Monster Hunter is one of those games that has managed to sell consoles all by itself. The opportunity to hunt giant monsters is not one to be taken lightly; especially now that it has been ported over to iOS. Of course, this version of the game is not the most recent Monster Hunter 4 but rather a direct port of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. A title that was last seen on the Sony PSP.
The Monster Hunter series casts players in the role of an expert hunter of monsters. There is usually a story to be completed, but it is easily overshadowed by the game mechanics of harvesting monster parts to continually more powerful weapons and armour.
Early reviews of the game are pointing to signs that this is an excellent port of the game, with Capcom successfully implementing touch controls into a game that traditionally requires lightning reflexes and excellent timing to survive. There is also the fact that fans of the franchise are enjoying playing MHFU with a much larger display. Like the original, there is the option for local multiplayer over a WiFi connection; although it also shares the lack of online multiplayer.
The game may be five years old by now, but it is a good chance for those who have never played a Monster Hunter game to give something new a try. At US$14.99 it is still much cheaper than picking up a new handheld console to get in on the action.