Considering the old days when Monster Hunter was much more niche than it is today, some of the old maps and monsters are probably unknown to a lot of the players that only started with the 3DS titles. Applying all the new aspects of the latest generation to older content could offer value to both veterans, as well as newer fans. Monster Hunter Generations tries to accomplish this mix of new and old, but as part of the same generation as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, is its worth picking up?
Points for style
In Monster Hunter Generations, you have to level up weapons to unlock the upgrades to different types, unlike the weapon trees in previous games. This changes up your progression a lot, but to the worst in earlier parts of the game. The required materials are sometimes as difficult to acquire as those needed to upgrade, which is a hassle. In addition, if the weapon is already at a higher level the upgrade to a different path can make your equipment both weaker and less sharp, which really de-emphasises upgrading, rather than forging the weapon directly. However, the great part about the change is that even starting equipment can be somewhat viable in the late game, if leveled up accordingly. It might not be the very best choice damage-wise, but is great for people who enjoy playing “fashion” hunter. This in combination with the new hunting styles, that mix up the combos of weapons and how you play, and the over the top anime-like special arts make Generations feel faster than the series has ever been.
Monster Hunter Generations is built on the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate engine. Therefore it offers pretty much all features from the last game, like mounting and faster vertical traversal. The Japanese title for the game is Monster Hunter X, pronounced “cross” – combine this with the localised title and you can sum up what this game’s intent is. It is a crossover of the previous generations. Monsters, equipment and maps will make a return, mixing old with new. This will please older fans, while newer players can appreciate the great old content that is perceived as new. You can visit the towns from Monster Hunter Freedom 1, 2 and Portable 3rd. The last of which even a lot of die-hard fans won’t recognise, since the corresponding game never saw a western release. Compared to the re-releases we tend to get, like Monster Hunter 3U and 4U, Generations as the initial release doesn’t include quite as much content. But despite that, it will as always occupy you for a considerable amount of time.
One aspect of MH4U I really enjoyed was the better presentation of characters throughout the village quests, basically the singleplayer, which felt a lot more personal. This was by far the best attempt at story the series has ever seen. Sadly, this hasn’t been carried over to Generations, where quests are present almost clinically. There is no character motivation, no introductory cutscene, no nothing. You just arrive at a village and do quests. Which by itself wouldn’t be too bad, as the series isn’t particularly known for its narrative. Yet, with so many quests that you get through talking with NPCs, not caring about them at all leads you to just skip one dialogue box after the other.
MonHun will persist
What can I say, I am a sucker for Monster Hunter. I love the series and I know I will sink hours upon hours into Generations, mainly to farm out high-rank armor sets and to level up weapons. Even as a game with less content compared to others in the series it still offers a substantial bang for your buck. Monster Hunter Generations combines all the new amazing features of this generation with fan-favourite monsters and equipment to make this game a great new addition to the series.
What we liked:
- Hunting styles and finishers spice up the formula
- Return to the past
- It’s Monster Hunter
- Pure value
What we didn’t like:
- Less character motivation compared to the last entry
- Weapon levels add hassle
This review was written using a Nintendo 3DS review code provided by Nintendo. What are you most excited to relive in Generations? What was your introduction to Monster Hunter? Tell us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!