Three Nerds in a Basement

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 222

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, it’s Vince’s Birthday! And that’s all that matters. Okay, we do manage to talk about some other stuff too.

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 221

p style="text-align: justify;">On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, it’s just Vince and Anthony on the show as Blaven’s out competing MTG in Cleveland. So with that in mind, we decide to experiment with the recording! Hopefully things turned out well...

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 220

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast we cover the latest Avengers trailer, Magic spoilers, announcements from GDC and PAX, Shaman King, Shirobako, and more. Then we finish off the episode with a special one-off segment of getting to know the cast a little bit better.

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Reivew - Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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Author: Anthony Fallucco
Twitter: @Killroycantkill
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Monster Hunter has always been one of those that I never have a hard time pitching to friends based on its core concept of hunting giant monsters with cool weapons. But once they learn it’s not all smashing face 100% of the time they lose interest. And that’s a shame because they’re missing out on some of the most fun you can have playing videogames with your friends. Monster Hunter 4 takes what it has already perfected; hunting, and tries to guide new players through some of the more confusing aspects like gathering and collecting materials. It is by far, not only the best Monster Hunter game to date, but also the best for people just trying to get into the series.

A misconception people have about Monster Hunter going into it is that it’s purely an action game, when really the game is best described as a “hunting” game. Every time you set on an adventure to take out one of those iconic dragons like Rathian or Tigrex you have to be prepared. Being prepared means having your potions ready, having the right type of armor, using a weapon with the right element that the monster you’re facing is weak against. A lot of these processes can be very daunting when you’re just starting out with the game, and a lot of information to have to take in all at once. But Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has done a great job of explaining these type of nuances for beginner players, but also has a sense of humour through this for veteran players shown in the writing. These are done by the beginning tutorial quests which guide you down everything from combining items to make stronger potions and quests for every single weapon type in the game. These are a great addition because in previous games when you wanted to try a weapon you most likely stuck to that one because you weren’t sure if you’d really like the other types.

Story in Monster Hunter games have usually been pretty lack luster. You are an up and coming hunter with a lot of promise. Starting out from humble beginnings, you turn into the towns hero by defeating a prophesized elder dragon or town ending event. It’s pretty much the same deal in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but the reason it stands out more are because of two things. First off, this time instead of being a lone badass, you’re traveling with a caravan full of characters across multiple town maps. Slowly over the course of the game, these NPCs you’re traveling from town to town with become more like a family rather than soulless quest givers and armorers. It adds so much to the story that you’re surrounded by character you actually enjoy that it puts the previous stories to shame. And this is accomplished by the second reason the story is so great, the translation job done by 8-4 Play. The reason these characters have so much life to them is the amazing translation and localization. You can tell that they were given some sort of creative freedom when translating or the writing this time around was lighter hearted than the previous games. Previous entries usually had a more serious, end of the world type of tone to it. It makes for a more fun experience overall. I felt the serious tone of the previous games didn’t fit a setting where a human wearing monster armor could take down a creature which could summon thunder and lightning at will.

MH4U has become a little faster and has more focus on verticality of stages with its gameplay. You still have all the staple weapons like Great Sword, Hammer, Gunlance and the like. But the difference here is that a lot of these weapons have new attacks or new combos. This is very apparent in the form of jumping attacks. As mentioned verticality is a big feature in this game, and it is shown in the stages, and the improvements made to the climbing and jumping systems. Stages are also littered with little ledges you are able to catch some “sick air” off of, and bring down death upon your monster foes. While some of the bigger weapons all have the same kind of massive single slash kind of falling moves, lighter and faster weapons like the Dual Blades have follow up combos while in the air giving you more attack versatility. Aside from the staples, the Switch Axe returns from Tri and there is an addition of two new weapons, the Insect Glaive and the Charge Blade. Both weapons are very unique in style and really are aimed more towards the Monster Hunter veterans as they are hard to use and master, but offer amazing benefits. The Insect Glaive is a totally unique weapons that has the ability to jump at will by using it like a pole vaulting stick, and your little buddy called a Kinsect that comes with the weapon is able to steal power from monsters and give it to you. The Charge Blade has a lot more in common with the Switch Axe, since they are both transforming weapons and use vials to upgrade their power. But it also has its own slew of advanced techniques like “Guard Point” which during certain animations in certain attacks, not only are you able to auto guard a monsters attack but in addition, reflect the damage back at the monster. Each weapon has such unique ways of playing and a lot of advanced strategies that facing a monster with different weapons feels like a completely new experience.

While one of the best ways to play Monster Hunter is in the same room with friends using their local multiplayer feature, sometimes that just isn’t a possibility. Luckily Capcom has added an online multiplayer mode to this game, a feature that was exclusive for the Wii U version of Monster Hunter Tri the last time around. And I’m glad to say it works as advertised. You can make a lobby in the gathering hall and wait for random people or make a room exclusively for your friends. The gathering hall has its own unique set of quests so there won’t be much overlap in terms of advanced quests. But also all the monsters will be beefed up since there are not 4 characters going for the kill rather than 1. Playing with a good group of friends really brings out the best of MH4U. Experiencing how different weapons work well together, or don’t. Or seeing which one of your friends will keep sending you flying into the air with the Great Swords upswing… then promptly booting him/her until he/she promises to stop using that move!

I could go on and on about all the great things in Monster Hunter, but I realize that this isn’t a game for everyone. Not everyone will be able to pour in the 100+ hours needed to see the final multiplayer boss, or to get the highest rank of their favourite weapons. But for me, this could be the only game I play for the rest of my 3DS ownership and I’d probably be happy with that. Well at least until the next one comes out. So far this is a strong contender for my game of the year in 2015 and it is easily one of the best 3DS games you can purchase.

5/5

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 219

It’s been a week of ups and downs, along with controversies and huge surprises, and here at TNIAB give our thoughts on all the biggest stories in the past seven days. We also throw in a little info session about all the different types of anime girls.

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 218 - Kingsman

TNIAB review Kingsman on this week’s episode. Also, up for discussion is the reveal of BvS’s Aquaman, Toy Fair news, Monster Hunter, MTG’s final Core set, Zelda Majora’s Mask and more!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 218 - Kingsman

TNIAB review Kingsman on this week’s episode. Also, up for discussion is the reveal of BvS’s Aquaman, Toy Fair news, Monster Hunter, MTG’s final Core set, Zelda Majora’s Mask and more!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 217 - Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

This week is Monster Hunter week. Listen as Anthony, Blaven and Vince give their impressions on the fourth iteration of “the Hunt”. For those not interested, don’t worry, the team manage to discuss other things. But really, they don’t matter in a MH week!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 216

This week on TNIAB we packed in the content. We discuss Superbowl commercials, Persona 5, Netflix’s Zelda show, Magic Mike XXL, Daredevil trailer, John Wick, The Raid 2, Avant-garde Jazz concerts, MTG streaming, Lego, Gundam, and Battlefield Hardline. But that’s just a taste, for the full meal, you’ll have to consume the entire show!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 215

Somewhere inbetween a snowstorm and the superbowl, the TNIAB crew gathered to discuss things. Many things. Such as the new Fantastic 4 trailer, the Jurassic World TV Spot, Privacy vs Anonymity, The Lego Helicarrier, Satrcraft 2, Ghost in the Shell, Saints Row and much more.

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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