Excerpt: I was wondering what all the hype was concerning the Monster Hunter franchise. So I decided to get one of the early Playstation Portable versions to learn for myself. In the past Family Friendly Gaming has graciously passed on covering this franchise. But after prayer, and some healthy debate, I convinced the MAIN MAN to let me review this game. For those wondering, yes I bought Monster Hunter Freedom myself. Capcom did not provide this game to me.
Excerpt: The PS2 version of Monster Hunter was a solid title, which if not for some big downfalls could have been an amazing game. Monster Hunter: Freedom is a remixed version of said game so of course has some welcome improvements, unfortunately not where it really matters though. For those that don’t know, Monster Hunter is just as the name implies, a game about Monster Hunting, with some item hunting thrown into the mix to keep things fresh.
Excerpt: Whatever the good or bad points of Monster Hunter Freedom , this portable version is a fantastic adaptation of the PS2 version. Describing the graphics as "just like PS2, but smaller" would be entirely accurate. A friend commented to me that he thought some of the jaggies from the PS2 version had actually been smoothed out here, which may be the case. Monster Hunter Freedom is a graphically intensive game, and the solution to this is partly some loading between screens.
Excerpt: Have you ever wanted to hunt giant monsters and mythical beasts... Maybe not, but anyhow, here’s your chance to do so with Monster Hunter: Freedom. In Monster Hunter: Freedom gamers are given numerous quests which all ultimately involve battling and (hopefully) slaying monstrous creatures.
Summary: Monster Hunter: Freedom has the basis of a good game but with the camera and loading times causing disruption and the removal of the true online mode that was seen in the PlayStation 2 version means it fails to be the best it can. What you do get however is a very good action/adventure game where you can hack and slash through many different creatures and explore various other gameplay features such as the farming and fishing.
Excerpt: I’m a vegetarian and my girlfriend is a vegan. We generally refrain from games that involve the slaughter of innocent beasts, especially when it’s for sport. And for the first hour or so I genuinely felt bad as I stuck it to critter after critter (they happen to be dinosaurs and eventually dragons) with a trusting hunting knife.
Excerpt: It’s been a
long while since I’ve played a game that captivates me like Monster
Hunter has. The last game that grabbed me like this was Pokémon
Emerald. Now, don’t go jumping off a cliff thinking that this is a
pokémon clone or anything like that. In fact, other than the PS2
Monster Hunter games, there’s nothing I can think of to compare this to
that would give the reader an accurate idea of what this game is about.
Summary: By neglecting to address the fundamental problems of the original and slicing out the online play, Monster Hunter Freedom negates the few improvements it makes to its PlayStation 2 predecessor.
Pros: Brings Monster Hunter G content to the US for the first time, Sharp-looking environments and hunter gear, Plenty of quests to take on
Cons: Guts the integral online play from the Monster Hunter formula, No lock-on targeting makes combat a frustrating chore, Clunky third-person camera requires your constant attention
Conclusion: When players aren’t hanging around town, though, they’ll likely be out and about in the wilderness trying to become the best hunter that ever was. Here, the combat will require liberal amounts of hacking and slashing, as players can arm themselves with a variety of weapons ranging from sharp swords, to blunt maces, and ranged bows, many of which can slowly be modified over the course of the game.