Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Oct 7, 2019
    As it stands, I’d absolutely suggest checking out Dauntless if you haven’t done so already. It’s an easy access free-to-play title with crossplay built-in for all platforms and doesn’t immediately try to nickel-and-dime you to death with add-ons and other items. The stuff you can buy is purely cosmetic, and there are plenty of earnable options available without needing to spend anything upfront. Also, it’s really fun to play, and as a big Monster Hunter fan, it’s nice to have a viable alternative to spend time with.
  2. 90
    Dauntless comes bursting out of early access with one of the best, most original, and most polished games in the free-to-play space. With tons of content, amazing battles, a great matchmaking system, and endless room to grow, Dauntless is going to be around for a long, long time. Beyond highly recommended, Dauntless is compulsory, obligatory, required gaming.
  3. May 30, 2019
    It has a beautiful art style going for it and fun behemoth fights as well as weapon mechanics.
  4. May 31, 2019
    Dauntless is a surprising achievement not only for its insanely fun and accessible monster hunting action, but also for its seamless cross-platform multiplayer and non-intrusive free-to-play mechanics. Removing much of the supporting systems' complexity from games like Monster Hunter leaves a core that’s immensely fun to dive into for quick sessions or hours on end, even if the depth outside of combat and crafting is occasionally lacking.
  5. Jun 25, 2020
    Although hardly original in its premise, Dauntless offers an extremely fun and accessible take on the monster-hunting roleplaying game. It wastes no time in throwing you straight into the action and while easy to pick up there’s plenty of depth there for fans of the genre. What’s more Dauntless is completely free to play, gracefully sidestepping those annoying monetisation pitfalls we’re so used to seeing.
  6. 80
    We didn't think we'd end up enjoying a F2P Monster Hunter clone ever so the fact we do is a credit to Dauntless' enjoyable combat and thriving online player base.
  7. Jun 3, 2019
    The weapon variety and a mix of cool Behemoths to fight makes it one of the best free-to-play games that I’ve ever jumped into and I just love how the game doesn’t attack you with microtransactions. There’s a lot of value and fun to be had in Dauntless, especially considering the non-existent cost of entry.
  8. Jul 1, 2019
    A good free-to-play, with simple Monster Hunter gameplay element at its base, but only them.
  9. May 28, 2019
    There are definitely some things that the developers need to iron out, and should if they want to keep their impressive player base, but as it stands right now Dauntless has a very strong base that can be built upon moving forward. If you’re looking for a casual adventure to go on with or without your friends, building your character from the ground up, this is one to dip your toes in for sure.
  10. Jun 7, 2019
    As things stand today, Dauntless is still a promising game, crippled by some technical issues (there’s still an OB in the software version, after all), but enhanced by a great cross-play feature.
  11. Jun 3, 2019
    Dauntless is a great entry point to hunting games that is easily accessible to players who have yet to experience the thrill of the hunt.
  12. May 28, 2019
    Dauntless is clearly an experience that has been optimized to deliver the most stress-free multiplayer session possible. From the seamless crossplay to the way that anyone can hop into a game and confidently take up arms against formidable foes, it’s refreshingly accessible and looks great to boot. While it can feel a little empty, and there are bugs that mar the experience here and there, its fresh look and lively spark are more than enticing enough to warrant a spin.
  13. May 31, 2019
    Dauntless is a jolly little co-op hunting RPG buried under a mess of F2P jargon. There's some good fun to be had here, and players who fall in love with the action will have no problem putting down some money to thank the developers, but most will dip their toes into Dauntless, enjoy themselves for a bit, and then sit back and wait for the next Monster Hunter World expansion.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 130
  2. Negative: 83 out of 130
  1. Jun 2, 2019
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The game is very fun until you hit end game grinding. The servers are in poor condition to support the crossplay mechanic. Cartoon graphics! The game will never compare to #MonsterHunter! The devs promise fixes and updates on social media to gain public trust and glorification, but still have yet to deliver. Horeoic missions are soo aggressive, even the best players are scratching their heads in confusement wondering what happened after they fail.Most missions in heroic have very high latency, almost unplayable. Pc players reporting purchase errors, items not showing up in inventory after purchase. This is a development team that stole ideas from other games! Not a good way to start. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2019
    The Performance on console is very bad. The graphic is like fortnite but runs much worse it's stuttering and frame rate drops all over theThe Performance on console is very bad. The graphic is like fortnite but runs much worse it's stuttering and frame rate drops all over the place. Every question and complaint about console performance is ignored by the devs so I highly doubt this will get improved. MHW runs extremely better even though graphics are much better there as well. With graphics like Fortnite, Dauntless should also run 60fps. Full Review »
  3. May 23, 2019
    I will judge this game based on my experience and not wether it's F2P or not. First of all, there's stuff missing like a proper trophy listI will judge this game based on my experience and not wether it's F2P or not. First of all, there's stuff missing like a proper trophy list and a lock-on feature which takes away the enjoyment by a huge amount. Second, the framerate on PS4 Pro is laughable when going in with a team. It's almost stable when hunting alone, but when you're in a group of 4 I doubt it even reaches 20FPS. Lastly, the progression of the "premium" pass is a joke and the servers (of course) are a total **** mess.

    Overall it's pretty obvious that this game wasn't meant for Playstation and I'm not buying the "alpha","Beta" etc arguments. The microtransaction shop seems to work flawlessly so why isn't everything else? The only positive about these type of situations is the fact that they remind me why I hate online games.
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