Excerpt: One of the drawbacks of online RPGS is the fact that you often must pay a small subscription fee. No such problem with Capcom’s Monster Hunter though, as once you’ve bought the game and possess a network adaptor, you’re ready to head off in to the wilderness with a posse of like minded individuals to hunt as the name implies: monsters. After creating your hunter, you can either opt to head for the village (offline mode) or the town (online mode).
Excerpt: Few games have managed to, or even attempted to match the style of gameplay that made Phantasy Star online such a big success. Phantasy Star online let console gamers play with small groups on people in an online action RPG and together quests could be completed and monsters could be slain.
Summary: Monster Hunter is a decent enough game to warrant an elongated rental and if you have the ability to go online with it then you'll get more value from a full purchase, however, Capcom could have put a lot more effort into the single player aspect to make it more of a draw and the fact that you'll only be able to reach a certain point without the help of others makes it a fairly pointless buy for the single player alone.
Excerpt: Online gaming isn't exactly an abstract concept. Get a game, offer up some compelling ways to get people from different parts of the country (or, if you're lucky, the globe) and then mash them together and let them play together in a way that rewards cooperative or competitive play. Except perhaps in the case of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, this is usually best done with a simplistic approach.
Conclusion: Overall Monster Hunter is a huge game with loads to do, and if you can take it online then the potential lifespan (loads of awesome monsters to kill, cool weapons, tidy graphics and the online mode) will keep you hunting for a while.
Pros: Online multiplayer., Loads to do., Good animation
Cons: No headset support., You can get too mobbed by monsters if your party is too small or inexperienced.