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
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.
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.