Rated 10 out of 10
by afigueroa The perfect game for the PS Vita
I purchased this game on 10/28. I've been enjoying so far what I am seeing. This game is basically a Monster Hunter clone but with a futuristic twist. You are condemned to a prison sentence of a million years just for being alive. Your objective is to do battle with other cities (Panopticons) and reduce your sentence to 0. The game rocks and the soundtrack is awesome. The only deterrent I can see, is that the voice overs are only in Japanese. Personally I don't mind, but that's been a deal breaker for some people I know.
Rated 5 out of 10 by busterbluth A Painful Grind That Won't Save the Vita
As a vita owner I was thirsty for a new game to play on the vita. This was one of the first AAA games to come to the vita in a long time so I purchased it day one, Sadly I didn't look at reviews before I did. This game is a hunting style game but with guns. The only innovative thing that is added is the spiderman web that allows you to go across the level in a fast manor or jump atop a monster. Though that sounds cool, this game asks you to do the same thing over and over without changing it up. What makes matters worse is that the game has no English voice acting, and the translation to english is pretty bad. I can live without an english translation but in the main hub world there are people shouting things in Japanese and announcements going on in Japanese that you cannot understand because they don't give it subtitles, making the game feel like a cheep port and completely lazy! If you are ok with grinding on the same monster for hours on end I would recommend picking it up when it is on sale, but if that does not sound like your thing then avoid this game.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Elendil One of the better Vita games
This is probably one of the better games out in the Vita market. The game play and combat system is fun and the learning curve is at a level where it is accessible to casual gamers. The story in a nutshell is as follows: you are a criminal (of sorts) in a dystopian world where people have to fight for resources. You have 1 million years to serve out but you can reduce you sentence (until you get to 0) by fighting for your city-state (which is known as a Panopticon) against other competing Panopticons for resources. There are A LOT of different weapons you can use and each one has its own unique capability. Further into the game you can modify and upgrade the weapons as you see fit and because of the amount of weapons available you can make many different combinations. The only real downfall to the game is the way in which the story is told. Right from the beginning it is predominately dialogue which includes running around speaking with people and gathering information. For me it got to the point to where I almost stopped playing cause the dialogue was boring me to tears, but once you get past it the game becomes much more engaging. The difficulty becomes brutal towards the end making it almost impossible to fight in standard campaign mode. This is where online co-op comes into play and where the game shows how great it can be as it takes the creativity and skills of each human player to be able to beat these excruciatingly difficult end levels. Once you get past the dialogue, Freedome Wars becomes an exciting game filled with so much weapon and battle content that it will keep you playing for hours on end.
Rated 1 out of 10 by Rabble Bad Bad Gameplay
Too hard, no dubs, no story, repetitive boring music, worst gameplay. Gameplay is not smooth at all. Controls are horrible. But, alas, to each their own.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Elendil slow start, but overall a fun game.
I had some slight trepidation about buying this game. I am used to playing straight up action games (like Ninja Gaiden) where you go from one battle to another, and this game starts off REALLY SLOW. Seriously, the beginning of the game is essentially one big, long, electronic instruction manual. After the basic tutorial the game takes about 10-15 minutes setting up the plot/characters, then a 5 minute battle sequence, followed up by another 10-15 minute plot development, and it continues in this fashion for a while longer. At one point I figured it would have more fun watching paint dry, but the plot was interesting enough to keep playing. Part way through after you achieve a certain level the dialogue lessens (to a degree) and there is a lot more combat. Speaking of combat, the fighting mechanism on this game is great. I love the team play and the battles are tough but not overly grueling. The RPG element is overly detailed, therefore tedious for my taste, but those who are OCD enough to like that level of detail will undoubtedly enjoy it. Overall the game is a lot of fun, as long as you can get through the slow introduction, and will definitely give you hours of fun. On a side note, this game is best played on a PlayStation TV. The graphics on this game are amazing, and while the Vita gives it vibrant colors, the details behind the artwork is best seen on the big screen.
Rated 10 out of 10 by YaroShien An Amazing Game just for the Vita
The game overall is absolutely astounding. And is the game that will defiantly get some Vita sales. All in all, the controls are based on what you want and the design aspect of the game makes it great. While it becomes a little frustrating after you start CODE 6 missions, you are very much open to many things. But first thing you wanna do is not mess around, if you feel like something will extend your sentence, don't do it. It challenges your common sense and reminds you of your entitlements of life. The story is interesting and original, you have full character customization, you get an accessory (Android/Battle Assistant) that you will be able to customize as well. Keep in mind, unless you are smart, you will will drop (basically die) a lot, but will be picked up by ally AI or your Accessory. I am usually a gamer that does power plays, so I fall into that category very much. You will love this game for its many weapon designs and combat items, there is a use for it all. You also will be getting entitlements, what the game will allow you to do without extending your sentence. The challenge of this game is having common sense. Pick up a lot of the small things, you will need to know to keep decreasing that 1,000,000 year sentence.
Rated 9 out of 10 by blademaster1121 Best Vita game on the market
This game is one of the best ps vita games out there right now, and i would almost say it is thee best game for the vita. Anyone who has a vita should really look into buying this game. I gave the game a 9/10 mainly because it does not have an english dub, and for most americans who do not watch alot of anime with subtitles might not enjoy reading all of the dialog that the game comes with and i personally would have wished the game had some english voice acting in it as an option. All in all i love this game to death and it is just addicting. I hope to see more games just like this for the vita in the future.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Jojo132 This is one of the best monster hunter games.
If you like monst hunter games then this game is perfect to add to your collection. I personally enjoy this game. I bought it a few days ago and i'm still playing it. I just absolutly love this game. The graphics are pretty good. The story is well thought out and overall very intersting.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Yukio It's a fun and challenging game.
The storyline was pretty unique, and the game doesn't have that much bug, and they have both easy and hard "volunteering" for you to choose, so that people won't feel bored of it or make the game become too challenging.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Fightingmarmot A surprisingly good game
To be honest, when I bought this game I had nothing to go off of. I heard that it was supposed to be good or even that it "was supposed to save the vita" among others. But it was Friday and I decided to risk it, and oh boy am I glad I did. The best way to describe this game would probably be Gods eater Burst/Monster hunter, in the fact that you pick a mission, enter a battlefield then kill/rescue/collect or whatever needs to be done, but it also has JRPG elements, as in in-depth customization and micromanaging tons of different aspects of the game, such as buying rights, like the right to run, the right to talk to other prisoners, the right to walk more than 5 steps in your cell and even the right to lay down when sleeping. Now I will say that when I entered the game, it looked amazing. The story starts out interesting and entertaining, but then I was overwhelmed by the whole thing, something I think lots of people will have a problem with. First thing I did- Walk around my cell...which added years to my million year sentence. But I worked it out and everything went fine, now I can't put the game down. Gameplay- The game is really fun to play....once you figure out the controls. It literally took me 20 minutes to learn them, and 2 hours to get used to them. They are so different from what I'm used to, I kept hitting the right shoulder button to shoot my gun, only to find myself throwing my chain thing and ending up in a situation I didn't like, or even got me killed. Once you figure them out, the game is fine. There's TONS of micromanaging going on in this game, because of the rights and privileges system, as well as the ability to create and sell items to shave off some of your sentence. The story is pretty weak I have to say, and by the end of the game you're left wanting because of something I won't spoil. The ending was extremely disappointing, but the game took me around 30 hours to beat, so it has a lot of gameplay. One thing I liked was the ability to invite online players to help you with a mission that you are stuck on, then you get some high level OP player to help out. Sound- In my opinion, the soundtrack is amazing. I loved it and really got into the mood of the music all the time. I would suggest headphones though, as the vita is a handheld and therefor weak in the sound output department. Plus all the dialogue is in Japanese, so this might turn some people off from the game, but it didn't bother me much. However, sometimes it was frustrating to read the subtitles then see what was going on. Replay-ability, I don't think this is very high. Maybe if you really got into the game, one more play through would be all, because believe it or not, once you're 5 hours into the game, you're so advanced in terms of the rights you bought and weapons you found that if you started over you'd run out of steam pretty fast. The worst part of this game is the beginning, when you can't run and have to slowly crawl your way around the prison. UGH. All In all I think this game earns a solid 8/10. The gameplay is solid, the game ran smooth, I had zero slowdown, and the sound track is great. There's tons of gameplay here so you won't be let down. But the learning curve on the controls, the weak overall story plus the....super disappointing ending, I have to knock off a few points. However, I highly recommend this game.