Dauntless has been in its beta form for a while now, but it is getting real close to getting a full release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There is even talk that a Nintendo Switch port is in the works! The reason that Dauntless has captured so many people’s attention is that it is clearly inspired by the Monster Hunter series.
The End Of The World
One thing that is rather lacking in Dauntless is the story. The basics of it are that the world has been decimated and split into pieces, this has led to these monstrous creatures (behemoths) roaming the land. The story is very bare bones and to be honest in a game like this that is not really the end of the world.
Fight, Kill, Loot, Repeat
If you have played Monster Hunter you will get the hang of the gameplay and what they were going for right away. You need to track down these monsters, fight them, kill them and then harvest them. You do this to get stuff that you can then craft with to make better stuff that you can then use to hunt and kill more powerful monsters.
This is something that is a lot of fun and it is also something that makes these games be something that you either love or hate. For example, if you love this kind of grind, you will be in your element here. However, Dauntless is not exactly super happy to give you the best stuff. Even when you get a loot box and you think that you will get something cool, you get the bare minimum. This means that there is a very long grind in Dauntless before you can get the more powerful stuff that is going to make slaying monsters easier.
Enter The Slayers
This can be played on your own or with some buddies and I highly recommend that you play with others. You are called a “Slayer” and it is your job to take down the monsters. You have different weapons to use and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. The combo system is very weird and you kind of create your own combos and these can be really cool when you get them working and start dishing out some major damage. Fighting monsters on your own can be really tough, but when you are part of a team and you guys to a coordinated attack and have a plan it is really thrilling when it all comes together.
Is It All About Crafting? The progression system in Dauntless is all about your loot and crafting items. You do not have any skill trees to worry about and leveling up is not exactly something this game cares about. So it really does all rest on its combat and if you love looting and crafting. Those who put in some serious hours will be rewarded with the best gear. Those who are not willing to invest that kind of time will probably be left feeling a little disappointing.
I get that Dauntless is a free to play game so they cannot make it super easy to get all of the best stuff. However, I do feel that they are a little stingy when it comes to the way they dish out the best pieces to craft stuff. This is the kind of game where if you want to get the best out of it, you have to put some serious time into it and in all honesty, I am not sure I want to.
- The monster designs are really cool
- Combat is fun once you get it down
- No complicated class or skill system
- It is a fun game to play with friends
- It is free to play
- The game is very stingy with what it gives you
- Not a lot to it at all
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features: Single game mode
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