"Hunted is running through dungeon, killing monster with really cool swords, really cool weapons and amazing spells and magic special effects. It's a modern, co-op, cover-based, action game set in a rich dark fantasy world." - Matt Findley, President of InXile Entertainment.
Although Hunted: The Demon's Forge seems flawed and lack of polish in many many ways on the surface because its developer was focusing on the other bigger and more anticipated title of theirs, what the core of Hunted: Demon's Forge capable of delivering are still considered the best by many co-op game players and dungeon crawlers across the world.
There are many dungeon games out there, but none of them is quite like Hunted. Hunted has pretty much all the good traditions and classic elements of old school dungeon game such as riddles to solve, secret areas to explore and the enemies that dungeon fans would expect to encouner. But with a big guy with sword, elven lady with bow and vicious creatures like minotaur and dragon, Hunted instead of being just a big cliché all over again, it is rather more like mixing these clichés together in a dark fantasy world then throw it back onto your head through the qualities of modern platforms and human designs.
After all, Hunted may far from perfection in terms of presentation, bug-free, PC optimization, gameplay diversity and replayability. But this is also exactly why the sequel of it will be so promising and worthy after we saw how these things together turns out in the actual gameplay of Hunted. And I simply can't wait a better sequel that unfold the up coming journey of our lovely mercenary pair... or - perhaps more like couple in blood, sweat and sarcasms.
- For in-game actions: 8 out of 10. Even through the yet perfect and limited combat system, you can still tell that's how the fast-paced hack and slash melee actions should be like in a thirdperson game. And as for bow and arrow, casting devastating magics and the boob jiggles whenever she bend over to pick up the money, those are extras. *Sorry, no button smashing during cutscene and slow motion.
- For overall presentation quality: 6+1 out of 10 *Small details in the environment may proves to be raw and under polished. But the voice lines as well as the interactions between our couple tend to make you giggle and care less about these tiny picky unatisfactions.
- Sequel anticipation: 10 out of 9. Sometimes knowing the potential of it is not enough. But knowing what InXile Entertainment is capable of by seeing their making of this game on Youtube definitely clear the clouds in my head.