• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Sep 21, 2004
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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
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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. PSM Magazine
    80
    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. Cheat Code Central
    70
    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. Play Magazine
    67
    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. Pelaaja (Finland)
    60
    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 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. MartijnB.
    Sep 26, 2004
    10
    A good game i have it my self the best game ever.
  2. GregR.II
    Sep 8, 2004
    10
    Awesome, I have a strong dislike for RPGonline type games, but this is the exception!!!!
  3. 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
  4. BryceA.
    Dec 24, 2004
    10
    This is a great game! Many people are so used to being able to kill things so easily that they're forgetting what a challenging game is. This is a great game! Many people are so used to being able to kill things so easily that they're forgetting what a challenging game is. The buttons are a little different from other games but everygame has its drawbacks. The unique setting is definitely a plus...its good to get away from all of the space-aged games for a while. The online gaming experience is great, and the offline gaming experience is good too.Especially for people that are trying to learn the basics of the game. i love it that you can take your offline character online. This game definitely deserves more praise. Expand
  5. MalcolmVC
    Aug 16, 2005
    10
    I just wanna ask, HOW..... HOW could a game THIS good, get such crappy reveiws??? I play alot, and I mean a lot, of video games, and frankly, I just wanna ask, HOW..... HOW could a game THIS good, get such crappy reveiws??? I play alot, and I mean a lot, of video games, and frankly, I thought the FF's were kinda' short... I love LONG ASS GAMES! And this, I think, is 1 of them, hell, I got over 350 hours on it, and I still haven't beatn it.... I just wanna give kudos to the ppl who gave it an 80 or more, like PSM, cuz they know what they're talkin bout. heres my reveiw of everything... Graphics: 10 Gameplay: 10 Idea: 10 Online: 10+ Music: 6 SFX: 10 Controls: 9.5 Realism: 10 Overall: 9.8 The music, I turn off, and just put on my own, 'cept for lao-shan-lung, the awesome 500 ft. dragon w/ the awesome music. Controls get a little getting used to, but, when u are, they rock. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2012
    10
    A textbook example of why one should never, EVER trust biased and in all likelihood rushed critics reviews. This is the absolute best game onA textbook example of why one should never, EVER trust biased and in all likelihood rushed critics reviews. This is the absolute best game on PS2, PERIOD, and that's coming from someone who has only played a single player mode (I wasn't aware you could play online with PS2 at the time). Do yourself a favour and try one of the finest action RPG game ever created. The gamerkind will forever be in your debt. Expand
  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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Awards & Rankings

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#43 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#49 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004