Huge in Japan in a ‘this game will sell your console’ kind of way, the Monster Hunter series has so far attained nothing more than cult status in the UK. And while the 3DS-only Generations may not change that, it is a good starting point for newcomers wanting to test-drive the franchise as it incorporates some of the best elements from previous games. That’s not to say it’s a simple ride, as new players (or even ones who are a bit rusty) may find the first few hours daunting as they grapple with the game’s systems. But that’s all part of the challenge — and the enjoyment — as you strive to become a better hunter, able to tackle increasingly difficult beasts. And Generations is as slick and compelling as the series has ever been.