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  • Summary: Engage larger-than-larger-than-life monsters in battle. Create a myriad of weapons and armor. Discover the epic world of Monster Hunter as you wade through more than two hundred quests. Why hunt alone? Hunt with your 2 AI companions in single player quests or team up with up to three playersEngage larger-than-larger-than-life monsters in battle. Create a myriad of weapons and armor. Discover the epic world of Monster Hunter as you wade through more than two hundred quests. Why hunt alone? Hunt with your 2 AI companions in single player quests or team up with up to three players through your local connection. A fully customizable touch screen allows you to personalize your hunting experience and local Nintendo 3DS search feature helps you find other hunters near you location. Nintendo StreetPass provides you the ability to share you guild card with your fellow hunters. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. May 9, 2013
    90
    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is one of the largest Monster Hunter games to have been released and perhaps one of the largest 3DS games.
  2. Apr 15, 2013
    88
    Too bad the 3DS version suffers from horrible underwater controls, since the XL version of Circle Pad Pro isn't out in the west. [Apr 2013]
  3. Mar 20, 2013
    85
    Review forthcoming.
  4. Mar 18, 2013
    80
    The debut of Monster Hunter on 3DS is absolutely successful. Once again you will be dealing with a chapter that does not upset the basic formula, but rather enriches it, proposing new monsters, weapons, items and crafting systems.
  5. Mar 22, 2013
    75
    The absence of the online multiplayer and the need for a Circle Pad Pro represent two big stains on the blanket of this edition of Monster Hunter. Only half a Nintendo fan will rejoice for this.
  6. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    There's a staggering amount of content that more than justifies the asking price, and we'd like to think hardcore fans won't have too much of a problem with the graphics. At the same time, and considering the resolution gap between the 3DS screen and competing platforms, this title does more harm than good.
  7. Mar 25, 2013
    60
    Monster Hunter 3 on 3DS is certainly a good opportunity to dive into the enchanting world of this Capcom license. The 3DS / Wii U connectivity is a good addition, but this 2009 game still suffers sometimes from archaic level design and gameplay.

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  1. Positive: 50 out of 65
  2. Negative: 10 out of 65
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    10
    It is worth it to buy a 3ds just for this game. Perfect controls even without the CPP, tons of content, free weekly DLC, awesome 3d effect,It is worth it to buy a 3ds just for this game. Perfect controls even without the CPP, tons of content, free weekly DLC, awesome 3d effect, good graphics, and most importantly, good gameplay. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2013
    10
    This game has more than 200 exhilerating quests, larger than life monsters, hundreds of armor and weapons.
  3. Mar 20, 2013
    10
    This game is loads of fun. I've already put more hours into it on the first day than it takes to complete certain games. Every weapon(ThereThis game is loads of fun. I've already put more hours into it on the first day than it takes to complete certain games. Every weapon(There are 12 weapon types) feels like a completely different game, and each is fun. To add each fight feels different, even if it is the same monster 6 times in a row. This game is the most fun thing I've ever played. Expand
  4. Nov 4, 2013
    9
    I enjoy this game very much but there are some shortcomings for example the lack of good multi player in 2013 I do recommend u try the demoI enjoy this game very much but there are some shortcomings for example the lack of good multi player in 2013 I do recommend u try the demo first though this game is not for everyone) Expand
  5. Jun 13, 2013
    8
    great game but holy heck is it hard! graphics are great, sound is great, gameplay is intense but when you want a whole armor set from agreat game but holy heck is it hard! graphics are great, sound is great, gameplay is intense but when you want a whole armor set from a certain monster, it greats really repetitive quick! killing the same monster 10 times because you are missing one piece is very frustrating. but if you want a game that you want intense battles and want to put more than 100 hours into? well this game isa great buy! but i would rate this game an 8 or 9 if it had online multiplayer. trying to find a friend who will also like this game is pretty hard to find.

    i would even consider this harder than dark souls in my opinion.
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  6. Sep 6, 2014
    7
    This game is very good at its core, but both in itself (I guess) and even more so in this specific port it takes so much time and shenanigansThis game is very good at its core, but both in itself (I guess) and even more so in this specific port it takes so much time and shenanigans to get to the good part it's almost not worth it:

    -Great chunk of the game: the multiplayer, is gone and only available locally.
    -Controls on 3DS or 2DS will literally break your hands.
    -Grinding is as intensive as it gets: the game even deliberately leaves you at a gap between your gear and its "difficulty" (as in, the immense HP and damage output of enemies, thus making it only artificial difficulty) once you reach High rank and G rank respectively so that your game comes to a stop and forces you to farm and look for a weapon you may not even want to craft, hindering the freedom that was given to you at first in choosing weapons.
    -Incredibly confusing... everything. From abilities, sporting needlessly two names: a name for when they are activated and a name on the stuff that awards said abilities, to millions of items and weapon characteristics and features that only a Wiki can save you from and it doesn't help that said wikis aren't really well made on the internet (sure, you can learn all of those and get used to those, it's never an excuse for sloppy design). Sometimes it feels like a modded game where you can drop stuff and gather it but then you just find a vendor that has them. Money, resource points, vouchers, gourment vouchers, trades, and tons of stuff that serve no purpose other than segmenting one single feature as they are all available in the same, only place in the game and they certainly don't help with immersion or anything like that since this game is as shallow and straight-forward as it gets and deliberately so, which isn't a bad thing but it's just to point out why this is a flaw.

    Luckily the game itself is redeemed by its awesome weapon variety and combat, which unfortunately isn't without its flaws too:

    -Underwater combat is abysmal.
    -Arbitrary "walking animation hurts you or doesn't" by monsters in a game about precision dodging and windows of opportunity to hit.

    Overall giving it 7 is a big stretch. Buy a better title of the same series maybe.
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  7. May 18, 2014
    0
    Blech. So much potential but it falls flat on its face. Annoying controls (I really don't want to have to buy an accessory just to make theBlech. So much potential but it falls flat on its face. Annoying controls (I really don't want to have to buy an accessory just to make the controls semi-tolerable), slow and clunky (would expect an action game to be fast-paced), excruciatingly repetitive, frustrating (monsters run away and hide, gotta find them, oops out of time, try again!), graphics aren't sharp on 3DS, takes to long to accomplish anything worthwhile, etc etc. If you're really into hardcore games then try Dark Souls or something. At least that game has depth. MH3U is shallow. Expand

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