Paste asked me to rank my favorite Monster Hunter games and I ended up with a lot of words on the topic. I’ve been playing this series for a long while now, accumulating many likes and dislikes over the years. It’s great seeing all the new editions and changes the developers try, though!
If you want to get started on Monster Hunter then I really recommend the latest entry, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3DS! It’s very approachable, for a change, and has a ton to keep you busy once you get rolling. I also linked a bunch of handy hunter guides a while back when it was first released.