• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2018
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  • Summary: This critically acclaimed action RPG series makes its debut on Nintendo Switch. Take on epic hunts on the go or from the comfort of your own home! Choose from 14 different weapon types, mix and match them with unique Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts, or even play as an adorable but ferociousThis critically acclaimed action RPG series makes its debut on Nintendo Switch. Take on epic hunts on the go or from the comfort of your own home! Choose from 14 different weapon types, mix and match them with unique Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts, or even play as an adorable but ferocious Felyne in Prowler Mode! Featuring the largest cast of monsters for any game in the series, from returning fan favourites to mysterious never-before-seen monsters. You can join up to three other players for co-op multiplayer action, either online or in person using local wireless. Join the hunt in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Aug 28, 2018
    80
    The Switch version comes to the West with more content than the original with a discreet but effective adaptation.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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 Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    I started playing Monster Hunter with Monster Hunter World, but I instantly fell in love with that game (500 hours and counting). The firstI started playing Monster Hunter with Monster Hunter World, but I instantly fell in love with that game (500 hours and counting). The first and most important thing to say about Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (MHGU): It's an older game, that has been released in Japan quite a while ago, but has now been released to the west because of the success of MHW. Always keep that in mind, as you can "feel" that the gameplay is a little "old fashioned".

    That being said, MHGU (also referred to as MHXX when talked about by people that played the JP version) is an amazing game. The sheer amount of content is mind-boggling. It really is too much to cover here, so just my highlights:

    Prowler - If you ever wished to play as your little Palico friend in MHW, rejoice about the "15th weapon" in MHGU: the Prowler. Yes, you can play as a Palico. Bonus: You can also have two Palicos with you all the time, and have a list of hireable Palicos to choose from.

    Hunter Arts & Styles: Although the weapons themselves have less moves than they have in MHW, the fact that there are hunter arts and hunter styles more than makes up for this. You can play every weapon in one six styles (Guild, Striker, Aerial, Adept, Valor & Alchemy), which removes some moves, adds some others, or totally changes you play the weapon. Hunter arts on the other hand are additional moves you can activate separately, akin to "abilities" in a classical RPG.

    The sheer size of the game: MHW has 34 monsters to hunt, MHGU has a whopping 94! And every monster brings it's own unique set of armour and weapons with it. So yeah, if that's not enough content to last a lifetime, I don't know what is.

    The best recommendation I can give is this: There is a demo on the eShop that let's you hunt 3 monsters (beginner, intermediate and advanced) with all weapons, styles and a pre-defined set of arts.MHGU plays a little differently to MHW, so it's best to just check out if you still like "the feeling of it". I know I will not put this game down for a long time.
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  3. Sep 23, 2018
    10
    I first bought Switch when I heard rumors a MH game was coming to it; having been a fan of Tri in the past.

    I was underwhelmed on
    I first bought Switch when I heard rumors a MH game was coming to it; having been a fan of Tri in the past.

    I was underwhelmed on downloading the Japanese e-store demo September 2017 and deleted it not long after, forgetting that the controls need "breaking in", as it were. (In my opinion, it's all designed to work best through muscle memory, including the menus). I considered buying the Japanese game but knowing how text-heavy these titles are, I was discouraged.

    Well, fast-forward a year and I had come around to the idea of this remaster. It makes sense to me having upscaled ports of older games, as in this case it means the game can run near-flawlessly, and not be a battery hog (I tested MHGU with airplane mode on, and can easily get 3 hours of gameplay). One other thing: considering the amount of content, I'm still not sure how they fit all this into a 16gig cart?

    The art-style is all there. The music is all there. The difficulty ramp is there. I've just broken into Hub G-rank which took me around 200 hours and it was TOUGH. MHGU is as compelling as I had hoped; and it's still as satisfying as ever working on that effective build for the hunt. Tinkering away.

    I use online resources to scout locations of rare items etc. but I've always done that. For me, it's part and parcel of the experience. Employing the community's data and resources. It helps with prep, but you still need to do the hunting yourself - and the difficulty cranks when it needs to.

    The demos never do justice to the MH experience as having a preset build defeats the point of the game to me, that being: growth and customization (for this same reason, Arena mode is one of the least popular game modes... despite providing a challenge).

    A snip at £40 physical from a certain online marketplace. 10 out of 10.
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  4. 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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  5. Sep 18, 2018
    9
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for the Nintendo switch is a genuine pleasure to play.

    With the old school Monster Hunter gameplay and
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for the Nintendo switch is a genuine pleasure to play.

    With the old school Monster Hunter gameplay and monster roster mixed with some elegant new playstyles, this is truly a masterpiece that both Monster Hunter veterans and new plays can enjoy.

    The game does not hold your hand when it comes to its mechanics, which may turn a few players off if it is their first Monster Hunter game or they have just migrated from Monster Hunter World, but if you stick at it, you will eventually be hundreds of hours deep into the complex crafting, armour and weapon systems of the game.

    Visually, the game may not look AAA like the beautiful Monster Hunter World, but it captures the charm of the older titles and upscales them to bring them into the console space.

    The game also does not suffer from any lag spikes or long loading times like previous games on the 3DS or PSP and keeps a consistently high frame rate even when playing online.

    The online scene for Generations Ultimate is booming with new and veteran players alike, all will to chip and help each other progress through the game. The online challenges and DLC are extremely fun and challenging and with collaborations with other games and developers, it keeps the game fresh and entertaining.
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  6. Aug 29, 2018
    8
    To clarify: MHGU came out BEFORE Monster Hunter World. MHGU was not going to get a Western release at all. The West got MHGU second BECAUSE ofTo clarify: MHGU came out BEFORE Monster Hunter World. MHGU was not going to get a Western release at all. The West got MHGU second BECAUSE of the success of MHW in the West. So while people may beat you over the head with "MHGU>>>>>>>MHW" without providing solid reasoning, every Westerner still has MHW to thank for us getting this game at all.

    Now, as someone who has completed every entry since MH on PS2, importing every title that we didn't get (including this title, thanks Capcom) I can confirm this is the greatest hits collection of almost all of the MH titles up to World (because World didn't exist when this came out originally). MHGU is, however, quantity over quality when it comes to number of monsters and graphics, which I always prefer in a game.

    I only hope that one day we get a MH game with a crazy number of monsters like in MHGU and the slick HD graphics of MHW, with selectable playstyle (MH Classic or MHW).

    Definitely worth your time and your money, $50 for literal hundreds of hours of playtime-- no one can argue with the value. Just keep in mind MHGU is the predecessor to MHW and the multitude of changes in MHW did not exist when MHGU first released and are not present in MHGU as a result.

    And on a final note: let's not pit MHGU against MHW. We're all hunters and whether you're a veteran that enjoyed MHW or not we have it to thank for the Western release of MHGU, the expansion of our fanbase, and the revival of Capcom's interest in MH for the Western audience. MHW roped the new hunters in and MHGU will keep them here. Here's to the longevity of Monster Hunter!
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  7. Aug 30, 2018
    5
    Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate… It's a step back in the right direction from World(Not saying World was bad). The content is there andMonster Hunter Generations Ultimate… It's a step back in the right direction from World(Not saying World was bad). The content is there and the weapon and armor designs are more unique again with much more variation. That's the good news.
    The bad is that it is painfully easy. I’ve resigned myself to never using the hunter arts or the styles(Using Guild style as picking one is forced down your throat) for the simple reason that the arts make the game even easier. The Addition of G-Rank keeps this game higher on difficulty than World.
    The weapon stats show modified damages unlike every other game in the series which is annoying. Was something to do with balance...I can't remember the exact details.
    Having to level your weapon is also the WORST thing they could have added to Generations. There was nothing wrong with how the weapons were upgraded or showing the unmodified damage numbers so why the hell was it necessary to change it. While it is sorta true that World has the same type of system, World did it much better in that regard.

    All in all, while the game is better than World and is a step back in the right direction, it's still not quite what the loyal Monster Hunter fans wanted. (Cough cough Frontier cough cough)

    Giving it a 6 since 6.5 is not an option and to be honest, it's mostly because I'm an old Hunter and miss the challenge.
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