What’s The Difference Between Monster Hunter On Consoles And Portables?

By Ishaan . October 29, 2010 . 12:31pm


“People that play the home console version tend to play for longer sittings, while those that play the PSP edition generally play for only short periods of time.”


This is what Monster Hunter series producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, believes is the primary difference between Monster Hunter games on home consoles and portable systems. This makes sense, given that in Japan, Monster Hunter is a social phenomenon and is largely played cooperatively with other players, often in public settings.


Capcom go about the developing the Monster Hunter games with this difference in mind, too, he says. As a result, while Monster Hunter Portable 3rd comes packed with a whole lot more content than Monster Hunter Tri, it’s also being designed to be played in shorter bursts with the help of short quests.


Monster Hunter Freedom 3 will offer a lot of short quests and play modes that allow players to get the most out of playing the game on their PSP, in addition to quests that take longer to complete,” Tsujimoto revealed in an internally conducted Capcom interview.


He continued: “The game flow from start to finish is fairly straight forward, so if someone only has 10 minutes to play, they can pick a quest that can be finished within that period of time. This gives people the satisfaction of knowing they have a number of different options available in any situation.”

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  • That actually sounds like a good idea. My typical bus ride and walk to campus last about 20-30 minutes, so 10 minute quests would be perfect for me. Ive actually wanted to embrace playing a monster hunter.

    I had the demo to the Wii version but I thought the game, just from my experience with the console version, seemed far more suited to be played on a handheld wherever.

    There was just something about it, some essence that, makes me think so.

    • karasuKumo

      Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is amazing if you haven’t got it buy it now to tie you over until 3rd’s release.

      It’s very addictive, so much so that you shouldn’t play it on public transport because you can easily miss train stations and bus stops.

      I just wish my friends were more into portable gaming because it really is amazing playing with a few people and work as a team. I can see why it is so big in Japan.

      • ECM

        Or you could buy it on Wii and have exactly the experience you describe from the comfort of your living room.

        • malek86

          Ah, but then it wouldn’t be portable!

    • Not sure about that!
      The game is first meant to be played with others. So a console with a real online structure is best. This allows you to always have someone to play with. I don’t like the idea of short 10 minutes quest. It seems like your going to hunting a weak or small monster. I want a quest that takes 20 to 30, but you can defeat in 15. Depending on how good you plan out everything, and overall skill.

  • kactaplb

    mh series is first and foremost a social game. Lucky I have so many people around me who play~

  • jotun_of_greed

    i do wish they could reduce the hp of G-rank monsters. it took forever to solo them(like 15-20 minutes) depending on the quests. quests with multiple target monsters usually took half an hour.

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