Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is only the second Monster Hunter game I have played. The biggest problem with this is that the first was Monster Hunter World. Why is this a problem? Well, that one is ten times the game that this new one is.
For those who don’t know, MGHU is a revamp and kind of a follow up to Monster Hunter Generations on the Nintendo 3DS. Monster Hunter games are all about levelling-up, capturing some powerful beasts and improving your gear.
Even though this game offers the most monsters in any of the games so far, it just feels a little dated. The controls felt clunky and awkward and really didn’t suit playing handheld. It took me around three hours of gameplay to stop pressing buttons which did exactly what I didn’t want it to do. I hated not being able to use the second analogue stick to spin the camera and it felt awfully lazy that they hadn’t made it possible.
The button positions are too close and are made for those with small and nimble fingers. One of the biggest issues I had. though. was with the fighting. For some strange reason, I couldn’t find out how to target my enemies. This led me to become one of the worst hunters in the existence of the game and. most likely, was the main reason why I didn’t particularly enjoy my experience.
Graphically, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate isn’t the worst game I have ever seen – actually it is quite good. During your lengthy time sorting out the character customisation. you will see the large amount of textures and colours which are contained in the game. The areas you visit are beautiful. Admittedly, they are not as picturesque as recent PS4 or Xbox One games but they hold their own. Saying that, the more I played them. the more I remembered playing PS3 games just as nice.
These sorts of games could all have the same soundtrack. This isn’t a bad thing as you get exactly what you’re expecting: asoundtrack which won’t knock you off your feet/chair, but will help embody you within the game. The noises the characters (cats, hunters and monsters) make are ridiculously annoying but that was also something I would expect from a Japanese game. The voice acting is mediocre at best. and just like I mentioned earlier, the sound was nowhere near up to the standard in Monster Hunter World. The biggest issue is that, at no point of time – whilst I struggled through the game – was I ever wowed by what I was hearing… or seeing, in fairness.
Overall, I was frustrated that I couldn’t get in to this game and additionally frustrated that it felt older than the PS4 game. Some will quickly point out that we are in the day and age of remakes. but the problem is, most of those games which are being remade are previous classics. It is arguable that Monster Hunter games are classics but not for me. This review will definitely rile some and agree with others. but I have to be honest: Monster Hunter Ultimate Generations is dated.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is out now on Nintendo Switch.
- Developer: Capcom
- Publisher: Capcom
- Players: single-player, multiplayer
I have been a video game player since 1993 and a music fan since I can remember. I studied Film and Journalism at university and ended up becoming a Primary School teacher. Video games changed my life and sent me on the right track and have stayed with me ever since.