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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 4.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.2
Text / Vocal Parser How sophisticated the text/vocal parser is for games that use text or voice as input. 4.3
Overall User Score (8 votes) 4.2

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Game Chronicles (Apr 16, 2004)
Roughly seven years ago, the developers at Tecmo released a very interesting game for the Sony Playstation known as Monster Rancher. This RPG/Fighting game allowed players to assume the role of an eager young monster trainer who creates and raises his pocket monsters to become the best of the best in a Pokemon-like world where monster fighting reigns supreme. While this seemed like a strange concept at the time, the Monster Rancher series has managed to spawn three great sequels spanning over 2 consoles and continues to be among the best of its genre, wacky or not.
IGN (Nov 18, 2003)
Is it just us, or is nearly every review ever written for the Monster Rancher series always prefaced with the line "this isn't for everyone?" As true as that statement may actually be, the game is obviously appealing to somebody because over the last two generations, all four of the Japanese Monster Farm titles have been released in North America. And while we're definitely quick to agree that it'll never achieve the same widespread popularity that games such as Grand Theft Auto or Halo have enjoyed, it certainly makes us wonder how many hidden fans this franchise really has. Because for a game that isn't supposed to have a lot of mainstream appeal, it's certainly doesn't act the part.
GameZone (Nov 24, 2003)
Lately, it seems as though the card game and a lot of the video game industry have been dominated by the “pocket monster” style of titles, and kids or grownups nowadays have access to everything from Pokemon to Digimon to Yu-Gi-Oh. Back a few years ago before all of this hype really seemed to take off here in the states, Tecmo released a really fun, addictive, and at first overlooked title called Monster Rancher for the Playstation system, which allowed players to not only raise but create their own monsters from CD’s or PSX disks. Here we are past 2000 and long after the launch of what could probably be dubbed as the original U.S. pocket monster release for video game systems, and Tecmo has now released Monster Rancher 4 for the PS2 system to show that they are still one of the best in the business.
Game Critics (Dec 17, 2003)
I hate Monster Rancher. No other series turns me into such a complete vegetable, helpless to do anything but sit in front of my PlayStation 2 devoting hours upon hours the way this one does. I'm usually a very responsible guy, but this game made me late for work, delay much-needed showers, skip meals, and put off anything that wasn't staring me dead in the face. As a matter of fact, I even turned this review in late, and it was all because I kept telling myself "I need to win just one more tournament."
Gaming Target (Dec 17, 2003)
Since the beginning of the series in 1997, Tecmo’s Monster Rancher franchise has always been almost exclusively about gameplay, with the “story” thrown in as an afterthought. In Monster Rancher 4, however, the series takes a bit of a different twist -- for the first time, a Monster Rancher game features an actual story, with actual characters! Or at least, that was Tecmo’s big promise...
Game Over Online (Mar 25, 2004)
The original Monster Rancher came out at a time when it was perfectly primed to take advantage of the burgeoning popularity of Pokemon. Since 1997, the series has amassed a sizable following with multiple sequels spanning the PlayStation, PS2, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. With the exception of Monster Rancher Battle Cards: Episode II, every game in the franchise has proven to be genuinely entertaining pocket monster-esque diversions. Monster Rancher 4 for the PS2 is no exception. While retaining the ever-popular method of generating different types of monsters using random CDs and DVDs, MR4 gets back to the roots of the series and keeps the proceedings straightforward and fun. Fans of the Monster Rancher games and newcomers alike should find the fourth game to be an enjoyable experience, though it is a bit simplistic.
Game Freaks 365 (Nov 28, 2003)
The replay value of this game is nearly endless. With over 320 monsters to raise, you will be at this game for a long time. About the only thing that keeps this game from having a perfect replay value is the fact that there really is no story after a certain point. Once you have completed the story, there really isn’t much more, but that doesn’t inhibit the game much seeing how this is the first Monster Rancher game to have a story. Monster Rancher 4 is a great game overall. Definitely not something you could confuse with Pokemon or something of that sort, so if you like RPGs with monster raising, then this game is a great buy or a great rent.
GameSpot (Dec 02, 2003)
Kissing cousins to the Pokémon series, Tecmo's Monster Rancher games have, over the years, managed to set themselves apart from Nintendo's pocket monsters with a greater focus on training and arena fighting and with a unique character creation system, which uses data read from a CD or DVD to determine what type of monster you get. Though Monster Rancher 3 made some pretty sweeping changes to the series' formula, Monster Rancher 4 ignores most of them and takes things back to basics. The resulting game is one that will please fans of Monster Rancher, but won't do much for players unfamiliar with the series.
Geeks Under Grace (Apr 06, 2017)
If you're a fan of monster taming games, life simulators, or easy-going RPGs Monster Rancher 4 may suit your tastes. It's far from intense, the story is very easy to follow, and the characters aren't exactly complicated or diverse, but it's a solid enough game both as part of the Monster Rancher series and as a stand-alone. It certainly won't challenge the player mentally, save for towards the end if you can make it to the S cup in the competitions. It's easy to pick up and hard to put down. When it gets a little repetitive, it's easy to come back to after however long of a break you need.