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  • Summary: Mocchi, Suezo and Golem are back in Monster Rancher 4. The latest entry in the Monster Rancher series is comprised of a mass of new features including a multi-breeding and training program, full customization of training facilities, and a brand new interactive action/adventure element, creating a new game that goes years beyond its predecessors. Along with a host of new features Monster Rancher 4 will bring back some of its fan's favorite elements including everyone's favorite characters, Mocchi, Suezo, and Golem! Monster Rancher 4 includes a multi-breeding and training program where you can breed and train multiple monsters simultaneously. Fully customize your training facilities with a variety of training equipment to select from. The more efficiently you plan out your training facilities the better you will be able to train your new monsters. [Tecmo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. You'll get out of it what you put in. You can get into the game fairly quickly, but the real rewards come from investing time in the exploration and monster-developing aspects of the game.
  2. RPG fan or not, Monster Rancher 4 gives everybody a little taste of something.
  3. The innovative monster-creating facet alone will surely entertain for hours and leave a lasting impression on any newcomers to the series.
  4. 80
    While the story line is relayed in a disappointing series of 2D images and conversation captions (no animated cut-scenes or voice acting), and even the fights don't push the PS2 to its graphical limit, the interactive gameplay is entertaining enough to make up for it.
  5. I hate Monster Rancher. No other series turns me into such a complete vegetable, helpless to do anything but sit in front of my PlayStation 2 devoting hours upon hours the way this one does.
  6. The series is definitely starting to show its age, at this point, and only a fan could overlook some of the game's shortcomings. In the end, however, the formula still works.
  7. With no real sense of connection with your monsters, or of engagement with the clumsily delivered plot, there is little here to help the game overcome its tendency towards charmless, chore-based repetition. [Jan 2004, p.106]

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