Monster Hunter Tri has come to the UK, and we went looking for some reveiws. Here at the House we have always been a little cynical about these games, but the this franchise which is hugely popular in Japan has been reborn with this latest release. Read IGN's review here, where it was given a score of 9.3.
It has always been seen by western gamers as a bit of a cult franchise, with less of the appeal to fantasy fans here than the likes of Final Fantasy and Zelda. But with a few changes in gameplay, in-game world and a little aggressive marketing from Nintendo it has been vastly improved and will no doubt reach a much more mainstream audience in the long term.
It does much to please its ardent followers though. While the hours-long tutorial levels seen on PSP have been replaced by much more concise and enjoyable explanations of the gameplay, much preparation is still needed for a fight. Fans of the old games will see this as doing it the "right way", you can't just go bombing into a fight with a huge beast without putting in the ground work against bugs and the like. This amount of time spent, though, might still be too much for many younger gamers, though any fan of Zelda may recognise and get the similar principles on show here.