Monster Rancher EVO PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Monster Rancher EVO presents a true evolution of the series, adding deeper gameplay, strong role-playing elements and a captivating character-driven story to the popular monster breedin facet you've come to enjoy from the series. You'll balance monster breeding with role-playing explorationMonster Rancher EVO presents a true evolution of the series, adding deeper gameplay, strong role-playing elements and a captivating character-driven story to the popular monster breedin facet you've come to enjoy from the series. You'll balance monster breeding with role-playing exploration as you join in the adventures of Julio, a young circus performer with dreams of becoming a champion monster breeder. Traveling with Julie and the circus to seven different towns, you'll encounter new adventures and make new friends who can help you with training and breeding monsters. With a two-phase training system, three-on-three battles and the ability to raise multiple monsters at a time, you'll want to experience for yourself, this evolution in monster breeding...Monster Rancher EVO, the dawn of a new RPG. [Tecmo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. It’s a refreshing change of direction for the series, and the biggest makeover I’ve ever seen a series undergo without jumping up to a next-generation platform. Well done!
  2. 70
    It keeps everything that fans love about the series and adds more to the experience. Although gamers looking for a deep experience may find the game lacking in some respects, casual gamers looking for a refreshing adventure won't be disappointed.
  3. 65
    Trying to grow the concept of the Monster Rancher series is a fine idea, but an unbalanced system of monster upgrades, minimizing the core franchise concept of tournaments and skewing the difficulty level thanks to the "RPG-like" adventure stages isn't the best way to do it.
  4. Neat ability to create monsters from discs, but repetitive gameplay will please only its hardcore fans.
  5. 55
    It offered up an RPG element, a deeper plotline and the chance to take monsters on more interesting adventures; however, it didn't do any of these things WELL and worse than that, it seemed to remove many of the elements that made the originals so damn fun to play.
  6. Avoid this game like the plague. There's just no reason to even get into the changes that were made because they all deteriorate into needless tedium. Go buy a copy of "MR4" instead; it's infinitely more fun.
  7. The critical requirements of a Monster Rancher title, that monster-raising be streamlined and rewarding, and the RPG sections be challenging and playable, are miserably out of reach for Monster Rancher EVO, with almost every part of the title a confusing, tedious mess that should make the average player ill with boredom.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jun 12, 2006
    7
    Don't get this game if you can't handle RPGs. Just one thing to say...this game is a total change from the other monster ranchers Don't get this game if you can't handle RPGs. Just one thing to say...this game is a total change from the other monster ranchers but I think it is for the better. Expand
  2. Wheelchair
    Apr 8, 2008
    4
    As a die-hard fan of the Monster Rancher series, I practically cried after I actually got to playing this. The first few hours were fun, butAs a die-hard fan of the Monster Rancher series, I practically cried after I actually got to playing this. The first few hours were fun, but that's only because I spent them resurrecting monsters from discs, and even that is lacking due to the pitiful number of monsters in this game. The characters were practically made of paper, and the villians scream "Team Rocket". The entire story of the game seemed thrown together at the last minute, and they completely dissected the concepts of training, raising, and battling monsters. Why would Tecmo do this? Now none of the good, new MR games(MRDS and MRO) will make it here. Expand
  3. KorilDragonic
    Jun 3, 2006
    3
    Look, this game is less a monster rancher than it is a monster FACTORY. Raising and caring for your beast has been reduced to assigning a Look, this game is less a monster rancher than it is a monster FACTORY. Raising and caring for your beast has been reduced to assigning a person to do all the work for you, then using said monster for your own personal gain. The purpose for raising these creatures, FIGHTING, has all but been REMOVED from this game. And anyone who says the "RPG" qualities redeem this travesty has never played this game! MR 4 had a more in-depth story than this. In fact, go play THAT game instead! The "music" is endless whining circus tunes, with little of the vibrant music you'd expect of an accordian playing main character. It sounds more like an organ grinder on a sleezy street corner. I actually turned the BGM OFF when playing. For you MR fans out there, you'll know how bad this game is when I say Monster Rancher 3 is better than this. But if you're desperate for a fix like I am, then all you can do is brace yourself and hope you won't be turned off the series forever by this Monstrosity of a Monster Rancher. Collapse
  4. JerimiahW.
    Oct 3, 2006
    3
    I completly agree with KoriDragonic, and I'm very disapointed; this is for everyone, I have been a Monster Rancher fan from the I completly agree with KoriDragonic, and I'm very disapointed; this is for everyone, I have been a Monster Rancher fan from the begining, and this game at best! deserves to be titled "MR kids edition". Please do not do this again Tecmo; knowing what I know now, I wouldnt want this game if it was givin to me. Expand

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#11 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006