OPINION: oprainfall’s Hunters Discuss Monster Hunter

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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The year 2004 saw the release of a totally new PS2 game from Capcom, which went by the name of  Monster Hunter. Since then, eight more games have been released in the main series, as well as a Japan-only MMO and a handful of spin-offs. The series is huge over there; the Capcom bar over in Tokyo has some Monster Hunter-themed dishes in its honour, my personal favourite being the green tea-flavoured ice-cream rolled into the shape of Cha-Cha’s head.

Monster Hunter

This would be a good thing to eat first thing in the morning.

The latest entry in the series, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, will be hitting stores across the Americas today, and will be arriving at European and Australasian stories in a few day’s time. To celebrate its release, the hunters at oprainfall have all gathered to discuss a couple of questions regarding their preferences when they sit down to go hunting. Hopefully, you’ll learn a little about the way we play.

So please, read on to hear a little about our Monster Hunter experiences!

The Almighty Weapon

Where would a hunter be without their trusty weapons? The first thing I asked the staff was which weapons they use, as well as how they got into the series, if they wished to say.

Charlotte Buckingham, Co-Editorial Head: I like slow, heavy-hitting weapons; ones where I can feel the power with every punch. As such, I wield the hammer and the great sword primarily. In MH3U, I’m going to look into picking up the hunting horn and the bow.

David Rawlings, Editor: Switch-axe – it’s a sword and an axe. It’s the best of both worlds and the feeling of ‘reloading’ makes it feel more of a beast weapon than any other. I also like how one design looks like you’re carrying a giant waffle on your back. Mmmm, waffles.

Phil Schipper, Reviewer: I bought Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii on a whim. I had some free money about to expire, and it was one of my only options, so I had nothing to lose. While it was shipping, I asked a few friends about it, and to my horror, they told me that it was heavy on grinding. I don’t mind a little leveling in RPGs, but the way they said it, it was as if grinding was the entire point of the game. I wasn’t so sure I’d like it at that point.

I started my way through the story and trudged my way through the boring tutorial missions. For a while, it was just okay, and I didn’t get much into it. Then I got to my first boss battle, the Great Jaggi fight, and everything changed. It was all action, reflexes, and learning my opponent’s every move. If I didn’t get it just right, I’d be punished. That’s when I got hooked. Who cared if I had to grind by fighting some of these battles over and over? The battles were FUN. Every time I did it, I’d get a bit better at it, too.

The only problem I had with the game was the time investment. I’m a pretty busy guy, and things come up a lot. The fact that most stages have 50 minutes as a TIME LIMIT tells you why I never got to the end. Though it’ll take me some getting used to the 3DS controls, I’m excited to go on some quick hunts in the future.

Monster Hunter

A hunter who has donned Ceadeus armour and is holding the Great Inceadeus, a powerful water-aligned switch-axe.

Jodie Langford, Translator: I am a switch-axe lover. It was the one weapon I found not too fast or slow, and the one weapon I seemed to excel at. The sword mode of the SA managed to satisfy my need for a gutsy blow, especially the burst of energy you got from the charged attack, not to mention the adrenaline in the fight. The switch-axe is a smooth but heavy weapon. It also allows you to make your friends fly. All in all one, of the most fun weapons. With Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate though, I am eager to try out the dual swords and the bow.

Lyndon King, Writer: Monster Hunter was a random encounter for me as I remember seeing it all the time at a game rental store, and the guy working there told me the game worked only online. At the time I had no idea how to play the ps2 online, and this was before I really knew about looking for info on games. Becauuse I was told that about the game I never rented it, but a while later I decided to give it a shot and see because I thought, why would there ever be a ps2 game that’s online only? Since that day, I have never regretted playing it and now love the series because it was different to me; it was new and interesting, and the music and look of the game was wonderful. Years down the road I got to play it online and was amazed that I could be in my own room, playing a game on my ps2 with people all over. So in short,  my first-time experience with the series was pure random chance and a good guess by myself.

For weapons, it ranges depending on which game in the series I’m playing, but overall I’d have to say either the  switch-axe or the dual blades. I always loved dual weapons, and, well, the switch axe was like a combination of my favourite weapons; swords and axes. It made me feel like I have full freedom to be either slow and powerful or faster and less powerful, and at any time I choose.

Tyler Lubben, Writer: My love affair with Monster Hunter began after a friend told me about Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii. For some reason, hacking oversized monsters to death with weapons as big as you sounded appealing to me, plus, I was sure I’d be better at it than him.

When I was initially selecting my weapon of choice, I decided I wanted to go with the slowest, hardest-hitting weapon there was. My reasoning was that it would likely be fairly tricky to learn, but I could probably be a force once I got the hang of it. This is how I got my hands on my first hammer, and I haven’t looked back since. There is something incredibly satisfying about finding that small window of opportunity where you can smash a monster’s head in seconds before it can make you its next meal.

Monster Hunter

A wicked dragon-aligned hammer made from Alatreon parts; the Tri’s final online boss.

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  • I’m a Greatsword user, at first I found it hard to use but now I’m much better with it, knowing when to attack and when to charge up attacks.

    My favourite monster is also Jhen Mohran, I love how different the fight is from anything else. Looking forward to fighting the Crystal Jhen Mohran in MH3U.

  • MusubiKazesaru

    I initially used the Sword & Shield, but I found it to be extremely lacking, so I tried out the lance and fell in love with it’s decent power, excellent defense, and not completely crippling speed. The hammer is a fun weapon particularly because of it’s devastating spin attack. My short experiences with the Dual Blades, Gunlance, and Long Sword have been great, though I’ve always found range weapons to be lacking. The Hunting Horn confuses me at the moment, but it seems pretty fun. The Switch Axe is pretty great too, but the GreatSword has always been too slow for my tastes. Honestly I’m looking forward to the full experience with this game

  • The lance is my one and only 😀 It combines both piercing blows and hardened defense and makes the ultimate weapon in my opinion. I also had a really good time using my switch-axe in Tri aswell. I haven’t had that much of a chance to use the newer weapons (hunting horn excluded) but the all seems to be quite useful and different…

    Other than that: CLUB + BAGPIPES = FTW! ^_^ Also the Qurupeco and Great Ludroth will always be my favourite monsters! 🙂