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Mute
From GameStop
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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.


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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
Riel
Nice!!!!!!!yes this game looks pretty good...so many potentially great games coming out this year.
Mute
The official website has been updated. Of course, unless you know Japanese, information may be kind of hard to discern. However, by clicking around, you can actually find some nice screenshots of the game as well as some video footage.

http://www.capcom.co.jp/monsterhunter/

Someone from GameFAQs also partially translated the Q&A section:
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Q1> Can I play single player mode offline?

A1> Yes of course. A single player mode is avaible (you need to start offline to make your character first)

Q2> What type of characters are there?

A2> (talks about the hunter class and sub-classes gunner (bowman) etc....)

Q3> How many types of weapons can you bring into battle with you?

A3> One only. (unsure if they mean only one type but many different variations or just 1 period.)

Q4> Can you chat during battle?

A4> Yes with pre-made sentences (I think) and the keyboard) (I had trouble reading this)

Q5> What are the cat characters?

A5> THere are white ones, "Ailu" and black ones "Meral" (katakana readins so I dont know in the final English version)
says they do something like that of a courier bringing the hunters to town after battle (defeat). more details later....

Q6> Can you take items you aquire offline into online network games?

A6> yes, you certainly can. beigesmile.gif

Q7> something about quests mode online.

A7> The avaibility of quests online (unsure too difficult to read for me)

Q8> Diddo.
A8>...

Q9> are there penalties for the players?

A9> If you are defeated (die) your are brought back to the closest village you came from and your money is decreased to zero. (similar to PSO)

Q10> (had trouble understanding but again something about quests)
A10> ....

Q11> How to play online (in Japan). what service to use.
A11> talks about the online service providers in japan. (for most readers I dont think this concerns you so I want bother translating it.
DarkEpyon
This one looks like it could be good.
Dive
I am bumping this because I saw some footage from E3 about this game, and I think it looks badass. Here is some of the character art from the official site.

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I want this game.
unitself
I read about this one in the latest GMR magazine (i think it was GMR). It sounds very similar to PSO and the article even says it also. The said that the game style is pretty much the same except it's more 'dinosaurs and ancient' not 'mutants and lasers'.
Screenshots are very very cool, aren't they?
Check out that crazy ass jawbone broadsword that guy is swinging! Damn! Now that's just plain cool.
rikku
This game is definitily one I'll be keeping my eye on, and like everyone else has basically said, it looks very similar too PSO.
I saw a release date for it at ebgames.com for the end of Aug. I have no idea though if that's accurate, probably not.

Looks like I will be bringing my PS2 online. I wonder if they'll start shipping the HDD seperate now, or pack it with this game too, like they did FFXI, or both? All I know is I better start saving money now.
Retehi
Drinking contests.

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Doesn't look like much of a contest if both people get smashed so easy though. beigelaugh.gif
donkeybeatz
HAHAHA omg get drunk! Virtual style!

--d-_-b
Crushinator
QUOTE (Dive @ May 18 2004, 02:57 AM)
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Man I want this bigass weapon! Totally Crushinating style!
donkeybeatz
SUPER BUMP!!
OK guys this game is coming out next month (September 21st).
I'll definitely check this game out. Anyone coming??
Oh right this reminds me. I need to go out and buy the network adapter =T
Knightsword
And if ya don't know its Broadband only....

CURSE YOU SONY!!

waita minute, you say 9/21? what an asinine way to fuck over Square-Enix (Chains of Promathia is released that day)
Dorian
Looks like an awesome get together game, just for some AT slashing and bashing.
Dive
I will be getting this game for sure. This game just has a cool factor that can't be beat.

Check out the Capcom Monster Hunter site.

It's a really neat Flash based site with lots of info and a character armor previewer.

Great review of the import
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Crushinator
QUOTE (Knightsword @ Aug 21 2004, 09:44 PM)
And if ya don't know its Broadband only....

CURSE YOU SONY!!

waita minute, you say 9/21? what an asinine way to fuck over Square-Enix (Chains of Promathia is released that day)

I'm pretty sure Chains will sell more copies than Monster Hunter, don't worry ;p
DarkEpyon
Whoah....... didn't realize it was coming out here in September. I'ma have to get me a PS2 network adaptor, and hopefully get my girlfriend on board (providing she gets broadband by then).
Knightsword
I was cursing the broadband only, seeing as I was gonna get the game, but I see no point now.
DarkEpyon
Here's an interesting Japanese site with some info and pics of a good deal of the equipment.
Zio
QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Aug 22 2004, 02:34 PM)
Whoah....... didn't realize it was coming out here in September. I'ma have to get me a PS2 network adaptor, and hopefully get my girlfriend on board (providing she gets broadband by then).

Girlfriend DE? beigebiggrin.gif When did this come in? Anyway I didn't know this game was coming out so soon =o I may have to get the adapter for ps2 for it.
DarkEpyon
This post from GameFAQs will answer several burning questions many of you may have.
Alisha
this game looks so sweet but bb only :(
Dive
I have been trying to get some more detail on the online aspect of this game. Can anyone find any more info? Here is what I have pieced together so far. I think it will work just like pso. When you go online, you are asked to choose a server. Once you are on a certain server, you then either make a town(room?) or join an alreday existing town. This makes it sound a lot like pso to me. Each town supports a maximum of 8 players. Then you choose a zone to explore. Each zone supports 4 players. There are options you can set up for your town, like Friends Only, or Solo Play. Sounding an awful lot like pso? If this information holds true, think of it as pso, but having 8 people in Pioneer 2, with the ability to split up and explore a zone with two independant teams (or more?).

In addition to hunting Monsters, there is cooking, crafting, and fishing, all in a limited sense I am sure, in relation to FFXI.

If anyone can find more info on how the server, towns, and zones work, that would be great.
DarkEpyon
When in a town, your character is visible, but not before picking one. Also, Capcom has an interesting anti-cheating method. Hacked items and normal items are coded differently and won't show up when online. Here's something that may garner Crush's attention.

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Ninja suit: light
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Ninja suit: dark

If you haven't figured out yet, armor comes in pieces, a la FFXI.

Yes, there's even a ninja sword.

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Mute
New preview posted over at Gamespot with a 10 minute video or so.
http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/monster...ew_6106099.html

Check it out.
Dorian
QUOTE (Mute @ Aug 31 2004, 08:32 PM)
New preview posted over at Gamespot with a 10 minute video or so.
http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/monster...ew_6106099.html

Check it out.

Thanks man. ^^
Dive
So who will be getting this game come the 21st? I already have mine reserved at Gamestop, so count on seeing me online asap.

Hello, Are you with me?
>Everbody
donkeybeatz
Roll!!
>Everybody

Well, there goes gas money.
Dorian
QUOTE (Dive @ Sep 1 2004, 10:53 PM)
So who will be getting this game come the 21st? I already have mine reserved at Gamestop, so count on seeing me online asap.

Hello, Are you with me?
>Everbody

Not sure about day one, but I'll be there ASAP.
Mute
QUOTE (Dive @ Sep 1 2004, 10:53 PM)
So who will be getting this game come the 21st? I already have mine reserved at Gamestop, so count on seeing me online asap.

Hello, Are you with me?
>Everbody

Day one for me for sure. I'll probably only be able to play for a couple hours the first night, but I'll be there regardless.
Vitamin D
I heard that it's well liked in Japan, I wonder how it will do here. I think i might get a newtork adapter and give it a try. shades.gif
DarkEpyon
I'll definitely have the game, but I can't guarantee anything with having the network adaptor at the same time.
Riel
I'll be there,maybe not the first day and it depends how i'm doing in Fable but i'll try.
rikku
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.
Khaotika
I'm pretty much with Riel and Rikku on this one.

-Khao
AC9breaker
QUOTE (DJ_Donkey @ Sep 1 2004, 11:26 PM)
Roll!!
>Everybody

Well, there goes gas money.

Dam, I wasn't planning on getting this since Im trying to cut back on videogames. But if you're getting it I gotta get it too.





Sign up now for the DJ Donkey Fan club and get free Vodka! skullcross.gif
donkeybeatz
QUOTE (AC9breaker @ Sep 9 2004, 06:53 AM)
Sign up now for the DJ Donkey Fan club and get free Vodka! skullcross.gif

Yes, get drunk toast.gif
Only alittle more than a week left!!
I'll try to be online on day one.
I'm still trying to figure out this cross-over cable crap.
Overcooked meat for everyone!!
Dorian
If I can get the game day one, store stock providing, I'll be on day one.

What's the head count for day one so far? Maybe we can set up a n00b game^^
rikku
Up until now I though Fable and Monster Hunter came out the same day. beigebigrazz.gif Hehe, stupid me. beigelaugh.gif
But since Monster Hunter comes out like a week after Fable, it is possible that I might decide to go online day one. Providing if I get it day one that is. If I don't get it day one, or if I'm still playing Fable a lot, it might be a few days after day one before I get online with it.

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What's the head count for day one so far? Maybe we can set up a n00b game^^

I'm up for this, if I'm on day one that is.
Zio
I stopped in my local EB games store recently and I thought it said 9/22 but its close enough. Also I thought I saw something in the thread about the subscription being free...? Does this mean the subscription will always be free or free for the first month? Also I should be on this game the night it comes out here. I would probably read this more but I have to get to my next class soon =|
DarkEpyon
Free, just like PSOv1.
Dorian
QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 16 2004, 03:31 PM)
Free, just like PSOv1.

Free = G00f!
DarkEpyon
QUOTE (Dorian @ Sep 16 2004, 06:50 PM)
QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Sep 16 2004, 03:31 PM)
Free, just like PSOv1.

Free = G00f!

G00f? Surely you meant "g00d"? Well, the Japanese had to pay for this, just like PSOv1. Maybe this'll end up like PSOv1/v2. There is talk of a Monster Hunter 2 in the works, so maybe those of us across the pacific will also end up paying just like our Japanese counterparts. I'll leave it at so as not to whip anything out of proportion.
Mute
Got Monster Hunter reserved today. The lady at GameSpot told me it should be in tomorrow. Boy, I can't wait. I'll hopefully try to make it online tomorrow night.
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They also had Star Wars: Battlefront in but they wouldn't sell me a copy. I suppose it would be better to just rent it anyway to see if I like it. Though, with my luck, Blockbuster will never have a copy available to rent. >_<

Let's try to organize some kind of meet up sometime soon, as everyone gets the game and plays through it a bit. :D
AC9breaker
Aww man. I won't be on day 1. A lack of job prevents me from being able to purchase this or any other games. =/
Dorian
We should try to have some sort of online meeting, can someoen who get's the game early figure out how servers work and explain it so we can rganize some sort of place to meet up?
donkeybeatz
I too will not be on day one. Don't want to lose my car over a game (and modem.. and keyboard)
Dive
QUOTE (Dorian @ Sep 21 2004, 05:30 AM)
We should try to have some sort of online meeting, can someoen who get's the game early figure out how servers work and explain it so we can rganize some sort of place to meet up?

I won't have my game until tomorrow at the earliest, but rest assured I will give a thorough explanation of the server/team process. However it's looking like it will only be me and Mute online, so, What say you Mute? Up for a game tomorrow?
rikku
I don't know when I'll get my copy. I reserved it at ebgames.com, but they haven't said anything about it being sent yet. Not in an e-mail or the site.
Hopefully I can get on by this weekend though.
Dorian
QUOTE (Dive @ Sep 21 2004, 03:47 PM)
QUOTE (Dorian @ Sep 21 2004, 05:30 AM)
We should try to have some sort of online meeting, can someoen who get's the game early figure out how servers work and explain it so we can rganize some sort of place to meet up?

I won't have my game until tomorrow at the earliest, but rest assured I will give a thorough explanation of the server/team process. However it's looking like it will only be me and Mute online, so, What say you Mute? Up for a game tomorrow?

I'll be online tomorrow night, no stores had it today ; ;
Mute
I got a call today from GameStop saying the game would be on tomorrow (the 22nd). However, I may be going out with my friend that night. I also have an exam on Thursday which kinda puts a cramp on things, but I'll be there sometime soon.
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