Review: Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

It took only moments for me to realize that Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch is the same game as its Nintendo 3DS counterpart, Monster Hunter Generations, which launched in 2015. Although I knew that going in, I didn’t know, however, that my interest in Ultimate would be hanging by a thread.

Although I enjoyed my time, initially, with Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, I became quite bored with my experience during the 6-7 hours of playtime. The reason this came to existence was I began to realize that I was essentially replaying older missions that I had completed nearly three years ago on the Nintendo 3DS. And even though Capcom has implemented all DLC from the Nintendo 3DS version, making this version a “Game of the Year” installment, it still didn’t help my enjoyment level one bit. I really do enjoy playing Monster Hunter games – they make me feel alive when tackling large monsters, and the reward after defeating said monsters makes the whole thing worthwhile, but I already experienced this game in the past, just on a different platform.

For those like me who have already spent countless hours with the Nintendo 3DS version, Capcom has allowed you to transfer previous save files to the Nintendo Switch. This can be both good and bad. Here’s why it’s good: It’s nice to see your hard-earned character thriving on the big screen, and it’s equally nice to jump right into the game as powerful as ever. And here’s why it’s bad: Let’s say you’ve already accomplished everything to your heart’s content, now what? Go for the DLC? But if you’re like me, and you really find no interest in completing the additional content, then you’re kind of screwed – in terms of content, of course.

When it comes to identifying the game’s bread and butter, the true essence of the franchise, and especially in this game, rests within online multiplayer and local cooperative play, as it’s always a blast taking down extremely large and difficult monsters with friends or random online community members. Thankfully, Capcom has done an exceptionally well job of implementing an adequate online ecosystem fully capable of handling multiple players and monsters at once. It’s also worth mentioning that I never disconnected from a party or quest while it was in session, or otherwise.

Despite the sense of familiarity when compared to its Nintendo 3DS counterpart, it’s really nice to play Generations Ultimate at home on the big screen. Take that with a grain of salt, however, as Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is far more impressive, in terms of graphical fidelity, in portable mode on the Nintendo Switch. Ultimate does not look visually impressive in any way, shape, or form on your television set,  as it appears very pixelated, making the optimal way of playing reside within portable mode.

  • Published and developed by Capcom
  • Released on August 28, 2018
  • Reviewed on Nintendo Switch using a retail copy purchased by the reviewer.