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Gameplay 7.6
Graphics 7.7
Sound 7.0
Value 8.2
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
June 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.8


Monster Hunter Freedom

Fans of this popular series can kick back and be happy in the knowledge that this is one fun game brought to you now on a handheld device. Monster Hunter is one of those truly niche games in that its purpose is very straight forward and not confusing you with all sorts of messed up plot turns and what not. 

Here is the storyline in a nutshell. Find a monster, hunt it down and kill it. There you go, like I said there is not a great deal more to it. However, itís the way that you can get rid of them that makes the game so much fun. Making the best of what was enjoyed on the console versions of this game has been brought over to the smaller format without a great deal of  stripping down at all. This has presented itself with pros and cons. 

Some modes of the game are just too long, missions that might be tolerable on a television for 20 plus minutes donít work that well on a hand held and this is something that you will have to battle through on the PSP. For me, a handheld really should be about almost constant action or at least something a bit more worthwhile to keep my attention than trudging around for a shockingly long time looking for a fight. 

This is one of the few things that hampered any of my enjoyment. For the most part you are gonna to have a lot of fun with the title. Itís just the speed with which you make your way through the gameworld that can get a bit tedious. Once you are actually fighting beasts, the action hots up and is a stack of fun. There are a number of side activities you can undertake that should make this lengthy title even longer should you choose. 

Graphically, this is a solid title on the PSP and the attention to detail on both your character and the monsters that you hunt is great. The scope of the monsters look good on the smaller screen of the PSP and the environments work well. What we have here is a very detailed world that you will inhabit for potentially over 100 hours of gameplay, especially if you undertake all the side distractions that are available. 

The control system has been tweaked for gameplay and for the most part handles really well. The actions of the two analogue sticks have been mapped to the single thumbstick and transferred through to the other buttons. There will be a small learning curve for those who are used to games on the larger console, however it wonít take long to get used to it all. 

Freedom also features a multiplayer co-op mode that will let you make your way through a fair bit of the game with a few mates. The title plays well like this and I really liked the feeling of sharing the adventure. 

This is one for those who want a lot of bang for their buck and Monster Hunter Freedom has it in spades. Tight gameplay, heaps of stuff to do, along with a fun multiplayer aspect means that you should be cruising with this game for a long time to come. Be sure you are into fighting monsters though before laying down the clams as that is just what you will be doing. 

Give it a shot! 






 
 



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