Monster Rancher

PlayStation
  • Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Nov 30, 1997
Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
Buy On
  1. If you don't value your time to any great extent besides playing video games, give this gem a try. If it hooks you, it hooks you big time!
  2. A superb game. There is really nothing like it on any platform. With an infinite replay value and immersing gameplay, it keeps you coming back for more and more.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    80
    Make weird customizable beasts, then let them kill each other. [Jan 2004, p.188]
  4. You'll actually feel a loss if (and when) your star monster passes on. You might start to relate better to your monster than to actual people.
  5. 90
    An incredibly original title that also happens to be a barrel of fun.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Nov 13, 2018
    9
    This is really a great game, there is so much to love about it, must play for sure!
  2. Aug 26, 2016
    9
    Timeless game restricted by advancing technology.

    To truly enjoy the full extent of this game you need a pretty good CD collection, not
    Timeless game restricted by advancing technology.

    To truly enjoy the full extent of this game you need a pretty good CD collection, not DVD's, they have to be Compact Disc format. If you know where to look this kind of thing isn't hard to find or expensive, but it's a minor inconvenience to enjoy a game with such a perfect foundation.

    If monster rancher was remade with the exact same game mechanics (but with the ability to scan dvds along with blue ray and the original compact cds), and graphics that rivaled modern AAA titles, I would buy that without hesitation. As it stands now nothing has ever really captured the original monster rancher's formula since this game's release. Pokemon never had the amount of content and interesting animations monster rancher had. and Digimon has never managed to make a game series that stuck.

    Even compared with games today, this game is still a blast to play.
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  3. Jul 11, 2014
    10
    This is one of those games I always return to,
    Amazing replayablility, this Breeding Simulation, Monster RPG is one of the most satisfying
    This is one of those games I always return to,
    Amazing replayablility, this Breeding Simulation, Monster RPG is one of the most satisfying ways to pass hours of time.

    With memorable Monsters and fun collection quests, it's possible to play the entire game through and never see 50% of it's content.

    If you enjoy things a little off the beaten path, then do yourself a favor and try this out, as there truly is nothing quite like it.
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