Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has a surprising amount of depth to keep players busy for a long time, from the sheer size of the world to the exploration mode that instantly creates randomized battles. There's even a wide assortment of fighters, monsters, weapons, and items to fight for, which is great for players who like collecting everything. Playing alone is fine and fun, especially for mastering the controls, but teaming up with others is where the fun really begins. Hunting monsters, using a relevant strategy to take them down, and reaping the rewards for winning an intense and lengthy battle all make this adventure an engaging and memorable one -- though it's too bad there's no voice support for online gamers to discuss tactics. Seriously, there are probably hundreds of hours of gameplay here, giving gamers a lot of bang for the buck.
Along with good sound and music, the game's graphics are quite impressive -- be it the character or creature models, environments, or lighting effects. One visual-related issue, however, is that it can be easy to lose your fighter in the battlefield (or while on the enemy itself), until you press on the D-pad to change camera angles. It's not a huge issue, but it's evident right from the start of the game when you defeat a giant monster after riding it. If you like action with exploration and role-playing-game (RPG) elements and teaming up with friends to accomplish a goal, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the A-grade game for you.