Monster Hunter 4 just misses perfect score in Famitsu, Farming Simulator rated

By Dave Cook
5 September 2013 10:45 GMT

Monster Hunter 4 and Farming Simulator are this week’s key Famitsu reviews, with Capcom’s RPG just missing out on a perfect score.

Polygon reports that Famitsu’s four reviewers scored Monster Hunter 4 38/40 with a 10/10/9/9 breakdown.

From the article, Famitsu editor Reona Ebihara said, “Seeing your base change locations as you go about your hunting life adds more of a story element to the proceedings. There’s a fair amount of new content, from the weapons to the exploration elements, and it feels great. In particular, I like how you can look up or down any way you like, without having viewpoints divided up by level. The StreetPass and online co-op expand the opportunities for play here a great deal, too.”

Freelancer Rolling Uchizawa added, “The game’s action elements and strategy have been beefed up, thanks to battles letting you take advantage of the landscape, ride on foes, and so on. The controls and data you get are complex, but there are more new weapons and things to explore, making for a really deep game. A sense of done-it-all-before does run through the title, but as a communication tool it’s a complete package that you can play for a long time.”

Elsewhere, Giants Software’s Farming Simulator scored 32/40, with Uchizawa saying, “It’s more of a farm-equipment simulator than a ‘farming’ one per se. In a way it’s a shock that this hasn’t been done before. The fun inherent in controlling these intricately-detailed real-life machines is sort of like what you get operating a robot; there’s a real sense of excitement here. Still, there are a lot of buttons you have to use, so it’s hard to get used to. Farming is overall a pretty low-key experience, but if you can enjoy that sort of diligent work…”

What do you make of the appraisals above? Let us know below.

Monster Hunter 4 hits 3DS in Japan September 14.

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