Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Review: The Wrong Direction

It's impossible not to compare Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate to most the recent entry in the series, Monster Hunter World . The comparison doesn't do the new Nintendo Switch release any favors. Ultimate technically isn't a new game for the series. Generations Ultimate is half-remake and half-port of the Nintendo 3DS' Monster Hunter Generations from back in 2015.

Ultimate does add a few new bells and whistles, the most important being a new rank of monster, G Rank. Ultimate is largely the same game as the 3DS version though. It's a very jarring experience to move from the polished and beautiful environments of Monster Hunter World to the janky obtuseness of Monster Hunter Generations UltimateUltimate is a three year-old game (from a rightfully abandoned era) made for a system that is far less powerful and impressive than its current home and the shows in all the worst ways.

The structure and basic gameplay loop of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is evident from the name alone. Upon starting a new game players are tasked with building their own hunter. This hunter is then thrown out into Monster Hunter's world and tasked with killing (or "studying") as many beasts as possible and using their hides to create better weapons and armor. There is a vague connecting story to Ultimate but it's really all about the hunt.

The reason that the Monster Hunter series has continued to endure is because that central gameplay loop is so strong and rewarding. Even with all of Ultimate's shortcomings, the game gets the monster fights right. Ultimate truly lives up to its descriptor when it comes to the number of beasts too. There are about 93 monsters to hunt down and it takes about 60 hours to fight through the main campaign, but that can easily be doubled or tripled for the dedicated hunter.

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