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Review of Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher (eShop Conversion)


Review of Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher - Screenshot 1/4
Taken on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Unattached)

In the world of Monster RancherBigger doesn’t always mean better, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. The newest entry in the series, Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher, took this philosophy and turned it into epic proportions, creating a world filled with mountain-sized monsters that needed to be fed, trained, and loved to bring out their full potential. they. This is the Monster Rancher game but on a much larger scale.

This new title is the result of a collaboration between two much-loved brands; giant, a Japanese television series about superheroes and Monster Chasers. However, if like many people in the English-speaking world, you are not familiar with the first language nor using a second language, don’t worry. While some form of Ultraman appears in this game, it’s more of a Monster Rancher title than a tokusatsu game. Many iconic monsters from Ultraman are available for you to raise and battle, but no series-specific knowledge is required.

Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher is very close to previous Monster Rancher games. Monsters begin to get trapped in stone discs and are unlocked by placing them on an altar in town. In the original game, these representative music discs can be placed on the console to spawn new monsters. It’s one of the things that made the original games so unique – and one of the common complaints around Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX collection is that it does not have this function. However, for this game, the developers have come up with some workarounds.

Review of Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher - 2/4 . Screenshot
Taken on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Unattached)

Players can enter a few keywords into the menu to create a new kaiju monster to raise. This sometimes feels completely random, although there is a consistent pattern to what each keyword gives you. However, the real fun of this comes from the Memo Board. Use NFC devices such as reusable bus passes, contactless bank cards, and of course amiibo figurines, players can also generate random monsters by keeping these items on the set their controls. It’s not quite the same as digging through your CD collection to see what your favorite album can do for you, but it does create a similar feeling that you’re still turning something in. his physical space into a monster in the game.

Once you’ve got a monster you’re happy with, you can go to your farm and start raising them. This part plays out exactly like in the previous Monster Rancher titles. You spend weeks sending your kaiju to jobs that raise their stats, then enter tournaments to earn money and glory by battling other giant monsters. Occasionally, you’ll be visited by other trainers you’ve met in tournaments, and when this happens, you’ll have the opportunity to send your monsters to their place to train for a month. Occasionally, these trainers’ kaiju will also show up at your training ground looking for a fight. But most of the in-game weeks go by in a battleship-at-rest cycle.

This model is interesting, although it is very static and predictable most of the time. There is no sense of a greater adventure waiting for you until you manage to rise through the ranks of the kaiju fighting world. This process can take several years of in-game time, especially since you’re locked into low-level tournaments until you manage to beat a particular opponent. This is frustrating for us because we’ve made it past the first two tiers of the league only to be stuck in this encounter for over a year. The fact that you can only try this battle twice a year is even more difficult.

Review of Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher - 3/4 . Screenshot
Taken on Nintendo Switch (Docked)

It quickly becomes clear that you have no intention of completing this stage of the story with your starting kaiju. Like previous games, Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher doesn’t want you to stick with your monsters for too long. After about two years of fighting, they are approaching retirement age and are able to merge with new monsters, creating a more powerful version of that creature while retaining their previous skills and traits. their. You’ll go through generations of monsters before you can reach the top of the league world, so this isn’t a game for those who stick with it easily.

The battles in Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher are the same as in the previous games. Moves are determined by the kaiju’s distance from your enemy, so you need to find a balance between being close enough to unleash your strongest attacks while also dodging your opponent. your best. This is the level of strategy in the game as most battles feel like they’re pre-determined before you even enter the arena. Basically, like many RPGs, having higher stats than your opponent is the first step to victory, and it feels like battles are shallow exercises that require a lot of time to win. win.

Improvements come from the visuals and sound in this entry in the Monster Rancher series. Even if you’re not familiar with Ultraman, the monsters on offer here are fun to watch. They strike the perfect balance between looking authentic while still moving like a guy in a rubber suit. The inclusion of sound effects from the Ultraman performance just adds to the experience. Watching them go on a rampage because their anger reaches a critical level is just as enjoyable at the end of the game as it is at the beginning.

Review of Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher - Screenshot 4/4
Taken on Nintendo Switch (Docked)

If you like the Monster Rancher series and are looking for an updated version of it, Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher will give you the experience you’re after. Despite the shallow combat mechanics and honing for story development, there’s plenty to enjoy simply watching your monsters unleash attacks greater than their lives on enemies. enemy. Even if references to the Ultraman series pass you by, it’s still one of the best Monster Rancher games ever.

Inference

Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher is the quintessential Monster Rancher experience, just bigger, bigger, and sleeker looking. The mechanics of the battle and training cycle will be familiar to longtime fans, while the larger scale of the new creatures matches the scale of Ultraman and his colossal foes. Scan every electronic device in your home to see which monsters appear to please you even if the actual game gets old over time.

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