This is by far my favorite edition of the D&D game. Have been playing it for the past two years, and it has replaced Pathfinder as our fantasy RPG. Although this is not my favorite version of the Monster Manual, it has nothing to do with the rules or layout. I just preferred the artwork in some of the older editions, call it nostalgia. It is purely a personal bias, and that is why I still gave it five stars. Play 5th Edition, it is the best version of the world's greatest fantasy roleplaying game.