It is time once again to ask the most important question to gamers when it comes to their hobby this weekend: Whatcha’ Playin’?
Not only is it the weekend, but for many people it is a three day weekend as we near Memorial Day. As much as my days will be filled with outdoor activities, my evenings will be filled with sweet, sweet gaming.
Normally I come with three different titles, but I’m so addicted to this game that I’m only bringing one this weekend.
I had very low expectations for this game, but was immediately proved wrong on my first hands on with it. This is essentially a Monster Hunter experience that is free to play, while being far more accessible than the series it takes inspiration from.
There are a number of things that make this game a true addiction for me. First and foremost I love the Fortnite-esque blocky characters and colorful graphics. Everything is big, bold, bright, and reminds me of something like a more pronounced cartoon style of World of Warcraft. You’ll either love or hate that, depending on your taste, but for yours truly I vastly prefer it to the more realistic looking Monster Hunter World.
The title also sheds the difficulties that plague Monster Hunter, namely the complexity and often inscrutable, numerous, menu screens. Instead Dauntless’ menus are all really easy to read and understand, all of it as big and bold as the character’s designs. That makes the game so much easier to get into, as I can quickly decipher everything going on. Monster Hunter World went a long way towards easing this complexity, but even after 100 hours in the game I still wasn’t sure what entire sets of the game did.
Most importantly the game is extremely fun to play and constantly offers you rewards for just about anything you want to do. Armor and weapon crafting happens quickly enough that you constantly have that carrot-on-a-stick, but to craft the highest level of them you’ll still need to grind those monsters. It allows us to have the best of both worlds. In addition every single weapon is wildly different and a blast to play, while also not needing 6 or 7 hours of tutorial and watching YouTube videos to learn how to properly use it.
I’ll see you out there Slayers!
So what are you planning to play this weekend? Are you also fighting the Behemoths in the world of Dauntless? What other plans do you have?
Have a great weekend!