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  • Summary: Monster Hunter offers gamers the challenge of exploring vastly detailed environments confronting mammoth creatures and completing the numerous quests that await them. The game can be enjoyed either single player offline or four player online. In Monster Hunter, the world is a much simplerMonster Hunter offers gamers the challenge of exploring vastly detailed environments confronting mammoth creatures and completing the numerous quests that await them. The game can be enjoyed either single player offline or four player online. In Monster Hunter, the world is a much simpler placefor early civilization. Fantastic creatures from all walks of life coexist with mankind. The struggle to hunt or be hunted rules the world. As young monster hunters, players will face a variety of quests and battle against powerful beings either aloneor with the aid of others. Players begin by selecting and customizing their main character from a host of groups, each with their own arsenal and fighting techniques. Monster Hunter unfolds as expeditions are revealed and players are given the option to choose between the wide ranges of challenging assignments they would like to undertake. Objectives vary from defeating specific beasts, protecting a town or collecting items. Hunters are richly rewarded for every accomplished objective or the valiant efforts put forth during battle, allowing them to obtain more powerful weapons and equipment. The world continues to expand as difficult missions are successfully accomplished. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Whilst certainly not free of issues, Monster Hunter is equal measures out-and-out fun and out-and-out terror, delivered fantastically well in both online and offline modes. The game provides a PSO-style game for the PS2, and offering pick-up-and-play online gaming without the need to commit to hours at a time.
  2. For scratching that online teamplay itch though, not much else around satisfies quite like this. [Dec 2004, p.82]
  3. If you're able to accept the unorthodox control scheme, the mediocre single-player game (at least it has one), a troublesome camera, and the lack of an effective lock-on mechanism, then you're tough enough to reap Monster Hunter's unique benefits. [Dec 2004, p.162]
  4. The only thing you need to know about Monster Hunter is that offline it's about as fun as an allnight marathon of infomercials. Online is a different story entirely. If you don't have a PS2 network adapter then don't even waste your time.
  5. The game just has this awful, clunky, ugly interface that had me dreaming of the elegance of "Phantasy Star Online." But even so, there is a level of addiction to be had here as there is in any decent online game. [Nov 2004, p.76]
  6. For a single player, Monster Hunter doesn’t offer much. It’s designed to be played together with other people over the Internet. Clunky controls and the wonky camera system make it hard to get into, as does the frustrating amount of menus you have to wade through to simply get into the multiplayer part. [May 2005, p 60]
  7. 30
    Though the graphics are sharp, the world is tiny and the pain-in-the-ass controls make killing monsters a chore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jason
    Sep 24, 2004
    10
    I enjoy this game. It sort of goes away from the standard leveling processes and in that sense, kills some of the monotony of MMORPGs. The I enjoy this game. It sort of goes away from the standard leveling processes and in that sense, kills some of the monotony of MMORPGs. The fighting system is actually fun for once, and the best thing about it: NO ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION FEE. Gotta love that. Expand
  2. ErikL.
    Jan 23, 2007
    10
    I love how this game is reviewed badly by criticsbut everyone who plays loves it. I cant thing of anything bad to say about this game I sunk I love how this game is reviewed badly by criticsbut everyone who plays loves it. I cant thing of anything bad to say about this game I sunk over 500 hours collecting all the armor. Expand
  3. Vigieous
    Nov 25, 2004
    10
    In all sites i see: review rating 6/10 and user rating 10/10 ...lol GREAT GAME of course.
  4. JoshM.
    Jan 20, 2005
    10
    This has to be the best game I've ever played. The graphics are awesome and there is a large selection of items, weapons and armor.
  5. ChrisM.
    Aug 21, 2006
    10
    This is one of the best games ever. Ihave been playing for over 200 hours and i cant get enough of killing these dragons for fun or for This is one of the best games ever. Ihave been playing for over 200 hours and i cant get enough of killing these dragons for fun or for weapon and armor material. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2014
    9
    Eh, as always... Chech reviews and critics and You`ll always skip a good game. Sometimes it`s hard to belive that`s not their job. xD
    This
    Eh, as always... Chech reviews and critics and You`ll always skip a good game. Sometimes it`s hard to belive that`s not their job. xD
    This game is honestly one of the best experience You can get on PS2. If You like challanging games, like to test Your skills and memory... and above all You have a lot of patience and strong will - well, You gonna love this title.
    Trust me. I did.
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  7. JosephS.
    Oct 8, 2009
    0
    This game is awesome, don't get me wrong. But all online capabilities have been taken down. So a very very LARGE chunk of what made this This game is awesome, don't get me wrong. But all online capabilities have been taken down. So a very very LARGE chunk of what made this game great is gone, and I almost cried when I bought this game along with my friend 6 months ago only to find out the server provider had gone kaput for good. My advice: buy the PSP version, Freedom Unite. It has more content and though it has no online, you can play with friends nearby. Expand

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