStation Portable spinoff game is...
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Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate keeps the free DLC rolling in August

It's crazy how many missions there are
Aug 07
// Chris Carter
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the gift that keeps on giving. Steadily since February Capcom has provided free DLC updates, ranging from Nintendo and Devil May Cry costumes to new missions. It's very un-Capcom-like, but there you go. August will bring 10 new quests, four challenges, a purple Palico, and more guild card options. After this, Capcom is teasing more free DLC for September.
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Monster Hunter X

Watch hunters rock the bow and heavy bowgun in Monster Hunter X

Looking good
Aug 07
// Chris Carter
Monster Hunter X is coming in November in Japan on 3DS, and now you can get a quick look at the bow and heavy bowgun playstyles, with some new enemies in tow. Capcom and Nintendo are absolutely killing it with the Monster Hu...
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Monster Hunter X

Check out some brief new Monster Hunter X footage

New monsters
Jul 31
// Chris Carter
This flashy Monster Hunter X video gives us a quick look at some of the new monsters in tow, as well as a bit of gameplay. While brief, it does a decent job of showing off a ton of creatures, in addition to some interes...
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Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter X gets release date, gameplay videos

November 28 in Japan
Jul 20
// Steven Hansen
The latest Monster Hunter not slated for Western consumption, Monster Hunter X (or, "Monster Hunter Cross"), will be coming to 3DS in Japan on November 28. It will also launch as part of a new 3DS bundle, naturally. We will ...
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Monster Hunter adds Neon Genesis Evangelion characters, armor

Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
Monster Hunter continues its quest to cross over with everything. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has been getting regular, free DLC including Animal Crossing, Devil May Cry, and Final Fantasy nods. Japan's Monster Hunter Frontier...
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Dragomon Hunter

Dragomon Hunter puts Hatsune Miku in Monster Hunter

That name is art in its purest form
Jul 16
// Joe Parlock
Monster Hunter’s pretty big at the moment, isn’t it? With its unforgiving combat and fantastic enemy designs making it hugely popular, it’s no wonder other developers have been wanting in on some of the suc...
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Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4 is getting even more free DLC this month

Sounds good!
Jul 03
// Chris Carter
On July 3, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is getting its monthly dose of free DLC. Again, I know this is the norm for Monster Hunter, but to see Capcom follow through with this strategy is still jarring to me. This month you...
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Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4 has a boat load of DLC this month

14 new quests headline the update
Jun 05
// Chris Carter
This month, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is getting some Animal Crossing, Devil May Cry, and Final Fantasy content. Capcom teamed up with famed artist Tesuya Nomura specifically for an armor set (pictured above), and it lo...
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Monster Hunter X

Monster Hunter X looks to make the action fun for everyone

On 3DS in Japan this winter
May 31
// Jonathan Holmes
The Monster Hunter series remains huge in Japan, but it's still more of a cult hit everywhere else. The combat system probably has a lot to do with that. On the surface, it's pretty disempowering. Players are likely to feel ...
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MonHun 3DS theme

Style your 3DS with this free Monster Hunter theme

Hunter's Weapon Gallery
May 04
// Jordan Devore
After paying money for a silly Slowpoke theme, I told myself that would be the end of it. No matter how many tempting new 3DS themes might come out, I'd have to resist. One was enough. (Miraculously, that policy has extended...
Monster Hunter 4 photo
Monster Hunter 4

Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate May DLC lineup is very nice

Mega Man, Sonic, and Chun-Li
May 01
// Chris Carter
Capcom is constantly adding more content to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and thankfully, it's free. This month you'll be able to access a new Metroid hunter outfit, as well as Mega Man, Blanka, Chun-Li Palico equipment. Some f...
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate slays one million western units shipped

Series crashes through 32 million worldwide copies sold
Apr 14
// Vikki Blake
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has become the fastest selling Monster Hunter game in the West, shifting one million copies since its release in Europe and North America on February 13. Worldwide, the series has now moved 32 m...
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Monster Hunter Stories

First look at Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS

A new direction for the Japanese hit series
Apr 11
// Jonathan Holmes
In an announcement that apparently couldn't wait for E3 or TGS, Capcom unveiled a teaser trailer for Monster Hunter Stories, a new game in their hit Monster Hunter series, set for release on the 3DS in 2016. While I hig...
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Monster Hunter 4 DLC

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's April DLC includes 14 quests, Sonic Palico skin

Server maintenance is happening this weekend too
Apr 03
// Chris Carter
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is still going strong, and Capcom is supporting it with plenty of free DLC. Capcom? Lots? Free DLC? I know, I know. This month you'll be able to pickup a Sonic the Hedgehog Palico skin, as well...
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Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4's Legend of Zelda DLC will arrive this month

March 6
Mar 06
// Chris Carter
[Update: it's live today! Go pick it up] Still playing Monster Hunter 4? Well you'll be happy to boot it up on March 6, as a number of free DLC items are arriving at that time. On that day, you'll get a Link outfit, incl...
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Monster Hunter 4 DLC

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate delivers some free day-one DLC

Feb 13
// Chris Carter
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is out today, as is the New 3DS. To celebrate, Capcom is releasing a free update that you can pick up from now until March 15, which includes 50 basic items for your hunter. Basically just head to th...
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Let this Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate trailer serve as your pre-hunt briefing

Just a few more days
Feb 11
// Brett Makedonski
It sure feels like we're saying this a lot lately, but hunting season's upon us. This time, it's the enormous beasts of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate that need to be slain. We're not shooting for "tranq and peacefully reloc...

Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Feb 10 // Patrick Hancock
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS)Developer: CapcomPublisher: CapcomReleased: February 13, 2015MSRP: $39.99  The beauty of the storyline in Monster Hunter games is it constantly feeds directly into what players want to do: kill more monsters. It doesn't force players to do extraneous tasks that detract from the main point of the game. Even when tasked to collect little pieces of rock or plants, monsters inevitably get in the way and need a good slayin'.  This time, much of the plot's focus lays with Gore Magala, a giant black winged monster. This monster is not only tough, but brings with it a Frenzy virus. This blight has an interesting affect on the player; once infected, the virus starts to incubate within the player, represented by a purple bar next to the player's name. If it reaches its full potential, the player loses their regenerative health. If the player does a certain amount of damage to the monster before the virus manifests, they gain a temporary boost. When a monster (not just the Gore) is infected with the Frenzy virus, however, it acts as if it is always in rage mode. Not only is the monster more powerful, but they are also quite wily. Dealing with these monster is no easy feat, even if players have slain the non-frenzied version many times prior. Now, the Gorestoryline will take up a couple dozen hours to get through, but as most Monster Hunter fans are aware, that's just the beginning. Players will move from location to location rather quickly in Ultimate, as their caravan continues to grow alongside the player's reputation. The locations are all varied and will even be altered themselves after specific events, changing the way the player must approach them. It also helps keep things from getting too same-y, keeping monotony at bay. Monsters can still hide out in the transitional part of an area that forces a player into the adjacent area, which prevents the monster from being attacked, but it seems like the monsters move around much more frequently in MH4U to help prevent that. If it does occur, prepare to be frustrated until the monster decides to move out. [embed]287439:57255:0[/embed] The "treadmill" in Ultimate is all about the equipment. Each monster provides materials after death, and those materials can then be forged into weapons and armor that reflect the properties of the monster. Big fiery rock monster? That will yield some high defense, high fire resistant armor! Once that set is complete, it's only a matter of time until the player decides to go for a bigger, better set from a stronger monster.  Quests do vary, but in general, players will be killing a monster and carving it up to reap the rewards. Sometimes players may have to capture the monster instead - wounding it until it is very low on HP and then luring it into a trap device. Other missions consist of bringing back delicate eggs, minerals, or fish in order to make the townspeople happy. Sometimes, a player might just want to head out into an area without any real objective, in order to explore or gather materials, which the game permits. Also available are "expeditions,"which are a randomly-generated series of areas with a random collection of monsters strewn about. These seem to have been included as a way to keep things "fresh" by adding a layer of randomness to the layout, but in reality the expeditions are rather underwhelming as a whole. The pool of areas seems incredibly low and rather uninteresting.  There are no traditional "experience points" within the game, just the experience the player gets themselves as they see themselves get better and better at mastering the mechanics. Often, players may not even notice they are getting better until a boss that gave them so much trouble a few hours ago, is now a minor inconvenience in a fight with a much, much larger monster. With fifteen different weapon categories, players are bound to find one they enjoy using and slowly start to learn the nuances of it. There are two new weapon types in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: the Charge Blade and the Insect Glaive. The Charge Blade utilizes a sword and a shield. "But Patrick," you intrude, "there's already a 'Sword & Shield' option!" That's right! You sure do know your Monster Hunter! What makes the Charge Blade different is it's possible to switch out of sword and shield mode into Giant Axe mode. In Sword and Shield mode the player will build up charges for the Giant Axe mode. Once the charges are full, the sword becomes very ineffective, forcing the player into using the Giant Axe. Then, the player can use the charges to hit with extra power, adding even more damage on to the already powerful swing of a Giant Axe. The versatility of the Charge Blade quickly made it one of my favorite weapon types in the game. Having the power of the Giant Axe with the utility of a shield makes it an ideal weapon, especially for any solo hunters. When forging a Charge Blade, however, it is unclear how much damage Sword will do versus how much damage the Axe will do, since there's only one damage number.  The Insect Glaive is also a very versatile addition. The weapon itself is a long glaive, as the name says. The real star here is the Kinsect, the insect companion. The player can send the Kinsect off in a direction and if it hits a monster, it can be recalled to give the player a bonus to an attribute. Bonuses can be combined and stacked to a point, and the attribute gained depends on where it strikes the monster. The player can also vault into the air, adding a ton of mobility to the weapon. This also helps the player mount the monster, which is another addition to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The Insect Glaive is quick and nimble; vaulting to avoid attacks or deliver big blows feels great and micromanaging the Kinsect's location keeps battles interesting. Being able to mount monsters, riding on their backs and giving them a good stabbing, goes well with one of the game's biggest additions: vertical movement. There is a ton of verticality in this game and incredibly well-designed monsters to take advantage of it. Climbing onto a wall to knock a monster down, only to jump off and deliver a slam-dunk to its head feels absolutely incredible. On the flip side, having to worry about a giant ape butt-slamming its way onto your face is absolutely horrifying.  The camera, however, can have a hard time keeping up. I played this on a standard 3DS, without the analog nub of the "New 3DS," so most camera work was done by pressing the L trigger to focus on either the monster or straight ahead. Minor camera adjustments can be made if players choose to include the digital d-pad on the touch screen, or by using the actual d-pad to rotate the camera, but it is hardly ideal. With how large some of the monsters get, plus the quickness of Frenzied monsters, there will be more than a few times where the player must tame the camera before they can fell the beast. Joining the player is their trusty cat-buddy, the Palico. The player's main Palico can have their appearance completely customized before starting the game. Later on, the Palico's helmet, armor, and weapon can be crafted just like the player's, albeit with different Palico-only materials. These materials are gathered once the player gains access to Sunsnug Isle, the island where Palicos hang out. There is a quick fishing and questing mini-game that can garner rewards used to make new gear for the Palico. They're enjoyable diversions and creating new Palico gear quickly became a priority, considering how much they help in battle. The player can eventually recruit more Palicos from the field to bring to the island, and can soon bring two out into the battles. Of course, playing Monster Hunter online with three other humans is easily one of the best experiences available in videogames. Four people honing their skills with their respective instruments of destruction, united in their goal to take down a gigantic beast. Multiplayer can be done locally or online, and luckily the online experience is rather smooth. Playing with other people in the USA led to no noticeable lag, regardless of the number of players. Even when the host was an entire Atlantic Ocean away, the lag was rather insignificant, though it was noticeable. The lack of voice communication is certainly a bummer, but having full text chat is at least something. All of this is wrapped in the classic Monster Hunter charm. Characters are eccentric, the music is epic, and the monster designs are as amazing as ever. One moment players will be laughing at a line of dialogue, only to have their heart pounding moments later as they narrowly escape a Frenzied monster's devastating blow. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is about mastering a craft and being proud of it. So go ahead, be proud! [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Where a monster can fart before killing you
Ah, Monster Hunter. A game that ends up being more of a culture than anything else. These have always been games about community and self-improvement. Getting better isn't measured in some arbitrary number, but how well you c...

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Nintendo at PAX South

Majora's Mask 3D and New 3DS XL playable at PAX South

Also Super Smash Bros., for those living in the past
Jan 20
// Darren Nakamura
The New Nintendo 3DS XL is the current hot commodity for Nintendo fans, with special edition units selling out. For those who are not so keen on ordering one before playing, an opportunity to get some hands-on time is coming ...

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