• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2018
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
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  1. Nov 29, 2018
    100
    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!
  2. Nov 8, 2018
    90
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is like buying a vinyl record of your favourite album. It’s a little dated, a bit niche and to be honest, newer versions are more accessible and easier to interact with. But there’s love there, what it does, is done incredibly well and while the series is moving on over on other platforms, this is the classic formula distilled into a version that can be played at home on a 40” TV or on the bus. You can play it on your own or call in some friends for the tougher G-Rank quests. Being a hunter has never been tougher, but if you’re persistent, it’s never been more rewarding either.
  3. Aug 28, 2018
    90
    Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate has some of the best kineticism and game feel of any game you can play on handheld consoles right now. Its graduation from 3DS to Switch is nothing short of mind-blowing.
  4. Aug 28, 2018
    90
    While the graphics are strictly handheld-level, in the heat of battle you simply will not care. Players should be ready to plumb the depths of much more complicated crafting and material gathering systems, but the combat is very recognizable to fans old and new. This is one of the biggest and best games on Switch, and regardless of how long it takes to ramp up and get going, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate should not be missed.
  5. Aug 28, 2018
    90
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is simply one of the best entries the series has to offer. It opens up a slew of content without feeling overwhelming and gameplay is more varied than ever with tons to do every single step of the way.
  6. Aug 28, 2018
    90
    The whole history of Monster Hunter compiled and packaged in a wonderful way. All fans can look back and enjoy a classic and definitive experience.
  7. Aug 28, 2018
    90
    Monster Hunter arrives on Nintendo Switch with an installment practically unsurpassed. Perhaps we miss more changes or a more remarkable graphic face washing, but it's undeniable that hunting, in the old fashioned way, is better than ever.
  8. Aug 28, 2018
    90
    While it comes in the form of a no-frills port, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate exists as the most thorough exploration of Monster Hunter to date. If you can get over its 3DS-era visuals, you're in for a seemingly endless experience you can easily devote a lifetime to—and one worth devoting a lifetime to. Whether you're new to the series, someone who started with Monster Hunter World, or just a fan of the previous 3DS games, you're bound to get addicted once MHGU gets its hooks into you. Just don't be afraid to ask for help.
  9. 90
    The Monster Hunter franchise debut on the Switch is nothing short of phenomenal. Significant visual upgrades made possible by the more powerful console accompanied by a slew of gameplay additions make this a must-own for Monster Hunter fans.
  10. Aug 28, 2018
    90
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate may lack the smoothness and accessibility that made Monster Hunter: World such a smash hit, but it more than makes up for it by being a sort of ‘greatest hits’ collection of the high points of the series, giving you hundreds of hours of content to play through. Couple this with the HD visuals, easy to use multiplayer, and the ability to play the full experience on the go, and you’ve got a game that will easily appeal to both veterans and newcomers alike. It may not necessarily represent the future of the series, but Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is an utterly fantastic experience in its own right and a worthy follow up to the 3DS original, and one that no Switch owner will want to be without.
  11. Aug 30, 2018
    87
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is a monster of content and the best Monster Hunter of the old era. On Switch, too.
  12. Sep 3, 2018
    85
    Outside of the lack of meaningful additions, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is still a massive and compelling timesink, offering over 90 beasts to pursue and defeat.
  13. Aug 30, 2018
    85
    Challenging, profound, literally monstrous from every point of view: Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate opens a new hunting season on Nintendo Switch.
  14. Aug 30, 2018
    85
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is not so easy to pick for new players, but extremely rewarding once you get into it. Technically speaking, its style feels too old for the new generation console: the Nintendo side of the Capcom saga needs, more than ever, a new, fresh beginning.
  15. Aug 28, 2018
    85
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is one of the best entries in the series and well worth playing for fans. Players new to Monster Hunter might find it difficult to get along with at first, but stick with it and you’ll find an engrossing, valuable hunting experience.
  16. Aug 28, 2018
    85
    Dragon Quest XI goes back home, and that's not bat. In fact, that's epic.
  17. Aug 28, 2018
    85
    This is the biggest and the most challenging episode of the series, although in terms of performance is a little bit disappointing. Still, it's great game for any hunters out there with a Switch.
  18. Aug 28, 2018
    83
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate brings the majority of the series’ monsters into one package for a lengthy and exciting hunting extravaganza. While it feels dated in some ways post-Monster Hunter: World, it’s a great farewell tour for the old style of the franchise. If you can stomach the pacing problems and obtuse menu systems, it’s a worthwhile and challenging trek through the history of Monster Hunter.
  19. Aug 28, 2018
    82
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for some players might be the right game at the wrong time. Rich in content but arriving in Europe after the great revamp of Monster Hunter World, the game brutally comes back to its origins, offering in return a truly exemplary longevity.
  20. Aug 27, 2018
    81
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is a fun and satisfying addition to the Switch’s ever-growing library of games. Being a port built for playing on the go, it feels naturally at home on the Switch for the gamer who likes to play in short bursts, however, anyone interested in sitting down to sink serious hours into a Monster Hunter title might get burned out on the repetition quickly. With solid gameplay, enjoyable and colorful hunting grounds, and customizable combat styles, the only thing holding this hunter back is the immense amount of tutorials and the general lack of a motivating narrative.
  21. Jan 22, 2019
    80
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is an acquired taste that long-standing fans of the franchise will happily drink from. The formula for killing monsters and turning them into better gear to take on the bigger monsters is an addictive loop that is only broken up by the mindless and annoying 'egg delivery' quests, and occasional battle control limitations. Whether playing online with a group of friends or in Solo mode, this is a menu-heavy experience that may easily scare away series newcomers who are used to Monster Hunter: World. While Ultimate is not a streamlined experience, beneath the thick and scary exterior is an extremely deep system-based epic adventure.
  22. Sep 22, 2018
    80
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate brings what is indeed the ultimate version of Monster Hunter to the Switch when it comes to content, monsters and maps, in what is an immense amount of things to explore. While some systems might be a bit confusing for newcomers to the series, the game's contribution to the Nintendo Switch catalogue is very welcome and it will please not only the series' fans but players of all kinds.
  23. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate earns the “Ultimate” in its moniker with visual and gameplay improvements as well as a wealth of additional content compared to its original counterpart on the 3DS. Whether you were first introduced to the MH series with Worlds or you’re a long time fan that’s kept up from the beginning, there’s a lot to enjoy here. It presents some of the very best of the various generations of MH, sporting a roster of over 90 different monsters to hunt but with that history, it carries the tried and true conventions of the franchise before the fifth fleet made shore on a new world and changed everything. For better or worse, that’s for you to decide.
  24. Sep 5, 2018
    80
    Capcom's critically acclaimed action RPG series debuts on Nintendo Switch with a “double cross” chapter that brings tons of new contents over the original 3DS outing.
  25. Sep 4, 2018
    80
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate ties up the entirety of the series’ history prior to World in spectacular style, and emphasises why the game has worked so well as a handheld title for all these years. While it leans heavily on the past heritage of the series, here’s hoping that there’s a place for further similar titles in Monster Hunter’s future.
  26. Sep 3, 2018
    80
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is the definitive version of Monster Hunter if you've never played Monster Hunter World or are used to the outdated controls and visuals.
  27. Aug 31, 2018
    80
    When you add all of the sensibilities of the Nintendo Switch to the mix, you’ve got yourself a robust little JRPG to sink your teeth into.
  28. Aug 30, 2018
    80
    Overall, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is a game that fans will love, and newcomers will get something out of if they invest their time. It's big, tough, and full of dangers, and if grindy, loot-filled action is your bag, then you should jump straight in. But the complete package is lacking some spit and polish that more modern titles have, and it feels like something of a consolation prize for Switch owners compared to Monster Hunter World and its many changes and improvements to the series on other consoles.
  29. Aug 29, 2018
    80
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate throws story out the window and trades it for a huge amount of monsters and content. In a way it feels like a send off, of the old Monster Hunter before we get a true version built for the Switch - from the ground up.
  30. Aug 29, 2018
    80
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is not for newcomers, but provides plenty of great action for series veterans.
  31. Aug 28, 2018
    80
    A pretty good version of a great 3DS game. A Monster Hunter to take with you anywhere you want.
  32. Aug 28, 2018
    80
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is not the game you were expecting and that's fine. It is a painfully restrictive and tough title that punishes you for every single mistake you make - which is not exactly what Monster Hunter World does. However it is also an amazingly rewarding game which will make your heart beat twice as fast every time you land a successful hit on a G rank Rathalos. Best enjoyed with friends, this is the game you want to get to the next level of hunting.
  33. Aug 28, 2018
    80
    The Switch version comes to the West with more content than the original with a discreet but effective adaptation.
  34. 80
    How you traditionally consume your Monster Hunter is going to determine whether Generations Ultimate is worth your time. The graphics and gameplay are closer to last generation consoles so if you’ve already graduated to Monster Hunter World, this will feel like a step backwards. If picking up World isn’t an option, or if you prefer to take your Monster Hunter with you on the go, then Generations Ultimate is your best bet for the premiere portable experience.
  35. Aug 28, 2018
    80
    As usual, MHG Ultimate is more than a remastered Monster Hunter Generations. It is a production that, although it is too much of Nintendo 3DS, is ideal for fans. Compared with MH World, you feel a step behind. On the other hand, many fans will appreciate and understand this return as an increase in the hours of fun and hard challenge, with a roster of extras and attractive additions.
  36. Aug 28, 2018
    80
    At its core, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is an absolutely fantastic game that excels when you take your hunts online.
  37. 80
    There is heaps to do here regardless of whether you’ve played before, and the sheer volume of content on offer here is staggering. Yes, it’s slightly less easy to pick up and play than Monster Hunter World, but what Generations Ultimate lacks in polish and pizazz it makes up for with unbridled depth and longevity.
  38. 80
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate takes players back to the origins of the famed series, and it looks and plays great on the Nintendo Switch, even if it's still a major step backwards from Monster Hunter World.
  39. Sep 10, 2018
    78
    Quickly speaking, the game is very good even if it needs a bit of patience due to a slow start. The game brings a true sensation of hunting and all the satisfaction involved after learning it's ropes. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, unfortunately, also brings dated graphics and long loading times.
  40. NF Magazine
    Feb 26, 2019
    75
    Those who were introduced to Monster Hunter by World may find Ultimate dense and unwelcoming at first blush, but stick with the game and you'll uncover much to enjoy. [Issue #37 – January/February 2019, p. 74]
  41. Aug 29, 2018
    75
    In some ways, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is the Best of Monster Hunter. There are so many monsters, so many places to go, and so many different things to do… But after Monster Hunter: World, it feels relatively dated.
  42. Aug 28, 2018
    75
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is the game Switch deserves, but not the one it needs right now. A good porting, with good mechanics but poor graphical performances.
  43. Aug 28, 2018
    75
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is a must buy for established fans looking for their Nintendo Switch port, but is a far cry from the series’ recent peak.
  44. Sep 4, 2018
    70
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is a hard game to recommend. Series veterans and anyone who skipped Generations on the 3DS will find a lot to enjoy, but newcomers to the series, especially those who played World, will struggle to get past the clunky controls and inaccessible design choices. There's a good game here, it's just obscured at times by its 3DS origins, and more often than not feels like a huge step backwards.
  45. Aug 31, 2018
    70
    Still one of the best entries in the series, but the comparisons to Monster Hunter: World are not kind – especially as this is essentially just a 3DS port.
  46. Aug 29, 2018
    70
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate game is not for the faint of heart. It is a commitment, and it's not something that you genuinely play casually. You can sink dozens of hours into the game and still not get close to conquering the full set of monsters contained within. For those that are down for such an extraordinary adventure, there's more than enough here to thrill and delight. Just know what you're getting into.
  47. Aug 28, 2018
    70
    Just be aware that it isn’t the easiest game to get into, and its obtuseness can hamper your enjoyment, especially early on.
  48. Aug 28, 2018
    70
    If you're new to the Monster Hunter series, it still stands that I wouldn't recommend starting with Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. But even if you're a longtime fan, I don't feel comfortable giving a flat recommendation either way on whether you should pick the game up. For all intents and purposes, it's still a great game, but MHGU definitely magnifies the flaws of the original release just as much as it may polish some of them. It's more of the same, whether or not that makes it worth returning to will depend on your own personal preference.
  49. Aug 28, 2018
    70
    Generations is clunkier, slower, and lacks the size and polish of World. If you really want some Monster Hunter action on the Switch, then you can’t go wrong with Generations. New fans coming in hot of the heels of World, be prepared for a drastic quality difference.
  50. Aug 28, 2018
    65
    It’s nice to have Monster Hunter on the Switch, but those coming in fresh off the back of Monster Hunter World may be in for a rude awakening.
  51. Nov 14, 2018
    60
    After more than fifty hours in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, I am still a tourist because I can’t possibly live here. After marching through countless quests, this installment struck me as nothing so much as a devoted recitation of franchise iconography that will only feel warm and comfortable to long-time MH veterans. There is an experience suggested by the mechanics that could amount to more than a whimsical hack-a-thon where players frantically chase piñatas that occasionally breathe fire, but that world never materializes beyond the momentary thrill of the hunt.
  52. Aug 28, 2018
    50
    Generations Ultimate is a greatest-hits collection that doesn’t go out of the way to re-contextualize why the hits are so great in the first place. While it still provides the thrills that made Monster Hunter huge, it’s hard to argue the series isn’t ready for something else.
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  1. Aug 31, 2018
    A grab bag of everything that made the purely portable iterations shine, Ultimate Generations is arcane but absolutely brilliant. [Recommended]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 141 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 141
  1. Aug 28, 2018
    10
    Quite possibly THE best Monster Hunter to date which is a major step up from World both in challenge and longevity. While World's agenda wasQuite possibly THE best Monster Hunter to date which is a major step up from World both in challenge and longevity. While World's agenda was to introduce Monster Hunter to newer players, GU's agenda is punch them in the face and say "you don't know jack" and really treat players both new and old to a revitalizing experience that promises difficulty right out of the gates. While many players who have just came over from World are going to wonder why things are so different, it's because the training wheels are off and you're going to be playing Monster Hunter at it's finest. No glowflies, no running and chugging; every move you make will matter. So saddle up because Generations Ultimate is in town and it's taking no prisoners Full Review »
  2. Aug 28, 2018
    10
    This is the peak of Monster Hunter. Proper challenge, insane roster with all the fan favorites, thousands of unique weapon designs, transmog,This is the peak of Monster Hunter. Proper challenge, insane roster with all the fan favorites, thousands of unique weapon designs, transmog, great online lobbies - it's all there.

    If you're a Monster Hunter veteran I don't need to tell you about how awesome it is, you likely already know. Playing XX (aka MHGU) on the big TV with the Pro Controller is incredibly fun and the best way to experience it no doubt.
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  3. Aug 29, 2018
    10
    thanks capcom.

    anyway person reading buy this game. no qualifiers, buy it, and if you are more of a world person then simply don't play it.
    thanks capcom.

    anyway person reading buy this game. no qualifiers, buy it, and if you are more of a world person then simply don't play it.

    p.s. if you are not playing it because of graphics, qol, loading between areas, unresponsive controls, too difficult or frustrating then i suggest you get down on your knees right now and ask God to make you like it because this is trully a once in a lifetime experience and there is a good chance you will never be able to enjoy it again like this.
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