Monster Hunter Freedom 3 voted game of the year by Famitsu readers

Famitsu readers voted Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (known as Monster Hunter Portable 3rd in Japan) as their 2010 game of the year. The results were announced via Famitsu's website on Friday. The annual mid-year poll serves as the closest thing to an Oscar-like best picture feature.

Pokemon Black & White took home the runner-up “best hit” award, while Heavy Rain took the prize for innovation. The rookie award for best new IP went to Ghost Trick. Special recognition was awarded to the following games:

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Gran Turismo 5
Gods Eater Burst
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tales of Graces F
Dragon Quest: Monsters Joker 2
Pokemon Black & White
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Love Plus +
Yakuza 4
Red Dead Redemption

Hideo Kojima won the MVP award, while Capcom won best developer.

The list gives a fairly good impression of what gamers in Japan enjoyed last year. The inclusion of Red Dead Redemption and Heavy Rain on the list is a surprise and shows the strides western games have made in the Japanese marketplace in recent years.

Apr 25, 2011

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  • WarWasp - April 27, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    @Sinosaur: Indeed.I was just frustrated.Thank you for bringing me back to planet earth,'cuz I was on the MOON.Also,the connectivity thing is completely solved by putting these games on the Wii.I'm pointing to MH Tri here,of all things.CAPCOM has eliminated friend codes and made online play effortless.Although the same thing could be accomplished by putting it on the Xbox/PS platforms.
  • Hydrohs - April 26, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    Monster Hunter is the ultimate game of skill. You can't just go in waving your weapon around. You WILL lose. You need to think, and you need to be good. And when you are good, it's the best feeling.
  • Sinosaur - April 26, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    @WarWasp I didn't see cchen hating on Monster Hunter at all, he gave it a solid comparison to a more popular game series here in the west and then bashed the fact that the Wii is absolutely horrible for online multiplayer, something that isn't any game's fault. If you could get together with your friends on XBL or PSN, going around beating the crap out of monsters would be awesome, especially since unless you live in a major city or are attending college, you often have little chance to spend time with friends in person unless people are willing to spend significant time on travel. So, my suggestion is to step away from the capslock and the pointless fanboy insults about legitimate complaints to a game that suggest potential for something you love. Or you could rage at people on the internet at make them hate the game you love even more because they associate your bad behavior with it.
  • WarWasp - April 26, 2011 2:12 a.m.

  • mackshizzle - April 25, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    When I go off to college, I hope they have a strong enough gaming community. I Pokemon and Monster Hunter are my top games and the multiplayer functions are definitely key.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - April 25, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Please Capcom, bring MH Freedom 3 to Ireland. I'll be your friend.
  • cchen04 - April 25, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    ^ Monster Hunter's appeal is mostly the same deal as Pokemon. The whole 'collect it all' mentality. Pokemon you catch em to build that solid team, and Monster Hunter, you're killing them, but using their parts to make Armor and Weapons so you can hunt better guys. Being on handhelds lets you play anywhere and multiplayer is some serious fun. The formula just works really well in Japanese society, with plenty of public commuting and other people to play with. But it's way harder to have a bunch of people get together in the US so I guess that takes away a lot of Monster Hunter's mainstream appeal in the west. I think the game would have a way stronger shot if the gmae was on a home console other than the Wii, and had a very strong online component.
  • corndog501 - April 25, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    "The inclusion of Red Dead Redemption and Heavy Rain on the list is a surprise and shows the strides western games have made in the Japanese marketplace in recent years." If you mean strides you mean just barely popping up on the radar at all. Also, I this is Japan we're talking about, but where the hell is Mass Effect 2? That game is a f***ing MASTERPIECE! May as well give up on this rant, Japan doesn't listen to us Americans anyway. Also, I never got the appeal of Monster Hunter and never understood why people love it so much.
  • MrSuitMan - April 25, 2011 7 p.m.

    There is a game named "Love Plus Plus?" O____O Monster Hunter is a great game. Let's hope they port this Freedom 3 over here, either on PSP or NGP.

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