MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM UNITE for iOS Review
- Incredibly rewarding multiplayer
- Deep RPG leveling
- Interesting world and monster designs
- Very slow to get going
- There is a lot to learn
- Cumbersome controls
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS is a slow burn that takes time to master, but if you and some friends are willing to put in the effort then there are few co-op experiences as satisfying.
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When starting Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS, it helps to know what you're getting into. It promises you the chance to bring down monstrous creatures in a fantasy equivalent of big game hunting, but it makes you work for every moment of enjoyment.
Before heading into the field you have to familiarise yourself with the basics. As a port of a PSP title, there are a lot of controls crammed onto your touchscreen. The result is confusing mash of context dependent virtual sticks, buttons, and swipes that take some getting used to, but which prove no more cumbersome than the original.
At its core, Monster Hunter is an action RPG. Rather than leveling-up your character's stats, though, the focus is on your equipment. Beginning as a lowly hunter, you have to undertake missions from townsfolk to gain supplies and improve your gear. Tasks range from gathering herbs to stalking massive dragons. It is a slow, difficult, but rewarding crawl to greatness, as you use the bones and hides of monsters to construct better armours and weapons.
Though there are plenty of solo missions, the game really comes alive when you start entering online hunts with up to three friends. Monster Hunter is designed around this cooperative experience, with many of the game’s more esoteric design choices suddenly making sense when working as a team. The way the beautiful and varied environments are broken up into separate numbered sections suddently clicks, with the numbers allowing you to instantly let your team know where you and your prey are located.
The character classes also work better in combination. No single class is powerful in isolation, but teaming up with others their potential is revealed. Tracking a huge dragon with a horn blower to provide buffs, a lancer to deal damage, a nimble double-blade weilder, and a bowman encourages clever teamwork, and makes victories all the more satisfying.
There is a flipside to this. The game's slow pace means games regularly take upwards of twenty minutes. This, combined with high demands on battery, make Monster Hunter ill-suited to co-op gaming when you're out and about. It's also tough when playing alone, and repeating missions is a lengthy process.
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS can be brutal and unforgiving. But, if you can find the right group to play with, there are few experiences on iOS as satisfying - as long as you are prepared to put the work in.
・Before use, please check the Compatibility section below.
・This application is compatible up to iOS 9.3.2. Unsupported devices may not run the game properly. Please be aware of this when switching devices or updating your OS.
・Please use the latest application version for online play. If you cannot play with other players, please confirm that you are using the latest version of the application.
*No Hidden Costs*
No additional fees after download!
*For a list of compatible devices, please see the "Compatibility" section in the game's description.
The world’s most exciting hunting action game, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, is now available for iOS! Whether you’re a rookie or veteran hunter, intuitive touch controls will help you tackle the biggest, baddest monsters out there. Let the hunt begin!
There are so many ways to progress through Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS. With a multitude of quests to complete, you can choose to tackle something new, or go back and replay a quest you’ve already cleared with new weapons and tactics. How you play the game is really up to you!
You’ll embark on quests with numerous objectives, from gathering items to slaying monsters. If you’re successful, you’ll reap the spoils, which you can use to create and enhance weapons and armor. Once you’ve buffed up your character, you’ll be ready to take on even bigger quests!
The controls have been designed so you can intuitively perform complicated actions at the touch of a button!
A number of functions are included to assist you while you hunt, such as the ‘target camera,’ which keeps monsters in your sights, and the ‘pop-up icon,’ which indicates things you can interact with.
The game’s graphics have been optimized for iOS devices. Just wait until you see all of the beautiful environments for you to hunt in!
You can go hunting with up to 4 players over Wi-Fi. When you run into a quest that’s just too much for you to handle by yourself, call on your friends to join the hunt!
*Online (co-op) play is not supported over mobile data connections such as 3G.
*To get the best co-op gameplay experience, make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection.
*You must be signed in to Game Center to play online (co-op).
・MFi Game Controller Support
Use the MFi Game Controller to get the best hunting experience!
*The MFi Game Controller is not compatible with iPhone 4S or iPad (3rd Gen).
Notice regarding compatible devices
OS: iOS 6.0 - 9.3.2
・iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE
・iPod Touch (5th gen 16GB/32GB/64GB with back camera), iPod Touch (6th gen)
・iPad (3rd gen), iPad (4th gen), iPad Air, iPad Air 2
・iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4
・9.7-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro
* Devices other than the ones listed above are unsupported and are not guaranteed to work properly.
* iPhone 4 / iPod Touch (4th gen) / iPad 2 or earlier, or iPod Touch (5th gen with no back camera) are unsupported.
* Please be aware that the application can be downloaded with an iPhone 4, but is unsupported.
* Deleting this game from your device will erase the game’s save data.
What's New in Version 1.00.10Fixed various system-related issues.
Please use the latest application version for online play. If you cannot play with other players, please confirm that you are using the latest version of the application.