Monster Hunter Generations Review

Monster Hunter Generations Review

Monster Hunter Generations Is All About You

Monster Hunter games used to be unapproachable behemoths as intimidating as the creatures that lurked within. They were wonderfully intricate and involving games, but expected a lot from people. They were hardly intuitive affairs. In the last few years, they’ve been opening themselves up more and more. Monster Hunter Generations might just be the most approachable and accommodating installment yet. Instead of throwing people into the game and expecting you to play by its rules, it’s practically saying, “Hey. Listen, this is going to take time and maybe even be an uphill climb. But we’re going to do this together and, by the end of it, you’ll be a master with your own skills and strategies.”

As usual, you begin as an apprentice hunter. The Hunter’s Guild has sent you to Bherna to help with the Wycademy, an organization that investigates the area’s ruins and researches monsters. As the Chief Researcher’s assistant, you’re there for muscle, not your mind. Your job is to go into the field and provide firsthand information on the world’s most dangerous monsters.

The people in Bherna are warm and welcoming. They offer you introductory quests that get you accustomed to gathering items, exploring the maps, and facing some basic enemies. You’re immediately given access to a customizable Palico (think Felyne) friend. All four new Hunting Styles (see below) and weapons are available from the start, so you can spend these early hours finding one that fits you. You’re bombarded with choices, but it never feels overwhelming. It’s more like all of these things are here ahead of you, waiting for you.

I’ve been playing Monster Hunter since Monster Hunter Freedom 2 and am fairly comfortable. I rely on Gunlances and Dual Blades. While Monster Hunter Generations didn’t convince me to switch to a new specialty, the Hunting Styles helped me get more comfortable with the weapons I already know and love. These are new skillsets that can be changed at any time within the game. Each lets you equip certain attacks and styles.

For example, Aerial Style is for people who like to mount monsters for additional damage. I found it went very well with my Dual Blades and used it when heading out on major hunts. If I was going to be on my own, I’d use the Guild Style that offered more diverse attacks for my Dual Blades or Gunlance. I’d stick with the Striker Style, which focused on arts, and my Gunlance when I knew I’d be in a group. Monster Hunter Generations ’s adaptive nature lets you look at the quest you’re going out on and be more specific.

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But, as I mentioned earlier, you aren’t just customizing yourself. Bherna also offers a Palico Ranch. There, you can immediately recruit Palicos to your cause. The Meowstress Palico Scout gives you a Palico creation menu as extensive as the one used to create your avatar at the beginning of Monster Hunter Generations . Up to two can join a hunter as allies, or you can choose a favorite Palico to act as a Prowler. It’s basically the Palico version of a hunter, and you’ll actually play as the cat on missions. They’re faster gatherers, don’t have a stamina gauge, and can dig to temporarily hide, but also aren’t as strong as a human and don’t have the same arts and weapons available to them. It’s a whole new way to play the game, offering additional challenges. Personally, I prefer (or should I say purrfur?) to use the Prowler to gather.

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Even more importantly, gathering is vastly improved in Monster Hunter Generations . As any established hunter knows, much of your time in these games is spent repeating quests and hunting creatures you’ve already defeated in search of very specific drops for new equipment. You were limited in how much you could take back after a hunt and always had to keep in mind specific lists of items. Both of these are fixed. You can skip animations by holding down the button to keep gathering from a specific spot. You can send a Felyne to carry what you’ve collected back to town, allowing you to take back more from each outing. When it comes time to upgrade, weapons and armor have a leveling system that raise attack and defense. You can use any material from a list to upgrade, knowing better materials raise levels faster.

This means you can spend more time focusing on what matters. Instead of having to adapt to Monster Hunter Generations ’ style, you find your own. Instead of spending hours “grinding” missions for materials, you head out as a Prowler or rely on deliveries when you’re on your own. This means you can savor the best part of the game: battling monsters. There are plenty of challenging ones here, most notable being the Fated Four. They’re basically the bosses of the game, threatening the four different villages you’ll get to visit in the game. Because you don’t have to spend as much time gathering and crafting, unless you want to wait and only use the best materials, you can spend more time fighting both standard and devastating foes.

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Speaking of the Apex state, Monster Hunter Generations brings with it a trade-off. As much as this entry adds, it takes away some hunts from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate . that you might miss. The Frenzy Virus doesn’t exist, which means you don’t have to worry about infected monsters or possible Apex states. Granted, those were some of the hardest fights in the game and so-called Deviant monsters, which use StreetPass tickets to fight, take their place. That makes it a forgivable omission. Guild Quests are also gone, but I found playing as a Palico made that easier to bear.

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. The improved gathering means we have an option when it comes to creating our equipment. We can spend hours on it or make do with what we have to move forward. We can even be Palicos! It’s a wonderful time to be a hunter.

This is a gorgeous game with distinct environments and detailed characters. It’s even prettier when you turn the 3D effects on! 4.7 Control
It might take some time finding a touchscreen layout that suits you, but Monster Hunter Generations is easy to control. It even automatically recognizes a New 3DS’ analog nub. 4.5 Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and sound effects are wonderful and provide excellent ambiance, but some of the human and Palico voice options are rather grating. 5.0 Play Value
Monster Hunter Generations is a massive game with tons of single and multiplayer quests and lots of weapon and Hunting Styles. The ability to switch to a Palico prowler gives you even more to do. 4.8 Overall Rating – Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.

Review Rating Legend
0.1 – 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 – 2.9 = Average 3.5 – 3.9 = Good 4.5 – 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 – 2.4 = Poor 3.0 – 3.4 = Fair 4.0 – 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Co-op online multiplayer – For some of the best online multiplayer the Nintendo 3DS has to offer, join up and hunt online with up to three other hunters, or meet up and play together via local play.
  • Most customizable yet – Players can create the most custom, personalized playstyle of any Monster Hunter game. Choose from four Styles and many powerful, visually striking Hunter Arts for a truly customized gameplay experience.
  • New playable Felyne “Prowlers” – Previously only available as custom support AI partners called “Palicoes,” Felynes are now playable in “Prowler” mode with their own questlines and rewards, unique gameplay mechanics and gear.
  • Fresh challenges and returning favorites – Face a roster of brand new monsters like Glavenus of the Fated Four in addition to plenty of returning fan-favorites like the sly Nargacuga as a tribute to the last decade of Monster Hunter.

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