Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Review
- Posted June 23rd, 2009 at 04:10 EDT by Steven Williamson
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Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is an insanely addictive action RPG.
- The depth of the combat
- The varied bestiary
- Joining friends on four-player quests
- The glaring omission of online multiplayer
- The frequent load times
(continued from previous page) ...as there is in Japan. Social hand-held gaming in the U.S. and Europe is largely faceless, an activity confined to gamers’ living rooms and bedrooms where there’s an Internet connection. In fact, you’re more likely to get mugged getting your hand-held out in public than to find a like-minded gamer to join your lobby for a spot of monster hunting. It’s a crying shame that Freedom Unite doesn’t offer true online functionality, because the four-player questing is absolutely brilliant. So, the bad news is that unless you’ve got a bunch of mates willing to join you around your house, your Monster Hunter experience is going to be a lonely one.
Still, with demanding and fun combat mechanics and a huge index of items, weapon types, armor, beasts, and quests, Freedom Unite will delight RPG gamers seeking a real challenge. With hundreds of hours worth of gameplay waiting for you, it’s an RPG that's meant to be played at a slow pace, though the frequent load times slow it down a bit more than we would have liked. In short: if you’re expecting a quick thrill here, you won’t find it. Freedom Unite is for those who wish to master new skills with patience and hard work. It can be tough to get going, but Freedom Unite won’t disappoint anyone who spends some quality time with it.
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- 11:21pm EDT - June 22nd, 2009
"First" comments without any other actual commentary will be deleted.
- 11:32pm EDT - June 22nd, 2009
I didn't played any of the preveus games should I start at this ?
- 11:36pm EDT - June 22nd, 2009
Got damn it eric,
game looks okay
- 12:02am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
I played Monster Hunter portable 2nd G which is the Japanese version of this game and I have to say they have come a long way from the first Monster Hunter for the PS2. They have added many different monsters, new areas, new weapon types which all just added more strategies to the game. I'm glad to see this game got a high rating because most sites give it a bad rating because of the slow beginning. The beauty of this game is revealed in the multiplayer aspect. This game can get very addicting. As I am writing this, I am playing the computer version, Monster Hunter Frontier.
- 12:04am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
yeah after reading adhoc its a no buy for me now and i was so looking forward to this cause none of my friends here have psps and i was looking forward to a new MH game since the lack on ps3
- 12:21am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
Should I buy this? I tried playing the japaneese version (2nd G I think), but it's too slow for me to start. Is it really all that fun to play?
- 12:22am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
The main question is about the install. Does the install help load times? Did you guys try to install the game?
- 12:48am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
On IGN's website it says the install cuts loading by about 2/3.
Also, Eric nice one though I wonder if this will cause other issues.
- 1:32am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
Monster Hunter is fun, but the mechanics are somewhat awkward, its very repetitive and it is VERY hard
- 2:29am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
Wait, whats bad about the online in this game?
- 3:13am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
i likes this game. controls 'different', but its acceptable. pretty addictive too. i missed my stop on the train playing the demo :P pick this up for the GO- when it releases.
sweet!! no more First comments :) that right there should be added as news lol
- 3:14am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
The install improves loading, but it doesn't make it disappear.
- 3:36am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
Buy this now! Or you will regret it.
- 3:38am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
eric said firstl "LETS GET HIM"
- 5:52am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
They way I see it, if you are not playing with anyone else, you might as well not play it. Alone, it's a 7.5. With friends, it's a 9. Simple as that.
- 7:36am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
I like the game the only thing that saves it from perfect score for me is lack of story. But it is a very fleshed out world and gameplay experience.
- 8:09am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
i need this on the ps3!!!
- 9:52am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
This was a nice review. I just don't think this is my type of game. I like playing in short spurts myself.
- 10:01am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
Isn't there software that allows online multi-player using the PS3 as hub? I forget what it is called now.
That allow online multiplayer (though you need to have a PS3 around)
- 10:58am EDT - June 23rd, 2009
you can use Ad-Hoc Party via PS3
but you have to download of the Japanese PSN, I have got it and it works pretty well.
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