Monster Hunter Freedom is a 2005 action role-playing game developed and published by Capcom for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The game was released in Japan in 2005, North America in 2006, Australia and New Zealand in 2007, Europe in 2007, and Monster Hunter Freedom is the first portable installment of the Monster Hunter series, and was followed by Monster Hunter Freedom 2 and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.
The player takes the role of a Monster Hunter, tasked with hunting down and either killing or capturing large monsters for study or to protect villages from their ramp ages. The game uses a third-person view when exploring outdoors and indoors and switches to a fixed camera when in combat with monsters. Monster Hunter Freedom is an expansion of the original Monster Hunter, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004, adding new monsters, environments, quests, and equipment.
The game uses a unique gameplay system where players must track their prey, set traps, and battle the monster; all while managing such factors as hunger and fatigue. In addition to the main story, the game features numerous side-quests , which the player can choose to complete or ignore at their leisure. Monster Hunter Freedom was well-received by critics, and is considered one of the best games in the series.