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  • Summary: Monster Hunter Generations is the most customizable Monster Hunter experience to date, and serves as a fitting tribute to the last decade of the series with a blend of brand new areas and monsters, and returning fan-favorites that have been updated and adapted to the newest generation ofMonster Hunter Generations is the most customizable Monster Hunter experience to date, and serves as a fitting tribute to the last decade of the series with a blend of brand new areas and monsters, and returning fan-favorites that have been updated and adapted to the newest generation of gameplay. Monster Hunter Generations introduces new gameplay mechanics including Styles and Hunter Arts that can further refine a very personalized playstyle. Mount monsters from mid-air using the Aerial style or make the most out of the advantageous Hunter Arts abilities with the Striker style. Hunter Arts are visually striking, indispensable combat skills and power-ups that hunters using any style or weapon can equip. Along the hunter's journey, players must defend each of the game's four villages from new major threats—the Fated Four. With hundreds of quests in store, there are tons of challenges to tackle in a solo adventure, and also via local or online play with up to three other hunters. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. Jul 15, 2016
    100
    The sheer volume of quests and weapons and monsters also means that, quite apart from being a brilliant game, this has incalculable longevity. The life of a hunter isn’t for everyone. But if killing something massive, carving it up, and making a snazzy hat seems in any way appealing, then Monster Hunter Generations might be your game of the year.
  2. Jul 12, 2016
    93
    Generations is one of the best chapters of the Monster Hunter saga, a game that will please newcomers and fans in equal measure, thanks to the introductions of arts and styles. A bold step in the right direction, a more than welcome breath of fresh air.
  3. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    Monster Hunter Generations is a great game. Hardcore fans will enjoy its well known formula and beginners will find in it the most accessible entry in all the series. More from what you would expect from Capcom, but with new and well implemented gameplay mechanics in form of combat style and special abilities.
  4. Aug 16, 2016
    85
    Generations holds everything that makes the series to be so cherished. Its mistakes, while inconvenient, are the results of the desire of creating something different and desire of honor a legacy at the same time.
  5. NF Magazine
    Sep 7, 2016
    80
    Generations feels like a half-step sequel in the series instead of a full leap into new territory. [Issue #23 – September/October 2016, p.74]
  6. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    New features like the Hunter Styles and Arts and Prowler mode are a gift to less experienced players, while the sheer wealth of content and great online play will please long-term fans.
  7. Aug 12, 2016
    65
    I still think that Monster Hunter belongs on a big screen. Having said that, even without a lot of innovation and relying on well-known mechanics this hunt still manages to entertain.

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  1. Positive: 34 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
  1. Dec 7, 2017
    10
    So far, every addition to the MH series gets 10/10 for me. MH series is always the reason I buy any platforms (Wii, WiiU, Multiple 3DS XLs forSo far, every addition to the MH series gets 10/10 for me. MH series is always the reason I buy any platforms (Wii, WiiU, Multiple 3DS XLs for siblings, Nintendo Switch, PC). The series as a whole is always continuing forward, and I can feel that the devs poured a lot of effort in making each one of the entry in the series.

    Thank you, Capcom.
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  2. Jul 19, 2016
    10
    Monster Hunter Generations is a wonderful way to step forward in the series while taking a respectful look back at how we got here. Going backMonster Hunter Generations is a wonderful way to step forward in the series while taking a respectful look back at how we got here. Going back to old locations and seeing monsters missing from the last gen feels great with the updates. The Hunter Styles and Arts may be a bit jarring for traditionalist but adds momentum and customization to the gameplay. Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2016
    10
    This is, hands down, the best MH game in its illustrious series. The new monsters are fantastic, the hunter arts are unbelievably cool, andThis is, hands down, the best MH game in its illustrious series. The new monsters are fantastic, the hunter arts are unbelievably cool, and the guild gals are adorable as ever. I cannot possibly recommend it enough. Expand
  4. Jul 22, 2016
    9
    Brilliant game so far, have played most of the mh series. I like how they have evolved each time by adding different elements. Big plus is theBrilliant game so far, have played most of the mh series. I like how they have evolved each time by adding different elements. Big plus is the new monsters. Game is like the others starts of easy and progressively gets harder Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2016
    8
    As someone who cut their teeth on the 3DS version of MH3U, then sunk over 300 hours into MH4U, I consider this game a mild upgrade at best.As someone who cut their teeth on the 3DS version of MH3U, then sunk over 300 hours into MH4U, I consider this game a mild upgrade at best. While I do like the fact that the story starts with a little better pacing than the last game, with all of the tiny, wingless wyverns and such as early punching bags to prepare you for the giant monstrosities that come later, the pacing gets a little weirder later on when certain monsters that weren't really seen as a big deal in earlier games suddenly get built up as some sort of grand ordeal like that of the legendary dragons in MH4U.

    I also have mixed feelings about the overhauled combat. The hunter arts rock, no question about it. However, some arts clearly got the short end of the stick. It's fantastic that some styles can have 2 special moves bound to them, but the tiles for the touch screen can fit one or three arts, resulting it an open slot taking up space should you chose the three-ability tile.

    These are fairly trivial matters, though, and I'll probably end up losing few hundred hours of my life to this game regardless. Good stuff.
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  6. Jul 21, 2016
    8
    Monster Hunter Generations is awesome.
    The music is what you'd expect from Monster Hunter, that is to say, pretty good. MH4U had a few
    Monster Hunter Generations is awesome.
    The music is what you'd expect from Monster Hunter, that is to say, pretty good. MH4U had a few problems with framerate, but MHGenerations is locked at 30FPS. This means that some textures are lower resolution, but I hardly noticed it. I still think the game looks great for a 3DS title. They've kept the new mounting mechanic from MH4U and added something else new, hunting arts. Hunting arts are a lot of fun, and add something new for veterans to master. Chaining together hunting arts is a lot of fun, and I just can't get enough of it. There are 4 different hunting styles to choose from, and each style changes how you hunt. Guild style is like your classic Monster Hunter Style. Striker style fills up hunter art gauges quicker, and encourages the use of many hunting arts. The aerial style changes your roll into a midair flip, allowing you to try mounting attacks on monsters with any weapon. Finally, theres the adept style. The adept style requires precise timing, so you can dodge or block just at the right moment, and counter your opponent and deal massive damage.
    Unfortunately, unlike MH4U, this game does not have a whole lot of story. You're sorta just plopped into the game and you hunt stuff. This doesn't bother me personally, as I'm in it for the gameplay, but for those who do appreciate a story, you wont be getting much out of MHGenerations. The game doesn't seem to be as friendly to new comers as MH4U was, and probably is not a good place for new players to start..
    At the end of the day though, it's Monster Hunter. Theres still a high learning curve and the lack of story is kind of disappointing, but the gameplay is as good as it ever has been. If you love Monster Hunter, pick this one up. If you're new... maybe try MH4U first.

    Also prowler mode is a thing.... you can hunt as a felyne...
    yay I guess...
    (I haven't tried this mode so I have no idea if it's any good. Sounds interesting though.)
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  7. Apr 1, 2018
    0
    Pros:
    Nice graphics. Interesting weapons. Multiple control schemes (styles).
    Cons: The controls feel unresponsive. Some of the weapons
    Pros:
    Nice graphics. Interesting weapons. Multiple control schemes (styles).

    Cons:
    The controls feel unresponsive. Some of the weapons have very long attack animations and it doesn't make sense to be unable to cancel such an attack after it has started. And to compensate for the bad control scheme most monsters spend most of their time flailing around without any purpose and screaming in order to give you time to position yourself for a proper attack. The fights just feel fake and staged most of the time.

    The game doesn't explain a lot of things to you. If this is supposed to increase immersion then it fails miserably when you have to leave the game and look up where you can find that material that you've never heard of before. There is no reason not to have some markers and more helpful quest descriptions like a bunch of other way more immersive games like the Elder Scroll series etc have.

    The world looks really nice at first but then you see all the invisible walls which make it feel more like an arena for fighting and not something that you enjoy exploring to find stuff.

    I tried local multiplayer with a friend and it did not affect any of the above.

    All in all, this is the greatest waste of potential I've seen in the 3DS. I really don't even understand how people enjoy this sluggish grindy thing but each to his own taste I guess.
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