• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2007
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Unless you're reading something between the lines that was consciously unintentional, you will undoubtedly conclude that I love this game. If you want to love this game as well, all you got to do is get your hands on a copy. It's that simple.
  2. Bring a friend or three, and find out why Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is the most important Japanese PSP game yet. [July 2007, p.69]
  3. The game has, arguably, the largest scope available on the PSP with anywhere between 50-80 hours of gameplay. This is a huge game and fans of the original will probably eat this up and beg for more.
  4. 85
    The depth and quality of the special quests, like the two-player treasure hunts, makes Monster Hunter Freedom 2 exceptionally replayable, but as previously mentioned, your experience boils down to having people to play with, lest the game's depth be squandered.
  5. 83
    The learning curve in the beginning will keep the riff-raff away, but those who stick around will find hundreds of quests, items to combine and a serious upgrade game sure to keep them -- and their ad-hoc friends -- entertained for a ton of hours.
  6. With literally hundreds of options, a multitude of quests and the ability to play with other players, this sequel deserves a spot in any gamers’ PSP library.
  7. A joy to play. There's tons to do, and immaculate attention to detail really brings this charming and gritty game to life. [Sept 2007, p.102]
  8. This game delivers one of the better RPG experiences on the PSP console. It is put together well and gives you quite a bang for your buck, just make sure you aren't a casual gamer.
  9. If you own a PSP and want a challenging game, an action game that makes you think, or want to try something new, pick this up. If you only want casual handheld-friendly titles, avoid it. Actually, try it anyway. You may like it.
  10. If MHF2 had gone the extra mile to delivered Infrastructure mode, well, there would be no stopping this game. As it stands, it's an engrossing, complex adventure game that rewards the player willing to invest a lot of time in exploring its subtleties.
  11. 80
    Despite its kooky issues and demoralizing difficulty, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 has totally succeeded in becoming our go-to game for the PSP. Its huge world and endless supply of items and doodads are more than enough to occupy a player for months.
  12. 80
    If you're looking for a long-term relationship with your handheld action RPG, and can suffer through a couple of rough patches, you will find yourself in the loving embrace of all the addictive content Monster Hunter Freedom 2 has to offer.
  13. Overall there’s a whole lot to this game. Although, it might take some getting used to or a forgivable attitude towards the game because of the game’s lack of a lock-on feature, funky yet workable camera and frequent load times.
  14. Larger size aside, little has changed from the original. But four-player Ad Hoc is a hoot! [Oct 2007, p.70]
  15. More of the same, sure. But considering how much more fans are getting, that’s hardly a knock against the game. And even though games of this type almost require internet capability, there’s plenty of grinding to be done and you’ll get a lot of play time for your dollar, provided it’s your cup of tea.
  16. A remarkably detailed game with a level of depth that is usually reserved for full game consoles and PCs.
  17. 75
    It's not for everyone but for those of you looking for a challenging game with a look and feel all its own with enough rewards to keep you going, schools open and Monster Hunting 101 is in session.
  18. 75
    Monster Hunter Freedom 2 plays much like the love child of Phantasy Star Online and World of Warcraft, but lacking the online component. It may prove daunting for many, but could be the perfect match for those looking for a hefty adventure.
  19. Even with the sheer volume of stuff to do in the game, there have no real improvements over the last game in the series, aside from the inclusion of the ad-hoc multiplay – they’ve even taken a step backwards by forcing players to team up in order to take on half the quests.
  20. Persistent players will find it to be one of the best multiplayer experiences on PSP. [Dec 2007, p.95]
  21. Sadly, just as your monster hunting hero is prone to do, it comes within striking distance of greatness, but then swings hopelessly wide and just misses the mark.
  22. Monster Hunter Freedom 2 might not set the gaming world ablaze with new ideas and boundary-pushing gameplay, but it further refines a genre of gaming that really seems to find a niche on the PSP - the action RPG.
  23. For true Monster Hunters, this is everything you could have hoped for in a PSP version – minus the “portable” part.
  24. It almost feels a little too familiar for its own good.
  25. A beautiful experience that requires patience, but those looking for instant gratification should look elsewhere. [Nov 2007, p.89]
  26. Missions are fairly repetitive and directionless, and the load times are a little too long. MHF is, at times, so slow it might put you to sleep if you’re not careful.
  27. 70
    It's not impossible to learn the button layout, and the camera gets a little less broken with practice. Exploring the vast world of Monster Hunter is a lot of fun, and there are so many well thought-out systems that it seems like there's always something new to discover or create.
  28. As it is, though, it's merely a very fun game for those willing to overlook its problems. [Oct 2007, p.55]
  29. Fun online, but a weak single-player, duff quests and some seriously ropey combat make this a disappointment. [Oct 2007, p.82]
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Apr 23, 2013
    0
    The only thing I like about this game is its variety of different kinds of monsters and animals. However, with the lack of autolock and the camera control I've ever seen, this game is just a pain in the ass to play. Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2013
    1
    Got Bored playing this Game within a few Hours..It has no Story...but just endless Slashing of Animals which at one point of time become a pain in the Ass !! Full Review »
  3. Oct 30, 2011
    10
    "wow. the ignorance of American game reviewers truly astounds me." ChrisBB makes a statement that the American reviewers are quick to dismiss Japanese titles. Let's face it BB Japan has been in a creative slump for years and the other countries are the only developers willing to try (or take a risk) on something new. All I have seen from Japan are the same spreadsheet style rpg games, the fighting games (like Street Fighter) and a collage of the same dating-esque sim style games. Which they have been releasing for over twenty years. Monster hunter is good but it really doesn't hold up to the originality of many other titles being released. Did you really think a game where you kill dinosaurs hasn't been done before? Seriously, take a look at some of the independent titles being released by Japan vs other developers, you got Minecraft on one side and the same old JRPG title on the other. Western people need to stop over-glorifying these profit orientated dip **** They suck the life out of the industry. Full Review »