Monster Hunter Generations
Top Critic Average
The fresh arts and styles help mask the musty taste of recycled material, but Generations is still a new recipe with old ingredients.
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.
Predictably impenetrable, but cut through the leathery hide and there's enough great game in here to give a Tigrex indigestion.
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.
Hundreds of hours of entertainment with a compelling hunting and upgrading loop
Generations is a step toward Monster Hunter's future
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.
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.
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.
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.