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Monster Hunter (PS2), similar to PSO?
post Feb 6 2004, 01:00 PM
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Capcom's Monster Hunter has been on our radar since the game was first revealed at Capcom's pre-E3 event last year. The unique online game casts you in the role of a prospective monster hunter out trying to make a living. We got a brief look at the game in playable form at last year's Tokyo Game Show but have finally been able to get a solid feel for what to expect from it at Capcom's recent press event.

The promising game seems like a mix of slick, original ideas along with an evolution of many of the gameplay elements introduced in Sega's Phantasy Star Online. You'll create a character that you can use in either single-player or multiplayer mode, and you can customize it by tweaking a number of features. Aside from being able to personalize your character's name, gender, face, hair style, hair color, and voice, you'll have to decide which faction your character comes from. Monster Hunter will feature several different groups, which all have unique arsenals and fighting techniques. Once you've created your virtual avatar you can choose to hop into an offline or online mode.

The game's story appears to be fairly simple and serves as more of a gateway to get you into hunting than anything else. You'll play as a young monster hunter who is looking for some prestige. Your road to notoriety will be a long one, thanks to a deliberate design that ensures you don't plow through the game. You'll have to talk to different characters and look into expeditions that will send you out into the wild world. However, the development of individual characters doesn't hinge only on clearing levels but also on the strength of the weapons and protective gear you'll possess, which will influence action and battle tactics. Weapon shops located in the neighboring towns and villages let you buy, create, or strengthen powerful weapons and armor using items collected during combat and the skin or horns acquired from monsters you've killed. The effectiveness of items will vary depending on the materials used to produce them. Capcom is stating that the variety of armaments used or obtained is almost limitless.

The core gameplay online or offline is simply to get stuff by killing things--the tried-and-true method of other action RPGs. As you collect items and check in with the local guild in the town you reside in, new expeditions of varying difficulty will open up. The collection element in the game looks pretty cool--you can collect items and use them to power up your armor or weapon. As you'd expect, such items don't grow on trees and have to be used carefully to ensure maximum gain for all your hard work. However, no matter how solid the single-player game is, the online multiplayer mode is going to be the place to be. Fellow human players help you tackle the nasty creatures in the game, and you'll also be able to trade unwanted items with them.

Controlling your character is pretty easy, especially if you've played PSO and have had to deal with centering a camera behind you fairly often during combat. The interesting addition to the mix is using the right analog stick to attack, as opposed to a face button. Directional combinations of left and right or up and down will let you perform combos that can seriously hurt your quarry. You'll have one weapon whose firepower will vary depending on what you choose to use over the course of a hunt. You'll find quite the arsenal to choose from before heading out, but you'll have to be very comfortable with your choice, since you'll be stuck with it for a while. As usual, larger weapons are deadly but slow, while smaller weapons do less damage but afford you greater attack speed. In addition to using traditional weapons such as swords, you'll be able to use guns and set traps that will come in handy for taking down the larger creatures.

The online multiplayer game in Monster Hunter is pretty standard but looks to be fun and addictive. You can participate in group sessions with up to three other players. You can either compete to see who can be the first to achieve certain goals or work as a team to take down powerful monsters and accomplish tasks. For example, you can work collectively to create traps for unsuspecting monsters or distract a monster's attention so that a party member can escape from a dragon's nest. In addition, new quests and items will be slated to follow over the course of your time with the game.

The graphics in Monster Hunter are looking sharp and are certainly atmospheric. The lush prehistoric setting has allowed for the creation of some expansive and beautiful environments that are chock-full of monsters of all shapes and sizes. You'll encounter everything from mellow herbivores to much more aggressive velociraptor-like creatures. And the poster boys for pain in the adventure appear to be massive wyverns that come in a variety of strains that are all pretty deadly.

From what we played so far, Monster Hunter is looking very promising. We noticed a few hitches to the control system that could be smoothed out, such as the camera and use of the right analog stick for attacks, but the game has a good feel to it already. Monster Hunter is currently slated to ship this fall for the PlayStation 2. Look for more on the game in the coming months.


This game looks pretty darn sweet. Unfortunately the release date is still TBA so it's no telling when we'll see this game. Perhaps Capcom will reveal some more on this one at E3.

Also, check out the official trailer 2. It's intense. beigebigeek.gif

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post Sep 8 2004, 02:57 PM
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I'll be getting it, and will go online eventually, but not on day one. I'll be spending some time offline first, so I can get the basics of the game down.

When I go online also depends on how much I get into Fable.

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Mute   Monster Hunter (PS2)   Feb 6 2004, 01:00 PM
Riel   Nice!!!!!!!yes this ga...   Feb 6 2004, 05:20 PM
Mute   The official website has been updated. Of course, ...   Feb 24 2004, 12:41 PM
DarkEpyon   This one looks like it could be good.   Feb 24 2004, 10:54 PM
Dive   I am bumping this because I saw some footage from ...   May 18 2004, 02:57 AM
unitself   I read about this one in the latest GMR magazine (...   May 18 2004, 08:42 AM
rikku   This game is definitily one I'll be keeping my...   May 18 2004, 12:08 PM
Sgt. Retehi   Drinking contests. Doesn't look like much...   May 18 2004, 01:01 PM
DJ_Donkey   HAHAHA omg get drunk! Virtual style! --d-...   May 18 2004, 01:14 PM
Crushinator   QUOTE (Dive @ May 18 2004, 02:57 AM) Man I w...   May 18 2004, 04:36 PM
DJ_Donkey   SUPER BUMP!! OK guys this game is coming o...   Aug 21 2004, 09:39 PM
Knightsword   And if ya don't know its Broadband only.... C...   Aug 21 2004, 09:44 PM
Dorian   Looks like an awesome get together game, just for ...   Aug 21 2004, 10:10 PM
Dive   I will be getting this game for sure. This game j...   Aug 21 2004, 10:43 PM
Crushinator   QUOTE (Knightsword @ Aug 21 2004, 09:44 PM) And if...   Aug 22 2004, 05:41 AM
DarkEpyon   Whoah....... didn't realize it was coming out ...   Aug 22 2004, 02:34 PM
Knightsword   I was cursing the broadband only, seeing as I was ...   Aug 22 2004, 03:11 PM
DarkEpyon   Here's an interesting Japanese site with some ...   Aug 22 2004, 03:31 PM
Zio   QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Aug 22 2004, 02:34 PM) Whoah......   Aug 22 2004, 05:00 PM
DarkEpyon   This post from GameFAQs will answer several burnin...   Aug 23 2004, 04:31 PM
Alisha   this game looks so sweet but bb only :(   Aug 24 2004, 08:52 AM
Dive   I have been trying to get some more detail on the ...   Aug 24 2004, 09:04 AM
DarkEpyon   When in a town, your character is visible, but not...   Aug 24 2004, 10:59 AM
Mute   New preview posted over at Gamespot with a 10 minu...   Aug 31 2004, 07:32 PM
Dorian   QUOTE (Mute @ Aug 31 2004, 08:32 PM) New preview p...   Aug 31 2004, 08:13 PM
Dive   So who will be getting this game come the 21st? I...   Sep 1 2004, 09:53 PM
DJ_Donkey   Roll!! >Everybody Well, there goes gas...   Sep 1 2004, 11:26 PM
Dorian   QUOTE (Dive @ Sep 1 2004, 10:53 PM) So who will be...   Sep 2 2004, 02:12 AM
Mute   QUOTE (Dive @ Sep 1 2004, 10:53 PM) So who will be...   Sep 2 2004, 12:44 PM
Vitamin D   I heard that it's well liked in Japan, I wonde...   Sep 8 2004, 12:07 PM
DarkEpyon   I'll definitely have the game, but I can't...   Sep 8 2004, 12:26 PM
Riel   I'll be there,maybe not the first day and it d...   Sep 8 2004, 01:56 PM
rikku   I'll be getting it, and will go online eventua...   Sep 8 2004, 02:57 PM
Khaotika   I'm pretty much with Riel and Rikku on this on...   Sep 9 2004, 03:41 AM
AC9breaker   QUOTE (DJ_Donkey @ Sep 1 2004, 11:26 PM) Roll...   Sep 9 2004, 05:53 AM
DJ_Donkey   QUOTE (AC9breaker @ Sep 9 2004, 06:53 AM) Sig...   Sep 11 2004, 05:10 PM
Dorian   If I can get the game day one, store stock providi...   Sep 12 2004, 03:32 AM
rikku   Up until now I though Fable and Monster Hunter cam...   Sep 12 2004, 03:55 AM
Zio   I stopped in my local EB games store recently and ...   Sep 16 2004, 06:43 AM
DarkEpyon   Free, just like PSOv1.   Sep 16 2004, 02:31 PM
Dorian   QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 16 2004, 03:31 PM) Free, ju...   Sep 16 2004, 04:50 PM
DarkEpyon   QUOTE (Dorian @ Sep 16 2004, 06:50 PM) QUOTE (Dark...   Sep 16 2004, 11:11 PM
Mute   Got Monster Hunter reserved today. The lady at Gam...   Sep 20 2004, 05:19 PM
AC9breaker   Aww man. I won't be on day 1. A lack of job p...   Sep 20 2004, 07:38 PM
Dorian   We should try to have some sort of online meeting,...   Sep 21 2004, 04:30 AM
DJ_Donkey   I too will not be on day one. Don't want to lo...   Sep 21 2004, 02:45 PM
Dive   QUOTE (Dorian @ Sep 21 2004, 05:30 AM) We should t...   Sep 21 2004, 02:47 PM
rikku   I don't know when I'll get my copy. I res...   Sep 21 2004, 06:19 PM
Dorian   QUOTE (Dive @ Sep 21 2004, 03:47 PM) QUOTE (Dorian...   Sep 21 2004, 07:22 PM
Mute   I got a call today from GameStop saying the game w...   Sep 21 2004, 08:05 PM
Dorian   QUOTE (Mute @ Sep 21 2004, 09:05 PM) I got a call ...   Sep 21 2004, 09:17 PM
Zio   I could be on it tonight but Im not promising anyt...   Sep 22 2004, 06:36 AM
DarkEpyon   I should have the game tomorrow or Friday. Working...   Sep 22 2004, 10:57 AM
Riel   Just got the game...i'm going to play a little...   Sep 22 2004, 11:26 AM
Mute   QUOTE (Riel @ Sep 22 2004, 12:26 PM) Just got...   Sep 22 2004, 12:34 PM
Riel   Cool Mute...ok,quick thoughts...the controls will ...   Sep 22 2004, 12:49 PM
Mute   Whoa funky controls! I actually really like th...   Sep 22 2004, 12:58 PM
Riel   There's 2 Worlds so far: Brave World. Sincere...   Sep 22 2004, 01:56 PM
Mute   Yes, I see exactly what you mean. I don't have...   Sep 22 2004, 02:11 PM
Dorian   Where should we meet if we're ganna play toget...   Sep 22 2004, 07:44 PM
Riel   Finally played a few games online and yeah we defi...   Sep 22 2004, 08:39 PM
DarkEpyon   A nice little surprise. I got this game in the mai...   Sep 22 2004, 09:32 PM
Dive   QUOTE (Riel @ Sep 22 2004, 09:39 PM) I sugges...   Sep 23 2004, 05:58 AM
Riel   Yeah we could do that although the main Land once ...   Sep 23 2004, 06:12 AM
Zio   QUOTE (Riel @ Sep 22 2004, 08:39 PM) you can actua...   Sep 23 2004, 06:33 AM
DarkEpyon   QUOTE (Riel @ Sep 23 2004, 08:12 AM) Yeah we ...   Sep 23 2004, 06:45 AM
Dive   QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 23 2004, 07:45 AM) You can...   Sep 23 2004, 03:01 PM
Mute   I think you can exchange components such as hides ...   Sep 23 2004, 05:31 PM
Riel   I'm on now..Sincere World,Blue Land,waiting in...   Sep 23 2004, 05:59 PM
Mute   QUOTE (Riel @ Sep 23 2004, 06:59 PM) I'm ...   Sep 23 2004, 06:02 PM
Dive   Alright Riel, I should be on in the next half hour...   Sep 23 2004, 06:06 PM
DarkEpyon   Maaaan! I wish I could join you guys, but this...   Sep 23 2004, 09:51 PM
Zio   Tonight my friend should be taking me down to EB o...   Sep 24 2004, 06:41 AM
Dive   QUOTE (Zio @ Sep 24 2004, 07:41 AM) Also is there ...   Sep 24 2004, 09:43 AM
Riel   Yeah it was fun but the game can get really hard i...   Sep 24 2004, 01:50 PM
Zio   Well Im on Monster Hunter right now so if you guys...   Sep 24 2004, 08:14 PM
Mute   Wow! Last night was the most fun I've had ...   Sep 25 2004, 10:59 AM
DarkEpyon   No sooner do we get this game over here, there...   Sep 25 2004, 12:49 PM
DarkEpyon   Grrrrrrrrr......... Stupid DNAS! Gets to 40% a...   Sep 25 2004, 05:16 PM
Dive   QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 25 2004, 06:16 PM) Grr...   Sep 27 2004, 01:45 AM
Dive   QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 25 2004, 01:49 PM) No ...   Sep 27 2004, 02:12 AM
Zio   QUOTE (Mute @ Sep 25 2004, 10:59 AM) Wow! Last...   Sep 27 2004, 06:33 AM
DJ_Donkey   QUOTE (Dive @ Sep 27 2004, 02:45 AM) Monster Hunte...   Sep 27 2004, 08:04 AM
DarkEpyon   QUOTE (Dive @ Sep 27 2004, 03:45 AM) QUOTE (DarkEp...   Sep 27 2004, 12:21 PM
Mute   QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 27 2004, 01:21 PM) Thanks D...   Sep 27 2004, 12:37 PM
DarkEpyon   QUOTE (Mute @ Sep 27 2004, 02:37 PM) QUOTE (D...   Sep 27 2004, 12:55 PM
Mute   Hmmm, others with your similar problem have said t...   Sep 27 2004, 04:32 PM
DarkEpyon   WOOHOO! I'M ONLINE! I"M ONLINE...   Sep 27 2004, 04:47 PM
Mute   QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 27 2004, 05:47 PM) WOO...   Sep 27 2004, 05:09 PM
DarkEpyon   Thanks for the tip, amigo. Still however, as they ...   Sep 27 2004, 05:12 PM
Zio   QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 27 2004, 05:12 PM) Thanks f...   Sep 28 2004, 06:33 AM
DarkEpyon   Last night with Mute was truly a blast. We beat up...   Sep 28 2004, 10:03 AM
Dive   Bummer, I missed out on a Yian Kut Ku beatdown? O...   Sep 28 2004, 10:06 AM
DarkEpyon   QUOTE (Dive @ Sep 28 2004, 12:06 PM) Bummer I miss...   Sep 28 2004, 10:08 AM
Mute   QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 28 2004, 11:08 AM) Yea...   Sep 28 2004, 10:25 AM
DarkEpyon   No, I didn't think we could pull it off after ...   Sep 28 2004, 10:28 AM
Zio   Haha thats cool guys...Im on Monster Hunter right ...   Sep 28 2004, 02:15 PM

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