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Leave bagging a brace of grouse to the tweed brigade this coming weekend and set about snaring something altogether on a different scale — all from the comfort of your living room sofa. Capcom has let loose its latest effort in the stupidly successful Monster Hunter series, Monster Hunter Tri — which is the first in this stable to be released on the Wii.

With new underwater sections and aquatic beasties, you can play the story on your own or go online to team up with mates to take on all manner of whathaveyou — working out coordinated plans of attack with your cohorts. You certainly won't be stuck for options.

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Those who keep their gaming ears to the ground will know that the Monster Hunter franchise is insanely popular in Japan, shifting millions of copies. Recently, with offerings such as the PSP's Monster Hunter Freedom United, the series has been gaining ground in Europe.

Although Tri admittedly starts slowly, this Wii installment boasts some of the finest graphics we've seen on the console, and for the penny-pinchers it also offers superb value — this game is long. Very, very long. It holds the potential for hundreds of hours of gameplay if you get hooked.

So be warned, if you decide to take on the leviathans this weekend — you may want to clear your diary for the next few weeks. In the meantime, happy hunting.

Monster Hunter Tri (Capcom) is out today on Wii www.capcom.com/monsterhunter