Product Type: Capcom PSP games
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Monster Hunter: Freedom
Monster Hunter: Freedom (PSP)
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Monster Hunter: Freedom (PSP)
Advantages: A deep fighting and crafting system
Disadvantages: Poor control layout
I've been waiting to get this game for a long time now and it didn't fail to disappoint. The depth to it is amazing for a game let alone a handheld.
Plot: Well there isn't one as such. You choose your hero and then head in to the village which is a hub of sorts. You then have the option to pick up a variety of quests involving doing all sorts of things which usually involve some sort of reward at the end.
The crafting system is has a lot of depth to it allowing you to create pretty much any armour you like from a monster you just took down and speaking of monsters, each one needs a different attack plan to it. If you don't get it right, you could wind up being killed which as you can probably guess is quite inconvenient. It's up to you to work out the best way of tackling each of the monsters you come across.
Graphics: The graphics are very pretty and one of the few games that seem to really push the PSP to its limits.
Controls: Here's where I felt the game was let down and of no fault to the developers, more due to the PSPs poor layout. The main problem like with most PSP games is the camera. Not having the option of a second analogue stick to control it results in some annoying camera placing. The camera is tied to the left bumper which when pressed centralises your character to the screen. This is fine when simply exploring but when fighting, makes your hand in to a sort of claw resulting in very painful playing.
It's probably just me as it's a very successful series but having to fight, run, dive AND keep your character centralised on the screen was simply too much. I kept missing my intended target due to having to focus on the camera so much.
Lifespan: Unfortunately I had to give up due to the control layouts but I've read plenty of people reckoning the game as 500+ hours. With the linking of PSPs for the multiplayer side too, you could be looking at a never-ending game.
Overall: It's a great game let down by a poor control scheme but if you can cope with it then I would definitely say to go for it. I personally would rather get a version of the game on one of the consoles with dual analogue sticks (PS2 and Wii).
Summary: Get a version with two analogue sticks
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