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    Yes, it is now out! No, I'm not sending you a link to the ISO!

    Now that thats out of the way, I'm reviewing the English patched Japanese version of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd.

    The newest patched version contains English patches for:

    Monster Names
    Quest Details
    Item Names
    Most Notifications
    And Misc. other stuff

    Dialogue is not patched (but not needed if you can play MH) and is no big deal.

    Graphics: Yes, the graphics are increased and smoothed over. Technically, its not a big change, but the overall presentation and all the little things add up to a visually big difference.

    Landscapes look great, Draw distance is unbelievable, and the graphics still hold the title for best looking PSP title.

    Gameplay: The gameplay is hot, as usual with Monster Hunter. But new weapons (see below) and new monster, and new environments and some tweaks means variety and adaptation. Of course coming prepared into an environment helps.

    AI seems a little better, but I mainly love the variety of creatures (see below) that brings out different hunting styles for that creature.

    There's alot more quests, but unfortuantely difficulty isn't that much harder. The "farm" is much easier to get up and running, with a different points system.

    Loading Times: Are phenomonally increased! Great news! There is also 2 new things in options.

    Character Selection faster loading times (Lower res's your characters are the character selection screen, no problem if you use the option below)

    Faster Loading Times (Owns. Period. A massive increase in lading times to literally 1-2 seconds between areas on a map, or 10 seconds before you get into a mission, but it is a drain on battery life. [AC cable is recommended in the game itself])

    Weapon Selection:

    Weapon range has been increased, and includes all (as far as I know) the old collection. You are initially given one of all types of weapon right at the beginning, including the two new weapon classes.

    Weapon classes are:

    Swordmaster:

    Sword N' Shield
    Dual Swords
    Greatsword
    Katana
    Lance
    Gun Lance
    Hammer
    Instrument Hammer (This one is weird, but cool)

    Gun:
    Light Bowgun
    Heavy Bowgun
    Hunting Bow

    Here's a quick rundown on the new features.

    The Greatsword and the Katana (including the old Bone Katana weapons) are now different styles completely. Greatswords are the same, while the Katana is held in front the character with a much faster style.

    Katana animation includes a stab forward (circle) the standard over the top to the ground vertical slice (triangle) a over the right diagonal slice (R) and a over the left sweep that pushes you back (Triangle + Circle). Whats also new is a bar, under the stamina bar, that is alot smaller and only is for the Katanas. The more you hit creatures/damage you deal out, the higher the bar raises. When maxed out you get an attack boost.

    The hammer and horn class is also different. Hammer is good as we all know and love. But the instrument/horn class is a mace like instrument that you can use to literally make music. You can use a modified mace style with Triangle, Circle, and Triangle + Circle, but when pressing R your character plays the massive instrument. By pressing Triangle, Circle, or Triangle + Circle causes different notes to be played. Different note sequences = different powerups. This is interesting. Two white nots is no bouncing off of enemy shells, Blue and White is a speed boost. I haven't really explored this, but it is cool.

    The bow is basically a universal reload speed bowgun, with no recoil. You can buy vials to dip the arrows in, for various effects. Triangle strings the arrow, the longer you hold it the different effects you can have. The longer you hold does decrease your stamina bar. For example, 1/3 of your bar at max with the beginning bow will shoot only one arrow. Around the 1/2 mark will shoot 2 arrows. The last 1/3 is a powered up version of the second. Each bow has its own attributes layed out like

    Scattershot lv. 1
    Rapidshot lv. 1
    Scattershot lv. 2

    Which lays out which effect you'll get. Bow controls are Triangle (string arrow) R (aim) circle a melee attack of attack of stabbing with the arrow (pretty powerful).

    Creatures:

    Creatures are now alot more varietyful than rehashes of the originals. It really seems like a different world. The opening environment has a woolymammoth type creature that is big and slow, and also mooses. A "Tigarex" is a awesome looking snow/ice dragon that you also run into. The new variety means different methods and damage boxes on different creatures. In other words, different hunting methods.

    Gems/Upgrades:

    Gems allow you to attach extra abilities to equipment. For example, a attack gem will add Attack +1 to a piece of equipment.

    Armor is now upgradeable, and its not the usual find 4 pieces of monster pieces. You just need a ArmorS piece, which is surprisingly easy to find.

    Environments:

    Much cooler, more variety, and more creature/environment interaction. The landscapes, draw distances, etc. are awesome for teh PSP. Loading time between zones is basically non existent, which is awesome.


    Thats my review so far, I might add more depending on what time I have. But thats it so far.

    Silver

    P.S. Want the game? Try searching "Handheld Monster Hunter Portable 2nd (Eng Patched + Quests)" at certain sites. Its not very "seedy" /popular, but it is the latest already done patch.

    P.P.S. Already have the japanese version? Try searching up the patch itself. otherwise use the above method to find a prepatched game.

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    I'll try it.

    My PSP is gathering dust.

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    makes me wish my memory card slot still worked...

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymouse
    makes me wish my memory card slot still worked...
    O_O

    You really need that fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xy
    Yes, it is now out! No, I'm not sending you a link to the ISO!
    Are you referring to the jap patched one that's out, or the actual english 'Real' copy is out?

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    Japanese patched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonJon
    Quote Originally Posted by anonymouse
    makes me wish my memory card slot still worked...
    O_O

    You really need that fixed.
    i know

    i plan on getting it fixed at a local hardware shop

    i just need some money

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    link to the english patch? havent touched my psp in weeks or months.

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    sounds good, but since i'm still playing the first MHF, i'll wait for the official english version of MHF2 :mrgreenthumbsup:

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    the patch isn't that good, I don't find it playable.

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