Dauntless Review

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Dauntless Dauntless is a free-to-play action RPG published by Phoenix Labs where you are tasked to join hunts for huge creatures called Behemoths, kind of like we used to see in the Monster Hunter series. The game is currently on Closed Beta for founders but will be completely free to play on launch. Let’s see how Dauntless holds up for now.

First thing you’ll notice about Dauntless is that it features a more stylized art than what we see in classic MMORPGs, like the style we see on Fortnite, Sea of Thieves or Paladins. This detail fits the world perfectly and makes it different than its biggest competitor, Monster Hunter World.

Creating a character is an exciting procedure since you choose two parents and your facial details are chosen based on that. Of course there are sliders and other changes you can do to change your appearance but that offspring looks mechanic is a nice touch nonetheless.

Fighting in Dauntless feels natural and follows pretty basic controls. If you are using a mouse instead of gamepad you’ll see that left click is a light attack and the right one a heavy attack, with not much to learn from there. You have lots of other abilities and combos based on the weapon of your choosing. For example, with the hammer you can shoot projectiles like it was a gun and the sword lets you dash to avoid attacks.

Biggest thrill of the game though are the hunts. After you choose your monster target the matchmaking begins and you are grouped with 3 other players to join the hunt. If the matchmaking takes too long you will be thrown into battle alone or with 1-2 more players.

Behemoths are amazingly created, have their own battle patterns and dynamically get tired and injured as the fight progresses. After you slay it you will be awarded with sever ingredients to craft new armor and weapons as well as upgrade the ones you already own.

This kind of gameplay can get kind of boring after some hours. Even though its progression and crafting systems are stellar, it needs a lot of grinding to get what you want. The gameplay gets repetitive as you have to slay the same Behemoths again and again to obtain ingredients.

However, the game is currently on Closed Beta so we might se some changes when it goes live. For what it’s worth, Dauntless is a fun to play and thrilling title so you might as well grab some friends and try it out when it releases.

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Processor: Intel Core i5-2390T 2.7GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 B25
Memory (RAM): 4 GB
Hard Disk Space: 24 GB
Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 660 TI / ATI Radeon R 370X

Good

  • Cool Craft and Upgrade System
  • Fast Paced Action Fights
  • Behemoths Act Tired And Injured

Bad

  • Laggy Town Hub
  • Repetitive Gameplay
  • Matchmaking throws you Battle Alone
7

Good

Katerina is currently a student in National Technical University of Athens as a Surveying Engineer. She was a gamer from early on, spending most days on Atari and NEO GEO emulators on her parents PC, furiously seeking her next favorite videogame. She truly realised her love for videogames when she became an adult though and from that moment on she wanted to make it her carreer by any means necessary. After having spent a few years in videogame journalism she came to believe that one day she will be the most famous videogame reviewer in existence.
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