• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Feb 13, 2015
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  • Summary: Take off on an epic journey, traversing a vast world hunting larger than life beasts as you look for the source of a mysterious virus. Travel with a caravan of fellow hunters and merchants as you make your way across multiple locations, each with its own unique look and feel.
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  1. Positive: 75 out of 80
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  1. Mar 22, 2015
    100
    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is utterly magnificent. Newfound vertical freedom, extraordinary new monsters and native 3DS multiplayer makes for the best game in the series to date, coupled with a much more compelling storyline and some killer new features.
  2. Feb 9, 2015
    93
    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is one of the best games in 3DS history. It has a powerful online multiplayer, lots of monsters and some new mechanics that make the franchise climb one more step in the evolutionary chain.
  3. Feb 10, 2015
    90
    While Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate is still Monster Hunter (and thank goodness for that) Capcom has put a great deal of effort into improving the overall experience, and I'd say that their revamp has been a wild success.
  4. 90
    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the pinnacle of the series thus far on the handheld platform as long as you are a fan and able to overlook the repetitive nature of the game.
  5. Feb 10, 2015
    85
    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate finally hooked me into the entire Monster Hunter series. I now understand why this franchise has so many die-hard fans, and I get why hundreds of hours are spent roaming the hills and deserts looking for new prey.
  6. Feb 10, 2015
    82
    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate takes the best the franchise has to offer turns it up to 11. More quests, more areas to explore, more items to collect, more items to craft, more weapons to choose from, more combat techniques, and more ways to play with your friends. This game will be a must have for fans of the Monster Hunter franchise but may do little to move the needle for players that are not already interested in the series.
  7. Feb 10, 2015
    65
    The great aspects of the game are crushed beneath the monumental weight of it's frustrating gameplay. While some of this pain is eased by the multiplayer, it isn't enough to make up for the fact that the game just shouldn't have been released on the 3DS. This is a console game trapped in a handheld body, and it's really a shame that a game with so much potential is limited by such small but ever-so-important design problems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 94
  2. Negative: 8 out of 94
  1. Feb 13, 2015
    10
    I've played the Japanese version for quite some time, so I've put in a solid 300 hours into the game, and I've STILL got much more contentI've played the Japanese version for quite some time, so I've put in a solid 300 hours into the game, and I've STILL got much more content unseen.

    This game is by far the best Monster Hunter. It's more refined, polished, expansive, and it still stays true to it's roots. Veterans and newcomers will both be satisfied with it's changes, as it's much easier to play than the other Monster Hunters, but still offers more difficulty than MH3U, especially post G-Rank.

    Taking out water combat and adding vertical combat into it's formula was a huge success, and adds yet another strategic element into the game.

    It really is a masterpiece this time, just like MHFU.
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  2. May 30, 2016
    10
    200hrs in I still feel like there's a TONNE of stuff to learn. Once you reach the next level of difficulty you just start getting creamed200hrs in I still feel like there's a TONNE of stuff to learn. Once you reach the next level of difficulty you just start getting creamed again and feel like a complete noob. You can definitely play the lower ranks in a 'casual' way, but as soon as you get to the higher ranks it's more about the challenge than the enjoyment. Multiplayer is one of the best aspects of this game - coming from someone who solely played with randoms online. Great game, can't recommend it enough. Hands down my favourite game on 3ds so far and on any other platform as well. The immense amount of content and depth they've put into every aspect of the game is just insane. Every monster is so detailed and every fight takes a different approach.

    TLDR: Amazing game, but say goodbye to your social life.
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  3. Mar 5, 2015
    10
    If there's one game to get in 2015, it's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate!

    Having played Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, I welcome this new version,
    If there's one game to get in 2015, it's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate!

    Having played Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, I welcome this new version, which mercifully removes the horrible underwater battles and replace it with climbing, jumping and mounting monsters!!! I played 100+ hours on MH3U, but after just 10+ hours, boy I can see myself playing even more MH4U due to its much more fun gameplay, seamless online multiplayer gaming, beautiful graphics and of course, the crazy as monsters! I'm glad I took the time to learn MH3U so with MH4U it's a lot easier for me to just pick up and go.

    There is SO much replay value, and hunting the same monster species feels different each time because of the monster AI, location where it is, etc. The new weapons (my favourite being Insect Glaive, having used Long Sword in the past) are just super fun to use. And of course, I often get hit by the monsters as I get distracted on trying to mount them...! Fun fun fun!

    If you haven't tried it MH4U is actually much more newbie friendly in that it guides you through most of the stuff so you don't fumble (like in MH3U). Get on the hunt and see you online!
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  4. Feb 13, 2015
    9
    Great entry into the Monster Hunter series. If there are any negatives at all I'd have to say that the camera is still a bit of a hassle toGreat entry into the Monster Hunter series. If there are any negatives at all I'd have to say that the camera is still a bit of a hassle to deal with, even with the (not so great but okay) C-stick on the New 3DS. Unfortunately the game also lacks a few great monsters from its previous installment and I'm not sure we really needed another weapon based on the concept of morphing, but those are just nit-pickings and any MH fan will have a blast with this game no doubt.

    The game also features much better tutorials than before so it's a good time for newcomers to get into the franchise.
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  5. Feb 17, 2015
    9
    Somehow the Monster Hunter series always surprises me. One iteration after another I'm blown away by how Capcom can make a mostly unchangedSomehow the Monster Hunter series always surprises me. One iteration after another I'm blown away by how Capcom can make a mostly unchanged formula feel fresh. I'm one of those guys who loves the idea of Monster Hunter and gets hyped up by my friends to play, only to play for a few hours before leaving it to gather dust on my shelf. I think that streak has ended with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, however.

    Whether you're a long time fan or someone looking to get into the series, MH4U is the pinnacle of the MH series. The tutorial has been streamlined and doesn't get in the way of veterans while also providing a deep and superbly paced learning curve for newbies. You are only taught what you need to know at any point in the game. No longer are you bombarded by jargon and features you don't understand all at once.

    The combat is mostly the same methodical weighted combat that has existed over each other version of the series, which is good. Much like the Dark Souls franchise, every swing, hit, and miss is felt. And it makes you want to get better at the weapon you choose. And boy are there weapons to choose from. What's great about MH is that every weapon is so different and unique in playstyle, that it completely changes the way you play the game. A great sword user's experience in MH for example will be greatly different from that of a bowgun user, and so forth. It makes you feel that much more unique when you master a single weapon style. And in MH4U, they've added two more brand new weapon styles; the insect glaive and the charge blade, adding even more diversity to the line-up. The insect glaive being the most fun addition (in my opinion) as it allows you to vault and potentially mount monsters with a new mechanic that I think was inspired by Capcom's other franchise Dragon's Dogma.

    The new mount mechanic sounds simple but it adds a whole new layer of fun, especially when combined with a more intuitive and easier way to climb ledges and cliffs. Jumping off of a giant cliff and landing on the back of a giant flying monster beneath you while stabbing and simultaneously trying to hold on is exhilarating. It is by far my favorite new mechanic of the game. It also seems to have replaced swimming. Which is a welcome removal.

    Along with the change in environmental traversing, the environments themselves have been redesigned to cater to the new mounting mechanic. Not only that, but the new approach to the "storyline" of the game means that you will travel to many new areas and locales. On top of this, there are new things called "Expeditions". Expeditions allow you to travel to a new "area" without leaving your current hub. These have an infinite time limit and are a bit more linear in nature. Your ultimate goal being to get from the start to the end and completing objectives along the way. It's a nice change of pace from the normal large map hunting and a great location palette cleanser. Expeditions along with the "caravanning" story arch make for a great way to make each area feel fresh and new.

    Add a streamlined multiplayer experience that makes finding games easier than ever, along with a new hunter card sharing system and quest trading system, and you have the most complete and fun Monster Hunter yet. I can't recommend MH4U enough. Go grab it!
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  6. Jan 9, 2016
    9
    Monster Hunter is a series known for its complexity as much as it is for its battles with large monsters. This iteration does a much betterMonster Hunter is a series known for its complexity as much as it is for its battles with large monsters. This iteration does a much better job of introducing its mechanics. This is the most accessible Monster Hunter yet and also features enough new weapons to appeal to vets as well. The biggest change in gameplay comes from the verticality that is in this game. Scaling a wall and jumping off onto a monster to stab them repeatedly in the back is both tense and satisfying. Monster Hunter games are loot driven games and MH4 is no different. Its a enjoyable loop of hunting down your monster, grabbing materials from its corspe to turn into a cool set of gear so that you can tackle tougher monsters. Its also aided by some great free DLC as well. Expand
  7. Jul 4, 2015
    0
    I just failed a 2 hour long time line quest for the 5th time cause of the "boss" (G. jagi) just ran away when i came close to killing it, onceI just failed a 2 hour long time line quest for the 5th time cause of the "boss" (G. jagi) just ran away when i came close to killing it, once it started to run it was impossible to stun it. impossible to catch up to it. it was immune to all kind of crowd control whatsoever. mines didn't work, nothing worked. i've literary spent 10 hours straight chasing a boss that only runs away Expand

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