Monster Hunter Portable 3rd

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Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.png
Official Japanese Cover Art
Developer(s)Capcom
Publisher(s)Capcom
SeriesMonster Hunter
Platform(s)PlayStation Portable PlayStation 3
ReleasePlayStation Portable
  • JP: December 1, 2010
  • KO: December 1, 2010
PlayStation 3
  • JP: August 25, 2011
Genre(s)Action role-playing game
Mode(s)Singleplayer, multiplayer

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd[a] is the third handheld installment in the Monster Hunter franchise, developed by Capcom for the PlayStation Portable. Like its predecessor, Monster Hunter Freedom 2, Portable 3rd is an original title that adapts the core content of Monster Hunter Tri into a new single player campaign, adding supplemental original content.[1][2] The game introduces new regions, monsters, and a revised Felyne combat system.[3]

A high definition remaster, the first of Sony's "PSP Remasters" series for the PlayStation 3, was released in Japan on August 25, 2011.[4] The remaster's features include enhanced HD graphics, 3D support and shared save support with the PSP.[5]

Gameplay[edit]

The new base of operations is Yukumo Village. This village has a feudal Japanese feel to it, both from its design to its residents. Now the Felynes train in the farm and have more training options like the marathon training in which the Felyne runs around the farm. The player can take two Felynes out with them on a single player quest, up from the single companion of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. When you take Felynes out on quests, monster attacks are divided between the player and the companions, making hunts easier. Also new to Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is the ability to customize the Felyne companions' equipment. Doing so will change the creature's physical appearance and properties. The player will be able to customize the Felynes in three areas: weapon, head parts and torso parts. A new field introduced in the game is Misty Peaks (渓流, Keiryū). All the hunting fields in Monster Hunter Tri, along with the addition of the Misty Peaks field are included in Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. Underwater quests, however, have been completely removed, therefore maps such as the Deserted Island and Flooded Forest have been revised to work around this.[1][2] Not all monsters from Monster Hunter Tri are present in Monster Hunter Portable 3rd – Lagiacrus, Gobul, and Ceadeus have been removed. Zinogre, the flagship monster of the game is shown on the cover art.

The Guild Hall now features a hot spring, similar to the Felyne Kitchen from previous games, which can be upgraded by clearing special 'Hot Spring Quests' which upgrade the effects of the hot spring, as well as the Felyne Whim Skills, which can now be chosen and selected by the player.

All weapon classes from previous games (Great Sword, Long Sword, Sword and Shield, Dual Blades, Hammer, Hunting Horn, Lance, Gunlance, Switch Axe, Light Bowgun, Heavy Bowgun and Bow) are present in the game. The four classes which were not present in Tri (Dual blades, Hunting Horn, Gunlance and Bow) have been revised. The equipment creation and fortification systems received a variety of changes. Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto claimed that this area of the game will keep what was good from Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and Monster Hunter Tri and add new elements.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Famitsu gave the PSP version a score of two tens, one nine, and one ten, for an almost-perfect score of 39 out of 40.[6]

Sales[edit]

The game was number one in the Japanese sales chart of 5 December 2010, replacing Gran Turismo 5.[7] Within two weeks of release by December 20, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd sold 2.58 million units in Japan.[8] According to the game's publisher, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is "now the fastest selling PSP title ever in Japan" and "the fastest selling game in Capcom's history."[9] By June 2011, the game's sales in Japan had reached 4.8 million units; making it the third best-selling PSP game of all time.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: モンスターハンターポータブル3rd, Hepburn: Monsutā Hantā Pōtaburu 3rd, lit. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "All About Monster Hunter Freedom 3". Andriasang.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  2. ^ a b c "Monster Hunter Portable 3rd: Fresher & Bigger Monster Hunting Experience". PSPHyper. 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  3. ^ Spencer . March 16, 2010 . 12:51am (2010-03-16). "Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Announced For PSP [Update". Siliconera. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  4. ^ Anoop Gantayat (2011-06-02). "Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Dated and Priced". Andriasang. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  5. ^ Anoop Gantayat (2011-05-22). "3D Monster Hunter Set For PS3". Andriasang. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  6. ^ Brian (November 24, 2010). "Complete Famitsu review scores". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2012-06-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Anoop Gantayat (2010-12-16). "Level-5 Studio Ghibli Tie-up Tops 170,000". Andriasang. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  9. ^ Anoop Gantayat (2010-12-20). "Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Crosses 3 Million: The fastest selling title in Capcom history". Andriasang. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
  10. ^ "Platinum Titles". Capcom. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-08-07.

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