I've had this game in my list for quite a while now and finally decided I'd give it a try today..except I couldn't even get past the splash screens that the game starts with, so, after validating my files, trying 10 times in vain and checking the internet, I've stumbled upon the 'problem' ;
Multiplayer support was originally provided by Gamespy, which shut down on May 31, 2014. As a result, Hunted: The Demon's Forge can crash or freeze while it is searching for the Gamespy servers and waiting for them to respond.
The workaround which allows the game launch requires that players temporarily disable their internet connection before starting Hunted: The Demon's Forge. Once players have access to the main menu of the game, they may re-enable their internet connection.
And as thus, the game is rendered unplayable because I'll be damned to throw out my internet even if just for a minimum amount of time, and if, after all those years, this still isn't fixed, I doubt it will and as thus can be discarded.