Review by tcs76548

"If you liked the original, you'll love this!"

After playing this game since the day it was released, I can honestly say that this is one of the most fun and addicting games I have ever played. For those of you who are just starting to get into games of this genre, Monster Rancher 2 is definitely worth trying. The game's increased difficulty will offer fans of the original countless hours of entertainment, guaranteed.

This game retains all of the features of the original Monster Rancher and adds to them a more challenging aspect that will push players to try harder to raise their monsters to be the best. The number of available monsters has increased greatly, and the various new breeds are certainly worth trying out. The huge amount of available content within the game is amazing and will ensure that players will always have a goal to accomplish while playing.

Visually, the game is a great improvement. The in-game areas are larger and more spacious, adding to the overall feeling of freedom within the game. Also, Monster Rancher 2 adds several new features, such as the "slate" feature, which enables players to generate monsters from their original Monster Rancher files and raise them in the sequel. You are also able to interact more with your monsters in this game. The "play" feature is a clear example of this. Depending on the type of monster, you can play different games such as 1 on 1 combat or having a mud ball fight!

Monster Rancher 2 is certainly more difficult than the original, and this may turn some players off, but don't let this fact stop you from enjoying such a great game! The increased difficulty, such as stronger enemy monsters, wild monster battles during training, the greater effects of fatigue and stress, form playing a larger role, and having to unlock many of the playable monsters, should only make the game more challenging and exciting.

Overall, the game is full of enjoyable content, but the game requires a lot of time and patience, which some players might not have. However, if you are interested in trying a challenging breeding simulator that will entertain you for years to come, or if you are already an avid Monster Rancher fan and want to experience this game, it is certainly worth the time. Monster Rancher 2 has aged very well and will continue to be one of the greatest games in the Monster Rancher series.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 06/02/08

Game Release: Monster Rancher 2 (US, 12/31/99)

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