Hunted: The Demon's Forge

Dragon Tears, Deadstones, and Two Annoying Protagonists

Avoid eye contact with Hunted: The Demon's Forge. If you stare too long it's rumored to turn your heart to stone and your brain to mush.
Author: Scott Rodgers
Published: July 17, 2011
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Hunted: The Demon’s Forge is one of those under the radar games that no one really talks about. Truth be told when it came into the TPS compound I had no idea what exactly it was. I saw “Bethesda” on the box but knew it was developed by inXile Entertainment. The last I heard of them involved a little game called HEI$T which I was actually looking forward to before Codemasters cancelled the project. So really, I knew nothing about the game sans our very own Sam Bishop’s excellent previews. I’m a sucker for some co-op action, though, especially some that can be shared from the same couch, so I was looking forward to taking the game through its paces.

Even though I had no expectations for this game it managed to completely underwhelm me. I don’t toss this word out often, especially if I think something can be patched, but Hunted is completely broken. Items and enemies will float in mid air. Enemies will get caught inside of rocks, and because you have to completely clear out an area to advance, you’ll have to reload from a previous checkpoint and hope that one guy won’t get caught in a rock again. Execution attacks will see arrows fly, completely miss, yet an enemy’s head will explode. Playing through the single player is like walking through a gauntlet of terrible decisions.

E’lara (a no curve archer elf that the camera loves to show ass shots of) and Caddoc (a gritty, manly man who wields big swords and constantly calls her “woman”) have about zero redeeming traits between the two of them. When I first started the game I felt no attachment and didn’t care what happened to either of them and by the end I felt pretty much the exact same way. There are some funny lines of dialogue (such as Caddoc questioning our heroine’s wardrobe choice of cloth covering thong) but there are others that are cringe inducing. These two constantly try to one up each other and while it should come off as amusing most of the time it felt flat.
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