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Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.2
Sound 8.2
Value 8.3
Distributor: Activision
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
September 2007
Reviewer:
John Blake

8.2


Monster Hunter Freedom 2

The Monster Hunter once again returns on the PlayStation Portable which transforms gamers into a deadly warrior who has been given the task of ridding his land from a variety of nefarious and mythical beasts. Before engaging in your quest, the gamer must create their own avatar which includes everything from their sex to their looks.

Features

  • Skill based gameplay
  • Breath-taking graphics
  • More than 350 challenging quests
  • Ad hoc multiplayer allowing up to four players to form their own hunting parties
  • New infrastructure mode support to download additional content
  • One or two player "treasure hunters" timed co-op game
  • More than eight exciting new maps
  • More than 70 different monsters
  • More than 700 weapons
  • More than 1400 armor items

As you begin Monster Hunter Freedom, you soon find yourself in a strange village where you must embark on a variety of quests and fortunately for those inexperienced gamers, the first quest is a tutorial mission which will teach you the ins and outs of the title.

Monster Hunter Freedom is your classic RPG hack 'n' slash game where your character is awarded for his or her prowess at combat. Your characters also have access to a variety of different weapons that include four basic archetypes which include sword, hammer, lance and crossbow. Each of the weapons have their own pros and cons which should be carefully chosen before adventuring.

The control system of Monster Hunter Freedom is rather apt on the PlayStation Portable with a carefully mapped control system. Although the player is limited to two basic attacks, your character also has the ability to use a special moves which does give you some varied and more enjoyable play.

The only drawback with the combat is that there is no real distinction between the moves, however the special move almost makes up for this. Apart from attacking, your character can also block attacks, use items and of course search the slain for goodies.

Your character can also hire the citizens of the village to assist in creating new items or purchasing additional accessories for your adventures. Whether your completing missions for the elder or the Hunter's Guild, there is enough variety and story in this title to keep interested without getting distracted.

The game also features a great multiplayer mode that lets you play against three other players (four in total) as you attempt to complete the missions with your friends. Add in a two-player treasure hunting subquests and Monster Hunter Freedom has enough surprised and challenges to keep the replay value of this title going and going.

Graphically, Monster Hunter 2 is almost "eye candy" on the PlayStation Portable with its expansive background environments with an extraordinary amount of detail for this portable console. When you first see the creatures in this game, you will definitely pause to enjoy the graphical quality of these creations which also portray an awe to the way they move through the gaming environment. All the animations in the title have been flawlessly implemented and even our hero moves with a human like grace.

Musically, Monster Hunter Freedom compliments the graphics quite well with its orchestral magic. The sound effects, although nothing too inspired go well with the graphics which assist the gamer in escaping into this mythical universe of dinosaurs and mythical creatures.

In conclusion, Monster Hunter Freedom is an interesting game, although it does not give the market anything new nor innovative. If you're in the market for a RPG-light title, than Monster Hunter Freedom may be the game for you or if you simply adored the first title, than this is up right your alley.






 
 



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