It has been a while since I last wrote about this dangerously addictive game that has been preventing me from playing Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition and Metal Slug Complete. During this time, I have been promoted to HR 2 (Hunter Rank 2, and yes I am a late comer in the multiplayer front), sprint through the 3 stars guild quests with my brother, captured another Tigarex and a pair of Snow Lions in the snow mountains. My hours count now stands at 175 and shows no signs of slowing down as the game keep throwing newer monsters at me in the village 5 stars quests.
Even though the monsters are stronger and sometimes they even come in pair, the difficulty level for the game seems to be perfectly adjusted this time (I had some really hard time in MHP), I hardly had to revisit a quest (a frequent occurance in MHP for me) due to mission failure but they ain’t too easy either as I tend to complete the tougher quests with very little time left.
The game may seems repetitive at time, you are basically killing monsters of different shapes and sizes in six or seven maps and some of the monsters even share the same attacks and moves. But this game is all about presentation and of all the PSP games I have played so far, none can surpass the MHP developers in this territory. Every monster is so well designed that you’d want to stand closer to it to check out the details, well you can only do that when it’s dead as the action can be so intense sometimes that the 20-50 minutes time limit can feels like seconds. The maps may only be half a dozen but each of them is so vast that you’re actually spending more time running than fighting monsters most of the time.
If upgrading weapons and armors for your character are your things, then MHP 2nd will keep you busy almost forever as there must be hundreds of them in the game and it normally involves dozens of steps to create the ultimate version. And upgrading them is not as easy as it sound as you’ll have to goes back to wild to hunt down those rare items for the weapons master.
I can see my 200 hours coming real soon as I am really just starting to go into the more challenging quests and with a somewhat basic strategy guide to write, the urge to complete the game is as strong as ever.