Monster Hunter Tri

Common Sense Media says

Challenging RPG with some fantasy violence and alcohol use.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Monster Hunter Tri is a fantasy brawler that has you roaming expansive environments to look for battles against non-human creatures big and small. This game is clearly not rooted in reality, but it does send a message about using violence to clear out your enemies.

Positive role models

Players fight against evil. They are asked by a respected village chief to perform this "honor" for the good of the village. Clearly, the lead protagonist isn't evil. That said, he is a monster hunter who uses violence to perform his duties.

Ease of play

Monster Hunter Tri is one tough game! Capcom has added some introductory levels, multiple control options and a revamped user interface -- all to make the game easier to play -- but the missions can be tough and there is quite a bit of depth to the upgrade system.

Violence

The main focus of this "Teen"-rated video game is combat. Whether they play on their own or online in co-op mode, players must find fantastic creatures and take them down with various weapons including swords, lances, bows, and bombs. Blood can be seen when defeating an enemy, but it's very brief -- unless it's an underwater battle as the blood slowly floats through the water. Players cannot dismember or behead enemies but it's possible to poach them for food afterwards and put their meat on a rotating spit over a fire.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

There is no inappropriate language in this game but players can chat online via the Nintendo Wii Speak, therefore it might be possible to hear profanity or other inappropriate words while playing online.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters can get drunk on beer or sake (Japanese rice wine) in the game or before a multiplayer game begins in an online area that serves as a lobby. If your hunter drinks too much he'll need to rest for a while before continuing the journey.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monster Hunter Tri is based on fighting, but it's not overly graphic. Battles are waged against fantastic creatures instead of humans. There is blood in the game but it is not excessive -- though underwater scenes show more blood because it slowly dissipates in the water. There is an option to turn off some but not all of the blood. Parents should also know the player takes on the role of a hero in the game, a monster hunter who is asked by the village chief to perform this honorable duty for his people. The game does contain alcohol consumption, which might concern some, and the online component supports Wii Speak, which lets players chat with others using an optional microphone accessory.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

You probably haven't heard of Capcom's 10 million unit-selling Monster Hunter game series, but the Japanese publisher is hoping to change all that with MONSTER HUNTER TRI, a Nintendo Wii exclusive now available in the west. Not much has changed in the gameplay department since the franchise debuted on the PlayStation 2 in 2004, but the single-player story in this sequel begins with your village chief asking you, a monster hunter, to investigate disruptive earthquakes. For the uninitiated, these action role-playing games have players running around expansive environments from a third-person perspective and slaying fantastic beasts -- and now in underwater areas, too. Much of the fun is hunting online cooperatively with up to three other gamers (or two players via split-screen view on the same TV).

Is it any good?

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This game is quite good, but it's not a cakewalk. Completing quests takes time, patience, and, in some cases, repetition, as you'll face many of the same boss creatures multiple times. As a result, even though the multiplayer -- with voice chat support -- is a more rewarding experience, those new to the series should tackle the single-player campaign first to learn their weapons, how to increase health (which can be done by eating defeated creatures), figure out how to upgrade equipment, and analyze creature behaviors so you know how to defeat them. Thankfully, you'll get some help from an AI companion called Cha-Cha. Plus, you can choose between three different control configurations and support for optional gamepads (including a game bundle with Nintendo's new Classic Controller Pro, which costs $59.99). Visually speaking, the graphics are impressive for the Nintendo Wii, but certainly not on par with recent releases for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

In summary, fans of the series won't be disappointed with the latest -- and most ambitious -- Monster Hunter adventure yet. However, first-time players will need to get over the learning curve to appreciate this on- and off-line game.

Online interaction: We tested the online component and it worked quite well. Players can choose to play the game cooperatively with up to 3 other people and chat at the same time to discuss tactics, direction, and such. The WiFi connection was quite smooth and reliable. Parents should note that online communication via Wii Peak could result in hearing inappropriate language. To reduce the chances of interactiving with strangers, however, playing online with friends requires the exchange of 12-digit Wii codes (on the phone or via email with friends).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether or not it's fair this game is a Nintendo Wii exclusive. On one hand, shouldn't PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 gamers be able to take advantage of this much-hyped action role-playing game? Or is it better for a publisher to pick a platform the game makes best sense on and stick with it? Do you find exclusives frustrating?

  • Families can also discuss the difference between fantasy violence, which involves the slaying of inhuman creatures, and realistic violence, which involves people. How do the two compare? Is one less alarming? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:April 20, 2010
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Use of Alcohol, Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySynchronicity April 22, 2010
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A hunt worth taking if you own a Wii...no questions asked

I've always preferred the console Monster Hunters over their PSP counterparts. Unfortunately, part 2 was Japan-only (even though the first MH was available everywhere). But the first Monster Hunter to hit a console since 2004 really is a joy to behold. Yes, Monster Hunter Tri, like its prequels, is a joint-bustingly hard game. It seems so simple at first to some people, though. I bet the average non-gaming parent would think about this game this way: "Oh, look, a game about killing monsters. Cool." But then they'd play it..."Wait, what's this about getting iron ore for weapon forging? Or all this resource harvesting from the monsters? Or that cute cat thing who waits on you hand and foot? Or the online mode?" See? It's much more complicated than it sounds. But that's a good thing...a really good thing. The graphics are excellent for the Wii, and one could even argue that they're close to Xbox 360-quality. Controls are good, though I would wholeheartedly recommend getting the Classic Controller Pro bundle, just $10 more (side note: I imported a Pro from Japan last year, and if you have a Wii, I can assure you that you'll get a lot of use out of it, and not just for this game, mind you). You'll still use the Wii Remote sometimes (like for adding monsters to your database), but it's much easier to control. On the content side of things, this is fine for teens. As expected, there's quite a bit of violence. Swords, shields, lances, axes, and bowguns can all be used. There's a bit of (red) blood when you take a swipe at a monster, but it's a brief spurt. In the sea, however, the spurt lasts a bit longer. Also, CSM didn't note that you can turn the blood off if you wish. Go figure. The only other major content issue is that in the online lobby, you can order a beer or sake and get drunk on it. Nothing too bad. Overall, Monster Hunter Tri delivers on its predecessors, and is a game every Wii owner should have. After the initial learning curve, you'll find it extremely rewarding...I guarantee.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old Written bySparton December 2, 2010
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Good for 11 and up

OK I agree that there is a good amount of violence but it's eaither your the hunter or the hunted and I think it's better to be the hunter in most cases.Yes there is a little bit of drinkning but you don't have to do the drinking thing in the begging of the quest.

Teen, 14 years old Written byDark Hunter November 9, 2010
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Awesome game with a big learning curve

The number one rule with MH games is: don't give up. Yes, it's very hard starting out, but before you judge it, at least get past the second Lagicrus battle. As for maturity, it is kind of violent, but blood can be turned off in the options. Although you can get drunk by ordoring a meal of two drinks, it's more of a joke then anything. In online mulitplayer mode All players can communicate with other players via a chat in the bottom right corner of the screen. Talking with other players via Wii Speak can only be done with people you have added as friends, but since you can add anyone if they accept, there is a possability for a problem.

What other families should know
Too much violence
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