As you may or may not have heard, Ad-Hoc Party came out in Europe on the 22nd of December, just before Christmas. It was out in America a few months before that, and Japan a few before that again. Ad-Hoc Party is a great tool that allows you to play your PSP online using your PS3’s internet connection (as long as it’s using an Ethernet cable and not wi-fi). After about a week of good use (consisting entirely of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite), I think I’m about ready to give my thoughts on the system.
The Ethernet Mandatory was part of my problem as my PS3’s a fair bit away from my router, and the cable isn’t long enough, so I bridged my laptop connection to get it going. Obviously working off 2 wireless connections now there’s going to be a fractional amount of lag involved, but having played once at a friend’s with a solid Ethernet connection there was absolutely NO delay in command input, no warping enemies with time delays or anything like that at all.
So technical problems aside, I looked at the community. Now, without a microphone, and most of the focus being on the PSP instead of the text chat on the screen, a lot of people prefer making threads on different forums and arranging meet-ups amongst themselves. I only ever arrange with one person really on MSN and hope that some other good hunters can come in and help us out. But you also get a few idiots wading in as well. I’ll cite an experience I had last night as one good example.
Yesterday I was on it and had created a room for myself and aforementioned buddy and named it “MHFU English”, as I had conversely seen rooms dedicated to other nationalities of Monster Hunters (I’d have said Irish because that’s where I’m from, but being worried about my rusty Gaeilge, I plumped for English) and wanted to narrow it down to people that could actually speak my language. Anyway, some Spanish guy wanders in just as we’re about to start a quest, so I cancel my departure prep incase this guy wants to join us. We’re sitting there for a good 3-4 minutes waiting this guy (who was sound effect spamming in the AHP lobby) and I ask him is he joining in. He asked me to speak in Spanish, so I pointed him to the room title saying it was English speaking only, but obliged to load Google Translate and ask him in his native language. He said yes and so we continued to wait. 10 minutes later we still hadn’t started so I asked him (in Spanish) was he playing again? Again he said yes. I asked him did he have Monster Hunter, and he replied no. Prompt boot, room close, mission begins.
Why oh why can people NOT read the room titles before coming in? If he didn’t have Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, why go into a room for it? There’s NO LOGIC in that! I don’t play Monster Hunter in Dissidia rooms, I don’t play Metal Gear Solid in Final Fantasy Tactics rooms, I don’t play WipEout in Burnout rooms, IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.
Anyway, we killed that Basarios without him so essentialy we wasted 20 minutes with that idiot. 20 minutes that could have been used killing another Basarios, because we needed materials, namely Basarios Tears. My buddy needed them more than I did, and I got them where he didn’t. Three times in a row. He was well sickened.