Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Costume game preview: Monster Hunter PSP

Monster Hunter for the PlayStation 2 had an interesting battle system, neat looking character creation options, and pleasing overall aesthetics. It was also an online MMO for the PS2, two things that don’t go all that well together if you don’t plan carefully. Judging by the mixed reviews, they didn’t. Sure you could play offline, but all the fun stuff seemed to be made for net play.

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Enter the upcoming PSP version. As if you didn’t know by now, the main attraction for me is the cool armor options. There wasn’t an insanely huge variety on the PS2, but what was there had a unique design sense. Try not to judge it by the few pieces I’ve gathered here since I couldn’t find a wide variety scavenging online. Trust me, there’s far cooler outfits in it.

Playing this style of game offline is definitely more attractive on a portable player. Sneaking in some hunting, gathering, and upgrading when I don’t have time to sit in front of a TV sounds like a good time.

Monster Hunter PSP (title TBA)
Release Date: Fall 2005
Preliminary costume rating: 7 out of 10

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