Monster Hunter 4 review from Japan pleases fans

By Posted 6 Sep 2013, 00:40

If you are an old school gamer who loves to import games from Japan, the Nintendo 3DS is unfortunately a disappointing reminder that this lovely hobby just isn’t possible with Nintendo’s strict region locking. Monster Hunter 4 is a massive title that is due out in Japan this month, but unfortunately those with a 3DS here won’t be able to import the title.

Monster Hunter 4 review from Japan pleases fans

Capcom has yet to provide a release date for UK and US gamers, but we can tell you that reviews are now starting to go live for the Japan version. The most notable of these which gamers look for over here is easily Famitsu, and we can confirm that the Japanese publication has scored Monster Hunter 4 a 38/40.

It’s not quite a perfect score as you can see, but it is good enough for most. We now have some key details that have been translated from the review in Japanese, and it looks like Monster Hunter 4 on 3DS is a game that you’ll be able to pick up and play for a long time.

Famitsu have described the game as a ‘complete package’, adding that while the controls and data are ‘complex’ to master, the game is praised for featuring more new weapons and new exploration opportunities that contribute to the overall ‘deepness’ of the game.

Although we see that some people are surprised that it didn’t get a 40/40 like other Japanese games, a 38/40 should be more than enough to convince you that this game is well worth the wait on a western release.

Reminds us of the good ol' Golden Axe days

Reminds us of the good ol’ Golden Axe days

We’re not sure why Capcom can’t just provide an update on the status of the game over here, but hopefully with the game releasing in Japan on September 14, the Tokyo Game Show will finally give us the information we need.

You can read the Famitsu summary in full here. Let us know if you are disappointed that you cannot import the Japanese version of Monster Hunter 4.

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  • J_Joestar

    I wouldn’t say Importing is not possible, just more expensive as you need to import a machine to play it with.
    And they are probably avoiding localization talks because they are afraid it may affect 3U sales (it only came out a few months ago).

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