Monster Hunter Freedom 2

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Monster Hunter Freedom 2
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Developer(s) Capcom Production Studio 1
Publisher(s) Capcom
Director(s) Yasunori Ichinose
Producer(s) Ryozo Tsujimoto
Designer(s) Katsuhiro Eguchi
Yuji Matsumoto
Shintaro Kojima
Mori‑bait
Kennsuke Imamura
4mono
Hirokazu Fujisaki
Akira Matsumoto
Kouki Fuse
Yuya Tokuda
Masanori Komine
Composer(s) Masato Kohda
Akihiko Narita
Yuko Komiyama
Series Monster Hunter
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release
  • JP: February 22, 2007
  • NA: August 28, 2007
  • KOR: August 28, 2007
  • EU: September 7, 2007
  • AU: September 12, 2007
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is a PlayStation Portable video game and sequel to Monster Hunter Freedom , it is largely based on its PlayStation 2 predecessor Monster Hunter 2, which was never released outside Japan. Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is not a direct port of Monster Hunter 2 but instead a portable update of the Monster Hunter series. New features have been added while others were removed to make the game appropriate for its portable platform. It was released in North America on August 28, 2007. Its Japanese counterpart is called Monster Hunter Portable 2nd(モンスターハンターポータブル 2nd,monsutā hantā pōtaburu 2nd).

PlayStation Portable handheld game console made by Sony

The PlayStation Portable (PSP) is a handheld game console that was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment as part of the seventh generation of video-game consoles. Development of the handheld console was announced during E3 2003 and it was unveiled on May 11, 2004, at a Sony press conference before the next E3. The system was released in Japan on December 12, 2004; in North America on March 24, 2005; and in the PAL region on September 1, 2005. It competed with the Nintendo DS.

<i>Monster Hunter Freedom</i> 2005 video game

Monster Hunter Freedom is an action role-playing game for the PlayStation Portable. It is a handheld re-mastered version of the first two games in the Monster Hunter series and it is based mostly on Monster Hunter G. The game's aim is to complete quests given by various people in the goal of attaining higher and more prestigious hunting ranks. However, this game contains many changes in order to allow playing through most quests alone. It was criticized for its unusually long loading-screens and its slow pacing, both of which have been improved in the sequel.

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Contents

Gameplay

Most Quests in Monster Hunter Freedom 2 involve killing one or two 'Boss' class monsters. Smaller quests at the beginning will involve gathering items and killing small creatures.

Quests are generally divided into three difficulty levels: those from the Village Chief, known as 'Elder' quests; those for a lower Hunter Rank (HR3 or lower)from the Guild; those for hunters who have obtained higher Hunter Ranks (HR4 or above), also from the Guild, and lastly there are Treasure hunting Quests given by Treshi the Treasure Hunter. Hunters can always accept quests that are available for the same or lower Hunter Rank, but cannot take quests or join quests initiated by other higher Ranked players, unless they have the required Hunter Rank (i.e. if an HR5 player initiates a quest requiring an HR of 4, HRs 4, 5 and 6 may join while HRs 1, 2 and 3 may not). There are also quests offered by the village's Training School. Quests offered by the Training school require no items or equipment; pre-made equipment and item sets are supplied. Treasure hunting quests are gathering quests with rare items that you cannot keep but are awarded points to add to your ending score, which you are rewarded for.

The quests that are taken from the Village Elder are quests specific to single player, so they are also sometimes considered "lower" rank quests. Monsters inside these quests are weakened in terms of their hit points to suit a single hunter quest, but they only offer basic materials that can only create weapons of lower rarity.

Lower Hunter Rank quests from the guild offers the same materials as Elder quests, but they allow up to 4 Hunters via ad-hoc play or XLink Kai. Monsters have slightly increased hit points in this type of quest.

Higher Hunter Rank quests are considered the most difficult in the game, and are the equivalent of 'G' rank missions in Monster Hunter Freedom and Monster Hunter G. Besides considerable hitpoint increases, monsters have greatly increased damage and can feature new attack moves, making them harder to defeat. Many of the rarest materials can only be found in this type of quest. These rare materials can be used to create rare and powerful equipment that can kill monsters easier,but in return you will start in a random area and supplies will not be delivered until the battle is nearly done.

Downloadable quests often provide special materials that can create bonus equipment that cannot be created otherwise.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic 72/100 [1]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Edge 7/10 [2]
EGM 6.17/10 [3]
Eurogamer 7/10 [4]
Game Informer 7/10 [5]
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GameSpot 5/10 [7]
GameSpy Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [8]
GameTrailers 7.6/10 [9]
GameZone8.2/10 [10]
IGN 8.3/10 [11]
PSM 7/10 [12]
411Mania8/10 [13]

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic. [1]

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As of March 31, 2008, the game has sold 2.15 million copies, according to Capcom. [14] As of July 9, 2008, the game has sold 1,701,980 copies in Japan, according to Famitsu . [15] [16] As of January 4, 2009, the re-release of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G under the "Best" brand, has sold 271,000 copies in Japan. [17] Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G was the best-selling game of Japan in 2008, selling 2,452,111 in that year (expect "PSP the Best"), beating other major titles such as Pokémon Platinum and Wii Fit . [18] Famitsu also gave the 2nd G version a score of all four nines for a total of 36 out of 40. [19]

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