Took a little time off from playing Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology to raise my HR (Hunter Rank, Monster Hunter achievement system) to 4 in this never ending game (270 hours for me so far). Protected a fortress from two of the biggest monsters in the Monster Hunter universe (and probably the entire PSP games library), Lao Shan Lung and a Giant Crab (yeap, it is) with my brother.
Against the legendary Lao, we are basically fighting a moving mountain (the Japanese name can be literary translated as Old Mountain Dragon…), the PSP screen is constantly being filled up with the monster’s face, stomach or one of its legs. Although the monster won’t attack, we are basically fighting against time to repel him. So even it’s a one-way traffic in term of attacking, it’s as tense as any of the boss fights. In fact it probably is the most intense fight of the whole game because right after the lengthy (and unskipable, no matter how many times you’ve beaten it before…) intro, we are busy making, setting up or transporting bombs, climbing up and down, hacking and slashing, making last minute escape and a whole lots of other tasks.
I am yet to face this monster alone, but it has to be done sooner or latter and it’s just unthinkable.
For every game developer’s favorite boss monster Giant Crab, it was quite refreshing personally because I didn’t expect there is this monster in the game. It was really fun seeing it’s legs getting cut off by our attacks or when it stumble big time as a result of heavy damage. Image below via last0615.
The English version of the game, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is on sale in two days time. The best of luck to all the hunters, hope my little guide, which is based on the Japanese version but shouldn’t have much difference, will helps.