Monday, October 1, 2007

Video Game Review: Monster Hunter Freedom 2

Yeah, I figured it's time I actually do a real review for a change. And this time it's about Monster Hunter Freedom 2 for the PSP. Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is an odd game to parse. There are few games as beautifully presented as Monster Hunter Freedom 2. There are few games as fun, deep, and rewarding as Monster Hunter 2. There are few games as brain-crunchingly annoying that will keep you screaming at the top of your lungs for the creators of the game to die and burn in Hell as Monster Hunter 2.

Don't get me wrong. As I stated, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is a very beautifully presented game, with truely breath-taking environments, realistic looking monsters, and a very good audio track that adds to the gameplay without distracting from it. The game itself is also truely massive and reqarding with over 250 missions, 70 monsters, 700 weapons, and 1400 pieces of armor. This can in fact be a very fun game.

On the downside the game itself presents very little new if you've already played Monster Hunter or Monster Hunter Freedom. In all honesty Monster Hunter Freedom 2 plays more like an expansion than a new game. Not that that makes it bad in any way and in fact I would encourage fans of Monster Hunter to buy this.

That said, Monster Hunter -the entire series- is also one of the most mind-numbingly frustrating games ever. Until you have good equipment you will find every boss monster to be so vastly overpowered as to be almost unbeatable. And don't think items will help. (Why must I pose for five seconds every time I drink a health potion, Capcom?) I can not stress the following enough: if you are the kind of person who has a tendency to throw the controller while playing a game DO NOT BUY, RENT, OR PLAY MONSTER HUNTER. You will end up with a broken PSP and an aneurysm.

KR Rating from The Future: [4] GOOD