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Kill things and wear their skin as a hat.

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

After I finished reviewing Lord of Arcana, I found myself wanting to go back to Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for some reason. Of course, it had been so long since I last played, I had forgotten all the controls. Sadly, Monster Hunter is not the most intuitive game to play so I went back to basics with a new character. It’s a good thing that the tutorial system of Freedom Unite is so in-depth. I was back hunting beasties in no time. I even downloaded a Monster Hunter theme for my PSP, and it makes me so happy every time I turn it on.

The difficulty curve is still as steep as ever. One of the annoyances of Freedom Unite is that the regular enemies show up even when a boss monster is present, forcing you to deal with them while you’re attempting to focus on your mark. Of particular annoyance are the wasp enemies that love nothing more than to sneak up and sting you for minimal damage, possibly paralysing you. There’s nothing more frustrating than losing because you were gang-rushed by four enemies at once. Still, the deep gameplay and focus on player skill keeps me coming back for more. Having only just unlocked the three-star ranked missions, I have a long way to go. By the way, it’s on the PSN store for a mere £8: that’s an incredible bargain for a game with so much content.

In other news, Atlus have announced that Catherine will indeed be getting a US release. Which means that, thanks to the PS3’s region-free system, I’ll get a chance to play it even if it never comes out in Europe. The new trailer is really slick, and made me chuckle with the warning that it “may contain some material unsuitable for children”. Really? May contain some? My money is on a PEGI 15 rating, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it got slapped with an 18 rating. Between Catherine and Tales of Graces f, I’m going to be an extremely happy gamer this summer.

I’m also thinking of revamping this blog, giving it a new name and shiny new appearance. I’m a bit stumped for names though. Still, if you do arrive and everything is different, don’t say I didn’t warn you.