Monster Hunter

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This article is about the video game series. For the first video game in the series, see Monster Hunter (video game). For the book series, see Larry Correia.
Monster Hunter
Genres Action RPG, Open world
Developers Capcom
Publishers Capcom
Platforms PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Nintendo 2DS
Official website http://www.capcom.com/monsterhunter/
Promotion of Monster Hunter at the Tokyo Game Show 2010

The Monster Hunter (モンスターハンター Monsutā Hantā?) franchise is a series of fantasy-themed action role-playing video games that started with the game Monster Hunter for PlayStation 2. The series is developed and published by Capcom. As the title suggests, the player takes the role of a hunter in a fantasy environment and completes quests by hunting out specific kinds of monsters to kill or capture. The series has branched out into PlayStation Portable games and a massively multiplayer online game. In Japan, the Monster Hunter series is immensely popular, and it has gained a cult following in the United States, with the port Monster Hunter Freedom (known in Japan as Monster Hunter Portable) and its sequels, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 / Monster Hunter Portable 2nd, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite / Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and an online game called Monster Hunter Frontier Online selling millions of copies, and Monster Hunter Tri becoming the highest-selling third-party Wii game in Japan.[1] Since the series debuted, it has sold 28 million units as of March 31, 2014.[2] As of February 17, 2015, the series has sold 32 million units.[3] There is also an anime based on the spin-off game Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village and a book called Monster Hunter EPISODE (モンスターハンター EPISODE~).[4] Monster Hunter contains many creatures such as the Rathalos, Kushala Daora, Tigrex, Nargacuga, Lagiacrus, Zinogre, Brachydios and Gore Magala.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay in the Monster Hunter series consists of players embarking on various quests to hunt or capture specific monsters. Players are able to choose from a wide variety of weapons, each catering to a specific style of combat. For example, a Greatsword is a slow but powerful weapon, requiring deliberate and calculated strikes in combat. Dual Blades, on the other hand, allow speedy strikes at the cost of lower damage per hit.

The primary goal of the game is to complete quests by successfully hunting or capturing powerful monsters, retrieving their parts through carving or receiving them as rewards, and using them as materials to craft or upgrade armors and weapons. Additionally, players may also gather insects, minerals, plant life, or fish to improve their arsenal.

Unlike most traditional RPGs, players do not "level up" and must instead rely on obtaining better equipment for improving their characters. Players are also not restricted by job/class systems commonly found in other RPGs. Instead, they are able to freely switch between different weapons, each offering a different playing experience.

Originally designed to be played as an online game, the earlier games in the series featured distinct online (cooperative) and offline (solo) modes, with many monsters, items, and quests being only accessible in online play. The more recent entries in the series have bucked this trend, and the focus has shifted to offering fully featured single-player experiences first, before layering on a rich but optional online multi-player component. In online mode, the game allows for up to four players to connect in cooperative play.

Games[edit]

Below is a list of games in the Monster Hunter main series. Each generation has a number of entries that are derivative of the original release.

Main series[edit]

First generation[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP March 11, 2004
  • NA September 21, 2004
  • PAL May 27, 2005
Release years by system:
2004 – PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • First game in the Monster Hunter series



Original release date(s):
  • JP January 20, 2005 (PS2)
April 23, 2009
Release years by system:
2005 – PlayStation 2
2009 – Wii
Notes:
  • Released only in Japan
  • An expansion of the original title



Original release date(s):
  • JP December 1, 2005
  • NA May 23, 2006
  • EU May 12, 2006
Release years by system:
2005 – PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • Released in Japan as Monster Hunter Portable
  • First game in the series to appear on a Handheld Console
  • Based on Monster Hunter G

Second generation[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP February 16, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 – PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Released only in Japan
  • First game in the series to add the use of gems.



Original release date(s):
  • JP February 22, 2007
  • NA August 29, 2007
  • PAL September 7, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 – PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • Released in Japan as Monster Hunter Portable 2nd
  • Based on Monster Hunter 2
  • New weapon classes include Long Sword, Gunlance, Hunting Horn, and Bow



Original release date(s):
  • JP March 27, 2008
  • NA June 23, 2009
  • PAL June 26, 2009
Release years by system:
2008 – PlayStation Portable
2014 – iOS
Notes:
  • Released in Japan as Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G
  • Released in Japan for iOS as Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G for iOS
  • An expansion of Monster Hunter Freedom 2
  • iOS version features add of intuitive touch controls, virtual camera, automatic tracking, MFi licensing program support, and more

Third generation[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP August 1, 2009
  • NA April 20, 2010
  • PAL April 23, 2010
Release years by system:
2009 – Wii
Notes:
  • Released in Japan as Monster Hunter 3 (tri-)
  • First game in the series to include underwater battles
  • New weapon classes include Switch Axe and Medium Bowgun
  • Weapon classes Dual Swords, Gunlance, Bow and Hunting Horn were removed



Original release date(s):
  • JP December 1, 2010
Release years by system:
2010 – PlayStation Portable
2011 – PlayStation 3
Notes:
  • Has an overall more eastern setting compared to previous games in the series.
  • Released only in Japan
  • Missing weapon classes returned (Dual Swords, Gunlance, Bow, Hunting Horn)
  • PS3 Edition is high definition remastering of PSP Edition.



Original release date(s):
  • JP December 10, 2011
  • NA March 19, 2013
  • PAL March 22, 2013
Release years by system:
2011 – Nintendo 3DS
2013 – Wii U
Notes:
  • Released in Japan as Monster Hunter 3 (tri-) G
  • An expansion of Monster Hunter Tri
  • Features new monsters and locations
  • Weapons brought back in Portable 3rd remain.
  • Bowgun customization returned to second generation mechanics
  • Wii U Edition is high definition remastering of 3DS Edition
  • 3DS edition has 3D graphics
  • Cross-platform play between both versions


Fourth generation[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP September 14, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 - Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 2DS
Notes:
  • Announced on "Nintendo 3DS Conference 2011" (September 2011)
  • Released only in Japan.



Original release date(s):
  • JP October 11, 2014
  • NA February 13, 2015
  • EU February 13, 2015
Release years by system:
2014 - Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 2DS
Notes:
  • Announced on "Monster Hunter Festa 13" (January 2014)[5]


Spin-offs[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP June 21, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Microsoft Windows
2010 – Xbox 360
Notes:
  • Differs from other games in the series by being a full-fledged Multi-player Online Game.
  • Released only in Japan and South Korea



Original release date(s):
  • JP August 26, 2010
Release years by system:
2010 – PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • Released only in Japan.



Original release date(s):
  • JP August 10, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • Based on and expanded from Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airu Village



Original release date(s):
  • JP June 1, 2011
  • NA June 1, 2011
  • PAL June 1, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 - iOS
Notes:
  • First game in the series to be on the iOS systems



Original release date(s):
  • CN August 18, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 - PC
Notes:
  • Second Monster Hunter, Multi-player Online Game as a collaboration between Tencent and Capcom
  • Uses Crytek's CryEngine 3
  • Free-to-play business model
  • Beta in Cancini began on July 6, 2013
  • Planned to be released only for PC



Original release date(s):
  • JP April 17, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 - PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U
2014 - PlayStation Vita[6]
Notes:
  • Not yet announced to be released outside Japan.


Related media[edit]

Anime[edit]

A series of anime shorts titled MonHun Nikki Girigiri Airū-mura Airū Kiki Ippatsu was broadcast beginning August 10, 2010. A sequel, MonHun Nikki Girigiri Airū-mura G, is currently in production.[7]

Manga[edit]

A manga titled Monster Hunter Orage was published jointly by Kodansha and Capcom in April 2008. The author of the manga is Hiro Mashima. There are four volumes total with the last volume published on May 4, 2009. An English release of Monster Hunter Orage first took place on June 28, 2011.

Card game[edit]

A trading card game titled Monster Hunter Hunting Card was released in October 2008 with periodic updates planned.[8]

Film[edit]

In 2012, it was reported that Resident Evil director Paul W. S. Anderson might direct a film adaptation of Monster Hunter.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

An anime titled Haganai features people playing Monster Hunter on "PlayingStates Portable", an obvious stand-in for the PlayStation Portable.

An anime titled Haiyore! Nyaruko-san depicts Monster Hunter related items.

An anime titled Ixion Saga DT based on Capcom's online game features many Monster Hunter references.

An anime titled Gin Tama had an arc that featured its characters playing an online game called "Monkey Hunter", which replaces the monsters in Monster Hunter with monkeys.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fletcher, J.C. (2009-08-13). "Monster Hunter 3 is Japan's best-selling third-party Wii game". Joystiq. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  2. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (8 May 2014). "Dead Rising 3 sales rise to 1.2m as Capcom enjoys profit boost". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (February 17, 2015). "Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has shipped over 3m copies worldwide". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "MONSTER HUNTER|モンスターハンター 公式ポータルサイト" (in Japanese). Capcom(Japan). Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  5. ^ 2014-01-26, Monster Hunter 4G Announced for Nintendo 3DS, Siliconera
  6. ^ 2013-09-18, TGS: Monster Hunter: Frontier G Announced for Vita, IGN
  7. ^ "Monster Hunter Nikki Anime Shorts Get Sequel". Anime News Network. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  8. ^ "Monster Hunter becomes a card game". andriasang. August 22, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ Paul W. S. Anderson to direct Capcom's 'Monster Hunter'?

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