Dauntless

Dauntless for Windows

A co-op RPG game fighting mythical monsters

Dauntless is an open sandbox game where your job is to destroy the monsters that roam the land and try to understand why they are spawning at a faster rate. The behemoth monsters you destroy will often use elemental attacks and are very difficult to destroy alone.

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PROS

  • Scene changes differ more broadly than in similar games
  • The behemoth modelling is both original and creative

CONS

  • Textures rely on shading rather than detail
  • More playable-character variety is needed

Dauntless is an open sandbox game where your job is to destroy the monsters that roam the land and try to understand why they are spawning at a faster rate. The behemoth monsters you destroy will often use elemental attacks and are very difficult to destroy alone.

The freedom to roam and slay

Dauntless is a co-op game set in your typical old-fashioned land where swords and armour are king. However, you complete quests and fight creatively-built monsters without the over-the-top flashy action of Divinity Original Sin, and without the enthusiasm-sapping levelling system you see with Witcher 3. The most notable difference from modern RPG are the graphics and graphic design, which are (dare one say) pretty. Backgrounds look almost like watercolour paintings, and the refractive and reflective tint of the monsters comes close to beautiful. In truth, such a design was probably chosen because it was cheaper to produce than photo-realistic graphics, but this design style has the sweet side-effect of allowing different scenes and different monsters to vary more wildly than they may do if photo-realistic graphics were employed. For example, a behemoth with blue spikes on its back looks fine in this game, but it may look silly if it were dropped in the photo-realistic world of modern COD games.

Worth a try for RPG fans

The monsters you fight are straight out of the handbook of Pokemon gaming design. Instead of going for the usual dragon, giant spider, or flying harpy, the monsters look like they were created in a Spores workshop with a hint of Jurassic Park and Doom thrown in for good measure. If you are tired of fighting mythical creatures in RPGs, then Dauntless is a breath of fresh air. It is no surprise that a co-op game such as this came along. The success of Left 4 Dead 2, and the lesser success of co-op RPGs like Sacred and Sacred 2, show that there is a market for co-op RPGs outside of World Of Warcraft. If you are tired of the same old melee-fighting RPG, then Dauntless may offer a much-needed change.

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