The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best" thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.
These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.
Without further ado…
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
The spread of mobile devices means that more people are playing video games now than ever before, with the casual, “pick up and play" time killer-type games proliferating like mad. That’s great and all, but what about something you can really, and I mean really sink your teeth into? That’s where a game like Monster Hunter Freedom Unite ($14.99) comes in. This is not your typical mobile game. People talk of spending hundreds upon hundreds of hours inside the Monster Hunter world, and there’s so much to see and to do that you could probably play only this for the rest of your life and be perfectly content.
The crazy thing is that despite how deep the game is, it still feels just perfect on mobile. Monster Hunter has always been kind of a divisive series, as it is a very difficult game to learn and it isn’t shy about not holding your hand through the process. But, its arrival on iOS means it’s being exposed to an absolutely massive audience, which means it has a chance to win over a whole new batch of fans. If you’ve heard of Monster Hunter but never really got into it, the fact that Freedom Unite plays on a device that most of us carry with us at all times and at a price that’s markedly cheaper than on other game systems, now is probably the best chance to try it out and see if this type of game is for you.
Speaking of price, while Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is definitely a bargain compared to what it would have cost originally on the PSP, it’s high by App Store standards at $15. Still, it’s criminally cheap compared to how much content it has, and if you’re among those who are sick of free to play and just wish there were “real" games sold for a single price, this is your chance to put your money where your mouth is. Be sure to check out Shaun’s in-depth review as well as the thread in our forums for more, but if you need something to keep you busy this weekend, and for many weekends to come, check out Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.