Reviews and Problems with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
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Endless Achey-Hand Loot Hunting
15 March 2010
Excerpt: The objectives found in Capcom's Monster Hunter series can easily be garnered from the title itself, as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is about one thing and one thing only: hunting monsters. Thankfully, many other gameplay elements go along with this one basic concept. For example, successfully hunting monsters will require proper armor and weaponry, which players must craft themselves out of ingredients found on quests.
Excerpt: Like sliding into your favorite, comfortable outfit, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is familiar territory for fans of the two previous installments on PSP. The game has made some cosmetic upgrades that are subtle, like a starlet with good plastic surgery, but the "quantity vs. quality" scale has definitely tipped toward the former. It's not clear to us whether the PSP graphics get much better than this, anyway.
Conclusion: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is a great place for newcomers to jump in -- provided they have the setup to play with others in some form. Without that, or for double-dippers, I offer a far less enthusiastic recommendation.
Conclusion: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is a massive game that should instantly appeal to all Monster Hunter fans, even those that imported MH Freedom 2 from Japan. Those new to the series, including myself, will face a daunting, but bearable learning curve should they want to break into the series. The entire experience is more enjoyable with friends to team up with, and I imagine a whole lot easier to get into if you're new to the hunt.
Excerpt: If you were living in Japan right now, then you’d most likely know of the Monster Hunter franchise. It’s a huge phenomenon over there, with something like 8 million copies in the franchise sold. What’s even crazier is that the latest edition for the PSP, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite ( Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G as it is named in Japan) has already clocked over 3.3 million sales in the land of the rising sun.
Excerpt: Monster hunter Freedom Unite lays the foundations for more small-scale MMORPG games and proves that they can be done successfully with handheld consoles while still remaining action orientated to appeal to hack & slash fans.
Pros: The multiplayer content stretches the title and adds immense variety to an already deep game.
Cons: There’s a lot of dialogue and time spent in menus if you play the game correctly, so Unite is not for the impatient. Playing it solo will start off fun but before long you’ll realise it’s an exercise in futility.