Preview: Dauntless Open Beta (PC)

Dauntless is a co-op action RPG coming to PC in 2018. Battle ferocious Behemoths, craft powerful weapons and forge your legend in the Shattered Isles.

Pros:

  • Really nice chunky graphics.
  • Controller support.
  • In engine cutscenes.
  • The opening tutorial area then one for the hub.
  • Graphics option- v-sync, presets, custom sliders, AA, resolution and scale slider.
  • Responsive rigid controls.
  • Monster Hunter esque gameplay.
  • ARPG game.
  • Choice of three starting weapons- Sword, Hammer or chain blades.
  • Ramsgate- Hub world that houses blacksmith, armor, apothecary, quests and more.
  • Character creator- Choose ancestors then its all sliders and options for everything from eye size to hairstyles and eyebrows.
  • Hunts- Online or private.
  • End of hunt breakdown- You get one rank for the team showing time etc then you get a personal breakdown of your individual rank.
  • Skills easily transfer over from Monster Hunter.
  • Noticeboard- Shows the map with all unlocked locations. Can do this from the pause menu mind.
  • Four player co-op. No friendly fire.
  • Character customisation part 2- Banner, Sigil, Emotes, flares and arrival animation.
  • Party management system.
  • Menu for showing all combos and attacks for your weapons.
  • Pick up resources in hunts for crafting potions etc.
  • The cool opening cutscene before each hunt.
  • Can break parts off/cut the tail off these Behemoths for bonus crafting parts.
  • Stamina system.
  • The Behemoths can damage the environment.
  • Reputation- Earn EXP fro quests and rank up to unlock rewards. Possible to have multiple reputation bars going at once as you work for other people.
  • Dye- Can change the color of individual parts on armor.
  • Transmog- Mimic the appearance of an item from your inventory but keep the stats.
  • Decent pacing as it introduces the different hunt types, Gear, and general play.
  • Easy to grasp concepts thanks to a more streamlined experience like the UI, Signposting.
  • Ongoing pop-ups for help.
  • Some very well designed Behemoth AI.
  • Damage numbers pop up on screen.
  • You see your own resources in level so fear not.
  • Loads of fun.
  • Points on the map can aid you in moving fast or jumping up high mountains.
  • Addictive.
  • Unlock and craft new gear after fighting new monsters.
  • Instantly jump between mouse and controller.
  • Lush environments.
  • Fast in your face action.
  • Replay a zone and pick your target and see the rewards. Outside of that, you can do free hunts where its random as to who you see.
  • Excellent helpful community.
  • Fast matchmaking.
  • Guild support.
  • Very open dev in terms of keeping all players up to date on patches and news.
  • Lanter- Popping this will help you locate the Behemoth.

Cons:

  • No benchmark test.
  • The controller doesn’t work on all menus.
  • Server issues- But due to its open beta infancy.
  • Audio would sometimes drop out.
  • No Behemoth carving.
  • Finishing a hunt is anti-climatic as all you get is “So and so is slain”. Whereas when you finish the tutorial hunt you get a cool death cutscene.
  • Mouse cursor stays on the screen.
  • No in zone map whether it is a large or minimap.
  • Fights are not as tactical or epic as other games. Or I should say they are but it is a long way off.
  • Meeting players is easy but keeping in contact them is long-winded.

Conclusion:

Dauntless is so much fun you cannot help but get sucked into the amazing world. Ok so it sounds and looks a bit like Monster Hunter but here is where it really differs…It is much more accessible and streamlines the genre even more than Monster Hunter World does. Yes, it streamlines it so much that it could be accused of being basic and more of an arena battler but seriously its the atmosphere, The constant drip-feed of new gear, Epic Behemoths to encounter and some gorgeous locations that keep you in the game. Basic or not it makes the genre better for new players and you will be damn right shocked at how easy it is to get into. It is in free open beta now so do yourself a favor and give it a try! Here is a link for you so you can save your energy for hunting. Link

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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