MH3 is hands down the best online Wii experience. And best game in the series to boot.
svaubel wrote this review on .
People that have been alienated by past games in this series due to its difficulty of boss monsters and such, should come back and give Tri a try. Many tutorials are there to help a new player as you go through offline quests. There is a 'tutorial' area where you have unlimited time to gather and slay. The only limit is how much you can carry with you, but you can always go back again. This starting map also has another point: where your kills and what you harvest are added as 'resources' for the village that you use as a second currency to pay for various village services such as the farm, with more things opening up as you progress through the solo quests.
MH3 has the best online for a Wii game Ive ever seen; forget that lag-fest that was Brawl's online! Hopping online is easy, and thankfully there are no friend codes. You find your friend, send him a message based on his Player ID with a friend request attached and you are good to go. Friends can also warp to each other in case you are in different cities. If you dont have a Wii Speak device, almost any USB keyboard will work, just plug it into the console and you are set for chat purposes.
My only dislike with the game so far, is how there seems to be much more online you can do (as in a lot more quests) than what there is available offline. Thus if you choose to play solo, what you can do is somewhat restricted and you wont get the full experience. Though you can go online by yourself, just be prepared for the monsters to take a lot longer to kill, as their health scales with the number of people and it's setup to assume there are at least two people in the party; though it's entirely possible to solo online missions.
Even with all these improvements, Tri still requires several hours of play for everything to click together and a lot of patience for slaying bosses.
Graphics 9- too bad this game got moved over to the Wii from the PS3, HD graphics would have been nice. However, for a Wii game it is among the best available. Landscapes are beautiful and monsters are animated very well. I have yet to see any significant graphics lag.
Sound 9- Music fits the area themes and music for boss battles keeps the tension going. Sound effects mostly contain monster noises, and the people in the village dont actually speak more than a long drawn out Hi.
Fun Factor 10- Compared to old MH games I have yet to really get frustrated with an encounter. Which is saying something; Capcom did a great job at balancing out the difficulty enough for everyone to enjoy while not making things too easy or overly complicated. You definitely still have to work for your kills. Online is an absolute blast if you can get some friends to play with you.
Replay Value 10- Tri is one of those games that can keep you hooked for dozens of hours with just the offline game. With the Wii's strongest online out there, dont be surprised if your save file passes one hundred hours!
Final Score 48/50 (9.6)