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3.4 out of 5 stars
3.4 out of 5 stars
Hunted: The Demon's Forge (PS3)
Price:£9.99+ £3.99 shipping

VINE VOICEon 16 June 2011
Pedestrian. Completely and utterly pedestrian. That's the only way I can think of to describe this game. It isn't bad in any REAL way, but everything about it feels so by-the-numbers and unexciting that I had trouble maintaining my interest as I progressed through.

The story, such as it is, focuses on a couple of mercenaries, hulking man-brute Caddoc and scantily clad elf woman Elara, who are approached by Lucy Lawless and hired to find her father, who is leader of a village currently under siege by orc type monsters who are addicted to a silver liquid that is essentially magic steroids that is being peddled to them by some legendary mercenary who is now apparently spending his time pretending he is Shao Khan. So it goes that Caddoc and Elara have to fight their way through an army of drug addicted orcs, minotaurs, Skellingtons, undead and all that jazz as their quest becomes a drawn out journey through war ravaged lands in search of their target, unaware events are only going to get more and more complicated as they go. The story isn't up to much, and I guess it could be said it doesn't need to be for this type of game, but even so this is still painfully average stuff.

Hunted is both a room clearing hack and slash title and a third person shooter shooting gallery fest, with Elara being a long range fighter who uses a bow and Caddoc using a variety of maces and axes and such for close range combat and rather than letting you switch between them at will to control, as any sensible game design would allow, the game only lets you choose which character you control at infrequent, preset checkpoints set throughout each level and while playing as either character does provide a very different kind of game, I'm sad to say that that isn't such a good thing. Elara plays like some sort of medieval Gears of War knock off, right down to the awkward cover system AI that sees Caddoc constantly running in front of your crosshairs. Their are a lot of different bows to find and use through the game, but primarily their are only three real types with varying damage levels: rapid firing weak shots, balanced medium shots and slow firing power shots that allow you to zoom and snipe at enemies. It's the most basic of linearly designed hide and shoot gaming whereas Caddoc plays more like the clumsy melee system of a Western RPG, with only the same couple of moves/combos on offer throughout and button bashing aplenty on the menu. It's two deeply average games for the price of one you might say, an unimaginitive chimera of lazy ideas and design that, while functioning competently enough and certainly being playable, is just so repetitive and dull that the whole thing gets to feel like a chore very quickly. There is full co-op support both online and offline here, but it didn't seem to improve the experience any for me. A bit more in the way of co-operative puzzles or strategy may have helped this. I mean, I'm not expecting a Portal 2 level co-op experience or anything, but a Resident Evil 5 level one at least would have been nice.

The game's visuals are average, with some nice detail in places, but mostly nothing special. The performance is at least solid enough. Same goes for the sound, some decent music, but phoned in voice acting.

Can't really say much else to be honest. Hunted is a functional hack and slash cum third person shooter title that is so lacking in any real ambition, creativity or even originality that I stopped to wonder why I was bothering to persevere with it on more than one occasion. Nothing here is genuinely bad in any real sense, but if it isn't any good in any real sense either, then in a way that's actually worse than if the game had been a straight up steamer... there would at least have been a kind of unsung dignity to it if it had been. What you have here is a game that is mediocre, nothing more, nothing less, and while it will possibly please some with it's undemanding nature and reasonable levels of playability I dare say most will find just how vanilla and unengaging it is to be very offputting.
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on 16 October 2015
very good
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on 26 May 2016
it is OK
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on 9 March 2015
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on 27 July 2011
I was half expecting Hunted to not be a top draw game however I did not expect it to be WORSE than my initially low expectation of the game. I got it due to it's attractive 2-player mode. I love playing co-op with other people, I think it's a great game type that usually leads to loads of great moments. This game however doesn't even support any sort of communication system, like bluetooth voice chat when playing co-op. This is a fundamental criteria for co-op games!

This isn't the only issue with the game. I list them here because I cannot be bothered to write out why they are rubbish:

Story line
Limit to carrying health and mana vials
Forced animation / routes at particular points
Falling through the world via glitches

To name but a few...

Don't buy or rent unless you are super bored with too much money.
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on 20 December 2011
this game is ok
it's not the awesome game i thougth...but i enjoy it
you can play it with the guy or the female and its different gameplay
you have some choices along the way
its an adventure game
but could be so much more...
but its ok
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on 21 October 2012
its okay but better spending your money on elder scrolls which is still a classic or even fallout 3 infinitly superior game with multiple endings.
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on 7 January 2012
Not a bad game. The controls aren't clear and it can get boring but other than that the story is intriguing.
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