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E3 2010 games to watch: Hunted: The Demon's Forge preview

E3 is barely a week away, and we're building upon our list of games we want to see more of at the preeminent gaming expo. In the second part of our twice-weekly E3 previews, this time we're looking at a game that might have you saying "Huwha? What the hell is Hunted: The Demon's Forge?" Well, let us tell you!


Above: These two badasses will grow to depend on each other, and possibly hate each other

Why Hunted: The Demon's Forge is one to watch:

  • It's a kind of medieval co-op cover-shooter/hack-and-slasher, developed by InXile Entertainment (The Bard's Tale, the sadly canceled HEI$T), and published by Bethesda, of Oblivion fame.
  • Instead of just going for a generic "Warrior A" and "Warrior B" two-player co-op approach, Hunted carves out personalities for its two main characters. Outwardly girly E'lara the elf is actually brash and belligerent. Her huge man-tank Caddoc sort of tags along while rolling his eyes at her macho antics.
  • If you want to play it like a shooter, go for E'lara and her bow. If you want hack-and-slash melee combat, pick Caddoc. Don't like your choice? You can swap characters at every checkpoint.


Above: Melee and ranged attacks can be augmented with magic, which sounds like standard stuff, until you consider all the ways two players can buff each other

  • Being a fantasy setting, it still has RPG roots, with upgrading skills and abilities, but since it aims for more fast-paced advancement, you won't have to farm fifty boars to level up.
  • Since arenas tend to get huge and the two characters are focused on differently ranged tactics, you'll be able to help each other out over long distances, like lobbing revive potions on a distant fallen friend.
  • While the game is co-op focused, you can still play it with an AI partner. In an attempt to be unobtrusive, the AI will wait for you to act before telling you what to do or trying to help you. If you want to play solo sometimes and co-op sometimes, you can bring your character to a friend's game, or play as their characters. Regardless of how you play, you’ll be rewarded with Crystals (skill points), and your character’s progression will continue how you want.

Will Hunted prove to be more than just Gears of War plus Lord of the Rings? Will playing it alone with potentially dumb AI ruin the experience? Are you excited to try out some gory co-op slashing/shooting hybrid action? Let us know in the comments or through our portals on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 5, 2010

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12 comments

  • rafoca - June 7, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    Sounds great! This is the best gen ever for two reasons: online component and the rise of co-op games. The only problem so far is that these kind of games (like Hunted) tend to fail. Too bad, for that is my favourite genre. Sacred 2 GOTY 2009 :)
  • frmonth - June 6, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    I'm just not interested in co-op games, it's the worst thing about this generation so far (the fact that every developer feels the need to cram co-op into their games). Whatever happened to the straightforward polished single player exsperience with an involving and ingrossing storyline (something that co-op games can't manage with your partner either screaming down the headset during the cutscenes or skipping them entirely).
  • ps3gamerdrowzy - June 6, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    heyy everybody add me i need friends hella bad
  • symphonicdeathpop - June 6, 2010 9:40 a.m.

    Looking forward to this one, it looks pretty promising.
  • Clovin64 - June 6, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    This game could go either way. The graphics look lovley, and I love Hack n Slah/RPG's but I'm still feeling sore from Resi 5's AI partner. This all looks like its been done a million times before, especially the look of the characters. I'm not going to lose any sleep over this game, but if it turns out to be good then I'll be pleasantly surprised.
  • Brojo - June 6, 2010 5:23 a.m.

    One word gives this game my vote and thats Bethesda. Im sure it will be another great game they publish
  • nemesisuprising - June 6, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    as soon as I see medieval co-op cover-shooter/hack-and-slasher and then I see set characters I get pissed and summon the devil then sell my soul so that I never have to play it
  • HumanMeatPuppet - June 6, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    the concept is good if it is done well. then again i'm a sucker for dungeon crawling rpgs
  • IsaacFenix - June 5, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    This game looks interesting. I like the concept of being able to change from melee oriented fighting to ranged, and back again. I hope it is done well, or else.... well, you know.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 5, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    I'm not looking forward to this. Combining Gears-style gameplay with incompatible weapons seems like a child's ramblings, the "Hey, guys, wouldn't it be cool if..." kind of thing. However, I don't hate it: I will extend inXile the courtesy of an open mind. Wow me, inXile.
  • Evil_AppleJuice - June 5, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    This game didnt seem that great to me. I dunno, it just seems generic. There havent been any game-reinventing details or fantastic story yet. It looks beautiful tho, and the idea that you could lob items across the field seems like a fantastic idea. I hope they also add a jump-in/out feature so a friend can just hope in your game.

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