Monster Hunter Tri

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Challenging RPG with some fantasy violence and alcohol use.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & representations

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
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
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.

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written bydarkay223 January 1, 2013

Fantastic Game

It is one of the best games for the wii there is. there is much violence but blood can be redused to almost nothing in the settings. the controls are a bit diff... Continue reading
Adult Written by11BK201 April 9, 2011

Great monster game!

I thuroughly enjoy this game. Some of the missions may be a little complicated for really young players but overal it is good for pretty much everyone. The po... Continue reading
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 cas... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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).

Talk to your kids 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? Available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: April 20, 2010
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Use of Alcohol, Violence

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