One of the biggest surprises during PAX West cam in the form of Dauntless. This is an action co-op RPG where you and four other players head to a specific place to take down a monster. A good example would be if you Monster Hunter was a team effort. Phoenix Labs did a really awesome job of balancing out how everyone plays and what their roles are when conquering the beasts. In the demo, I got to play with one of the devs and two other players. While everyone else chose swords, I took a risk and went for the chain blades, because I’m a rebel and such.
Getting into Dauntless was easy, but figuring out how to take down the owl-bear like creature you see above was a challenge. A lot of what you do is run in, deal damage, and try not to get hit., Every creature have their own patterns of attack and they change depending on how badly they’re hurt. At first, he was just clawing at us, but once we injured him he started soaring and sending tornados our way. The game makes for a good combination of teamwork and strategy which made it awesome to team with people over. You can currently sign up for a closed beta of the game before it becomes a free-to-play title later this year. Oh, and when we were done, I had the most damage done in our team. Lesson learned, kids: sometimes don’t go with the obvious.