Unfortunately, slogging through to the advanced stages of the game is a painful, draining journey. Once again, the single-player mode simply isn't very much fun. The clumsy camera and hand-to-hand combat controls, the constant loading, and all the fiddling around with different interface menus make a steep learning curve just that much steeper. Meanwhile, if you don't have any friends to play with once you've mastered the game, there isn't really much of a reward for all that effort.
Veteran monster hunters, then, should enjoy diving in to this new adventure. For them, Freedom Unite offers loads of new content (and Capcom plans to offer even more for download later.) They're probably not going to see very many new players joining their ranks, though.