• 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: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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 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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  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 28, 2018
    10
    This is the peak of Monster Hunter. Proper challenge, insane roster with all the fan favorites, thousands of unique weapon designs, transmog,This is the peak of Monster Hunter. Proper challenge, insane roster with all the fan favorites, thousands of unique weapon designs, transmog, great online lobbies - it's all there.

    If you're a Monster Hunter veteran I don't need to tell you about how awesome it is, you likely already know. Playing XX (aka MHGU) on the big TV with the Pro Controller is incredibly fun and the best way to experience it no doubt.
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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. Sep 5, 2018
    9
    One of the biggest criticisms new players have when starting up for the first time is the fact that the game doesn’t play as they would expectOne of the biggest criticisms new players have when starting up for the first time is the fact that the game doesn’t play as they would expect it to. When starting out movement and combat feels slow, sluggish and at times downright clunky. This is all very deliberate and only after a good few hours pushing past this barrier will it start to click. For many though the low-grade graphical style, sheer oddness of its world and lack of a proper tutorial will be enough to encourage a player to move on to the next AAA. This would be a real shame.

    Ultimate has nearly 100 large monsters to hunt which offers an insane amount of gameplay. It’s not uncommon for Monster Hunter fans to boast about game saves that are over 500 hours. Ultimate is an expansion to Monster Hunter Generations which released on the 3ds now tweaked for the Switch and its a perfect fit for the console. Long time fans can even transfer their save file across providing they download a special DS app and can get online.

    The game can be played solo but it really defeats the point of the game. Solo hunts have Monsters with far less health and are often easier to track and kill. The real fun is teaming up with 3 other hunters all using different weapons and buffs to take down a particularly vicious monster. Typically voice chat isn’t an option as its a Nintendo game but the lobby systems and text options are more than ok to get a message across such as ‘Im laying a trap’ or ‘I’m out of ammo’ It’s important to communicate and work together as everyone shares the same pool of three lives. Monster Hunter calls dying ‘carting’ and if you cart twice the tension ramps up as no mistakes are allowed otherwise its Quest failed. A benefit to the lack of voice chat is that the community feels far less toxic with only predetermined messages able to be sent -very family friendly.

    For the purposes of this review, I invested 70 hours into the Japanese import released last year, 90 hours in the 3DS version of Generations and then a further 20 hours in the Western release after transferring my save file. What I have noticed is Capcom offer assistance to new players with free downloadable support bundles full of heath potions, traps and buffs you can take on the hunt without the need to work out how to acquire them through scavenging while out hunting and combining items. This is a huge help in easing the difficult first few hours of learning the game as its the huge array of stuff to learn in the hub world that can be so off-putting when all you want to do is get out and fight a monster. With so many weapons types, a separate Prowler mode where you can play and train a cat helper, 4 hub worlds all with NPC’s to talk to and a separate online section, it can all be a bit overwhelming

    Disappointingly there is little proper story, unlike Monster Hunter 4 and the recent World which had a strong narrative thread. Ultimate is focussed on the hunt. You can chat to NPC’s but its all very basic exchanges mostly asking you to do something or thanking you afterwards. Capcom has released a number if unique quests to earn Nintendo themed Weapons and Armour (Link, Samus, Megaman, Ryu are examples) and these fit nicely into the game without being an odd addition. It’s really pleasing to see an online player sporting these outfits as it shows they are devoted to the game and will be a worthy addition to any hunting party. It is worth pointing out that the solo mode is separate from Online, while you can take loot from each hunt a quest completed online will not transfer to the offline mode.

    Conclusion
    If your the kind of gamer who buys a new title then plays it to completion in a week, then part exchanges it for something new, Monster Hunter isn't for you, it doesn’t have an end to it as such, its designed to become a regular part of your gaming life. You will want to increase your Hunter Rank to see what the next rank has to offer. New to Ultimate is a super hard tier called G rank which throws down some seriously tough hunts that will test your ability to work as a team, bring the right supplies and know each monster’s weaknesses.

    If you have only ever played world and loved it, Gen Ultimate may feel like a back step in the series history but that is a bit like saying Street Fighter 4 isn’t worth playing now we have Street Fighter 5. Monster Hunter plays by its own rules and demands you work things out for yourself, it's eccentric and obtuse, portable and packed full of content but most of all its great fun.

    Monster Hunter is life.
    9/10
    Amazing!
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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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