Percentile Rank

Monster Hunter Stories is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 48 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

71%

Critics Recommend

Based on 48 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameCloud
Yes
Yes
Oct 11, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories definitely isn’t as engaging or as action-oriented as its predecessors, but that doesn’t really seem to be its goal. There are definitely some obvious ideas not implemented into the game, for whatever reason, that might have made it more fun for players familiar with the series. At its core, however, MHS is a stepping stone for younger players into a more extensive series. The fact that it managed to hold onto the personality of the world Monster Hunter takes place in while making it more accessible is a major success for the game, which isn’t something every developer can say of their work. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go back to having the Monster Hunter World trailer on an endless loop.

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Scored Reviews

Fintendo
Oct 1, 2017

"How to train your dragon."

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Gert Lush Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

A fine example of how to transfer a well known franchise into a different game type. Must play title

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 13, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is an excellent adventure that channels the colourful world of Capcom's storied series into a joyous JRPG. It suffers from performance issues on non-New 3DS hardware, but it's still full of personality, beautifully presented and fun to play, with combat that's easy to grasp but engaging throughout. Longtime MonHun fans will appreciate Stories as a thoughtfully-made spin-off, but the gameplay template and tone are so different that you don't need to be familiar with — or even enjoy! — mainline Monster Hunter to have a great time here. Regardless of whether you've been hunting Hornetaurs since the beginning or couldn't tell a Felyne from a Fatalis, Stories is yet another charming 3DS RPG that's well worth your time.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 13, 2017

For a spin-off that manages to change the core of what makes the mainline series so popular, Monster Hunter Stories does an amazing job becoming a stand-out title for the series.

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Continue-Magazin
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 9, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories may not please hardcore fans of the franchise but definitely everyone who was always interested in the series but constantly shied away because of its complexity.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 15, 2017

With the 3DS nearing the end of its lifespan, games like this are often left to the wayside; but for loyalists and those not quite ready to upgrade, Monster Hunter Stories is definitely a game worth picking up. With a fun battle system that doesn't rely on grinding to level up, and a bright and open world to explore, Monster Hunter Stories takes its namesake in a completely different and impressive direction.

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Atomix
89 / 100
89 / 100
Sep 14, 2017

A great spin off for one of the most beloved franchises in videogames.

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IGN
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2017

I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed my more than 50 hours with Monster Hunter Stories so far. It effectively eliminates the oh-so-common boring RPG grind, implements a novel turn-based battle system, and sincerely surprises me with seemingly limitless customizability. Though wrapped in a pleasant, sugary coating, Monster Hunter Stories did all of this while retaining the spirit of the Monster Hunter world with some small yet enjoyable nods to fans. I can't wait to dive back into the endgame and hatch myself a Kirin.

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NZGamer
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2017

A top notch creature collecting RPG that does the Monster Hunter name proud.

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Hobby Consolas
86 / 100
86 / 100
Sep 7, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories provides fresh air to the Monster Hunter saga with a formula in which humor, turn-based fighting and raise Monsties are the main components. Might not like to bitter fans, but if you are looking for a casual and fun JRPG or you have never played a Monster Hunter game, you'll love it.

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
Sep 17, 2017

a game for both returning fans and newcomers to enjoy and seamlessly fawn over.

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Digital Chumps
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2017

I saw this experience as Monster Hunter meets Pokemon (which are two of my favorite series.) and if you consider yourself a fan of either of these, then you will probably find joy in giving this title a try no matter what age you are.

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IGN Spain
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a game that adds to the series a more Japanese style of narration, adding the turn-based combat mode. An awesome RPG for Nintendo 3DS.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a delightful game that surprised the hell out of me. It's pretty, it's fun, it's fresh, and a real departure from the original series but still retains elements to keep it familiar. If you like JRPG's or monster collecting games like Pokemon, Monster Hunter Stories is a must own. Just don't go into the game expecting a traditional style, and you will be surprised with how good it is.

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Cerealkillerz
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a delightful spin-off package with its on charme that will pull in Pokémon Fans as newcomers alike. The Gameplay mechanics are surprisingly diversified and the amount of Monster Hunter goodness will make some points good with Monster Hunter Veterans despite its lack of challenge and the mediocre sound design.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 7, 2017

It's hardly unique in gameplay and story, but what it lacks in uniqueness it makes up for in execution and presentation.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is turn-based RPG spinoff of the main series, taking place in its own world with its own expanded lore.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

As someone who is terrible at the main series, I really enjoyed Monster Hunter Stories, even if it is a bit easy early on.  The more traditional RPG-style of gameplay is a radical departure from what the core games are like, but that doesn't mean it's not worth your time.  If you can put aside the fact that this plays rather differently than the past games, you'll find an enjoyable experience for new and returning fans alike.

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IGN Italy
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories stays true to the world of Monster Hunter while telling a story that can only be told through an RPG.

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Gaming Masters
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

In this wild and wonderful world of eight different regions, 61 unique Monsties and over 200 quests to complete you will never feel as if there is nothing to do or accomplish.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 7, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories embodies all the good things about the Monster Hunter saga and presents them in a monster RPG package. The game is very rich on content to explore and its amazing visual details and challenging combat system will keep the players entertained for many, many hours. Monster Hunter Stories may not be full of unexpected surprises but it is full of reasons to wander into it.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 7, 2017

The Monster Hunter franchise has a rich and varied universe but outside of a handful of spin-offs; its games have always been limited to their very specific formula. That's a doubled-edged sword, as the fans don't want big changes but those who don't enjoy the series' core mechanics are missing out on a fantastic universe filled with some amazing monster designs and the fabulous Felynes. Monster Hunter Stories breaks the mold and delivers an experience that shows that universe is just waiting for more innovative ideas. Like Final Fantasy Tactics and Dragon Quest Builders, Monster Hunter Stories delivers a wholly new experience that is utterly addictive and absolutely superb. If you enjoy Pokémon, give this a chance!

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

A solid if not earth-shattering turn-based take on the Monster Hunter world, tapping into aspects that make the Final Fantasy and Pokémon franchises enjoyable

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a refreshing take on the popular series that is a surprisingly fun romp. Certain aspects can feel repetitive and drawn out and the campaign can feel rushed and tropish at times. A fun monster-raising mechanic, however, combined with plenty of stuff to do, makes this a solid JRPG for folks of all ages. If you like a more RPG-ish take on Monster Hunter or enjoy games like Pokemon, this is one spin-off game that you’ll want to ride on.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

You are asked to make a boring leap of faith in the hopes of finding rewards. Everything else about the game works. Exploring the world hasn't been better than this and the style just pops on the Nintendo 3DS. Newcomers and veterans alike will find a lot to love, but also need to go in with lowered expectations about the combat.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 12, 2017

Whether you enjoy raising monsters, slaying them, or adventuring across vast lands with your pals, you'll find something to hold your attention in this game, and who knows? You may even come to find yourself loving every little bit of this adventure.

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Game Rant
Sep 19, 2017

Capcom's spin-off of the Monster Hunter series makes for a surprisingly enjoyable turn-based RPG on Nintendo 3DS, merging addictive mechanics with cutesy graphics.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 15, 2017

Being able to adapt the heart of Monster Hunter into a turn-based RPG is Monster Hunter Stories' biggest success.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 17, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories may look and sound like a traditional Monster Hunter title, but underneath that veneer is a deep monster collecting game that surprises in its breadth, with cartoonish graphics and a kid-friendly story to boot.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sep 26, 2017

If Capcom decided to continue this spin-off series, it will be welcome news.

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RPG Fan
80%
80%
Nov 1, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a Monster Hunter game distilled down to a more simple level, but still retains what makes the games fun.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 1, 2017

Capcom's monster-collecting Monster Hunter spinoff manages to set itself apart from the crowd.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 14, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is an adventure like no other, and a standout experience on Nintendo 3DS that is worthy of your time. Heartwarming and memorable, it’s all that you could ever want it to be. Ride On!

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

It's far too easy and its combat system seems to be too much dumbed down, but we've had a great time with Monster Hunter Stories nonetheless. We can't stop farming eggs and monsters, and we're doing it far after the campaing was over.

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Stevivor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

While I never expected to say it, I may actually play a Monster Hunter game to completion, because Stories is the perfect storm of keeping the nuggets of the series I like while abandoning literally everything else about it.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2017

It may be different to the other games in the MH series, but Stories is a lot of fun, and the JRPG mechanics are enjoyable, providing lots of different scenarios in its combat.

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GamePro
73 / 100
73 / 100
Sep 11, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a solid RPG for newcomers to the series. Fans will miss the epic battles and the complex crafting.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 7, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a delightful little JRPG that makes a big splash with its adorable visuals and addictive battle system. Performance problems aside, this is a great introduction to Capcom's beloved franchise.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

I wasn't super impressed by Monster Hunter Stories but I don't think the developers intended for it to be a game-changer. It's an above-average RPG infused with some of the cuteness of the Monster Hunter universe, with portability to boot.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 7, 2017

While it's certainly more approachable than your typical Monster Hunter game, Stories fails to capture what has made the series such a hit over the years.

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GameSkinny
Sep 12, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is that rare and magical opportunity to befriend your favorite monster and ride it into battle.

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JVL
14 / 20
JVL
Cycabs

Top Critic

14 / 20
Sep 7, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a good spin-off which fits in the Monster Hunter's universe. The game is quite different, but the player find his marks easily. Nevertheless the game is, first of all, intended for a young audience who wants to master the different aspects of the serie. However, you can have a good time waiting for Monster Hunter World.

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Game Revolution
Sep 19, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a decent spin-off, perfect for introducing anyone to the Monster Hunter franchise. The battles may allow for too much gambling and the environments can be unappealing for the eye, but it still features an interesting story that will keep you hooked for dozens of hours.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2017

Fans will appreciate the new take on time honored series mechanics in Monster Hunter Stories, while newcomers will find a more accessible and inviting game than the franchise has ever had before.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG
Zellel

Top Critic

7 / 10
Sep 30, 2017

A simplified combat system, empty locations and a naive plot for the youngest ones can disappoint the fans of the series. However, less demanding players and beginners in the universe will be able to enjoy great cutscenes, a kind story, an exciting collection of monsters and non-stressing battles with beautiful special attacks.

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Wccftech
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2017

Amazing art style, tedious battle system and a difficulty that's aimed at young children - not one for Monster Hunter fans, but maybe their kids. If they like Rock, Paper, Scissors, that is.

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M3
5 / 10
M3

Top Critic

5 / 10
Sep 8, 2017

Monster Hunter Stories is a descent Pokémon knock off for fans of the genre, but it lacks good story telling and the mechanics is hard to get used to.

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