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Dauntless Looks Boring

I was really excited to get home today and watch some of the people streaming Dauntless. Dauntless can now be streamed by people who buy into the really expensive Alpha. I mean really, look at the prices. I’m going to vent about this for a second before I get to my main subject.

Only the $80 pack lets you in today. The other two are September 1. Alpha to closed beta, planned less than a month apart. PLANNED people. This isn’t a real alpha test. This isn’t development. This is marketing. Ugh, it’s a pet peeve of mine. Like they know when they’re leaving alpha in such a prescribed fashion. Then the game goes free-to-play at launch. Really? Come on guys.

Regardless of the scummy pricing model, I was saddened to see that Dauntless looks really boring. I was really hoping for this stylized epic hunting adventure, but it’s in rough shape.

First, it’s so repetitive in animation and gameplay. It’s just wailing constantly on mobs. I watched 4 hours of Twitch (while doing other stuff on my other monitor). If it changes after 4 hours, I’d be shocked. So far everything the streamers are playing looks the same.

Second, the audio sounds bad. Lots of squealing high-pitch mobs and weapons making contact with enemies began to sound like nails on a chalk board. I had to mute the streams to keep watching.

Visually — environmentally — I like the art style. The interface and animations leave much to be desired.

Based on what I saw, this marketing beta backfired big time. I won’t be picking up Dauntless. For being a Monster Hunter-like, I’ll skip and wait for the real thing.

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Norfen - August 20, 2017

I can’t disagree more with the majority of your points. Yes you can buy in to play now for $80, but I can’t stress enough that if what you have read/seen about the game doesn’t interest you, then don’t pay! If you choose to buy in now, you aren’t buying in to play, you are helping fund a developer that you believe in and as a reward you get to play early.

I am not finding the game boring at all, and I have been playing it with friends since Friday evening. True, I probably wouldn’t get the same enjoyment out of it playing solo, but I am enjoying it a lot. I’ve been waiting for a Monster Hunter style game on PC for a while now, and for me, Phoenix Labs are providing that. It still has bugs, and the UI is rough around the edges, but it I think it shows a lot of promise.

Not sure what you mean by bad audio? I think the audio is great, the music fits well with the genre, and the sound effects are immersive and provide satisfying combat feedback.

Your point on interface, I totally agree it needs some work as I said above it is rough around the edges. I don’t think the UI detracts from the gameplay though, only the city hub feels clunky UI wise. I don’t really see a problem with the animations either, the only weirdness I’ve seen is if running back and forward in an unrealistic manner.

I hope this hasn’t come across as me being salty, because I am definitely not the “fanboy” type who feels compelled to defend the games they play. I am just putting forward the opinion I have of the game in its current state.

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    Keen - August 20, 2017

    I appreciate your take.

    I can see and appreciate the side of the argument that says buying into a founders pack is done so to support a developer. I have done that a few times now. Sadly, I think each time bit me in the ass. But that doesn’t change -why- I did it.

    I have also been waiting for a Monster Hunter style game on PC. I feel like so far they’ve only been (truly) on the handheld devices. After watching hours and hours of Dauntless, I’ll be waiting for Monster Hunter World.

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Drathmar - August 22, 2017

I have also been playing, since Saturday for me, and I am finding it a lot of fun. I can see where it would be repetitive to watch, but then again so is watching monster hunter or any of that style of game.

Either way I bought the founders pack to support the development, and I don’t regret it. As Norfen said, there are still bugs and the UI needs work. Not to mention it definitely needs optimized, but it’s still a super fun experience. And to me, the feel of it is very much like monster hunter in the way you fight and pacing of them.

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