43. Monster Hunter Generations
Each time Capcom's critter-tracking behemoth looks to be on the verge of going stale, it finds subtle ways of reinventing itself. For Generations on Nintendo 3DS, that means your traditional companions – that cat-like Felynes – are now playable, there are new combat styles, and the game has a much more user-friendly upgrade system. Behind those fresh trappings it’s still a tinderbox of traditional series elements: catch prey, score resources, craft weapons and gear – but what it lacks in new-fangled ambition it makes up for in satisfaction for returning players. Little wonder it’s sold more than 4 million copies across the globe; a staggering figure for a full-priced handheld game.