Monster Hunter is the name of a video game franchise that is very highly popular in Japan, developed and publish by Capcom.
Accroding to the Vgchartz, the lastest hand-held version of the game on PSP had sold over 850,000 copies on the first week in and since then had been selling over 2 millions copies counting on in Japan.
This game is setting in a unique fantasy world where the world was not only inhabit by human but also others creature especially the Dinosaur-like giant lizard creature. In every game, you took a role of a “Hunter”, the person who make a living by hunting such a creature and protecting your village from the request of your local leader or a hunting guild, Hench the name “Monster Hunter”.
The charm of this game is in the game play and core mechanic, since this game is a real time action game, so unlike in Rpg game during the combat you will have to control and maneuver through monster attack by yourself, and when each monster have a different attack patterns and characteristic attack that sometime can be complicate to dodge, the player will have to stay focus and learn the habit of each monster just like in the real wildgame hunt.
The same also apply to attacking, since there is no such thing as “lock on” system in this game, Hunter will have to learn the range of his weapon and aim precisely to where he want to attack, using certain type of weapon on certain parts of monster could also give you a different effect, for example if you use a blade and cutting type weapon on the tail of the monster multiply times, after making a certain amount of damage you will finally cut the tail of that monster off, Ultimately making the monster attack that involve using tail become much more less dangerous when it trying to swing its now stump tail around.
Each time you defeat the creature you will be able to carve it corpse to get the material that will help you in your future hunt, ranging from a simple meat that you could grill and eat it to increase your stamina, to a scale and shell which could be made into a weapon and armor that will provide you a better protection.
Also since there is no “level” in this game, you get much more feeling of achievement when you can easily beat your old nemesis without hurting yourself too much, you could feel the sanctification of see how much your playing ability have really improve during the course of the game and not just a cosmetic abilty like higher status points or stronger spell since such a things doesn’t exist in this game
Another point that make monster hunter appealing is the co-operation between player in multiplayer mode, in this mode monsters become much more stronger than when you’re playing solo while the player have the same amount of penalty of how many time he can “faint” during the fight and also the same amount of time limit so it’s up to the teamwork and cooperation of you and your friends to help each other and beat up on the monster together. It is also important to communicate with each others since even with a full party of 4 people some of the hunt is still dangerous and the monster could easily turn the table around by knocking out several party member at the same time.
All in all, monster hunter is a very interesting and enjoyable game and it is not surprising to see how it’s all the craze in Japanese teenager at the moment, since Japanese culture are all about being part of the team and not individual which fit into the core mechanism of the multiplayer aspect of monster hunter. So I would like everyone to try this game and enjoy the hunt and cooperation with your friends!