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Monster Hunter Freedom Unite any good?

02-24-2015, 06:55 AM
#1
Joined: Feb 2015
Posts: 2
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite any good?

Unfortunately I impulse bought it when it first came out. Even more unfortunate, I still haven't touched it except for all of 10 minutes. Now, I have one of the MHs for the Wii but.. Yeah. I don't want to whip my arms around trying to kill something.

So my question is this: Is it good and is it worth investing time into? Also, will it run smoothly on my iPhone 6 Plus or is it better suited for an iPad? (I don't have one.)
02-24-2015, 07:12 AM
#2
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 1,192
I also bought it at launch and just couldn't get into it. Started doing the training missions a couple weeks ago and have finished those. Have done like 8 actual quests now and it is much better than the training missions. It is a really good game with a level of polish rarely seen on mobile. I have been playing on my iPhone 6 and actually like it better than playing on iPad. So I'm sure the 6+ would be great. This is one of those games that you'll be in for the long haul. It's not a pick up and play type game.

02-24-2015, 08:05 AM
#3
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,075
It's a good game without a doubt. I can't however recommend it it you're not a fan of JRPGs, which is why I can't get into this game as well.

Plays just fine on my 5S, so it should be playable on the 6+.
02-24-2015, 08:20 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Ibaraki, Japan
Posts: 908
It's absolutely worth it, but it takes time for it to get its hooks into you.
02-24-2015, 10:04 AM
#5
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Philippines
Posts: 22,206
Let's just say it is more of a console game where you cant just spend an hour on it and decide whether it's for you or not. Like Valkyrie Profile for example, the first 40 minutes is just the intro with zero gameplay.

In here, the first few hours are teaching you the game's basics without hand-holding. MH tells you what to do, but you need to do it to really know what the tutorial means.

There's tons of things to do in MH outside of combat, and the first few hours does that. There's picking herbs/seeds, mining, catching bugs, mixing, planting, fishing, carrying items (like eggs), managing your farm and kitchen, cat companions, etc. There's also pathfinding to know where to run to safety if needed, or knowing your way around when some entrances are blocked. Then there's the basic monster material hunting which introduces you to non-hostile enemies that give out basic pelts and meats. One of the first gathering missions also tell you that you dont have to (or cant) kill everything thrown at you. All these take a few hours to complete split into a few missions that may take longer or shorter depending if you already have experience in the MH world.

Once you complete those and start the Velocidrome and Bulldrome quests, things get serious and a lot more interesting. Especially when you complete the mission and get the carves, and going to the blacksmith and discover things you unlocked by completing the boss hunts.

After a few hunts, you get to face your first real boss, the Kut Ku. He is everyone's first-ever wall. He also determines if you have what it takes to go further into the game. Killing your first Kut Ku will either hook you hard, or turn you off. That part, is totally up to you.

I'd say it's absolutely worth the time invested, and you'd be getting into one of the deepest action RPG games ever made.

Good luck!

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword
02-24-2015, 04:27 PM
#6
Joined: Feb 2015
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Thanks everybody. Looks like I have to get into it for a few hours today or tomorrow. I haven't played any JRPGs I've particularly been a fan of (I really don't even like Zelda. Queue the murderous mobs of angry fans.) but I'm definitely open to trying them out. I would just feel somewhat guilty if I don't at least try to get into it. You know, after the crazy price tag.

Somewhat unrelated, are there any other JRPGs I should give a whirl to? I hear day and night about how amazing a lot of JRPGs are but being a Western folk, I haven't really met anyone in person that enjoys them so I have had no experience with them. Thoughts?
02-24-2015, 04:54 PM
#7
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 846
Not trying to come across curt, but it has precious little to do with almost any JRPG I can think of. The action consists of a parade of the most intensive boss battles imaginable, and the upgrade system is almost like a strategy game. There's almost no story to speak of. It's the Seven Samurai of action games: it slowly builds up to a wordless ballet of carnage.
02-24-2015, 05:02 PM
#8
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,075
Quote:
Originally Posted by McTrenton View Post
I really don't even like Zelda
This is a dealbreaker in my opinion. Don't get Monster Hunter.
While the division between Japanese and Western RPGs may not be imortant or even apparent to some people, it is to some of us. I am not hating on anything or anyone here, but I just can't delve into JRPGs or even anime cartoons. It hasn't got much to do with mechanics of the game, it just has to do with the style of it (not refering just to art here).
02-24-2015, 05:51 PM
#9
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 846
This is sounding just a teensy bit... [let's be diplomatic and say] xenophobic. Putting aside the fact that the gulf between Ozu and Otaku is humongous, MHFU is as serious as an orphanage on fire. The only goofy elements are the bumbling cat companions, but they hardly define the game. MHFU is as straight-faced as any Western RPG you can name. I don't see the overt Nipponiness of it at all. It's a game in which you hack or shoot shit up in beautiful environments, then carve up their corpses and leave their bones to gather dust (that is unless those bones are the missing ingredient to some plate armor you've got your eye on). The only vaguely Japanese tell-tale I can think of is I can imagine whale hunters would dig this game...
02-24-2015, 05:59 PM
#10
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Philippines
Posts: 22,206
It's a game from Japan, but i dont consider this a JRPG. I refer to JRPGs more to the traditional turn-based style used by games like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, and Lufia.

Similar to KRPG. The game doesnt have to come from Korea to be called KRPG, but has to do with the gameplay style akin to what Korea made popular which is more of the top-down action-RPG type leaning towards a good number of fetch quests.

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword