Hunted: The Demon’s Forge PS3

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge is a third person RPG style game that really excels at co-op play but hints at greatness for single player gaming that can be annoying at times.

Graphics & Audio: 16/25,
Gameplay: 18/25, 
Creativity 16/25,
Fun 18/25 

Total: 68/100

Hunted: The Demon's Forge

Hunted: The Demons Forge is an action game with RPG and third person shooter features for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC systems from inXile and Bethesda Softworks. The game really works best as a coop game but you can easily play it as a single player action game without too many problems.

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge uses a coop mode where you can play with an either or style jumping between two characters or a coop mode with two players at the same time. The split screen mode is kind of annoying so playing the coop mode with someone else will be dependent on finding someone online or using a LAN connection.

I did not check out the game using split screen, LAN or coop options because you have to find a constant partner to play with and save the game together. You have to start the game and play from chapter beginnings as a team when you do play coop so if you are getting Hunted: The Demon’s Forge for coop play take into account of having someone else to play with.

Single player was fine as far as things went but this seems to be a very dated game or too a long time in development, the graphics and gameplay, well everything seems a couple years old. My biggest complaint and probably most of the reviews I have read say the same thing, it is an older game just freshly released.

Demon’s Forge has you playing either a large breasted E’lara who specializes in archery or big muscled Caddoc who is the sword swinging bad guy. Throughout the game you will be switching between these characters by touching an obelisk that is at the beginnings of chapters.

During single player gaming this is the only way to switch back and forth so for those wanting to hop between characters at will during gaming is out of luck. You can try going onward as one character and when you find the other character would be better just killing yourself and starting the area over is your only option.

You can save you partner whether AI controlled or a real player using healing vials and magic spells which both can use that are collected and learned throughout the game. This brings the RPG genre to the game with both character development using items like better bows and swords as well as learning spells.

The game gives you a good variety of new weapons and I never ran out of arrows but I did run out of healing potions too often but this just makes you more careful. The game puts enough difficulty into the game using tough boss fights but overall the main difficulty is the numerous enemies they throw at you.

The AI is not all that good as mostly you get skeletons that pop up and down from cover as they try to shoot you but when there are ten or fifteen at a time things get exciting fast. Using a single character to fight makes things tough as the computer controlled character fighting alongside you is not all that good for much other than getting killed or distracting enemies for a minute.

The game feels much like a few games I have played a couple years ago such as Gears of War with its classic cover system but with the lesser graphics. The graphics and character animation in both the cut scenes and the general gameplay look like games I played years ago as well and just feel too dated.

Actually while graphics and audio are alright, definitely playable, they do have the look and feel of a game a couple of years old instead of a modern third person shooter. Magic and effects look good but everything works well enough overall for a decent game that is different enough for some fun.

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge is one of those games that is going to go down in obscurity as it does not really stand out in any way but also is not bad enough to forget completely. Hunted: The Demon’s Forge is a decent enough game if you’re interested in coop or dungeon crawler third person shooters but really excels at coop play according to many reviews for the coop gameplay.

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