A hack and slash, strategy, adventure game released September 21st 2004 in North America. The game is a simulation of hunting in a world filled with deadly monsters. Like actual hunting, successfully killing or capturing a monster requires the use of strategy, skill and provided items. Monster Hunter sold poorly in Europe and the Americas due to being given no advertising; however, it was a huge hit in its native land, Japan.
The game used to have an Online Mode (Town), Which would let players pick between 2 Servers (Red World and Green World), then a Town Area going from A to Z , where up to 8 players could enter and start 4 man party Quests.
After January 1st, 2008, the online servers for Monster Hunter in North America and Europe were shut down, and thus online play for the PS2 version of Monster Hunter is no longer available. With the Monster Hunter online server being gone forever, the game-play population among MH fans has greatly decreased because offline mode provides fewer choices of weapons and armor.
Monster Hunter only has a maximum of Green sharpness, though the sword at the upper left corner glows yellow.
Monster Hunter was part of a Capcom initiative to create a series of games focused on online gaming for PS2, with the other two being Auto Modellist and Resident Evil Outbreak. Capcom wanted to get at least one to get the million sales, and eventually Monster Hunter and Resident Evil Outbreak got it.