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Monster Rancher 2 is a great game and anyone who enjoyed the first one should snap this one up as soon as possible. It's important to know that for those who do own the first game, your monsters are compatible and can be converted into this game too, a great technical gift from the folks at Temco. We highly recommend it.
Monster Rancher 2 does what every sequel should - it enhances and refines the basic formula of the original without taking away anything essential. Monster Rancher 2 delivers all the fun of the original game with enough extras to keep the gameplay fresh and the premise interesting. Fans of the first game should feel at home with the sequel, while those new to monster ranching should be able to dive right in.
In the end, all that can be said is that Monster Rancher 2 stands out as one of the greatest and more innovative of the breeding/RPGs today. Monster Rancher has its own hold in the market, with a mediocre anime, many lesser-known games and, fortunately, a great new sequel coming soon for the PlayStation 2. Fans of the series have every reason to be excited.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
As always, any game that does something that has never been done before, or that is done exceedingly rarely, gets major cool points from me. Monster Rancher was a one in a million game that left an indelible mark on tens of thousands of gamers, and Monster Rancher 2 is a more than worthy sequel. Anyone who liked the first will fall instantly in love with the second. Even if you’ve never heard of the series, I offer my highest, unconditional recommendation that you try MR2 out at your earliest convenience. Tecmo’s offering isn’t going to disappoint anyone.
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
You either own the first Monster Rancher and want to know if the second installment is any good, or are new to the title and curious to see if it's worth purchasing. Giving an answer to the former is easy: the sequel is better than the original, with more monsters and a whole lot more play value. The secondary character, Colt, adds a great side story element that keeps things interesting even through the long months of training. The basics of monster raising and battling are not that much different from the first one, but there's no reason to change something that worked well in the first place.
The only major flaw in the game is its own premise- I believe that a virtual pet game similar to the popular Pokemon on Gameboy would be more interesting because you get to raise your monsters while exploring and solving puzzles. In Monster Rancher 2 you're confined to your ranch most the time, pressing buttons in order to raise your monster's statistics. If you're interested in playing with strange little monsters, then this is your best choice. Otherwise, leave it to your little brothers and sisters and check out the numerous Playstation games that are suitable for adults.
As it is Monster Rancher 2 is a joy to play, if somewhat lacking in originality now. Recommended, but only just!