Monster Hunter Generations is an action role-playing game. You go out into a dangerous world filled with challenging monsters to kill.
Pro Addictive and strategic real-time fights against relentless monsters
Monster Hunter Generations is all about going out into the world and fighting terrifying monsters to collect the best loot possible. The monsters are each unique, with their own movesets that you learn and memorize as you get better at recognizing them. Picking the best weapons and armor for the monsters you target is important, since you don't want to end up bringing a sword, for example, against a heavily-armored enemy, when something like a giant hammer would be best. Dodging the monsters' challenging attacks, getting hits in, and making it out alive to collect your loot is such a satisfying feeling, encouraging you to keep at it.
Pro Incredible amount of gear to forge that suits any playstyle
There's a near endless combination of weapons and armor you can craft from the loot you earn, with plenty of special stats that you can mix and match as you want. You naturally work your way up to creating stronger and stronger gear as you take down more powerful monsters, so you always get a constant sense of progression as you play. You can craft gear with certain stat bonuses, like more HP, strong resistances to help your defense, or boosts to anything else you might need to take down that one monster who keeps giving you trouble. If you want to focus on huge swords and bulky armor, you can do that, and if you ever decide to switch things up for any given fight, all you have to do is hunt down the right materials and make what you need.
Pro You can carry over your save file to the Nintendo Switch version of the game
If you already put a bunch of hours into this game, you can carry over your progress and jump right into the updated Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch. This helps a lot in case you're on the fence about buying Ultimate when you've already played this version. Multiplayer is alive and well on the Switch, so it might be worth checking out.
Con Not much of a story
Even though this is an RPG, you shouldn't go into it expecting a grand, sweeping story. You're mostly just a mercenary who goes out and kills monsters for loot. The Monster Hunter series has always been more about gameplay over story, though, which is great for players who are looking for these style of games. But if you're more in the mood for something more narrative-driven, then this probably isn't the game for you.