It will take the combined efforts of two great warriors to explore menacing dungeons, overgrown ruins, and downtrodden towns … and discover the secrets of the Demon’s Forge.
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Release Date: May 30, 2011

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Powered by the Unreal 3 engine, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge™ is a fresh take on the classic fantasy game that delivers the intensity and action of a modern-day shooter. Taking control of either E’lara, a ranged weapon expert, or Caddoc, a master swordsman, you and your partner will descend into a dark and foreboding world for an unforgettable cooperative experience. As you travel deep within the world of Kala Moor, you will use a variety of deadly weapons, powerful spells, and cover tactics to face down wave after wave of vicious enemies. It will take the combined efforts of two great warriors to explore menacing dungeons, overgrown ruins, and downtrodden towns … and discover the secrets of the Demon’s Forge.

Key Features:

  • An Unreal Dark Fantasy: Powered by the Unreal 3 engine, the dark world of Hunted comes to life as a third-person fantasy game with the intensity and action of a modern-day shooter. Hunted boasts stunning visuals with breath-taking vistas and foreboding underground worlds.
  • Co-op at a Distance: Combine E’lara’s ranged attacks with Caddoc’s melee expertise to pull off gruesome co-op kill moves, perform special attacks, and heal one another from anywhere on the battlefield. The characters’ differing combat expertise allows a player’s strategy to vary from one play through to the next.
  • Descend into Dungeon Depths: Work with your co-op partner to discover hidden paths and solve the devious puzzles that block your way. Explore menacing dungeons, overgrown ruins, and terrorized towns to discover treasure and powerful upgrades.
  • Two Ways to Fight: Wade into the thick of the fight using deadly melee skills, or tactically use cover to dispatch hordes of creatures with bows and spells. Use powerful magic to boost your partner’s combat effectiveness and even the odds against increasingly formidable enemies.
  • Forge Your Own Levels: Create and share your own challenging dungeon designs with The Crucible, a powerful in-game editor that provides endless opportunities for exploration and battles for you and your friends.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core or better
    • Memory: 2 GB system RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 12 GB
    • Video Card: 512 MB video RAM or better (GeForce 9800 GTX or better/Radeon HD 4330 or better)
    • Sound: Windows compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB system RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 12 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5830
    • Sound: Windows compatible sound card
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dare
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Interesting art design, gameplay is unfortunately clunky and simply not fun. Thoroughly voice acted with banter, but writing is not great.
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Corva
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
I feel like Hunted: The Demon's Forge it's a slow burner. The more you play it, the more you enjoy it. There isn't much in this game that it's remarkable, but in all I can tell it's a good experience.
To put it short, its an action packed dungeon crawler. There are some puzzles and secrets, also you can "collect" Lore pieces, wich tell you the full backstory of the game once you gather them all. The interesting part about those lore pieces is hearing the story told by nobodies and simple people (often no so simple).

On sale its a total win, even if it isn't that expensive.
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Rei Ryghts
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
This game is a gem I just discovered in 2016, how is this game only $4.99? I got it for even less on GMG at around $2 and it's worth every penny. I definitely recommend this game.

Oh and E'lara best Grill.
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Urko
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
This was (played loads in 2011 before Steam) and still is an awesome hack n slash game, and even though 5 years old on highest settings can match some games of today for graphics.
Loads of upgrades together with good addictive bow/axe/sword etc action gameplay.

Varied array of enemies.
Endless monster slaying with the easy to use but powerful "Crucible" editor.
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Praetor2020
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Nothing about this game grabbed me at all. The characters were cardboard cut outs, the combat was clunky and bad. The story was non-existant.
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Shaam
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
THIS GAME IS DOPE SH!T !!!!!
11/10 for crawlers ^^
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dorian.haywater
( 28.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
There are so few good co-op games and this one was surprisingly fun!

Granted, there are a few problems and you need to stick with it for a little to get to the point where you are comfortable with the awkward combat system. The grafics are nothing special and neither is the story. But the voice acting is amazing and the banter between the two main characters made me crack up so hard my belly hurt (;

The two characters are carrying the game and are fantastic. The environments are varied and the way the two of them compliment each other in combat is really well done.
The creepy quest giver and the ominous substance which you have the choice to take and make your life easier or leave becaus eyou do not trust it (like me), actually manages to give some weight to the story.
It took me a few tries to get into this with my partner, but once we were hooked this was a stunning game with lots of variety and some not terrible puzzles and dungeons.
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Lowen264
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game makes me wish steam had a thumb to the side rating. As it stands now it gets a thumbs down. Might be fun with a friend but I wouldnt want anybody to buy this game because of me. I wouldn't exactly recommend this game to anyone, but if you're gifted it or get it in a humble bundle at least try playing it. Don't know if I will get around to beating it. If you're suffering from extreme boredom its better than watching Youtube videos all day.
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SpaceCouncil
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Teal Deer
  • Developers: inXile Entertainment
  • Publishers: Besthesda Softworks
  • Initial release: May 2011
  • Genre: Action, 3rd person shooter(TPS), Co-op
  • #Worth/NotWorth: #MedicoreAndBoringNotWorth
Exposition, Concurrence and Summation
I have a soft spot in my heart for certain B-tier action titles. Hunted seemed it would be that cheesy generic game that was so dumb it was endearing. Turns out, its just dumb.

Hunted is a cooperatively based action adventure. One female elf and one human male. I played it single player and made no attempt to see what it was like with another person. My guess is not much improved.

Mechanically, its poor; the ranged combat has trouble with hit detection and the melee combat feels sluggish.

Its linear, hallway into arena combat. Rinse an repeat. The voice acting is less than stellar. I swear to you I was less than 20 minutes in and the same audio had repeated 3 times. Another odd thing is the puzzles sometimes require a specific character to do them but you can't switch on the fly between them. You have to do it at a crystal and the game seems to make a big deal about it. Making some of the puzzles quite literally pointing and telling the AI to do it. The AI is also very fond of getting your way during combat. There is also some dialogue recorded for such instances when the characters end up smushing into one another that is VERY annoying and down right cringey.

THE GIST
I'm not sure why so many positive reviews. I mean, its at best functional. The story is immediately forgettable and the mechanics work to the degree that if you were to drop a bowling ball from considerable height, its likely to make a loud noise when dropped regardless of what surface it hits; but you probably don't want to hear that noise.


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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
This was (played loads in 2011 before Steam) and still is an awesome hack n slash game, and even though 5 years old on highest settings can match some games of today for graphics.
Loads of upgrades together with good addictive bow/axe/sword etc action gameplay.

Varied array of enemies.
Endless monster slaying with the easy to use but powerful "Crucible" editor.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
I feel like Hunted: The Demon's Forge it's a slow burner. The more you play it, the more you enjoy it. There isn't much in this game that it's remarkable, but in all I can tell it's a good experience.
To put it short, its an action packed dungeon crawler. There are some puzzles and secrets, also you can "collect" Lore pieces, wich tell you the full backstory of the game once you gather them all. The interesting part about those lore pieces is hearing the story told by nobodies and simple people (often no so simple).

On sale its a total win, even if it isn't that expensive.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
This game is a gem I just discovered in 2016, how is this game only $4.99? I got it for even less on GMG at around $2 and it's worth every penny. I definitely recommend this game.

Oh and E'lara best Grill.
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75 of 86 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Not many people have played this game...but it's actually quite good, and deserved more attention than it got. The interaction between the characters is strong, stronger than most, with each having more inward depth than your typical "action heroes" in fantasy, and E'lara especially is one ofthe few female elven characters who isn't simply a flighty songbird who needs help constantly, without going into the super-strong "I am a man with boobs" territory.
Gameplay is third person action/shooter, each character has a melee weapon with shield, and ranged weapon, with E'lara's ranged being stronger and Caddoc's melee being stronger. Melee is the weakest part of the gameplay, but the graphics, exploration and side quest aspects, character interaction, and general story is fairly strong. One or two quick sequences ruin parts of the game, like running from a giant spider where you only have a two second window to evade it or die instantly, and have to do multiple short sequences...
But it is otherwise a very good game, worth a playthrough, and Bethesda/Zenimax are one of the few publisher/developer combos worthy of your money anymore. From the people who brought you Elder Scrolls.
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68 of 76 people (89%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2015
A surprisingly good game. It's not amazing, but I would say it's very competent. It succeeds at accomplishing exactly what it aims to: Create a cool game with an interesting world and compelling co-op mechanics. The characters are intriguing and often funny. The game doesn't hand-hold much, especially on side quests. The game is difficult, punishingly so. This game will kick both your asses, and you will be so tempted to drink the sleg. I recommend against it.

Also wins the award for having a completely meaningless title. This game has nothing to do with being hunted or a demon's forge.
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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
What an epic underrated masterpiece.

If you're familiar with InXile games like Bard's Tale, you will feel right at home. Although the game lacks a bit on the graphics side, it's still charming and have a very well built and beautiful scenery. The very atmospheric aesthetic of the game is very pleasing and will make up for the sharp polygons and not so great textures. The gameplay is simple, solid and straight to the point, you can change between the two main characters from time to time. You can customize for magic or melee, and which type of each along the way, constructing a more ideal personal play style that you enjoy more. The dialogue in this game is simply amazing, very well crafted, character building is also great, the relationship between the two are very fun and funny to watch, and it doesn't get in the way of the gameplay, you don't need to stop playing to watch a boring 5 minutes cutscene all the time, the dialogue is short and well spaced in-between throughout the game and also happens as you play, really smart game design. The story is great and captivating, and the dark fantasy theme really draws you in into the game's lore. And depending of your playstyle and choices you make throughout the game, the ending veries, this is really, really cool.

The game feels epic and plays epic. The dialogues and superb voice acting will make a very fond memory. If you love the dark fantasy genre and good and fun combat mechanics and a smart game design in general, Hunted: The Demon's Forge will give you an epic time.
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55 of 65 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Hunted: The Demon’s Forge is an action hack and slash game. Developed by inXile Entertainment and published by Bethesda, releasing on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in Mid-2011.

Gameplay in Hunted can be done either single player or co-op, whether it is online, or split screen. You play as either E’lara or Caddoc. E’lara specialises in using range weapons whilst Caddoc is the sword and board of the pair. Both of the characters have access to casting spells but these play a smaller part in the combat than you would think due to mana constraints. The hack and slash type combat system is really fun, and the range combat is even better. As you kill enemies they will drop fragments of shards, collect enough shards and you will get a skill point. You can use the skill point to purchase new abilities and upgrade the abilities as well. By the end of the game you will more or less have all of the skills so it doesn’t matter too much which you pick initially. If you are playing the game solo, you have the option at checkpoints to change which character you are in control of. In general, the computer AI is fairly intuitive at using your partner, helping you in battle etc.

I played Hunted on 4k, with graphics ramped up to max, and it does look really good. The environments you are fighting in, the backdrops and character models all look very impressive. What I was a little let down by is the animation. It just seems to of been done very lazily, using the wrong animation at the wrong time, such as when you are moving through a narrow hole that has nothing above your head, the animation that is used, is clearly just the stock “Generic animation when moving through object” as the characters will show hand movements as if they are holding objects above their head. It just felt really sloppy and looked very unprofessional at times. Other than the animation, the visuals department of Hunted is better than average.

Whilst the game has voice acting, the male actor doesn’t quite hit the right notes for me. Feels very generic meat head style and sometimes the words don’t quite match up with the character’s mouth so again, an animation issue. E’lara’s voice actor is slightly better, but again the issue with animation crops up again. Sound effects for weapons are really good though. Soundtrack is somewhat forgettable, even now after just completing the game, no music seems to have stood and stuck in my head.

I started out the game on the medium difficulty level and found that to be too easy, so I restarted and put the difficulty on the max setting, and this really does give you a challenge. You really have to make use of every single potion drop, every ounce of mana and above all else, make use of your characters roll ability. I can’t help but think it would still have been really easy had I been playing with another person rather than the AI though.

Whilst you are exploring the dungeons, caves and fortresses, you will find weapon wracks, depending on which character you are in control of, if you destroy said weapon wrack, you will get a piece of loot which is relevant for your character, so E’lara will usually get a bow, and Caddoc will usually find a sword or shield. The looting aspect of the game is probably one of my favourites, because well; who doesn’t like loot in games? Whilst the weapons and armour don’t have massive amounts of variety on, you normally only get two stats. For your bow it is usually speed and damage, same for swords but you can also get armour plated shoulder pads which adds a bit extra armour stat on for your character.

I finished Hunted in just over nine hours. I found that to be an acceptable length, whilst I wasn’t bored at the end of the game, I didn’t have a craving for any more though. The story is bland and very forgettable. There is a small amount of character development, but because they are both so generic in their stereotypes, I found it very hard to care about either of them. There is a high replay ability factor with this game though. Having only played it on single player and I focused my time on using E’lara, I could quite easily replay the game and get a whole different experience just from using Caddoc. You can also get probably at least one more run throughout of the game on co-op mode too. So you can probably reach about 25 hours’ worth of content if you push it.

Technically, there were a few problems. Like I said above, I was playing on 4k resolution with graphics ramped up to max. Whilst playing I noticed there to be a significant stutter in the game when you are entering a new area. At first I thought it was purely a resolution thing, so I dropped it down to 1440p but it was still the same, so I tried again to 1080p and the stutter was still there. I even turned down all of the options to minimum and the stutter still existed. So to put it shortly, I am not sure what causes this stutter, given that you are changing areas quite frequently you will suffer from it a lot too. Another issue I had, was the camera when your character is sprinting, it just jolts up and down all over the place and actually gave me a head ache because of it. Luckily you don’t need to sprint that often thankfully.

To sum up, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge has some nicely presented game play and mediocre visuals. The story is forgettable and voice acting is on the poor side of the scale. Overall, it is merely just an average game. Yes it is 5 years old at this point so take all of this with that into consideration. If it weren’t for the fun game play, I would have put this down as a negative review, however I will purely just recommend Hunted: The Demon’s Forge for purchase only when on sale. The game is retailing at £9, 99 but there are much better games of this genre out there for that price.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2015
the negativity at this games release hailed from people expecting something neither the dev-team nor the publisher of this glorious dungeon-crawler-pearl never promised. people expected another open-world-rpg ala Fallout or Eldar Scrolls.
people saw "Bethesda" and simply jumped to conclousions.

that out of way:

Hunted is an amazing game.
it's visual quality holds up pretty good, even today. the art-direction is more a dark/gritty type of fantasy which looks a) fantastic and b) gives this game a more mature touch. in some aspects the art-direction reminds me of Gears of War...yes sounds strange...
Talking about Gears of War -> Hunted is pretty much a fantasy version of said game with more rpg-elements and loot.
Combat feels great, no matter if you're takin cover and shooting enemies from a distance, blasting them with spells or hacking/blocking in melee range controls are always responsive and feel fluid. which is a good thing, cause apart from solving some simple puzzles or listening to great npc-dialogue you will be fighting most of the time.
Inspite of the end-of-days Gears of War setting Hunted does feel like a classic dungeon-crawler come to live.

But what sets this game realy apart from a simple action-game with steller production quality is the way the game is set up. Your basicaly never alone, the premise is two people and the game sticks with it. the great thing about this is that the AI doesn't suck, yes sometimes (realy seldom) there's a little path-finding issue, but in general you "feel" like playing with a another person, no matter if it's combat, exploring or a riddle your team is solving.

The story centers on those two and is actualy not that bad, it's not the grand scheme of things which is important, but their relationship. you will chuckly hearing some their pockin at each other, you will feel attached to both after some time. especialy when playing singelplayer this game provides an amazing expierience simply from the fact of your companion. i've never played a game where my ai-companion felt that much alive/real and that is taking never Bioware games into account.


Overall:
-still realy good visuals
-fantastic soundtrack, great voiceover (english)
-tight controls, polished combat
-an interesting story, which is more suited for mature players, both mainchars are not "heroes" and they show a real lack of empathie for anyone but themselves (which is a fantastic setup and i did love it, but not suited for minors)
-an interesting gameworld and a great sense of exploring/dungeoncrawling
-in general a great sense of polish and budget
-one of the best integrations of an Ai-companion
-creat two player co-op (but since game-spy is down you will have to read up on gettin co-op started)

way underrated simply cause people expected something completly diffrent than the dev always promised. Hunted is like one of those great old-school arpgs, immersive stroy and gameplay but not sporting a open world setting.
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, this game is actually quite fun. It is definitely an entertaining Co-op bromance waiting to happen.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2013
I recomend this game to those couples who love dark fantasy worlds. Great gameplay and awesome storyline with sarcastic humor.
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