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Important Importables Review: Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G for PSP

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Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G

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Title: Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G
Price: ¥ 2,100
System(s): PSP
Release Date: March 27, 2008
Publisher (Developer): Capcom (Capcom)
ESRB Rating: N/A, Cero C for Ages 15+
Pros: 400 missions to take and tons of monsters to slay. You can customize your character with tons of equipment, as well as get a Felyne friend who you can also equip and take with you on hunts. You can take on massive hunts where you go after multiple kinds of monsters. There’s an optional data install to decrease loading times.
Cons: No online multiplayer unless you use Adhoc Party for PlayStation Portable. Sometimes the camera can be finicky when out hunting in the field.
Overall Score: 9/10

Sometimes, you find import video games in the most unlikely places. Like, in the used game section at your local Half Price Books. Which brings us to today’s Important Importables review, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G. Yes, granted this is the Japanese version of the localized PSP game Monster Hunter Freedom Unite but still. It doesn’t hurt to go back over the Japanese version.

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G

Hunting monsters for guts and glory.

As in all Monster Hunter games, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G starts with a nameless, amateur monster hunter. You customize him or her to your liking, then start your new life in a small, rural town. Your goal is to become a master hunter, capable of protecting the village and taking down the biggest and baddest monsters in the wild so you can complete missions, cook food, catch bugs, gather treasure and craft awesome equipment.

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G

Slightly bigger and better than Monster Hunter Portable 2nd.

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G has always been billed as an enhanced version of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd. Which is true, as it contains everything from the previous game. But just referring to it as that may make people avoid the rerelease, thinking it’s only a slightly better version. There is just so much more added this time around that it almost makes the previous game feel like a prototype. Since you can import your Monster Hunter Portable 2nd character, you can immediately pick up where you left off and just enjoy uncompleted and new content.

That content is honestly what makes Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G worthwhile. There are new monsters and equipment, along with tons of extra missions. You can also have a Felyne Fighter join you on missions, instead of only just having a Felyne cook in town. Your inventory increases as well, letting you have a lot more items and equipment sets stored in town. What’s especially helpful is that equipment can now be improved more than before and weapons can get even sharper than in previous games.

Another boon is the Adhoc Party support. The Monster Hunter games are always most enjoyable when you can team up with other players to go on hunts. Regretably, the PSP entries only supported local multiplayer. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G thankfully supports the Adhoc Party PS3 application, which allows you to go online via your PS3 to play with friends. Granted, that doesn’t help PSP owners who don’t own a PS3, but for those who do it makes the game much more enjoyable.

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G

As always, a great hunting experience for people with patience.

As long as you don’t go into Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G expecting a total revamp and revitalization of the Monster Hunter series, you’ll be fine. It offers substantial improvements over Monster Hunter Portable 2nd, but still sticks to the tried and true formula of gathering missions, defeating monsters, reaping the rewards and heading back to grab more missions. It doesn’t do anything new, but what it does do, it does well.

Honestly, unless you can get Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G for a ridiculously cheap price used, like I did, it’s best to grab it in the language you are most comfortable with. Since it was released in English as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, stick with that. I compared my Japanese copy to a friend’s North America copy and didn’t find a single difference. Both even worked perfectly with Adhoc Party.

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