Monster Hunter might be a foreign concept to most in North America, and that’s a goddamn shame. MH is an absolute juggernaut of a franchise in Japan and when you play it, it’s very easy to see why. Generations is the 12th Monster Hunter game and the 8th to find its way across the pond. Generations is part of the series’ 4th generation and almost like the title suggests, serves as a “Greatest Hits” of the series.
Well not really. The biggest drawback of Generations being a greatest hits game is that there isn’t a lot of new content. There are no new weapon types and only a handful of new monsters to fuck with. In addition, there isn’t really a proper story mode like the last few games have had. Generations predecessor 4 Ultimate had a campaign that featured the player character and their team trying to track down and kill a legendary monster. Shakespeare it isn’t, but it was a coherent story you could get invested in. Generations’ campaign features the player doing quests just because, with no real reason or goal. In substitution of a proper narrative, the player does get to travel to several of the villages from past games in the series, but the lack of proper new content is disappointing.
One of the better things to be introduced in Generations is the Hunter Arts and Hunter Style system. Instead of each weapon having a very rigid moveset like in previous games, Hunter Style lets players customize the style of play for each weapon type. The changes aren’t anything major, but they add a new complexity to hunting and allow players to experiment more. Hunter Arts are a series of devastating special attacks or abilities that players can equip based on their choice of weapon and Hunter Style. These two new features really add a new dimension to the hunt! The gameplay is the same top notch fare that has become the standard of the series, but polished to the extreme. Monster Hunter’s combat and gameplay has advanced little by little with each game, and Generations is the peak of it. Hit boxes are accurate, Monster AI has been improved, the camera behaves better, and all the bugs seem to have been taken care of. It’s honestly an absolute joy to hunt in Generations, and it makes you wonder what Capcom will do to top it in the next MH game.
An Online Nintendo Game?
Yes you read that correctly. For as incompetent as Nintendo systems are at online, MH is an excellent online game. The bulk of the game is meant to be played online with other players, and the online infrastructure is just tremendous. No friend code nonsense, you can just hop into a lobby with randoms or friends and get straight to hunting. Online is how the game is really meant to be played and between the excellent online support and the awesome Monster Hunter community, it might be one of the best games to play online currently.
Should You Care?
It’s hard to say. MH is pretty niche in North America. The game itself is incredibly fun and endlessly playable (you could sink 300 hours into it easily), although it is pretty complex and can be intimidating to new players. If you are a fan of MH, Generations is a must play. If you’ve never played a MH game before, Generations is probably the best game to jump into the series on. I recommend it to everyone and I honestly think Monster Hunter Generations is the best game you can own on a 3DS right now. What are your thoughts on Monster Hunter? Leave them in the comments!