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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is almost here!!!

I am a huge Monster Hunter fan so this post is very fitting. But anyway Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is almost in the United States. And somewhat ironically, this game is coming out one week after my birthday. Doubly ironic is that it is on my least favorite system... Of all time. I don't like handheld systems at all. And this game is 3DS exclusive. My best friend will probably get when it comes out because my best friend is the polar opposite of me. Instead of being a pro at home console stuff he is the KING of handheld gaming. He won't be the king of Pokemon however. That's My job!


Anyway this is a Monster Hunter preview/review/update/thing and not a "I will DESTROY you at a Pokemon battle" thing. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, much like the Japan-only "vanilla" Monster Hunter 4 has a much better navigation system. And when I say that, I mean you can finally do some HARDCORE PARKOUR!!!!!! In case you don't know, parkour is a series of consecutive acrobatic "stunts" to get from point A to point B quickly on foot.

How does HARDCORE PARKOUR work in Monster Hunter? Almost any wall can be climbed, the ability to jump has been added (even though you need a Insect Rod/Glaive to do so), and you can now attack in midair. BUT pretty much any boss monster can do some HARDCORE PARKOUR as well (they climb walls after you).

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will add two new weapon types: Insect Glaive/Rod (in Asia it's called Rod, everywhere else it's called Glaive) and the Charge Sword/Axe (two weapons at once!). Personally I think the Charge Sword makes a similar weapon, the Switch Axe, obsolete because Charge Sword's can do everything a Switch Axe can do. But the weapon types from 3 Ultimate are coming back.

Speaking of Comebacks, why is Capcom not bringing back....

Jhen Mohran? He was one of my favorite bosses.

Instead we are getting his slightly cooler cousin...

Daren Mohran! But I think Jhen Mohran has a
better design and is the only one of the two that has
a subspecies (as far as we know). Also he is the
tutorial boss (a role that was once held by a giant

But since they are both Elder Dragon type monsters (even though they look more like whales than dragons) Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's final boss is possibly the largest monster in Monster Hunter history.

Dara Amadyura!!!! A Giant Snake!!!

My only complaint about this boss is that Dara Amadyura (the official name is unknown so I will use the Japanese name) is only hard (based on what I have seen) because of his power to cause 20+ explosions to occur at once. Alatreon from the previous generation was much tougher as a boss due to using literally every element in the game to his advantage. That and that fire tornado is a instant kill move no matter what. Dara Amadyura is much easier (he hits just as hard as Alatreon, but is much slower and more predictable) but at the same time has a better design and is much bigger. It IS the single largest monster in the entire franchise.

And with a new game must come a new mascot (every monster hunter game has a mascot monster that plays a crucial role in the story by the way). Enter the new "???" type monster Gore Magala!!! NOTE: THE JAPANESE NAME IS "Goa Magara" SO IT IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME IN JAPAN.

Goa Magara!!!

Sure, he is not as big as say a Uragaan or Gravios
 but this thing is a BEAST!!! Never stops moving,
slings de-buffs like there is no tomorrow (so to speak)
and can mind-control pretty much any previous generation boss.

Oh, and when angry he grows horns and the wings/cape
transform into a pair of arms ending in large, SHARP

Oh and SPOILER ALERT!!! Goa Magara has a bigger stronger cousin who currently does not have a English name so once again I will use the Japanese name because the Japanese names are the most... Available? I guess?

Boom. Shagaru Magara!!! Basically Goa Magara
painted gold but has a brand new move-set (like making 50 something explosions everywhere at once).

Monster Hunter 4 has a VERY obvious focus on the story more than the series staple of just preparation. In fact the tutorial boss is the big old Daren Mohran (see WAY above). Basic analysis of the story from what I know (I watched special videos that translated the entire game) is that a captain of a travelling caravan is searching the world for the origins of a bright gold gem (SPOILER ALERT: It's actually a scale from Shagaru Magara) while basically using your hunter as a gun (or sword. or Gun-Lance, or Insect Rod, or Switch Axe, depending on your taste in weapons) for hire.

Oh and ever wanted a weapon to absolutely prank/troll a boss monster with? Now you do! NOTE: THE NEXT TWO IMAGES ARE FROM THE WIKI. DOUBLE NOTE: THIS WEAPON IS BEYOND CUTE.

MH4U-Emperor's Speech Concept Artwork 001
This is the concept art of the cutest weapon ever!
The Emperor's Speech!!! It's a Hunting Horn, so
unless you are playing with friends chances are this
weapon will make fights tougher than they actually are
(Hunting Horns are the only weapon type designed
specifically for co-op missions. Though going solo is still

This weapon was the Europe winner in a contest Capcom made to make and name your own Monster Hunter weapon and the two winners would have their creations put in the game. This is the other winner

MH4U-Clockwork Contraption Concept Artwork 001
Clockwork Contraption!!! It's a Insect Rod
so it's going to be a fairly popular weapon.
And it's a THUNDER element weapon so it
would be perfect for Rathian/Rathalos fights.

For more on Monster Hunter 4 please go to the wiki I found or the website.

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