Monster Hunter, a series that's all about killing monsters and crafting equipment for you character, arrives with its second installment on the Playstation Portable. At first, the game might overwhelm you with its massive areas, huge weapon trees, and the unique fighting controls.
About half the stuff in Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is new in comparison to the previous installment, Monster Hunter Freedom. You will face many wyverns, dragons, and monsters (crabs, monkeys, etc.). With each new monster comes plenty of different weapons and armors for you to create in the game.
Unfortunately, the game is plagued without the inclusion of online multiplayer support. The game does in fact have ad-hoc capabilities. This is not bad if you have friends with this game, but what made the first game so engaging (Monster Hunter for the PS2) has been taken out of both PSP installments. Fortunately, using third-party hardware and software you can play Monster Hunter Freedom 2 online.
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 lets you slightly customize your characters appearance in the beginning, but you can change it later. When you hunt monsters, you get the chance to acquire body parts from the creature. The body parts are then used to make weapons and armor. There is a huge selection of weapons and armor, ranging from katanas to bows. Some weapons have different elements that are added to the weapon's raw damage. This game truly has a weapon for everyone.
To begin playing you ask the Village Chief or Guild Counter depending where you are, and select a quest out of all the quests you unlocked. Going through the quests you unlock different tiers of quests which become harder. Most of the quests require you to hunt a specific type of monster or Wyvern and others require you to gather items.