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More Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Story and Setting Details Emerge

Posted by Karen Halloran

Where elite hunters lead, we follow

While gleefully carving a kill or cracking open the post-hunt box, it's easy to forget about the human element of the Monster Hunter series. At its heart Monster Hunter is about people — people who hunt monsters a lot, some of whom get exceptionally good at it. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's story will follow one such group of elite hunters, known as the Lead Hunters, as they are presumably hired to travel around the world to troubled locations where no-one else can help. One such place is Dondruma Town, which previously served as the multiplayer hub in Monster Hunter 2, where the main action of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be set.

For gameplay features, difficulty ranks have also been added to both village and multiplayer quests from their earlier limits in Monster Hunter 4. Previously restricted to low-rank quests, hunters may now impress the village's locals by taking on high-rank quests, and the multiplayer hub sees a similar difficulty bump from its previous maximum tier of high-rank quests to top out at G-rank. Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and director Kaname Fujioka discuss more of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's new features in the video, including a glimpse of a new felyne hunter's helper action:

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Can't wait to see the Lead Hunters in action? Want to see them prove that they're all that and a bag of Tanzia chips? Think one of them is absolutely dreamy? Please get commenting!


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Tigus said:

AYE SIR!! SWEET we can jump now, thats exactly what I was thinking about while playing last night



Kaze_Memaryu said:

I hope the new content will also mean that the story will go on a bit longer. I like good story elements in my games. ^_^

@Mega719 You're somewhat late for that. Now it would only cause copious amounts of problems.



XCWarrior said:

I wish they should a bit longer pieces of gameplay footage, and less of those two talking. But still can't wait for "early 2015." I hope that doesn't mean June.



Hy8ogen said:

Still not on Wii U? Sigh.....Everytime I see an article about MH4U, I'm secretly hoping there will be a Wii U version annouced. Until then I will keep hoping.



HappyHappyist said:

my 3DS broke. does the 2DS have a CPP add-on? if not, I'll need to get a 3DS instead, but I prefer the 2DS.



eaglebob345 said:

@Mega719 Don't stop believing! I would love to play with my Wii U bretheren (have both and prefer the 3DS), but I wish that Wii U owners were not left out.



Iggly said:

As much as I love the Wii U, there's no way I'll be missing this amazing game. If they do announce a Wii U version, I'd gladly double dip.



TimeGuy said:

What a shock. Another article about MH4U and more comments about the Wii U. You guys are beating a horse that has been long dead.



JaxonH said:

@HappyHappyist Not that I know of but my advice would be to get a 3DS XL for all your monster hunting. This is one game where the bigger screen will really make a difference



JaxonH said:

Exactly. There's no way I'm missing this game- I don't care what system it's on! If it ever DOES come to Wii U, I'll gladly double dip too.



Gameday said:

A Hunting we shall go , A Hunting we shall go , Hi Ho The Derry-O A Hunting We Shall Go ~



AVahne said:

Nice. Hope it WON'T be on Wii U. Capcom's already in financial trouble, porting this over will only be a waste of money for them.



ollietaro said:

I always wanted to know....just what do Tanzia chips do?!! (They reused a town from MonHun 2? I guess it's technically new to west folks)



Iggly said:

@ollietaro Tanzia Chips speeds up your health recovery rate and heals the red bar in your health. Really useful if you take heavy damage.



HappyHappyist said:

This game alone is enough for me to shell out extra cash and buy ANOTHER 3DS (RIP, my ambassador 3DS </3). When you point it out, a larger screen (with 3D) is probably better for a game like this.



IceClimbers said:

Seriously, why is it when 3DS owners ask for a game that's exclusive on Wii U, they get their heads bitten off by Wii U owners and are called "fake Nintendo fans", yet those same people will go and beg for 3DS exclusives to come to Wii U?

Double standards right there. Knock it off, Wii U owners. If you want MH4U, buy a 3DS.



LasermasterA said:

For the past half year, my 3DS XL has existed for the sole purpose of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate with some other games strewn in between. I doubt its purpose would change after this game comes out, especially now that it has online

Can't wait for this game! Gotta sharpen up my long sword, great sword, dual blades and switch axe!



ollietaro said:

@Iggly Do you know how long the duration lasts for the Tanzia chips? Do you use it to heal red health once or does it speed health recovery for a long period of time? Is it basically like having the Health Rec. skill?



SphericalCrusher said:

The little gameplay that was shown in that video was so epic. Can't wait for this game! I still play MH3U frequently....



Iggly said:

@ollietaro I'm not really sure how long the duration lasts for the Tanzia chips as I don't really time it whenever I use it but it lasts for quite a while. It instantly heals the red health at once after that it'll act as a health recovery skill until it wears off. You can use them either way, but I personally wait to use the Tanzia chips until that moment where you take heavy damage since it really saves the amount of potions you gotta use.



ollietaro said:

@Iggly thank-you for this helpful new knowledge. I usually use Mega potions whenever I take damage but of course it heals red health first which makes it heal less green health. Do you also bring 10 Potions and 10 honey like I do? That way it's like carrying 20 Mega potions. Also, there's not usually enough time to take two healing items consecutively but I guess I could make it work. I also bring farcaster (and 10 combinable) to Abyssal Lagi fights and sometimes don't end up using any Mega potions at all b/c I just keep using the base camp bed.



Iggly said:

@ollietaro I don't usually bring 10 honey with me, but I will if I'm gonna face a Monster like Alatreon and Dire Miralis. For me it's usually 10 herbs, 10 potions, 10 mega potions, and 5 Tanzia Chips for every quest that isn't Alatreon and Dire Miralis. I usually bring farcasters with me since they're a good way to escape from battle if you can't find the opportunity to heal. [Plus you can snag some items from the item box if the supplies have been delivered.]



ollietaro said:

@Iggly I always bring 10 honey even if I don't end up using them. I usually just avoid Alatreon and Dire Miralis hunts altogether :b although I would like the Gushing Magmas necessary to finish upgrading the G.Rathian poison gunlance, however the lucent poison gunlance has been helpful with 30% affinity but less poison.



Iggly said:

@ollietaro You should try finishing the G. Rathian gunlance since I saw my friend use it in some of our hunts and I gotta say it's quite effective.

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