MOVIES: Opening Friday, “Jurassic Park 3-D” (PG-13); coming April 12, “42” (PG-13).
CONCERTS: Big Wreck, 7 p.m. Friday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Bob Dylan, 7:30 p.m. Friday, University at Buffalo Alumni Arena, Amherst.
The Machine, 8 p.m. Friday, Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls.
Andy Grammer, 7 p.m. Saturday, Niagara University Gallagher Center, 5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston.
R5 featuring Ross Lynch, 7 p.m. Saturday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Willie Nile, 8 p.m. Saturday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Boz Scaggs, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst.
Jimmie Vaughan, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Kingsfoil, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Hard Rock Cafe, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls.
Brian Culbertson, 8 p.m. next Thursday, Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
POETRY & LITERATURE: Exhibit X Fiction Series with Lydia Millet, 7 p.m. today, Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave.
Poetry reading by E.R. Baxter, 7 p.m. today, Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Poetry Reading by Lytle Shaw, 8 p.m. today, Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Small Press Book Fair, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Karpeles Manuscript Library, 453 Porter Ave.
“Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate” (For Wii U and 3DS)
This review is primarily for the Wii U version, with the 3DS one coming down the road. The game follows a very similar structure to “Monster Hunter 3 Tri,” featuring missions that may be repeats to some folks, along with some new content to keep events from going too far into familiar territory. And you know what? It still works.
I’m not a die-hard “Monster Hunter” fan (unlike the millions who picked it up the last time around), but I can easily see where many would find its appeal. Being able to go on a number of quests, chasing after beasts clearly two to three times your size (or smaller, if you’re lucky) and acquiring new items as a result has “addictive looting” written all over it. Customization plays a huge part as well, as you’ll earn new armor types and acquire weapons.
The Wii U version supports both local co-op play (in conjunction with the 3DS version) and online through the Nintendo Network, for up to three players. And while initiating a session takes some time (especially when you disconnect and go back to the start menu), it becomes quite entertaining working with a good battle group. We can easily see new clans forming because of this game.
One huge addition to the game is the ability to download extra quests. Capcom is offering these free, and there are already a few available with the game’s launch, with plenty more to come. These add a lot of replayability to “Monster Hunter,” and provide something new for fans that are wondering why they should pick this up when they already own Tri.
One note – the game doesn’t have off-TV play yet, and some of the worldwide online options need to be smoothed out. However, we’ll give Capcom a pass on this at the moment, mainly because it’s working on a patch to address both of these. And at no charge, too. Nice.
If this is any indication what we’re in for with the upcoming “Monster Hunter 4,” you better hold onto your sword. Or hammer. Or whatever weapon you have handy. Hunting days ahead …
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’m still a meatball, just a slender one I guess.”
– Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, on her dramatic weight loss, on “Anderson Live!”