Technology Tell writes, "Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate begins with a player on a ship “sailing” on sand, headed to Val Habar to become a hunter. The Caravaneer makes small talk along the way, until a giant creature he referred to as an Elder Dragon leaps out of the sand. I was immediately impressed, because this was the first time I experienced this kind of detail at the beginning of a Monster Hunter title. The town is in danger, the monster is attacking the boat, and you’re on deck unarmed and in your underwear. Not the best situation, if you know what I mean."