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Matters of Import: Welcome To The Terrifying Yet Accessible World Of Monster Hunter 4

Posted by Kerry Brunskill

Something to get your teeth stuck into

Monster Hunter 4 is the latest and greatest in Capcom’s endlessly popular series of wildlife-bothering games, bringing even more areas to explore and new monsters to turn into breastplates and boots. Thankfully hunters come prepared for these new challenges with two new weapon types and the all-new ability to mount larger enemies and deal them massive damage.

Once you’ve created your chosen hunter and their Felyne companion it’s time to grit your teeth and make your way through the often-dreaded tutorial section. The pleasant surprise is that Monster Hunter 4 refuses to give you dreary busywork and instead has the sand ship you’re on under attack from an enormous new elder dragon: Daren Moran. One hat rescue later and you’ve learnt everything from camera controls to cannon firing in the most painless way possible and are all fired up and ready to start doing some real monster hunting the instant the impressive CG sequence ends.

As with all other Monster Hunter games, the town acts as a hub and is where you’ll create or buy new equipment, eat food cooked by Felyne chefs and take on new quests. Balbare is the first place you visit after the Daren Moran attack on your sand ship, and is the place where you'll find your feet as a hunter. The initial quests are pretty run of the mill — just a few simple hunting and gathering tasks to ease you into the action and to help you become more familiar with the new Ruins Plain area before you’re required to attack anything really dangerous.

Impatient or experienced hunters will be happy to learn that it doesn't take very long at all to tackle bigger prey once the new players have been set off on their way. The new Insect Staff and Charge Axe weapon types bringing new tactics even to well-hunted foes like the good old Yian Kut-Ku. Hunters who like to tackle bigger adversaries can find even tougher challenges through download quests, and even this early on in the game's lifespan there are already pages of special event and challenge battles against groups of some of the toughest dragons and wyverns in the entire series.

Monster Hunter 4 is yet another hit in an already flawless series and balances the old and the new well. Newcomers will find a game that takes care to explain the basics in a practical way with brief snippets of advice coming as the situation arises rather than info-dumped all at once before the quest starts and forgotten soon after. Experienced fans have some very interesting new weaponry to play with in unfamiliar territory and will no doubt enjoy making use of the new mount mechanic on both old and new enemies. This is a deep game that isn't afraid to test long-time fans to their limits but at the same time takes care to not alienate those less skilled or less knowledgeable with the series, either. Rewarding and enjoyable whether you've got thirty minutes or three hours to spare, Monster Hunter 4 is without doubt a crown jewel in the 3DS’ library.

We'll be revisiting Monster Hunter 4 a lot this year, feeding you information about the game right up to its (still unannounced) western release. Keep your eyes peeled.

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User Comments (35)

Shiryu

#1

Shiryu said:

Great read. Looking forward to Capcom's announcing localization of this for the West during this year.

ricklongo

#3

ricklongo said:

Maybe by reading these pieces I'll finally be bothered to actually play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Wii U. I traded my copy of Arkham City Armored Edition for it last year, but the release schedule since then hasn't let me actually find time to go through it.

Volmun

#4

Volmun said:

I really want this game... but i dont think we (UK/EU/US) Will get it untill 4G

Spoony_Tech

#5

Spoony_Tech said:

Most anticipated game of 2014! At least it better be 2014. Wonder if Capcom will go digital only for this like Ace Attorney?!

Warruz

#6

Warruz said:

This articles....such a tease. But if the next few articles can cover things like the new environments and new weapons and how they handle that would be cool, also that new bug monster type.

shigulicious

#7

shigulicious said:

I made one resolution this new year. To not buy any video games. My backlog is over 100 and I receive free games via ps plus, games for gold and club Nintendo. If this gets released in the US this year, I will be buying at least one game. I could wait on Mario Kart or Smash, but knowing that fellow hunters are leveling up on a new MH while I plow through a 3 year old xbox360 game would kill me.

ICHIkatakuri

#8

ICHIkatakuri said:

Every time I make a resolution to have a break from MH3U (as after sinking 300 hours into one game I feel as though I should play something else) a new monster hunter story comes out and I go and boot it up again for another few weeks!

eviLaTtenDant

#9

eviLaTtenDant said:

Don't think i'll ever take the time to bother with any Japanese for a game. I would buy it if it ever came to Europe though. :)

Ailingforale

#10

Ailingforale said:

I got excited for this article until I realized it wasn't a "this is when it's come'n to NA!" article. That made my heart-shaped place hurt a little.

shigulicious

#11

shigulicious said:

@ICHIkatakuri I love MH3U. I haven't played it in months however. But when I do I'm sure I'll get hooked all over again. Same time happened in Tri. I played for about 400 hours and forced myself to put it away. Time went by, decided to boot it up again and I poured 200 more hours into it. These MH games are dangerous.

cfgk24

#13

cfgk24 said:

Capcom have (paid) employed a Monster Hunter Community Officer for the West. . They would not be doing this if they were not planning on bringing MH4 to the West. . . .

CanisWolfred

#14

CanisWolfred said:

Having a news Story about Monster Hunter 4, but it's a "Matter of Imports"...jerks....

But seriously, I'm hyped enough for this game as it is! D=

Arcamenel

#15

Arcamenel said:

I put more than 400 hours in MH3U on my 3DS and really hope this is coming to the west.

SphericalCrusher

#16

SphericalCrusher said:

As with everyone, I am dying for a western release! I too put in 500ish hours in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate... so my body and mind are ready for this!

Windy

#17

Windy said:

I was turned off by Monster Hunter Ultimate on 3DS due too the fact you could not play it online with your friends. I hope I can forgive you for that Mistake Capcom. I'm not about to buy a Wii-U to play a 3DS game online. If the Wii-U will announce more RPG's I will then get one but not until that time. There isn't 1 game im interested in on Wii-U

ollietaro

#20

ollietaro said:

I've logged 740+ hours in MH3U 3DS and still going. I've succeeded up to 8* port quests solo (except 1* which I did with a group). I need 1 more Allfire Stone to complete the Gold Rathian gunner armor set (waist). This game took hold of me back in April and I've been playing ever since :) I am going to ask my friends for help again to conquer the double monster arena quests.

mhoving

#23

mhoving said:

The series is still a niche, but the fanbase is growing. It would be a dumb move on Capcoms part not to release the game in the west. I know they are greedy barstewards, but keeping western fans from mayor installments would make sure it never gets big here.

I'm hyped for mh4, but I still have enough to do in mh3u, so I can still wait :p.

bizcuthammer

#24

bizcuthammer said:

This game better get released and marketed well here. There are more than enough MH fans in the west to justify a release. Maybe not as many as in Japan, but it still has a good enough following to make not localising MH4 a crime in the most torturous order.

Xiao_Pai

#28

Xiao_Pai said:

Mistook this for a localization announcement. T.T
Come on Capcom! I want Magara and Tigrex to crush me already! xD

yojo

#31

yojo said:

Just beat the single player today after 50+ Hours. Such a fantastic game, really crossing my fingers for localization.

Xiao_Pai

#32

Xiao_Pai said:

That reminds me...I hope you (NL) actually continue to do MH4 videos...you did one last year, then stopped. >.>

DamoAdmin

#33

Damo said:

@Mizore We know, we know. You can be assured that the MH4 videos will indeed continue from this point onwards - I think you'll like the video content we have lined up :)

Xiao_Pai

#34

Xiao_Pai said:

@Damo Good, lol. Though I've seen some of the monsters already, I need to keep video watching to a minimum. (I want the new guys to crush me easily, like in Tri. xD) Though I've already seen Ajara and the spider thing, and a couple of the returning monsters.

element187

#35

element187 said:

@Volmun I honestly see them doing mh4 for 3ds and MHF on Wii u in the west. Would probably be the cheapest way to bring MH to both Ninty systems.

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