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  • Summary: Monster Hunter Tri sets a new bar in the action/adventure genre with the introduction of new features and game play elements as the multi-million unit selling franchise makes its debut on the Wii system. Monster Hunter Tri depicts a living, breathing ecosystem where man co-exists with fantastic beasts that roam both the land and the sea. Featuring both online and offline cooperative modes, players can join online hunting parties with up to four players or play with two players on a single TV for select quests. Players also have the option to face Monster Hunter Tri's challenging quests as a single player experience accompanied by Cha-Cha, an AI hunting partner whose tracking and trapping skills prove invaluable in the hunt. New items, weapons and armor sets will also be available to assist the hunters as they embark on the most incredible Monster Hunter adventure to date. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Tri is one of those paradoxical titles that is by no means perfect, but doesn’t deserve anything less than a ten out of ten rating when compared to everything else on the system.
  2. 92
    Monster Hunter isn't the most difficult game of all time, of course, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a contemporary title that places such rigorous demands on its players' dedication and skill. In the same respect, it tends to either terrify its audience off within a couple of hours or engulf them completely.
  3. Playing with a team of fellow hunters is some of the most fun you’ll have online with any console, although solo play is enjoyable too. If you have the dedication to get through the hard-going introduction, you’ll uncover an addictive, innovative and beautiful game of ever-increasing depth.
  4. We expected a lot from Monster Hunter Tri, and we didn‘t get disappointed. The setting, graphics, sound and the various multiplayer features are the reasons why this is a highlight of the Wii games line-up this year.
  5. Irrespective of these minor interface wobbles, Monster Hunter Tri is undeniably addictive. It has arguably the most up-to-date online mode on the console. And it’s the friendliest to newcomers that the series has ever been.
  6. A superb online mode and practically infinite game time make us cheer with joy for this engaging monster-collecting adventure.
  7. Monster Hunter Tri is certainly an archaic game full of small imperfections, but its unique ambiance and approach successfully make up for it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Sep 10, 2010
    There are times when games surpasses art, and this game is not the exception, have you seen citizen kane? its a piece of garbage compared to Monster Hunter tri. Lets face it, why is citizen kane so good? because its on black and white? well monster hunter tri comes in color, but you also have the option to change your tv settings to make it black and white if you wanted, so even if you are a whore of movies, you will enjoy this game like the master piece it is. Have you read a book named Quixote, its a piece of garbage at one side of Monster Hunter Tri, now lets develop a deep analisys on it, why is the Quixote so good? because its a joke about book of that time made with a dense use of words. Well this game let other games on any console look like a joke, and it sure got tons of words, so many words that sometimes you will not even want to read, its so detailed, so exciting, so complex, that sometimes you believe you are out of this world. Some people says videogames are as much art as movies, those people are idiots, videogames are better than movies, Videogames can express art in another dimension, and monster hunter tri expands that dimension to the point of let you even wonder what a hunter is, what a monster is, it makes you forget you are playing, it instead makes you feel you are really chasing monsters and risking your life, you can cry with this game like with no other, heavy rain? its crap, you dont even move, in monster hunter tri you got a nice story and you also move. Uncharted 2? its so linear, its like a game on trails with shooting, it gots no strategy, no tactics, barely all the puzzles are gone, in Monster Hunter Tri all the game is a puzzle about how to hunt the monsters, and it lets you wonder things that nobody can answer yet, what is better a powerful armor? or a cool looking armor? if you want to find out the answer, you have to buy it, and play it. You will see then, you are before a real piece of art. Collapse
  2. Sep 28, 2012
    I LOVE this game! Great weapons, beautiful locations, great music, TONS of replay value and inventive monsters. I mean, what other game that is out there has a lava sea monster that swims in lava and UNDERGROUND! And the online mode is great fun! One of the best games on Wii, multiplayer and single player! Expand
  3. DominicP
    Apr 25, 2010
    This is one of the best games on the Wii... alongside Mario Galaxy.
  4. Apr 26, 2012
    Fantastic game with a multiplayer experience very unlike what you would find anywhere else! Work as a team with your friends to take down a challenging boss monster in an epic battle? Sign me up. Can't wait to play each new Monster Hunter when it comes out! Expand
  5. May 5, 2012
    Very few games offer what Tri has to offer, with beautiful graphics, amazing armor and weapon upgrades, and badass monsters, you have a lot of trouble putting this game down. This game isn't for everyone, its way too hardcore for the players who find Mario difficult, this game is not THAT hard though. The main reason why its hard for me is because of the annoying controls, and that is the only reason why this game did not recieve a 10. Also, for additonal fun, there is also online where you can play in parties of 4 and hunt more challenging monster down together. Expand
  6. Jan 10, 2013
    An excellent action RPG aimed at those who salivate over a good challenge. Hunting down enormous, intimidating, deadly monsters is about as fun and challenging as it seems. It's a lot of fun. These creatures can kill you in just a single blow, if you aren't experienced, and don't come properly equipped with the right gear. The gear, this game is not a standard RPG in the sense that you level up from killing things. No, rather, you become more powerful by gathering the right materials out in the wild, and by carving up the carcasses of the dead monsters you defeat in order to forge more powerful weapons and armor for battle. To go with that, there really is no substitute for the knowledge and practice you get from conquering endless foes along the way. A savvy hunter with sharp reflexes won't need the best gear to defeat a monster. But if your skills aren't as sharp, battles are often won and lost before you ever square off against a monster. Preparing yourself with potions and stat boosters is key. You'll spend a lot of time foraging for the proper ingredients to make these helpful items. That can be a calm, relaxing alternative to the tense, dangerous battles and you may enjoy the tranquility of the environments as you do your business. However, others may just find it to be a lot of busy work, and a big waste of time. Both schools of thought are correct, depending on how you look at it. Another thing with two contradictory ways to look at it is the item drop system. When you kill a monster you can carve its body up a few times to receive a few items that can be sold or made into new things. Also, completing the missions to kill these beasts gives you more monster related parts that can be sold or forged. Makes sense, however, there is almost always one item you will always need that has a very low drop rate, forcing you to do the same battles over and over again, perhaps even dozens of times. Which weighs on even the most patient person when the missions can often be over 30 minutes long. That's the age old Japanese RPG formula at work. Another way to look at it is, all the battles you embark on to get that rare loot will ultimately shape the player into a cold calculated killing machine, efficient and mistake free. That's all well and good, but that all wraps up into one of two of this games only real flaws, it takes TIME. You may play for hours and not be far from where you started. Though, don't be misled, the satisfaction you get from conquering new creatures or obtaining that new weapon or armor is VERY satisfying. The other flaw, is that this game really is hardly different from previous versions. This games has remained very similar over the last 8 or so years. That being said, this IS the best, most refined version to date. ONLINE PLAY- finally now monster hunter is online and players can team up with each other from anywhere in the world. It is even more fun playing in groups of four to massacre giant monsters together. You will need them too, because online, monsters have increased health, about twice as much. Wich makes the battles tough to play by yourself, so good teamwork is a high priority. Online, the games mission structure progresses the same way the single player does, however, once you conquer all that, even MORE missions become available. You get even more difficult monsters to face, and much stronger gear to acquire. It's a shame that some of the beasts you face are online only though, because if you can't find the right people to play with, they can be too much for just one person. Playing the easier version in single player would've been welcome. It's a fantastic game, and one of the Wii's best, as well as one of the best games in recent memory. You may very well sink a few hundred hours into this game just to get the best loot and see all it has to offer. Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2013
    Okay. I'm going to do what apparently no one else will do. Tell you that this game sucks. Before we begin, yes, I'm a huge RPG fan. I've played everything from Fallout 3 to Xenoblade to Skyrim to Sleeping Dogs to... you get the picture. I'll play nearly any of them I can get my hands on. However, I couldn't stand this game. The controls were sh*t, the attacks had animations that were so clunky and long half of the time you would get hit anyway, so it was more luck than strategy, not to mention that every attack moved you forward, which is fine, and maybe even useful for the big enemies... but when you're fighting the annoying little flying insects (why am I even fighting friggin insects?) you'll miss 4 out of 5 times. To be honest, I couldn't play this game for more than... I don't know, between an hour and two hours. I really wanted to like this game too, but I just couldn't. I didn't try online mode, but I'd imagine the controls and etc. would be exactly the same. If you want to play something kind of similar, give Xenoblade a try, it's nowhere near as annoying. If you liked it, first tell me what I was missing, so that I can give it another shot, though I doubt it gets better further in or anything like that. Then try out Xenoblade, it's so much better. Expand

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