Monster Hunter PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 6.0
Graphics 6.0
Sound 6.0
Value 6.0
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
April 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

6.0


Monster Hunter

This game was one of those titles that you can play or leave to one side. Despite scoring only 60% there were a few elements that make it a little bit of fun. The premise was simple; everyone lives in a slightly prehistoric time although they have some excellent technology on their side. Only problem they have is that there are MONSTERS! Yes! MONSTERS! everywhere that you will have to knock off. They all sort of look like dinosaurs with the exception of the cat people and the dragons. 

You get to make up your own character in the game which is a pretty generic sort of character template that you'll chuck all your gear that you want on them to get them ready for the big bad world. There is a village which is your hub to all the worlds where you can get new gear and upgrade all your bits and pieces, sort of like the Villages in Diablo, but nowhere near as cool. There is one system that is neat and that is the fact that you can "craft" the items that you find in the field and make them into newer more powerful weapons. It's pretty neat and also if you take the time to do it, is cheaper than just buying the item outright. 

The process of attacking monsters is cumbersome and awkward, using the right stick to initiate attacks. There are combos that can be done by moving the stick around in a number of different ways, it's not greatly exciting and once you've commited to that course of action there is no way of stopping it in time. The monster has plenty of time to move aside and let your attack miss altogether. There just isn't that sense of being fully in control of everything once you have started a combo action. 

One thing that I have noted is that the whole game feels disjointed and a little bit wooden. Once you go online though, it starts to make sense and the gameplay is a lot more enjoyable although the fact that you can only communicate via USB keyboard sucks. Your fellow gamers can help you online with all those tasks you struggled with in the regular single player game and it's easy to see which is the preferable way to play. However I am going throw a spanner in that one and say, NOT GOOD ENOUGH. A game that has such a marked difference in enjoyment when going online that does not profess to be as such I simply score against how it plays in single player mode. 

All things said and done, I would rent this before buying. It's not going to appeal to everyone and what appeal it does have might be limited. Some parts of the game look great but overall I just didn't find this to be a game that kept me hanging to play.






 
 



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