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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Free-to-play tale uses microtransactions to enhance play.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+


Play Monster Hunter. Cause this is just a clone of that but after 10h it gets boring as you are just replaying all the monsters at slightly higher level. Monster Hunter: World is free on Xbox game pass and I’d much rather play that than this. However, with Monster Hunter’s more mature themes and Dauntless’s ease of play, this might be the ticket for young tweens.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 8+

I play this game with my son and it is great

first I want to say that commence has consumerism at 4 out of 5 which I think is crazy it should only be at 2 or 3 out of 5. But like I said in the title I play it with my son and we have a blast working together to take down behemoths . I am not a big fan of shooters because you shoot other people just trying to have fun playing a game but you can even hurt your team so you just work together to save the world. I think this dauntless is great for kids that just want to try a new game for free.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Whie enjoyable for a time, games don't get much more repetitive than this action-RPG (role-playing game). Dauntless has players hunting monsters, crafting new gear and items with the resources they've collected, then doing it all over again. Before each hunt you're informed of your prey's strengths and weaknesses, giving you a chance to select appropriate weapons and armor. Attacking is simply a matter of choosing between weak and strong attacks and using a handful of special abilities. That's not to say battles are always easy -- you'll need to learn enemy patterns as well as how to cooperate with your party -- but it's unlikely many players will quit out of frustration at not being able to figure out what to do. This is about as uncomplicated as action role-playing games get.

It's blissfully easy to join random players on hunts whenever you need to, but whether these players will work together is a crapshoot. There's a chance that you'll start a battle with a behemoth while everyone else is off gathering plants and rocks, leaving you to get beaten silly until they arrive. Players who group up with good friends will have a lot more fun as they progress together, strategizing and chatting with one another along the way. But the biggest issue for many will be the microtransaction system. While it's possible to play without spending a dime, paying money gives notable advantages, such as speeding up the time it takes to fuse cells (special boosts attached to weapons and gear) and earning better rewards for progressing through Hunt pass tiers. These artificial barriers could prove frustrating for some players, especially if their friends are spending money and progressing more quickly. Dauntless checks off the boxes of a competent free-to-play RPG without adding anything radically new to the mix. Chances are, your enjoyment will come down to whether your friends are playing and how much you're willing to spend to improve the experience.

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