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September 13, 2011 / Ryan Robba

Monster Hunter 4 gameplay look’s amazing

The surprise bombshell at Nintendo’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference today came as quite a shock to many. Despite having just announced Monster Hunter 3G for 3DS, an expanded version of the Wii’s Monster Hunter Tri, they dropped a trailer for Monster Hunter 4.

While it’s still unclear whether or not the game will also appear on other platforms, the trailer had a lot to analyze. While running away from a Tigrix, a hunter is seen jumping (gasp!) to various rock structures before they’re smashed to bits, not just landing on top, but clinging to sides from a jump as well. And just when things get really vertical, you can see the Tigrix climb the side of the rock face in pursuit of the hunter.

Things get real interesting when a Rathalos shows up and the entire play field gets knocked over, making a steep slope out of what use to be flat land. There seems to be no wall the hunter can’t climb as he dodges fireballs while hanging on for dear life. As the Rathalos draws near, the hunter pulls out a smaller weapon independent of his great sword to attack the monster while in a climbing position.

Finally, the most exciting addition comes when the hunter jumps onto the back of the Rathalos itself in what appears to be a Dragon’s Dogma inspired grapple system. The same smaller weapon is seen stabbing the back of the Rathalos after it falls out of the sky, hunter and all. His great sword is then drawn as the logo flies onto the screen.

Throughout the entire trailer, the hunter is seen moving through a rather large environment without any abrupt transitions. Could this be the seamless environments we wrote about inour wishlist earlier this year?

It looks like Monster Hunter 4 has quite a bit of new features if this trailer is any indication. More dynamic levels, jumping (which may or may not be context sensitive), more open and seemingly faster climbing options (including climbing monsters themselves), and possibly some sort of sub-weapon.

Watch the gameplay video here.


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