« on: January 10, 2012, 02:55:50 pm »
See, as a big Monster Hunter fan myself, I can understand your problems. Especially since I bought the PS2 game thinking "Oh, wow! This is going to be awesome!" and then barely got about as far as you had, and quit in frustration because the game was just too damned hard.
Then, when I went to Japan the first time in 2009, a friend told me about the latest Monster Hunter recently released in Japan that had received a fan translation: Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (Freedom Unite in English speaking territories). Later iterations solve many aspects of what frustrate you to no end.
- First, I say that you should almost always try to play these games with people. There's a lot more strategy involved and the monsters are usually a lot easier to beat with at least a second person. For example, a friend and I played the latest iteration when I was in Japan last. He would play Hammers and I would use Long Swords/Dual Swords. He would focus on stunning the enemies, while I focused on cutting their various limbs off for carving, and then doing as much damage as I could. Yes, you can play single player but it is a LOT slower and harder to get anything done.
- Making new equipment is made a lot easier in newer iterations of the game. In the last three iterations, you get a personal farm where you can get materials for making equipment outside of quests. In Freedom Unite/Portable 3rd you can get herbs, insects, mushrooms, ore, fish in these farms. They start off very ill-equipped (usually just a place to plant herbs and one place to mine for ore), but as you collect points for your farm (obtained by collecting special items during quests which are really easy to find), you can upgrade your farm a lot. I'm not even done leveling the thing up in Freedom Unite, and I've got three places to mine for ore (each one giving better ore as you level it), three places to plant herbs, a place to farm for insects, a tree to hit to get insects, a place to bomb for ore (requires barrel bombs), and a fishing dock where I can fish something like 12 times. Using your farm, you can do simple quests for money (like...gathering mushrooms), and then immediately go to your farm to get materials that would otherwise cost you mining picks and whatnot or would be time consuming to get. You only get a certain amount of pulls per quest, though (three or four per mining spot/insect gathering spot, you get a certain amount of mushrooms once, etc).
It really becomes a lot easier. Also, once you actually start fighting the challenging Wyverns (I assume you were doing...Yian Kut-Ku?), you get better at fighting, both because you get better equipment and because you get used to figuring out patterns and dealing with smaller monsters and whatnot.
The only frustrating thing with MH games now, to me, is starting a new character. When you first stat out you basically have to gather every freakin' thing in sight. That way you have the materials to make Mega Potions, Flash Bombs, Sonic Bombs, and other important equipment that you cannot buy. However, if you're playing with a friend and your friend has a bunch of them? They can just give them to you. The only things you cannot trade to another person are things rare-level 4 and up (so basically, no super-rare monster materials and no rare metals/insects).
Also, the later installments introduce better weaponry, IMO. The original series only had Great Sword, Sword and Shield, Lance, Hammer, and Bowgun, IIRC. Since then they've introduced: Long Swords (my personal favorite), Dual Swords, different Bowgun types, Gunlance, Bow and Arrow, and the Switch Axe. There's a lot more variety in play style with these new weapons.
Personally, I hope you give a later installment a go. The original wasn't very good, IMO. I mean it was Capcom's first attempt at such a thing, and they really did a lot of things right, but also did a ton more things wrong. The game was way too difficult and tedious for anyone to get really into outside of online play. You can play the newer installments in single player and they're a lot simpler to get into. I still recommend online-play, though. Moulinoski, for instance, did not care for the series until I introduced him to online play.