Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate opening movie, battle trailer
posted on 03.11.13 at 04:54 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Prepare for your dual screen hunt, due out next Tuesday.

A week ahead of its North American launch, Capcom has published the opening cinematic and a brand new battle trailer for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Watch both clips below. The game’s due out next Tuesday, March 18 for Wii U and 3DS.

Opening Cinematic

Battle Trailer

  • gold163

    Oh goodness. The gameplay clips hit all the right notes, but the way the trailer itself is directed… it’s interesting to highlight the incredible contrast between how Capcom markets the game to the Japanese, their home team; and the westerners, the struggling but dedicated demographic. The difference in tone between the trailer and the opening cinematic are staggering. It’s also funny to see how it seems to be reflected in the tone of the Youtube comments for each video (not that those are a reliable indicator of… well, anything, really).

    No real complaints, just that the battle trailer feels a bit silly, almost like they were trying to ship you a summer blockbuster. You know, “IN A WORLD…” kind of stuff. I can almost imagine someone buying the game based on the trailer, popping the cart into their 3DS, and going, “… What the HELL is this??”

    • kerriganmarois

      Maybe you can help me out, this game always looks interesting, but I have no idea what this game is beyond its title. Is it an rpg? Does it have a story tied with it? Are those people in your single player party or are they online people? Can I loot stuff for better weapons? Why am I killing all the wildlife?

      Every trailer I see for this series tells me nothing about the actual game.

      • gold163

        It is an action-RPG game. There is a story, but it is not the focus of the game. Monster Hunter is typically structured around multiplayer although there are also offline single-player elements. I suppose the closest comparison to make would be the Phantasy Star Online games, if you’ve played those. In Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, when you play single-player, you can take along two computer-controlled companions, but otherwise the single-player is very largely the same focus as the multiplayer. Since the game is structured around multiplayer, teamwork is important and encouraged. You will definitely get more out of the game if you play with others, although certain aspects of the single-player make playing it very beneficial.

        The focus of the game is to complete quests, and the majority of these involve hunting the wildlife (often battling huge monsters). You reap the rewards, carve items off of the monsters you’ve killed or gather items from the environment, and use these items (of varying rarity) to craft stronger equipment from recipes. It is very grind-based, but Monster Hunter is also very action-focused compared to its contemporaries like PSO or MMOs. There is finesse involved in learning how to use the weapons, attack combinations, dodging, and learning monster patterns, with the larger monsters (making up the majority of the game’s content) acting essentially as boss fights.

        If you want to learn more about the game, there is a demo available for the Wii U and 3DS. The third generation of Monster Hunter games (MH3, MH3U, and MH Portable 3rd) are by far the most accessible and in my opinion the best entry point for the series. Although, at this point the original Monster Hunter Tri is obsolete and the servers will be shutting down in April.

        Some links if you do get into the series:

        http://teamworkcast.com/

        http://socialdissonance.com/forum/index.php

        http://myfairhunter.com/

        For videos on gameplay, I would recommend looking up Teamworkcast on Youtube, as well as MyFairHunter and icemannoob.

        • kerriganmarois

          Wow, Thanks for all the info. I don’t think I’ll be picking this up, but it sounds really awesome for people that are into multi-player.

  • PrinceHeir

    can’t wait :)