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Monster Hunter Tri



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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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?


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
Available online?Available online
Release date:April 20, 2010
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Use of Alcohol, Violence

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Kid, 11 years old December 2, 2010

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

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
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 14 years old Written bySwag Anderson June 20, 2014

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Review

This game is one of the few RPGs of our day that fully lives up to the meaning of epic. Stunning graphics, amazing monsters, sweet armor and weapons, epic quests, and a pretty good story. You take on the role of a hunter who's mission is to defeat or capture large monsters that are causing problems for the villagers. On your journey, you collect thousands of different items and create hundreds of weapons and armor sets. After progressing through the first two tiers of quests, you are joined by a small, impish looking creature named Cha Cha who helps fight monsters, takes hits for you, and provides some necessary humor. This game reminds me a lot of the Zelda series. It is set in a bright, happy, breathing world, has awesome (never scary) music, and amazing gameplay. I'm an experienced gamer (if I do say so myself) and I have had and am still having serious difficulty with this game. Unlike most games these days, even if you have super overpowered armor and a great weapon, button jamming won't win the battle. You have to strafe, dodge, stab, hide, and track your prey before bringing it down. This game also has a great multi-player aspect. You can team up with your friends locally (on 3ds), or go online with strangers (or friends if they have the WiiU version too). This game supports the accessory "Wii Speak" that lets you talk to your teammates online, so there is a slight possibility for vulgar language. HOWEVER, you have to have already friended them, so unless you know the person you're playing with, you can't actually talk to them. Now, the question you all want answered: Can my kids handle it? I obviously don't know your children and I realize that different kids can handle different games better than others can, but I would say that an experienced 11-year-old could play this game and be completely fine with it. Yes, the ESRB rated it Teen, but if there was a middle-ground between e10 and Teen, this game would definitely be put in that category. It has some very brief spurts of blood when your sword makes contact with a monster, but this can be turned down to a tiny flash that is necessary to indicate a hit on the Options Menu on the title screen. At the beginning of the game when you are creating your hero, the outfit he/she is wearing could be a bit more modest, but as soon as you start the game, he/she is provided with a set of leather armor that covers the whole body. The main reason this game is rated Teen is for the violence. It's really nothing to get worked up over though. Your fighting monsters (not people) to protect your village, the violence is never brutal, and your weapon is ridiculously large and slow. Overall, I would rate this game "Tween" for: Mild Blood, Fantasy Violence, and Mild Suggestive Themes. In conclusion, if your child is an experienced gamer who is over 10 years old, I strongly recommend this game. It's extremely difficult (and I'll admit, a little boring in the first couple tiers of quests), but it's well worth sticking with until at least the second Lagiacrus fight. I hope to see you all online soon!!! Until then, peace out and God bless!! - Swag Anderson P.S. If you're getting the 3ds version (like I did), I highly recommend the Circle Pad Pro accessory. The Touch Screen camera controls are really hard to use and make water battles virtually impossible. The CPP is definitely worth 20 bucks. Also, for the WiiU version, I suggest the WiiU Lan Adapter. It makes the online multi-player waaaaaay smoother and removes almost all lag.
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence