• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Jul 15, 2016
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 72 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
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  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
    100
    Generations refines and perfects the Monster Hunter formula, and presents us with comfortably the best title in the series' history.
  3. Jul 12, 2016
    100
    I’m absolutely in love with Monster Hunter Generations. While I don’t think it’s a huge visual step-up from Monster Hunter 4, it’s still a great looking game made even better on the New 3DS. But more importantly, the gameplay is rock solid, and the new additions are positive changes that help to enhance the classic Monster Hunter experience, and ideally can be useful when it comes to bringing in new players.
  4. Jul 12, 2016
    97
    There isn't a doubt in my mind that Monster Hunter Generations is the biggest, best 3DS game of 2016, and is more than likely the biggest, best Monster Hunter game period. The sheer amount of content makes the game more than worth it, and it is perfectly suited for new and old fans alike.
  5. Jul 17, 2016
    96
    Monster Hunter Generations successfully captures what made this series so great and then amplifies it on the 3DS!
  6. Jul 12, 2016
    96
    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.
  7. Nov 21, 2016
    95
    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).
  8. Jul 12, 2016
    95
    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.
  9. Jul 12, 2016
    95
    Monster Hunter Generations is the most complete game Capcom has ever published in the series. With multiple generations and new additions, the game is sure to be a great title for veterans and newcomers alike.
  10. 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.
  11. Aug 18, 2016
    92
    Monster Hunter Generations is a great retrospective of the franchise that adds new content and changes some of the fundamentals without ruining them. If you are going to play alone, it is great. If you are going to play with friends, it has no rival.
  12. Jul 27, 2016
    91
    I don’t know that I can say with confidence Generations will be the Monster Hunter game to woo naysayers; it’s largely the same gameplay and mechanics that players have come to know for a decade now. Yet, given how stunningly Generations presents the series’ core combat and crafting, along with the introduction of Styles and Arts, makes it the best Monster Hunter title by a fair stretch– so much so, that I implore anyone who has yet to try the series to finally give it a look by picking up Generations.
  13. Aug 8, 2016
    90
    If you’re up for a challenge, MH Generations is an incredibly rewarding and satisfying experience.
  14. Jul 21, 2016
    90
    This is truly an homage to what Capcom has achieved with the Monster Hunter franchise to this day. The graphics on the 3DS do not do justice to its scale and scope, but this is just a minor drawback to this “monster” of a game.
  15. Jul 21, 2016
    90
    Monster Hunter returns with more accessibility for the new player and more depth in the combat system.
  16. Jul 18, 2016
    90
    Predictably impenetrable, but cut through the leathery hide and there's enough great game in here to give a Tigrex indigestion.
  17. Jul 13, 2016
    90
    Monster Hunter Generations is the most complete game in the series yet, and the best one at that. If you have friends or family you can hunt with regularly, this is an absolute essential for 3DS.
  18. Jul 13, 2016
    90
    Monster Hunter Generations feels like it pulls off exactly what Capcom was going for.
  19. 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.
  20. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    Newbies might be better off starting with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, but for experienced Monster Hunters this game is the greatest one thus far. There hasn't been much change since the last game, but there is still much to get from this new Monster Hunter experience.
  21. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    Monster Hunter Generations respects its roots, but makes a big difference in character customization. This might not be the best choice for newcomers, but veterans can enjoy this game for many months to come.
  22. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    A Monster Hunter for new players. A Monster Hunter for experts. In both situations, this is a must, a huge videogame that exploits the power of Nintendo 3DS.
  23. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    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.
  24. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    Monster Hunter Generations is the most complete package the franchise has had to offer up to now, with hundreds of monsters, many of locations, four different villages and a perfected online multiplayer, but, surprisingly, the best rests in the changes to the gameplay formula.
  25. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    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.
  26. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    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.
  27. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    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.
  28. Jul 12, 2016
    90
    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.
  29. Jul 11, 2016
    90
    Monster Hunter Generations is more like a sidestep than a true step forward in the long lasting franchise, and yet it feels like it has somewhat evolved the general gameplay. It lacks on novelty since it basically rehashes bosses and maps from previous games with a few additions but it's a lengthy and fun ride nevertheless for veterans and especially newcomers alike.
  30. Jul 11, 2016
    90
    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.
  31. Games Master UK
    Aug 21, 2016
    89
    A small step forward for the series, but still one of the 3DS's most versatile and generous games. [Aug 2016, p.74]
  32. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 12, 2016
    88
    It’s a shame Monster Hunter is imprisoned within the confines of the 3DS, especially for a game as good as Generations is. If Capcom wanted a more widespread audience for Monster Hunter in the west, they should definitely release it on Steam. [Sept 2016]
  33. Jul 12, 2016
    88
    The biggest issue I have with this game is that it feels like I’m playing Monster Hunter 4.5 most of the time, and while most of the new features and additions help in alleviating the overwhelming sense of familiarity, Generations never truly goes beyond the precedent set by 4 Ultimate. That said, playing what feels like an updated and upgraded version of 4 is not really a bad thing because that game is just so damn good.
  34. Jul 12, 2016
    88
    While Monster Hunter can be distilled down into a basic loop of hunt, gather, upgrade, micromanage inventory and Palico perks, rinse and repeat, the process is quite satisfying as the “boss barrage” continues to serve up interesting encounters across snowfields, volcanos, and lush islands.
  35. Jul 23, 2016
    86
    Monster Hunter Generations puts the best parts of the series and some innovations into one package. A highlight for hunters and collectors.
  36. CD-Action
    Oct 14, 2016
    85
    Generations is a sort of a greatest hits compilation that will benefit newcomers the most. [10/2016, p.70]
  37. 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.
  38. Jul 25, 2016
    85
    Monster Hunter Generations feels like a slight step forward while changing things up a bit in the formula.
  39. Jul 13, 2016
    85
    Monster Hunter Generations is a great action-RPG for longstanding fans and newcomers who want a challenge like nothing they’ve played before.
  40. Jul 12, 2016
    85
    Generations is the best of the franchise in a single game. If you like Monster Hunter, this is a title you don't want to miss.
  41. Jul 12, 2016
    85
    Monster Hunter Generations may not be a direct sequel to the Monster Hunter series, but it serves as a celebration to all the hunters that started with the series 10 years ago instead. The complexity of the game is still there, the gigantic monsters too, but the new mechanics are the main attraction of this portable title that looks amazing on a brand new 3DS. In the end, fans of the hunting video game category will feel grateful that Capcom keeps doing great Monster Hunter Games.
  42. Jul 12, 2016
    85
    Monster Hunter Generations improves an already excellent breed with new gameplay mechanics, and four new combat stances which can suit any style of player. The content is immense, and the stamina bar is at last unlimited when you run. The only problem is that you need the Circle Pad or the C-stick of the New 3DS to manage the view angle.
  43. Jul 12, 2016
    85
    Monster Hunter Generations misses the occasional opportunity to be the deep, immaculately polished action-RPG that this series, on its best days, aspires to be. But beneath those rough spots is a core formula and undeniably compelling loop that are, with the changes made to the franchise's combat systems, better than ever.
  44. Jul 12, 2016
    85
    Monster Hunter Generations is a good way to enter into the world of Monster Hunter and a good game for hardcore hunters.
  45. Sep 21, 2016
    80
    Takes a familiar formula and adds new features to ensure freshness, even though you played the last entry in the series just over a year ago.
  46. Nintendo Force 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]
  47. Edge Magazine
    Aug 26, 2016
    80
    Monster Hunter still offers some of the most exciting and handsomely staged third-person combat you'll find in any game - and, if only by a small amount, Generations has raised the bar again. [Issue#296, p.112]
  48. Aug 24, 2016
    80
    The merits of streamlining revealed. [Issue#177, p.80]
  49. Aug 10, 2016
    80
    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.
  50. Jul 15, 2016
    80
    I really struggled early on with Monster Hunter Generations, but I’m glad I kept with it. I got an immense amount if satisfaction from its gameplay loop, but it’s worth noting that the pay off is proportional to what you put in.
  51. Jul 15, 2016
    80
    One great game which will allow you to experience 10 years of hunting virtual monsters on portable devices. From the first PSP game to the very last Nintendo 3DS one, there are a lot of content to discover in this game. Plus, thanks to new Style and Art systems, fighting a monster has never been as dynamic and satisfying as with Monster Hunter Generations.
  52. Jul 14, 2016
    80
    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.
  53. 80
    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.
  54. 80
    While not an enormous step forward nor the celebration of the past we were promised, Monster Hunter Generations pushes its franchise forward with a number of combat enhancements that change the way Monster Hunter is played.
  55. 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.
  56. 80
    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.
  57. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    It’s the best of both worlds, and a really good new entry in Capcom’s beloved series.
  58. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  59. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    An action RPG that is designed to consume your life. With countless quests that can be tackled solo or with friends, it is easy to sink hundreds of hours into Generations, but this should not surprise anyone who is familiar with the franchise. Doing all the training missions makes everything get off to a slow start, but given how much there is to do here it is a worthwhile endeavor since they take all the complexities of this title and break them down to their simplest components.
  60. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    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.
  61. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    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.
  62. 80
    The game adds new features like the Hunter Styles and Arts, which complement the already existing foundation very well. While Capcom could have shaken up the formula further, they know exactly what fans enjoy and have given them that and more in Monster Hunter Generations.
  63. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    I genuinely feel that it’s a step in a new, more accessible direction, without sacrificing too much of the franchise’s signature difficulty.
  64. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    Hits the core tenants 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.
  65. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    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.
  66. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    Monster Hunter Generations still feels like a niche, punishing game that bears more in common with Dark Souls than an adventure game you'd typically find on 3DS. But that punishment never feels arbitrary.
  67. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    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.
  68. Aug 13, 2016
    79
    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.
  69. Jul 21, 2016
    75
    For me, personally, too much of Generations is repeat content and it breaks my heart to see another installment on hardware that doesn’t do it justice. I still love the series and I’m looking forward to an all-new Monster Hunter on a better system in the future. In the meantime? I’m cutting this hunt short.
  70. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 23, 2016
    72
    It has its ups and downs. On one hand, there’s a lot to do and graphics are top-notch by 3DS standards; on the other – there’s basically no story and virtually no new ideas. It’s up to debate what outweighs what, but there’s no doubt that in its genre Monster Hunter has no real competition on 3DS. [Issue#211, p.61]
  71. Jul 12, 2016
    70
    We feel the same way about Generations as we did about Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate last year: it's a fun game that requires far too much grinding. We only wish there were more new things to talk about instead of just the same old hunter's song and dance.
  72. 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. 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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 160 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 160
  1. Jul 20, 2016
    7
    Strange. Reviewers say this game is awesome, but i would have to disagree. It is indeed solid, but nothing close to the experience and theStrange. Reviewers say this game is awesome, but i would have to disagree. It is indeed solid, but nothing close to the experience and the polish MH4U had.

    If you are a veteran of older titles prior even to MH4U, then you'd know what i mean. From what I've played so far, the game takes two (2) steps forward in terms of gameplay, but takes three (3) steps backwards in everything else.

    I am no newbie to the title, but i am no extreme veteran either. My current record in this genre:

    MH2 - 90 hours
    MHFU - 550 hours
    MH3rdP - 320 hours
    MHTri - 200 hours
    MH4U - 470 hours (and counting)
    MHGenerations - 40 hours (and counting)

    Let's get down to it.

    Story: 3/10

    - "What the hell is going on."

    What MH4U accomplished as a great narrative of a hunter traversing locations with NPC's that feel involved in your world and with monsters that fit into the context - MHGen completely erases.

    There is no story here. You are in a map. You are given quests, a butt load of dialogue with vague descriptions, minimal (recycled) cut scenes, and no milestones for progression aside from a text bubble here and there. Eg. I was given access to ALL towns on the get go and am given tons of filler dialogue that i just got tired of reading.

    Palicoes aren't even introduced properly. You wouldn't even know you had to hire a cat if you haven't played MH4U or the older games. Transitions are just too clunky.

    Graphics: 8/10

    - "Looks awesome, but MH4U looks better and shows more creative effort/production value."

    Same graphics, but the new Jungle area feels abysmally generic. Those big Brontosauruses, in spite of their sheer size and armor plates, provide nothing but RAW meat. The towns from the older titles (which is accessible for all immediately) haven't been touched nor retouched, so they feel VERY out of place and provide nothing but nostalgia factor.

    The hunting areas from the previous game don't blend well with how the new content looks too. Textures though of higher quality now appear to be extremely generic and barren, not to mention if you look at cave walls it is impossible to miss the recurring patterns of bad texture maps. CAPCOM did not even make any attempts at re-texturing the old content to use the potential of the 3DS.

    Gameplay: 10/10

    - "Hunter arts are awesome! No, really they are awesome."

    Hunter Arts are awesome. (period) The variety they provide in terms of gameplay feel fresh. However, you cannot configure the menu on the second screen for only two (2) arts. So if you only use two (2), you have a dead square that should've been used for other utilities. You could use one (1) tile but you have to switch it often to know if the arts are triggered. NO other more efficient notifications of charged arts.

    Interface: 7/10

    - "What's up with the that bright glaring background on the 2nd screen?"

    When MH4U came out, i saw the potential of clearing your screen and move all distracting elements to the bar below. However, in MHGen despite being able to do that, you are faced with a BRIGHT background that is a pain for the eyes on dimly lit situations. Your second screen is brighter that your main screen for crying out load.

    Overall: 7/10

    - "This game is good, but MH4U is awesome."

    MHGen gives too much homage to nostalgia. Content and polish are there, but are there on a selective basis. Game lacks a workable story and G-rank making it rather short. It seems they just stitched 35% of the older titles for no reason and that's it frankly. You as a hunter have no role in this world.
    Compared to MH4U, this game feels like a bridge to the future MH5 . No effort on immersion has been done unlike MH4U that introduces the genre to new players and veterans alike. In fact, if you are a new player, i would highly recommend you pick-up MH4U first before deciding to play this game. Killing monsters is always cool mind you, but I've been playing monster hunter for so long, a few tricks like moves and stuff don't impress me compared to polish, accessibility, and simply the quality that is present all throughout MH4U. Again, with this game out, Monster Hunter 5 should be just around the corner. Hopefully that game brings the same polish as MH4U has.
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  2. Sep 10, 2016
    0
    Greatly overrated. Monster hunter is only good if you are a kid with tons of free time and have a close circle of friends to play multiplayerGreatly overrated. Monster hunter is only good if you are a kid with tons of free time and have a close circle of friends to play multiplayer with. Otherwise, there is nothing of value here.

    As a single player experience, this is a boring grind with no story. There is no real challenge, you don't need to be smart to win, just have a lot of time in your hands to grind and gather stuff.

    The graphics are meh and the controls on the 3DS are total garbage without the add on.

    All in all, totally overrated. Get this if you are a japanese fanboy and don't know any better about good western games, otherwise, skip it.
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  3. Aug 10, 2016
    5
    Honestly, this game is an insult to anyone who is a fan of the series. Far too easy, weapon upgrading has been unnecessarily complicated,Honestly, this game is an insult to anyone who is a fan of the series. Far too easy, weapon upgrading has been unnecessarily complicated, palicos are all but useless and the Hunter skills/arts are pointless and clunky... It has a few good points such as the roster, Prowler mode for a change of perspective and nice graphics but outside of that... its the worst game in the MH series.

    I keep playing it sometimes...And by sometimes i mean rarely. Every time I do, it pisses me off more. there is no challenge to this game at all. And the weapon upgrade system is worse then I thought it was. It gimps your weapon until you can level it up.

    Every time i play this game, my score of it goes down...
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