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.
Description・Notice (Sep 16, 2014)
We are currently in the process of verifying performance on iOS 8.
Please note that performance on iOS 8 is not guaranteed during this time.
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*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).
・iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod Touch (5th Gen 32GB/64GB with Back Camera), iPad Air, iPad mini (2nd Gen) with iOS 6 - iOS 7.1.
・iPad (3rd Gen), iPad (4th Gen), iPad mini (1st Gen) with iOS 6.1.3 - iOS 7.1.
・iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.0.
*Performance on an OS or device not listed above is not guaranteed.
*This title does not support the iPhone 4, iPod Touch (4th Gen), iPod Touch (5th Gen 16 GB), iPad (1st Gen), or iPad 2.
*It is possible to download this title to an iPhone 4, but performance is not guaranteed.
*Deleting this game from your device will erase the game’s save data.