There's been such a buzz for the release of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite you'd think it was a new game, rather than an expansion of MHF2. Believe the hype though, this is just an astounding title. Its not an easy game, you're going to be beaten up by monsters a lot, and spend an awful lot of time reading, and chatting to people, and reading some more, and trying to work out the best way to solve some weird problems (like carrying an egg back to camp when you're bowed under the weight of it and can't defend yourself nor move very fast), but the sheer inventiveness and the range of things to do is keeping me coming back at every spare moment to find out more, take on quests, get the hang of the weaponry and just generally enjoy the excellent graphics and in-depth gameplay.
This is a sprawling, complex game, players of previous titles admit to chalking up over 900 hours of gameplay, and as a rank beginner it does seem like there's way too much to learn, in terms of weapons and traps and gathering and combining items to make new things. getting the hang of training your felyne companion (small cats that fight alongside you, heal you and also cook your food in the kitchen at home!) and generally working out how things work. There's an amount of pick up and play here, the shorter quests and training sections can be done in no time, and mini games like fishing or mining or catching bugs on your farm are good for a quick session, but the strength of the title lies in the fact that no matter how often things go wrong you want to go back and have just one more go, improve your skills so you capture the great scaly beast and return in triumph for a change.
Loading times are a bit of a pain, but the cut scenes are astonishing. A must-have game, in my view. Now, where's my dual sword, there's a wyvern needs slaying!