THEY’RE! FREAKIN’ MUTANTS! First Impressions of #MH4U.


Monster Hunter 4G (Official Japanese site)

Monster Hunter 4 (Official Japanese site)

In Japan, the title is “Monster Hunter 4G.”

I am impressed by my tolerance and patience sometime. So, I’ve returned to MH4 and there’s already a lot to work with. I was so happy that there were weapon tutorials because I didn’t know what weapon to start with. Is there even a new weapon? Despite there being fourteen? Yea yeah, I’m greedy.

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Now I have a lot of respect for the charge blade, the insect glaive and the hunting horn. Long sword has always been a favorite, but its wide, restricted swings in combination with glitching has been an issue during battle.

Game has no chill at it starts. You’re sailing to Val Habar, and as a tutorial for the controls, you get to fight an Elder Dragon. One of the largest monsters in this game’s series, Mohran.

I noticed a rainforest like theme. There are many exotic jungle animals outside of the familiar dragons. A humongous spider, a gorilla, a shark, bat, snake, and a toad for example.

No, they are mutants. The toad Tetsucabara (Tetsu = iron) is your first large monster challenge after Great Jaggi, and it’s probably mixed with wildebeest and dinosaur; the monkey was mixed with a flying squirrel and an elephant (or maybe its based on a sloth?). I really have to hand it to CAPCOM with the design and characteristics of the monsters.

Despite their intimidating looks, a little practice and armor upgrade, which means spending money, doesn’t hurt. Your attention to what you bring as equipment, weapon included, is rewarding.

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You also have your side companions, which are palicos (feline race). My current group is Ace Palico Anji and healer Palio Latio, named by me. JUST TODAY, and just today, I experienced my first online hunts.

To be honest, I didn’t think that I would do well. I rarely played fighting/action on handheld, and I thought the controls would be complicated. Actually, my hand has been experiencing some pain too.

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