Dauntless, the online co-op monster hunting RPG is just over two years old, is on all platforms, and has garnered a big following with millions of players. Why is it so popular and what’s good about it? If you didn’t hear of Dauntless before this, it’s fine – here’s some reasons why you should check it out.
Excellent and Engaging Gameplay
The biggest compliment Dauntless deserves is that it’s managed to make it work. The entire premise of the game involves monster hunting, and players are allowed to jump straight into that without any prior content to slow you down. The tutorial teaches you pretty much all you need to know about the game. Combat is a strong point, it has weight and feels good when executing attacks. You have combos that can be unleashed using your left and right clicks. Holding down TAB will bring up the cheat sheet for attacks, so be sure to take a look at that. The hunts themselves are good fun. In Ramsgate – the main hub – where players gather to craft and group, you can get new weapons and tier them, before heading out on a hunt. The group hunts are incredibly fun, as the four of you get dropped on an isle to sniff out a Behemoth. The fight then can take up to 10 -15 minutes, depending on how geared you are, and it’s definitely engaging. Think of Dauntless as a free to play Monster Hunter World.
Phoenix Labs, the studio behind Dauntless, are made up of former developers from games like Bioware, Bethesda, Riot Games and Carbine Studios. The various influences are definitely on display, and the visuals are easy to like. The game has a very ‘cartoon’ feel to it, that will remind you of other MMO’s like the now defunct Wildstar, the legendary World of Warcraft and even Fortnight. What impressed me with the game’s presentation is that it does have some intro story that have cinematic cutscenes and even voice acting. The whole new player package was done really well which always helps.
Free To Play
Perhaps one of the best things about Dauntless is that it is completely free to play. Players can begin their behemoth hunting journeys as Slayers without spending a single cent. With so many monsters to slay, and equipment to grab plus skins to unlock, that’s hours of gameplay time to sink your teeth into. However, the game also has Seasonal Passes that you can purchase should you want more exclusive stuff, but that’s entirely optional. Over the span of a year, plenty of improvements have also come to the game. These include quality of life changes and more which is only a good thing for new players jumping into Dauntless in 2021. Overall, if you want a solid alternative to Monster Hunter: World that won’t cost you a penny, has plenty of players in addition to being accessible on multiple platforms, then give Dauntless a shot.