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

    • 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
    • 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
An entertaining dark fantasy hack and slash shoot em up. You follow a duo of mercenaries - E'lara, a rather scantily dressed elf with sick bow skills, and Caddoc, a buff-looking guy who loves to fight upclose and personal. Each one has their own style of fighting, with E'lara having a preference for ranged combat and Caddoc melee combat. The game lets you swap between them, so you can try them both out at various times and eventually settle for whoever you enjoy playing as more. Only thing I don't quite understand is that you can't swap between them whenever you want. Usually in games of this nature, the swapping is done at the press of a button, but here you can only swap when interacting with specific shrines.

The combat is pretty fun and is very abundant. There is some variety in enemies and challenges presented and some fairly interesting boss fights. As you get through the game, you can learn some special skills too by unlocking them with magical crystals that you find in your travels. E'lara mostly has different types of arrows (exploding arrow, freezing arrow, and armour-piercing arrow), and Caddoc has brawl specials (powerful ramming, rage mode, and levitating enemies), and in addition to that, both can also learn various forms of magical spells.

The story is ok, and though there are a few twists and turns present, it's mostly on the background and just gets you travelling between the locations and change the scenery. So if you're looking for a narrative-driven experience, you might be disappointed, but if you enjoy some fast-paced fighting with plenty of one-liners and witty dialogue exchanges, then you should enjoy it.

Visuals, presentation, music, and voice acting are all pretty good and do their job. I think the whole setting is done pretty well. It's what you'd expect from a dark fantasy. Lots of grim-looking and ominous locations and horrendous (in a good way) creature designs. The levels are straight-forward and linear for the most part. There are occasionally interesting puzzles thrown in as well which change the pace a bit and get you exploring the area a bit.

Overall I'd recommend this game. It's a fun way to spend a few hours and unwind. No over-complex mechanics or difficult decisions. Just fight some enemies, listen to witty dialogue, and enjoy the ride.
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84 of 96 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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67 of 76 people (88%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
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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55 of 59 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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60 of 69 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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72 of 92 people (78%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Bought game for Co-Op.
Co-Op is discontinued.
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45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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.

-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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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.5 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 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
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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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2014

+ liked the presentation, some good graphics
+ good leveling system, some nice abilities to use (other than your sword to hack and slash !)
+ some nice puzzles, sidequests given by the dead feel interesting
+ good story in a dark fantasy setting

- hack and slash has been done much better
- level design could be better
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2.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
So this is basically Gears of Dungeons & dragons.

if you like action games, great shooting mechanics, decent melee (i honestly just stink at it i think) Ive only played Caddoc once, I prefer the Elf as using the bow is really tight knit, controls are good. the Setting, I think is really good. I especially like the first level, after the tutorial. Speaking of which, the action is constant, you may spend a mere 45 seconds checking corners and and looking for secrets. the inbetween scenes of levels are seemless, to me at least. cutscene to game, load times are super short, good auto save. on top of that, the partner A.i. is the worst ever. I mean so far hes only taken one thing from a weapon rack. I dont even know what it was. since that moment i got worried about it but hes never done it since. anyways...

look mates. the game is flippin 5 dollars. and 2 hours is more than enough time to decide if youll play it or refund it. You have so little to lose here an a great solid action game to gain.
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IRoNiC beATz
3.5 hrs
Posted: October 20
I really like fantasy/medieval styled games, they just are so right to me and I had never heard of this game until I saw it in my que one day. I looked at it and decided to buy it with my brother cause it looked sick. It's awesome. Co-op makes the game super enjoyable, even though it doesn't work sometimes, but yeah. The combat isn't repetitive, just difficult with lots of enemies. For some reason the game has really big difficulty spikes that make you hurt until finally you figured out how to deal with it. Once you get how te game works and how to counter the different enemie, you are all set. The ranged combat plays almost like resident evil revelations, just the way the movement and camera works, and melee combat is similar to darksouls. It is definitly worth the $6 or whatever it's and is quite fun to play.
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11.6 hrs
Posted: October 19
12 hours of fun
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16.1 hrs
Posted: October 16
I am very pleasantly surprised by this game. So much so, that I feel comfortable giving it a positive riview despite the fact that I have not gotten so far into the game.

While the graphics were not above average even when it was published, this is only a minor flaw, outshined greatly by the story and character. The two protaganists are fun to listen to interact, and are thankfully not the standard fantasy trope of wild yet wise elf and impulsive yet stoic human. Caddoc (human) and E'lara (elf) almost give the impression of an affectionate married couple, bickering good-naturedly with one another yet always supportive. The characters are flawed, real, and interesting. Few games do character interaction better. The story is darker and grimier than most fantasy, which contrasts nicely with the character's general optimism. The player is given the impression that if the characters were not so, that the darkness would swallow them up.

The game does not have heavy RPG elements, but what there is have been done competently. The voice acting is done well.

The control scheme leaves a bit to be desired, and navigating menus is clunky. If you enjoy lore scraps in the vein of Dark Souls or Victor Vran, this is the game for you; however, certain 'entries' such as monster lore appear to one-time shots with no way to go back and view after the first time, and it is easy to miss it entirely.

Hunted is well worth the purchase, particularly at its current price point.
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21.6 hrs
Posted: October 10
Best adventure game to play with gf/bf on a lan party !
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16.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
cool game....
entertaining and fun. Just got this the other day and im happy i got to play it. Never saw it when it came out**
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13.0 hrs
Posted: September 20
Good concept, terrible execution.

There are so many bugs in this game I'm surprised the male lead character hasn't killed himself.
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17.0 hrs
Posted: September 16
Buy this game and you will be saying "Thats the best 5 bucks I ever spent" It is surprisingly good. I normally avoid girls with elf ears, but she is kinda hot.
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Da name's Baker, Jack Baker
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 8
I might play it more to give it a more well-rounded review, but my first 20 minutes yielded:

Extremely shallow western-fantasy tripe with butt ugly, listless art direction and music. The dialogue was very amateur western-fantasy tripe with nothing but freshman snark upon snark (read: may be fun/funny for those whose primary language isn't English). The engine feels cobbled together. Vsync doens't work correctly. You can hack 'n' slash 'n' shoot, but it's just mashy with super generous lock-on auto-aim. You can turn the auto-aim off in the options, which would probably be best for m&k players.

The only positive I can say is that the overall plot seemed promising in a b-movie kind of way.

I know this game was anticipated by many, but I just can't recommend it.

Uses Gamespy for multiplayer.
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