Monster Hunter: Freedom 2 Reviews (PSP)
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Cheat Code Central (Sep 05, 2007)
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.
Portable Review (Sep 29, 2007)
In the end, I would say that Capcom has crafted yet another amazing piece of software for my favorite handheld. Keep them coming, guys! Some of us here really like this series and can’t wait for Monster Hunter 3…for whatever next-gen console. To those of you who fit that bill, this game will have to tide you over until that day.
Game industry News (GiN) (Oct 20, 2007)
Lastly, the game can become quite addictive if you devote enough care into it. With over 250 quests, 70 Monsters, 700 different weapons, 1,400 pieces of armor, and a handful of different locales, for the type of game that it is, MHF2 has a lot going for it. And if it has the power to start drawing in a person that’s simply doing a review of the game, a person that doesn’t even really go for this branch of gaming, then there has to be some good things going on in this title.
TTGamer (Sep 26, 2007)
The bottom line is, if you like RPG's and Adventure games, then you'll really enjoy Monster Hunter Freedom 2. Just about everything from the visuals to the attention to detail and depth in this game lends itself far more to a PS2 gaming experience than your typical PSP gaming experience so for this Capcom should be commended. The only real overriding issue I see with this game is it definitely has that "built for the Japanese market" feel to it, and this could repel some gamers in the PAL and US regions. You really shouldn't let this turn you away though as Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is really up there as one of the better PSP games around, and it is a prime example of why this platform can be much more than just a portable time waster.
411mania.com (Nov 30, 2007)
This is a pretty nice piece of software. It has lost some of the luster since it has competition. If you like the original, you cannot go wrong picking up the sequel. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a very nice game. Considering how many games try to one up their previous installment by updating the game, it is a bit heartbreaking to see Capcom play it safe. They should have taken more chances with the property. However, that does not mean it is bad, it is just a little disappointing for someone that finished the previous game.
GameSpy (Aug 30, 2007)
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.
UOL Jogos (Sep 11, 2007)
"Monster Hunter Freedom 2" tem aqueles elementos que torna muito dos RPG sem limite de jogadores irresistíveis, que é a alegria da obtenção da recompensa (na forma de itens) e a satisfação de ver seu personagem evoluir com equipamentos cada vez mais fortes. Apesar de ser bom mesmo jogando sozinho, é no multiplayer que o jogo oferece a experiência completa. Definitivamente, não é um título para quem tem pouca experiência com games, visto sua grande complexidade, mas aqueles que gostam de um bom game de ação com RPG estão diante de um dos melhores e mais singulares títulos para o PSP. Só se lamenta a falta de um multiplayer online.
Gamer 2.0 (Sep 26, 2007)
Overall there’s a whole lot to this game. There’s pretty much something that’ll appeal to everyone who picks this title up and gives it a shot. 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. The Monster Hunter games have a great deal of potential and with this the future releases may only get better.
Worth Playing (Oct 16, 2007)
Monster Hunter 2: Freedom is a remarkably detailed game with a level of depth that is usually reserved for full game consoles and PCs. If you can deal with the frustration of battling with the horrible camera control system and the often mind-numbing inventory management, Monster Hunter 2 has a lot to offer, especially to fans of role-playing adventures. If you have a group of friends, the multiplayer mode will provide countless hours of fun.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Sep 16, 2007)
If that's you, then the knowledge that Monster Hunter Freedom 2 offers a lot more of the same should be all you need to know. For everyone else, this is so close to being a truly great game that it hurts. With a little more thought, a little more flexibility, it'd easily be one of the best titles on the PSP. 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.
Game Informer Magazine (Sep, 2007)
MHF is, at times, so slow it might put you to sleep if you're not careful. I just wish this game's world were wrapped around some truly awesome gameplay. As it stands, it's like a promising Christmas present that turns out to be one of grandma's sweaters.
4Players.de (Sep 23, 2007)
Die Idee ist großartig: Als einsamer Waidmann, der sich fast vollständig auf seine selbst erstellte Ausrüstung verlassen muss, durch eine bildschöne Wildnis zu pirschen, um Dinosaurier-ähnliche Wesen zu jagen, verspricht ein außergewöhnliches Abenteuer. Das Verwalten der Farm sowie das Kombinieren von Vorräten zu nützlichen Gegenständen gibt dem Spieler viele Freiheiten und ist dank aufwertbarer Ausrüstung sowie einem sanfteren Einstieg motivierender als zuvor. Die Umsetzung lässt allerdings zu wünschen übrig: Das alles versinkt auf Dauer im eintönigen Rhythmus von Materialbeschaffung und -umwandlung; die ebenfalls stets gleichen Aufträge schaffen hier kaum für Abwechslung. Besonders ärgerlich ist aber erst die Tatsache, dass die Entwickler kaum mehr tun, als ihren Vorgänger inklusive eines Add-Ons noch einmal ins Regal zu stellen - und dabei selbst über gravierende Mängel kulant hinwegschauen.
Lawrence (Sep 17, 2007)
This is the epitome of a game that about .002% of the gaming public will probably love with a passion, and the remaining 99.998% will be utterly baffled by it. Consider me firmly in the latter group. I spent most of my time either collecting items that I had no use for, or struggling with a very uncooperative camera. Like Naruto (and countless other PSP titles), it looks great for a portable but it’s dragged down by horrendous load times. If you are one of the small group of people that’ll really get into this game, however, you won’t be lacking things to do thanks to the mammoth amount of quests.
Kombo.com (Sep 04, 2007)
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is a solid title with a lot of customization, amazing graphics, and lots of freedom. With the lack of online play, tough camera, and a difficult battle system, the game suffers in key areas where the PS2 game shined. Although the game has a large quest log that will keep dedicated players around for a long time it will also scare off more timid gamers. Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is an improvement on the first Freedom but still falls short of its PS2 brethren.
Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 14, 2007)
Copier/coller du précédent volet, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 se saborde par certains côtés tout en profitant d'un contenu beaucoup plus riche que son modèle. De fait, si on peut difficilement accepter les soucis de caméra, les temps de chargements omniprésents ou des combats brouillons, l'aventure proposée profite d'un bestiaire enrichi et de multiples quêtes qui prennent une toute autre tournure en multijoueur. A vous de voir si vous vous sentez l'âme d'un guerrier solitaire ou celui d'un meneur d'hommes mais sachez que de cette interrogation, découlera un plaisir bien différent.
GameSpot (Sep 14, 2007)
It's easy to admire Monster Hunter Freedom 2's ambition--it has many of the ingredients of a good online RPG. But to handle all those disparate elements, you need a recipe for success, and that's something the game lacks. There's no coherent system or vision underneath all the quests, items, and monsters, and as a result the overall product is much less than the sum of its parts. While it certainly offers plenty of meat for those who decide to bag it, there is certainly better game elsewhere.
Video Games Daily (Oct 29, 2007)
Bogged down by far too many elementary mistakes and faults, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is not a worthwhile purchase. Not unless you know three other PSP owners that live nearby, are willing to spend time in the same room as you and can pick up a copy for themselves. Then it has something. Otherwise, it's a no-no. Two thumbs down.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Jun 13, 2008)
I can imagine the sort of person that might actually enjoy this game. This person spends hours on a train every day and has no money to buy any other more worthy title. This person also enjoys the most mediocre video game experience over an entertaining CD, podcast, book, or manga. This person absolutely loves killing time. To this person, I not only recommend this game but also extensive therapy. To everyone else – if you have too much time to kill on the train, just look out the window. It’s cheaper, more rewarding, and hey, the graphics are better.