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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: a noob’s journey – part two

Monday, 25 March 2013 10:07 GMT By Dave Cook

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is really starting to make sense to series virgin Dave Cook. Join him as he slaughters a community of cat-people, gets mugged and is mauled by sea beasts.

I’m totally understanding how this game works now. See, it’s a lot like Dark Souls in that you have to figure a lot of things out for yourself, but with a little perseverance the genius of its grand quests and crafting mechanics start to shine through.

Last week I charted my very first experience with the Monster Hunter series, as a way of showing how it all works and how it feels to be a newcomer in what can appear to be a very complicated game. Check out part one of my blog here.

It’s hardcore, make no mistake, but like anything in life, you’ll figure it out by simply giving it a try. Experimentation helps a lot, so don’t be afraid to poke the game with a metaphorical stick to every now and then to see what happens.

As with last week’s blog, I’ve made a video diary of my journey to show you how the game works. Here’s part two, in which I get mugged on the road by feline bandits, get murdered by the final boss (already!?), and cultivate crops with poo.

I’m honestly not making this up, look:

Quest your ass off

So what’s new this week? Well, I managed to repair the local guild base which means I can start accepting Guild Quests, and I quickly realised that these are the life-blood of Monster Hunter.

You walk up to the quest counter and are given a whopping list of available quests. Some ask you to slaughter a set number of beasts, while others task you with gathering specific resources out in the world.

It all starts to sound really daunting when the Guild Leader tells you that each quest can be failed, and are all set to a time limit. Sometimes there are even strict rules at play. But the first set of quests all have a 40-minute time limit, and that’s honestly more than enough.

So off I went in search of Jaggi hide – which are those odd raptor things I fought in my first video. The problem is, you aren’t always told what part of the map your specific monster is hiding in. At first I felt massively intimidated, and had all of these images of me meandering like a fool while my time limit trickled away.

Luckily the game spawns in more of what you need, so you’re never too far from the specific monster type required. I set about the Jaggi with my new katana – which is STILL annoyingly inaccurate to swing – and completed the quest without breaking a sweat.

Once you finish the quest you go back to the village and collect your money and loot rewards. One thing I should also point out is that the game tracks every monster you kill on each excursion. Kills are then converted into Resource Points.

You can spend these points at the resource stockpile in the village for rare items. You can even convert everyday items like herbs and mushrooms into resource points. It’s a great way of saving up for high-level items without having to actually pay for them.

So with the Jaggi quest done I accepted my next chore, which was to harvest some delicious-sounding ‘monster guts’. I already knew that the nearby sea creatures had this item, so I headed to the shore and dived into the drink.

Aquatic games

The creatures didn’t put up much of a fight and you have an insanely big oxygen meter, so I managed to get some of the monster guts no problem. But then the music turned sinister. I turned around puzzled as to what he commotion was about.

Then there, in the distance was what I think is the game’s final boss Lagiacrus, swimming towards me, hurling fizzling balls of electric death at me. I started to panic like a fool and accidentally started harvesting from a nearby monster corpse by mistake.

After he took a severe chunk off my health I swam back to dry land and kept on running like a coward. The bugger wasn’t going to let me get anywhere near the monster guts, so I had to find another body of water to farm them in. I took a route across the map and came across a small cave where a community of cat-people lived.

They were just pottering around, mewing and not doing very much, until I started swinging at them with my katana of course. They didn’t like that one bit and started fighting back. It was futile as I managed to kill them all, and yes, I felt really guilty afterwards. Watch the video above, it’s brutal.

Anyway, I emerged from my bout of feline genocide and continued to the coast, where I came across a valley full of black-furred cat people. They mugged me. I’m not kidding, then ran towards me and started hitting me with their staffs, nicking an item off me each time. I don’t know if it was some sort of karma but they took my gear and ran off.

Feeling slightly embarrassed I reached the shore and found that Lagiacrus was nowhere to be seen, so I dived in and started farming monster guts again. But would you know it? He appeared again and hit me with his lightning blast which stunned me to the spot. With no way to escape he took his sweet time and knocked me unconscious.

Once you come to a bunch of cat-people take you back to camp on a stretcher and toss you into the dirt. It’s very weird. You also lose a slice of your cash reward but you can just dust yourself off and head back into the world to finish the active quest.

Stay safe

So, what have I learned this week? Pick your battles. I really shouldn’t have stuck around when Lagiacrus appeared, and I guess this really does make Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate similar to Dark Souls. If you can’t fight, just be smart and run.

Thankfully the penalties for failure aren’t as harsh as I thought they’d be, so my advice is to not be afraid when trying things. The amount of item combinations is insane too, as you can craft everything from cures, armour and weapons, to fishing bait needed to catch very particular species of fish.

It’s a deep game, but I’d urge anyone playing it to not get intimidated and simply try things. The rewards for just playing around with item recipes are gratifying, and you’re always earning new items. It’s a decent pace that will keep you going well into the 100+ quests on offer.

So, I’m no longer a noob, but will I stick around? Yeah definitely. It’s fun, really daft in places and holds immense depth. It may take me many months to complete given my busy schedule, but the bite-size nature of quests makes it easy to dip into. That in itself is quite the achievement for something so vast.

What do you think? Have you played Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate? Might you try it now after reading this? Let us know below.

Disclosure: To assist with writing this piece, Nintendo sent Dave a copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U. No merchandise or advertising was offered or accepted.

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13 Comments

  1. locus2k1

    Great to see you’re still at it Dave, I’m still waiting on my microphone to arrive in the post, but I have started to put some HD videos together for the quests involved in Moga Village:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/locus2k1/videos

    Uploading my epic 24 minute battle with Lagiacrus at the moment :D Never used the Switch Axe before (SnS and Long Sword in previous games) so it re-introduces a challenge trying to find new openings

    Dark Soul fans really should check this game out

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Showmeyomoves!

    Great read, Dave. Here’s a tip for when you’re stunned, though: mash those buttons and wiggle that stick! Wiggle that stick like you’ve never wiggled a stick before!

    That came out wrong. Anyway. Wiggling the control stick will get you out of a stunned state quicker.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @2 Hah, many thanks :D I’ll bear that in mind for next time.

    @1 Yep, Dark Souls fans will love it.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mistermogul

    I’m tempted to get this for a long flight I have coming up but can I just ask – do you actually play towards a certain goal or is there not really an ending as such?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TimX93

    @4 There is not actually an ending, there is not even a real story.

    @Dave: Lagia is not the final boss .. to be honest, it is one of the weaker monster in the game considering it’s the ~15th out of 50 monsters :D great read by the way!

    I’ve already spent about 120h hunting (60 offline, 60 online) and still feel as if I’ve just scratched the surface. MH3U is a VERY huge game and worth every cent.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    Nice article Dave.

    It’s been good to read as this is my first Monster Hunter too, glad you are enjoying it! :)

    I must have put in about 40 hours now;

    Have cleared Level 1 & 2 Guild Quest but am struggling alot on Level 3. I think I need to craft some more kick ass weapons!

    Dabbled a bit in the multi-player which was awesome; Did a 4 player hunt for a ‘Gobul’, which was one of my favourite moments in recent gaming. Really exciting trying to work as a team trying to track and kill the beast. Got some sweet loot too!

    There are some too many epic bits to mention but it has def won me over, and am def getting the same ‘Dark Souls’ vibe.

    Edit:

    My build started ‘Hammer’, then have gone ‘Switch Axe’ which was cool, although have just made a really nice ‘Gun Lance’ which I will try tonight :)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @6 thanks :D Yeah I’m really liking it. Just need more time to put into it. The Dark Souls vibe is awesome isn’t it?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    @4

    It’s crazy addictive once you get into a ryhthm, the flight will literally ‘fly by’! :)

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mistermogul

    @8 – lol think I better get me some MH then!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. locus2k1

    @5 well… there sort of is a storyline, in the Moga Village you do try to find out the cause of the Earthquakes and put a stop to them, but there is very VERY little Dialogue.

    Hey, there is even a “twist” near the end ;)

    oh, Lagiacrus fight finished uploading!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF6BAyAA5HM

    I’m a Switch-Axe noob, but I do look forward to being as good with it as I can be with Hammer on a Rathian ^^; (a la link below)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6BRPaN9AmE

    #10 2 years ago
  11. polygem

    i enjoyed a monster hunter game on the psp (was fun – controls not so much but was addictive). it did not make me a fan though. i tried tri again on wii but couldn´t really get into it. it´s not exactly my cup of tea but if i would still own a wiiu i´d pick it up.i planned to but now wiiu´s gone. that´s ok though. maybe i´ll get the 3ds version later. that said, i now looked into soul sacrifice a bit more (thx for the reminder mg) and i really like the vibe and the flow of the gameplay. looks promising, looks smoother than monster hunter, a bit more casual maybe, but i think that´s exactly what i like about it :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Wildartist83

    @Dave Cook – my brother and I have been playing this series since it was on the PSP and have introduced a number of people to it, yet over the years, no one has taken the time to do a truly in-depth article about Monster Hunter and it’s finer points. So on behalf of all my monster hunting buddies, thank you! Please continue to enlighten the community about what is by far, my favorite video game franchise.

    A tip, try out different weapons on the monsters you encounter. Depending on the type of wyvern you’re fighting, how fast or slow they move and what element type they are, you could find dual blades a better choice or a gunlance if you still want a little defense while getting up close and personal. Hammers are great if you practice with them, as they’re slow and you need to be precise with the timing should you decide to stop a charging monster with it. Bows have a new attack that allow you to rain arrows over your prey and coupled with the right armor, can be devastating.

    Happy hunting!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Digital Bamboo

    Enjoying this series of blogs.

    I asked my sister to mail me a copy of Monster Hunter Tri for Wii, but I’m secretly hoping that she couldn’t find one so I have an excuse to get it on the Wii U…when I eventually get one. May have to pick up a PSP MH game to tide me over until then.

    Looking forward to part 3!

    #13 2 years ago

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    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]