Hunted: The Demon's Forge

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Hunted: The Demon's Forge
Hunted the Demons Forge cover.png
Developer(s) inXile Entertainment
Publisher(s) Bethesda Softworks
Composer(s) Kevin Riepl[1]
Engine Unreal Engine 3
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release
  • NA: May 30, 2011 (Steam)
  • NA: May 31, 2011 (Retail)
  • AU: June 2, 2011
  • EU: June 3, 2011
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Hunted: The Demon's Forge is an action game set in a dark fantasy world. The game was developed by inXile Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

The game features co-operative multiplayer with online, splitscreen, and LAN options. E'lara is able to use a bow and small weapons, while Caddoc wields larger melee weapons, as well as a crossbow. Players have the option to explore large areas. Players are able to use spells to help in combat.[2]

The game supports cross-regional co-operative play on all platforms, but the random match-making feature is regional on PC and PlayStation 3, and cross-regional on Xbox 360.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Two mercenaries in battle, E'lara and Caddoc, go searching for a mysterious artifact about which Caddoc had a vision, but events grow out of hand and the companions become wrapped up in a chain of events involving demons, the orc-like Wargar, and a sorceress named Seraphine.[2]

Development[edit]

Hunted: The Demon's Forge shares a similar title and fantasy setting with Brian Fargo's first widely distributed game, his self-published 1981 graphical text adventure The Demon's Forge.[5]

inXile Entertainment's President Matt Findley said that Hunted: The Demon's Forge's game mechanics are mainly based on his team's own experience playing co-op games and the resulting stream of ideas on how to improve the genre step-by-step.[6] Findley's personal criticism towards similar co-op titles is that the general definition of co-op has sunk "to allowing two players to play together". "We're co-op in that all of our special skills and abilities are designed to make you work together," Findley added later in the interview.

Before the game's release, Findley stated that a sequel and continuing series would happen if the first game saw enough commercial success. Many ideas were not used, and they would improve the co-op mode in sequels. The next installment would not necessarily be a sequel, but possibly a prequel or new story set in the same world with different characters.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS3 Xbox 360
Destructoid N/A N/A 6.5/10[7]
Eurogamer N/A N/A 7/10[8]
Game Informer N/A 6/10[9] 6/10[9]
GamePro N/A 3/5 stars[10] 3/5 stars[10]
Game Revolution C[11] C[11] C[11]
GameSpot 4.5/10[12] 5/10[13] 5/10[13]
GameSpy N/A 3/5 stars[14] 3/5 stars[14]
GameTrailers N/A N/A 5.6/10[15]
GameZone 5/10[16] 5/10[16] 5/10[16]
IGN 6/10[17] 6/10[17] 6/10[17]
Joystiq N/A N/A 3.5/5 stars[18]
OXM (US) N/A N/A 6.5/10[19]
PC Gamer (US) 68%[20] N/A N/A
PSM N/A 5/10[21] N/A
The Daily Telegraph N/A N/A 6/10[22]
The Escapist N/A N/A 3.5/5 stars[23]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 61/100[24] 57/100[25] 61/100[26]

Hunted: The Demon's Forge received "mixed" reviews on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[24][25][26]

The Escapist gave the Xbox 360 version three stars out of five and said, "Good for a quick and fun diversion, Hunted is far from the perfect coop game or fantasy dungeon crawl, but the storytelling almost makes up for it. Almost."[23] Digital Spy gave the same version three stars out of five, stating that "the muddy graphics and frequently questionable design choices make the campaign sometimes feel like a chore."[27] The Daily Telegraph gave said version a similar score of six out of ten and said it was "a decent enough game to play through, but certainly one you'll forget in a hurry. It's the kind of game perfect for a lull in gaming when there's nothing else left, and you fancy something disposable but enjoyable."[22] Edge gave the console version six out of ten and said, "Like a horse swishing its tail with futile persistence, Hunted never manages to rid itself of bugs."[28] However, The A.V. Club gave the same version a C and stated that the problem with the game is that "It thinks ham-fisted cooperation is indistinguishable from effortless cooperation. Any two people playing together know better."[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN Staff (23 May 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge Soundtrack Composed By Kevin Riepl". IGN. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Sophia Tong (4 May 2010). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge First Look". GameSpot. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Gstaff (26 May 2011). "Hunted online multiplayer co op 1". Bethesda Software Forums. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Gstaff (31 May 2011). "Hunted online multiplayer co op 2". Bethesda Software Forums. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Craddock, David (2013-10-30). "Gamasutra: David Craddock's Blog - "Stay Awhile and Listen - Book I" Bonus Chapter: An Interview with Brian Fargo". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  6. ^ Vlad Micu (September 8, 2010). "Inxile Entertainment’s Matt Findley on Hunted: The Demon’s Forge and taking the next step in co-op games". Gamesauce Media. 
  7. ^ Jim Sterling (4 June 2011). "Review: Hunted: The Demon's Forge (X360)". Destructoid. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Tom Bramwell (2 June 2011). "Hunter: The Demon's Forge (Xbox 360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Jeff Cork (2 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge (PS3, X360): A Broadsword Swing, And A Miss". Game Informer. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Eric Neigher (7 June 2011). "Review: Hunted: The Demon's Forge (360/PS3)". GamePro. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c danielrbischoff (21 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Kevin VanOrd (3 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Kevin VanOrd (3 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge Review (PS3, X360)". GameSpot. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Andrew Hayward (3 June 2011). "GameSpy: Hunted: The Demon's Forge Review (PS3, X360)". GameSpy. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Hunted: The Demon's Forge Review (X360)". GameTrailers. 16 June 2011. Archived from the original on March 27, 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c Dan Liebman (28 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c Ryan Clements (3 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge Review". IGN. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Griffin McElroy (1 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge review: A streamlined slaughter (X360)". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  19. ^ "Hunted: The Demon's Forge". Official Xbox Magazine: 85. September 2011. 
  20. ^ Richard Cobbett (17 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  21. ^ "Review: Hunted: The Demon's Forge". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 85. August 2011. 
  22. ^ a b Ashton Raze (14 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge review (X360)". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  23. ^ a b Greg Tito (9 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge Review (X360)". The Escapist. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Hunted: The Demon's Forge for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Hunted: The Demon's Forge for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "Hunted: The Demon's Forge for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  27. ^ Andrew Laughlin (10 June 2011). "'Hunted: The Demon's Forge' (Xbox 360)". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  28. ^ Edge staff (10 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge review [Incomplete] (X360)". Edge. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  29. ^ David Wolinsky (6 June 2011). "Hunted: The Demon's Forge (X360)". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 

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