Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

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Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.jpg
Developer(s) Capcom
Publisher(s) Capcom
Designer(s) Yasunori Ichinose, Shinji Imai
Series Monster Hunter
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
iOS
Release date(s) PlayStation Portable
  • JP March 27, 2008
  • KO March 29, 2008
  • NA June 22, 2009
  • AUS June 25, 2009
  • EU June 26, 2009
iOS
  • JP May 8, 2014
  • NA July 2, 2014
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is a 2008 video game in the Monster Hunter franchise for PlayStation Portable.

The game only sold 63k Units in its first month of release. It is an expansion pack of the original Monster Hunter Freedom 2 and was released on March 27, 2008 in Japan as Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (モンスターハンターポータブル 2nd G Monsutā hantā pōtaburu 2nd G?).

Gameplay[edit]

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite has more missions, equipment, and monsters than Monster Hunter Freedom 2, and a new feature is a Felyne fighter to help the player on their quests. Rarity 9 and 10 armor and weapons were added, the player can now hold up to 99 of each item type in his/her item box, store up to 20 equipment sets, and get ten equipment pages instead of six. A new type of quest, the "Epic Hunting Quest", was introduced, which will enable the player to take on, one by one, up to 4 different monsters in one quest, as shown in the released demo. Weapons can now have up to purple sharpness which is higher than white sharpness. The player can now accept HR 7-9 quests in the gathering hall and new elder quests outside the gathering hall from a felyne beside the village elder. The downloadable content can give the player special armor for their felyne along with early unlocks for some of the felyne skills. The introduction of new monsters such as the Ukanlos have been put into the game with even more creatures than the last version of Monster Hunter Freedom 2 on the PSP system.

Development[edit]

On November 6, 2008, the beta version of a new online service allowing voice chat and gameplay via tunneling PSP AdHoc mode to work same way as infrastructure mode does, through the PlayStation Network (and a LAN connected Wi-Fi capable PlayStation 3) was released on the Japanese PlayStation Store. Adhoc Party for PlayStation Portable beta version is compatible with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.

Marketing and release[edit]

In the 2008 Tokyo Game Show, it was announced that the game would be released in North America as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite in Spring 2009.[1] At the 2009 GDC, the release date was further specified as June 23, 2009. The US, and the Australian demo is available for free, on the PlayStation Network on the PSP as of May 21, 2009.[2] Capcom has announced that the PSP bundle would be released in Europe, but were not specific about anywhere else. A press release at Capcom's European Press Center website states that the bundle would contain "a specially designed Monster Hunter branded PSP skin and pouch along with a copy of the game." [3] As for the release in Japan, there was a special edition PSP bundle which included the game, a strap, and a decorated Matte Bronze PSP. In addition to this bundle, people who pre-ordered the game also received a black, hairy strap. The hair on the strap was meant to be that of a monster exclusive to the game, the Nargacuga.

Although no longer available, Capcom had created the Encyclopedia Gigantica, a website for newcomers to the Monster Hunter series. It had included tutorial videos, images of monsters, forums and more. This website has been shut down.

Capcom was also holding a temporary Gathering Hall between the 3rd of July and the 1st of September in London, Charing Cross, for all Unite players to play in a campaign to make the franchise more popular in the West to see future titles to be released overseas. Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite website, as well as Encyclopedia Gigantica, are sending out demo copies of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite to anyone who registers for one.

This demo has a set equipment list for each of the weapon categories, and the player may also select between three felyne helpers to join the player. The player may choose between three quests, totaling about 2 hours of game time.

The iOS version is not compatible with iOS 9 and Capcom has no plans to update the game.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
iOS PSP
1UP.com N/A A[5]
Edge N/A 7/10[6]
Eurogamer N/A 8/10[7]
GamePro N/A 3/5 stars[8]
Game Revolution N/A B[9]
GameSpot N/A 6.5/10[10]
GameTrailers N/A 8.1/10[11]
GameZone N/A 8.5/10[12]
IGN N/A (AU) 9.5/10[13]
(US) 8/10[14]
PSM N/A 4/5 stars[15]
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 86/100[16] 81/100[17]

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite received "favorable" reviews on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[16][17]

The Japanese version of the PSP version sold 10,000 copies on its release day, and in its first week sold 20,000 copies.[18] As of July 8, 2009, the game has sold 30 thousand copies in the region.[19] No official numbers on American sales have been released at this time. In Japan, as of December 2008 the game has sold 2.5 million copies on the PSP, and as of December 2009, the Best Edition of 2G sold 1 million copies. As of June 30, 2014, the game has sold 3.6 million copies worldwide on the PSP, making it the third best-selling game on the PSP.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Athab, Majed (9 October 2008). "TGS 08: Capcom announces US-bound Monster Hunter Freedom Unite". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Baxter, Shawn (21 May 2009). "Monster Hunter Demo Live Today on PSN!". PlayStation Blog. 
  3. ^ Capcom Europe Press Center (login required)
  4. ^ Klepek, Patrick (7 October 2015). "Why So Many Games Are Disappearing From The App Store". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Barnholt, Ray (19 June 2009). "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Review (PSP)". 1UP.com. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Edge staff (2 July 2009). "Review: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP)". Edge. Archived from the original on 4 July 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Pearson, Dan (19 June 2009). "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Koehn, Aaron (23 June 2009). "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP)". GamePro. Archived from the original on 26 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Ferris, Duke (6 August 2009). "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Review (PSP)". Game Revolution. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Shau, Austin (2 July 2009). "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Review (PSP)". GameSpot. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Review (PSP)". GameTrailers. 8 July 2009. Archived from the original on 10 July 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  12. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo (21 June 2009). "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  13. ^ Cottee, James (21 June 2009). "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite: AU Review". IGN. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  14. ^ Miller, Greg (22 June 2009). "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Review". IGN. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "Review: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 81. September 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "MHP 2ndG: One Million Sold In Six Days". PSP Hyper. 1 April 2008. 
  19. ^ Remo, Chris (8 July 2009). "Monster Hunter Freedom Unite PSP Sells 3.5M In Japan". Gamasutra. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  20. ^ "Platinum Titles". Capcom Investor Relations. Capcom. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 

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