RPG Monster Hunter is so popular that it has become a franchise for a range of media products, including movies, comics, manga, and anime. This is a huge series of video games that began with the ARPG of the same name for the PlayStation 2. It was developed by the Japanese corporation Capcom in 2004, after which the novelty has sold 1 million copies. The sequel turned out to be just as successful, and the general concept did not change: gamers, as before, need to complete missions, fight monsters, and gather resources to create improved equipment. Choosing the right weapon and armor is an important part of the gameplay because defeating monsters depends on them.
Meaning and History
The Monster Hunter logos reflect multiple generations of the game, as each piece has its distinctive symbol. Evolution can be traced in both the graphic image and the inscription: the old-school design gradually gave way to modern design, expressed in clear forms, bright colors, and visual depth.
In general, all MH emblems match the mood of the fantasy world. Considering that gamers have to go through quests to catch or kill monsters, the atmosphere is filled with danger and heroism. And logos, as an important part of the identity, also look threatening and pathetic.
The first installment of the series was released outside Japan in September 2004. The action-RPGs cover featured a gold-colored “MONSTER HUNTER” lettering, split into two lines and surrounded by a trembling black shadow. The gradient made it look like the name of the game was melted out of shiny metal and above “O,” which looked like a dragon’s eye with a vertical pupil, towered a winged monster from a fantasy universe. Simultaneously, in a nutshell, all letters had short sharp serifs (except for “O”) and differed in size.
Monster Hunter Freedom
A video game for PSP appeared in 2006. The developers kept the old logo design but replaced the gold color with the silver one. This applied to both the inscription and the monster, which sat on top, spreading its wings. An additional word, “FREEDOM,” appeared at the bottom. It consisted of sans serif capital letters and was set against a background of black stripes. For its design, a gradient was also used: a smooth transition from yellow to red-orange.
Monster Hunter Freedom 2
In 2007, another action role-playing game for the Playstation Portable was released in the USA. It was a direct sequel to Monster Hunter Freedom, but its logo was very different. The designers removed the winged monster and left the only hint of monsters: three long, jagged lines that resembled claw scratches. They were painted in several colors: gray (top), orange (bottom), and black (along the outline).
In the foreground was the title of the video game, written in the same font as before. All letters except the first “M” and “H” are equal in size. The “O” no longer looked like an ellipse – it was a circle split in two by a vertical stripe. On the right side was a huge number “2” in white and silver color.
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
In June 2009, PSP owners were allowed to play an enhanced version of Monster Hunter Freedom 2. The new product was called Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, and this phrase was reflected in the logo. She was in a circle of black lines. The first three words were written in the same font as before, but with a slight slant to the right. For UNITE, the designers used stylized yellow caps.
Monster Hunter Tri
In 2010, the third installment of Monster Hunter was released for the Wii home console. The emblem indicated the play’s order because the central element was an abstract figure with three dragon heads and a large “3”. The series’s title was on the left and looked a little different from before: the letters lost their clear shape. In the lower right corner was the word “Tri,” which gave off a golden light.
Monster Hunter Tri: Ultimate
The logo of the video game Monster Hunter Tri: Ultimate, released in 2013, did not differ much from the previous one, except that the lower part was covered with black and blue lines. The luminous number “3” remained in its place, and below it was the word “ULTIMATE,” written in silvery cursive letters.
Monster Hunter: Dynamic Hunting
2011 saw the debut of a spin-off called Monster Hunter: Dynamic Hunting. It was designed specifically for the iPhone and had touch-based gameplay. His word mark contained four lines. MONSTER HUNTER was written horizontally, while DYNAMIC HUNTING was written diagonally. As before, the lettering was surrounded by blurry black shadows. There was a long red line below.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
Each game in the MH series was accompanied by an emblem indicating the name. Various designs (such as dragon heads, winged monsters, and claw prints) complemented nearly all of the inscriptions, except MONSTER HUNTER DYNAMIC HUNTING. The graphic elements were the visual expression of the fantasy world of the franchise.
Designers used individual stylized fonts for all Monster Hunter word marks – sometimes with serifs and sometimes without. All logos, including the last one, were multi-colored and had a gradient. The current version is the most colorful: it contains bright shades of yellow (# fff514), burgundy (# 9d0504), orange (# fe6300), and red (# ed2400). They are complemented by the basic colors: black, white, and silver.