Monster Hunter Generations

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Monster Hunter Generations is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 59 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

95%

Critics Recommend

Based on 59 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 12, 2016

The Monster Hunter franchise never had a meteoric rise in the United States. Of course, there certainly exists a hardcore and dedicated user base that's been there ever since the PSP titles forced gamers to use the "claw" grip style to play the game effectively, but the series never really took off until quite recently. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was a great first step, and even though it limited its players strictly to the 3DS and Wii U, it didn't seem to matter. It's follow-up, which I still regard as one of the best Monster Hunter games to date introduced a bunch of new improvements, broadened its appeal, and once again the numbers proved that there is indeed a thriving MonHun community in the States.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jul 12, 2016

The fresh arts and styles help mask the musty taste of recycled material, but Generations is still a new recipe with old ingredients.

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Nintendojo
A-
A-
Jul 27, 2016

Generations is a real gem at this late point in 3DS’s life cycle.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 19, 2016

Generations is a last, wonderful gasp of life for this aging Monster Hunter engine. If you’ve been on the fence, now is the perfect time to hop aboard.

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Scored Reviews

Switch Player
Nov 28, 2018

Once you get past its daunting and archaic systems, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate continuously challenges you with the most thrilling gameplay and rewarding loop few games can match. Meanwhile, veterans will also feel at home – ‘G rank’ awaits you!

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Guardian
Jul 15, 2016

Capcom’s brilliant Nintendo DS series about hunting fearsome creatures just got even better – but it still might not be for everyone

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Telegraph
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is the pinnacle of a great series

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Impulsegamer
4.8 / 5.0
4.8 / 5.0
Jul 17, 2016

This game is for both veterans and newcomers alike that not only boasts excellent gameplay but great graphics to compliment your experience as a hunter. There’s some great missions to be found along the way and some clever crafting as you turn yourself into one of the best hunters in the realm. Sure, some elements do feel like grinding but somehow the developers take this and turn it into something more as you explore this living breathing world. Best of all, it’s a game that supports both single and multiplayer well so there’s really no excuse not be playing this title, especially if you like this genre. So if you need a break from Pokémon Go… Monster Hunter Generations may be right elixir.

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Cheat Code Central
4.8 / 5.0
4.8 / 5.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is about coming into your own. We’ve always been hunters, but now we’re hunting our way. The Hunting Styles are an incredible means of being true to yourself. Even better, we can spend more time enjoying our newfound individuality and actually savoring the game, because we can spend less time grinding for specific materials. The improved gathering means we have an option when it comes to creating our equipment. We can spend hours on it or make do with what we have to move forward. We can even be Palicos! It’s a wonderful time to be a hunter.

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GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2016

Whilst a near perfect Monster Hunter in my eyes. If it contained better quality of life implementations to reduce the plethora of loading screens and responding to quests (which could be done in a single menu/mail system). This could be an easy ten, otherwise I’m shaking in anticipation for generation five, the Hollywood movie currently in production, Double Cross and Monster Hunter Stories coming to the west (hopefully).

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

If you've ever wanted to try your hand at Monster Hunter, start with Generations. The tutorial aspect isn't any better than normal, but it's much more likely to appeal to a wider audience with its breadth of customization options and content. If you've been champing at the bit for more great gameplay you already love, with lots of new things to discover, Generations doesn't disappoint there either.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2016

Overall, this game is a great entry into the series, with very few flaws. With the addition of Hunter Arts and Styles, you can customize your playstyle in a large variety of ways, with over 50 combinations of Hunter weapons and styles, not even counting Arts. With a few additions of new monsters, and a large selection of older beasties, there’s more than enough content for this game to be a flagship title, and it’s certainly a must-buy for anyone that loves Monster Hunter, and definitely worth looking into if you don’t already love the series. With a wonderful set of visual upgrades, and even some new challenges to overcome, there’s no reason not to pick this game up.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.75 / 5.0
4.75 / 5.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations does an excellent job in honoring the past while welcoming the new, thanks to a slew of new hunting styles and mechanics as well as a wealth of content that will keep players occupied for hours and hours upon hours. Folks who don’t get the hang of its technical combat will likely continue to wonder what the fuss is all about. For those who give its monsters the attention and respect they demand in order to do well, however, Monster Hunter Generations’ newly polished gameplay hits it out of the ballpark once more.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Although Monster Hunter Generations isn't exactly the sort of series evolution that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate was, it's still the most interesting Monster Hunter to date. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate might just edge out Generations for newer players with its engaging single-player story - but even then, Monster Hunter Generations is a game that you absolutely do not want to miss.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 11, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations remains an experience that excites most in the thrill of the chase, wrestling with once proud beasts as you bring them to their knees. It presents an adventure of a lifetime, and continued evolution of the core idea results in an experience that rewards at every turn.

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GameSkinny
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is the perfect entry for newcomers and offers plenty of fun for veterans of the series.

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Everyeye.it
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter X is, in the end, another Monster Hunter. You can definitely recognize the old mechanics, but the context is brand new. This new chapter is way more accessible, has a great sense of progression, a cool new features to entertain old and new fans.

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Sirus Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2016

So far, there are no news yet whether or not it will be ported over to the WiiU or to other consoles but the game is already doing well where it’s at right now. Again, MHGen is a good introductory game since Monster Hunter isn’t really a lore-heavy game. If you are into action and you love hunting, Monster Hunter Generations is absolutely worth to pick-up.

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Game Revolution
Jul 12, 2016

With 21 different locations to hunt, tons of monster both new and old, heap-loads of armor and weapons to unlock, playable cats, and completely new ways to play with your favorite weapons, Monster Hunter Generations is the pinnacle game in the series and a must-buy for anyone looking for a solid multiplayer action RPG on the 3DS, even hunting monsters solo is a blast. Just be sure to pick up a Circle Pad or Circle Pad Pro if you don't have one of the NEW 3DS lines, as controlling the camera with touch isn't great. Trust me, you won't regret it and they run for around $12 on Amazon these days.

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USgamer
Jul 12, 2016

Keeping with the tradition of Monster Hunter sequels, Generations doesn't rock the boat. Instead, it doubles down on the core formula, while tweaking several existing features to make them much friendlier. Overall, it's an experience designed for Monster Hunter veterans—but one that also extends a helping hand to newcomers.

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Goomba Stomp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 13, 2016

At first 'Monster Hunter Generations' seems like a rehash of past games, but some play time will show that it is one of the most innovative in the series. The sheer amount of experimentation, adventures, and general fun to be had with this game is boundless.

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Fintendo
Apr 14, 2017

"Combines the best parts of the series and adds playable cats!"

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is another must-have for fans of the franchise, blending the old with the new for an excellent overall package. Hunter Styles add a little extra intensity and tempo to combat while this game also tries to welcome newcomers with optional tutorials, with Prowler mode undoubtedly designed to be quirky and alluring to players of all kinds. It does some things better than its immediate predecessor - Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate - but also a couple of things a little less impressively. The nod to nostalgia brings a lot of locations and quests to keep players busy, but loses a little of the narrative edge and focus of its predecessor.Generations, overall, is the match of its predecessors that also boasts some innovations and improvements. This franchise is yet to reach near-perfection (total perfection is impossible, of course), but it's still one of the most enjoyable and immersive time-sinks to be found on Nintendo hardware. For any gamer ready for a long-term challenge, with tough battles and plenty of complexity to master, this is most certainly worth hunting down.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is a great game, though newer players might get hung up early on once the training wheels come off and the bigger monsters come out to play.  Veterans of the series should be able to dive right in after learning about the new mechanics and should find a rather enjoyable game that requires a lot of skill to master.

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GamesRadar+
Jul 18, 2016

Predictably impenetrable, but cut through the leathery hide and there's enough great game in here to give a Tigrex indigestion.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2016

If you’re up for a challenge, MH Generations is an incredibly rewarding and satisfying experience.

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IGN Italy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

An incredible "best of" Monster Hunter, with a huge amount of content, new styles to keep veterans happy and a few nods to everyone who wants to get into the Monster Hunter party.

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Cerealkillerz
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations kombiniert das beste aus der Serie mit netten und teilweise flauschigen Neuerungen, schafft es aber immer noch einen wirklich angenehmen Start für Neulinge zu bieten und unterliegt den Limitierungen durch den 3DS. Monster Hunter Veteranen können hier ohne Bedenken zugreifen und trotz schlechter Tutorials, bietet Generations immer noch einen der besten Einstiege in die Serie.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 12, 2016

If you’re a fan of the Monster Hunter franchise, it goes without saying that you should be playing Generations. If you’re new to it, this is a great place to start that offers plenty of variety and a ton of in-game help and optional tutorials to help you find the right fit.

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Critical Hit
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations feels like an expansion to 4 rather than a new game - but the new features, Deviant system and selection of new and old monsters makes the hunt worthwhile.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Hundreds of hours of entertainment with a compelling hunting and upgrading loop

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Marooners' Rock
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jul 24, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is another improvement on a franchise that makes for a solid portable experience.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Generations is a step toward Monster Hunter's future

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is a great action-RPG for longstanding fans and newcomers who want a challenge like nothing they’ve played before.

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The Game Fanatics
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

A great addition to the Monster Hunter franchise, and something fans of the series will definitely be pleased with while opening the door for handheld players and newcomers.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2016

With the reuse of multiple locales and enemy monsters, I was hoping for a bit more variety in this game, but in the end, it still all adds up to a really enjoyable time for both veterans as well as newcomers.

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Bit Cultures
82%
82%
Jul 29, 2016

In all, the game feels like it is the developers testing the waters of ideas, but they pulled from their older games to give something to the long time players of the series.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is an action RPG that is designed to consume your life.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

onster Hunter Generations manages to both stick to its guns and evolve the franchise, leading to a game that will both please fans and entice newcomers to the hunt.

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We Got This Covered
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations isn't all that different from the last few 3DS entries, but it adds further polish and unique features (such as the new Hunting Arts and Styles) that series veterans should love. On the other hand, if you're a franchise newcomer, the surprisingly robust and thorough set of tutorials make this a perfect place to start.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2016

While it’s not as essential as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate was, those wanting to keep in the loop should seriously consider picking up a copy. While some of the bonus features do little to spice up the core game, there’s an embarrassment of riches to be found in the sheer volume of content on offer.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 26, 2016

The merits of streamlining revealed

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jul 12, 2016

The Monster Hunter franchise continues to grow in popularity with each subsequent entry and Monster Hunter Generations should help elevate that even further.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is a game that caters heavily to fans of the series, but sometimes leaves new players in the dust. Yet, a deep armory of gear and an engaging multiplayer experience deliver a game that offers hours of gameplay for those who don’t mind the grind.

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2016

My 3DS gets a ridiculous amount of attention (mostly because of Pokémon) so it’s fair to say I’m familiar with it. I’ve upgraded a bunch of times over the years and I’m current sporting a new 3DS XL. I’ve always wanted something to test out the nub… thing so I was keen to give it a go with Monster Hunter. It was a disaster. It doesn’t reflect poorly on the game itself as it’s completely a hardware problem, but I would suggest a Circle Pad Pro instead, or just avoiding the nub altogether. The controls are tricky enough as it is and take a bit of getting used to without the headache of using the damn thing. There also is another control system for people without either that works almost as well as the Circle Pad Pro. You’re spoilt for choice.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jul 13, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations might not be a true sequel due to its similarities to Monster Hunter 4 and the many call backs to earlier games in the series. That being said, Generations does make some excellent design choices as it highlights everything that has made the series great, added some new mechanics to help keep things fresh and provides the biggest and best Monster Hunter experience yet.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 11, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is by far the largest game in the series in terms of content. It does what its title says and brings all generations of the Monster Hunter franchise in one game with its very sharp combat system, offering so much to do and so many creatures to hunt that its replay value will stretch for very long.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 14, 2016

The best Monster Hunter yet, with some useful improvements in terms of combat variety and accessibility for new players – even if it still falls short of the series’ full potential.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2016

You see that monster? You can hunt it.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter has a huge fan-base, but those new to the hunting genre may find it very difficult to get into Monster Hunter Generations. The combat and design can be quite niche and challenging to newcomers. That being said, though, for fans of the series, this is a superb addition. It may not have much of a narrative, but the focus on gameplay and new additions make this a fantastic amalgamation worthy of its price-tag. For those who enjoy Monster Hunter adventures, prepare to lose a lot of time to this. It has the same sort of addictiveness as an MMO and drags its audience back again… and again... and again…

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations hits the core tenets of what makes this series great. Great gear drives the lust for the hunt even on the small scale, but the big, spectacular fights ultimately matter the most. Generations’ tweaked combat adds just the right tools to make slaying epic boss monsters a fun activity that’s just as fun online or off. Playable companions help shake up the gathering game without taking away resources, and its fun to play as a wackier character. Generations only falters during slower moments spent on fetch quests and in wrangling through menus before the hunt.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations makes a compelling case for being the best game in the series, and one of the very best on the 3DS.

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TrustedReviews
Jul 12, 2016

Get past a slightly drab, disappointing early section and you’ll find a feast of Monster Hunter fun. While you’ll miss the narrative thread and focused gameplay of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Generations makes up for it with a wider set of diverse locations, some fantastic monsters and impressive graphics, not to mention some additional layers of complexity which don’t make the game less accessible. Other additions, like Prowler mode, are more superficial, but if they bring more fans onboard, who really cares? Generations’ biggest failing is that it’s more of the same without a whole lot of real progression, but this is still Monster Hunter in all its glory and one of the last must-have games for the good old 3DS.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations makes a lot of smart improvements, even if the series is starting to show its age on Nintendo 3DS. It’s the most beginner friendly title to date, and features some great content from past games married to new gameplay innovations.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations is the greatest hits of the Monster Hunter franchise. It's not going to change your mind if you never understood the hype, but if you can easily spend dozens of hours grinding monsters for equipment, be prepared for a lot of sleepless nights. Newcomers will find a lot to like here in terms of gameplay and pure design. If you're ever going to get into the Monster Hunter franchise, Generations is the best place to start.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2016

The latest installment in Capcom's popular monster-slaying franchise adds exciting ways to stay alive, but it doesn't solve the series long-standing issues.

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GamesBeat
79 / 100
79 / 100
Aug 12, 2016

The new mechanics and features — well welcomed — don’t make up for just how overly familiar everything feels, or the overall lack of new monsters and material, and I’m not sure if Generations ever entirely justifies itself.

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Paste Magazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

It is difficult for me to recommend Monster Hunter Generations without any qualifications. What should have been a slam dunk for new players still falls into so many of the pitfalls that have plagued previous games. There is a lot of frustration to be had for both the experienced player who gets bored by the unnecessary slope upward and the novice who finds the slope too overwhelming without a mentor.

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Arcade Sushi
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

Monster Hunter Generations was formed from a simple idea: take a few elements from each of the previous Monster Hunter games, slap in a few new tweaks for good measure, and out comes a brand new game.

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