Publisher Bethesda's upcoming hack 'em-up Hunted: The Demon's Forge could be a real treat. It looks lush, it's got a nice sort of "Gears of War in loincloths" feel to it, and the two characters play very distinctly from one another. And best of all, once you've head-chopped your way through the main storyline, you can keep satisfying your urge to cleave flesh from bone with The Crucible. It's a dungeon creator with a slick, easy-to-use interface and just enough depth - you can quickly make your own murderbox just the way you like it, but without having to worry about minutiae like how many torches to put on the wall or where the pile of skulls should go. Then, you can either play it yourself, bring a friend into your custom-crafted nightmare, or upload it for the world to suffer through. I mean, enjoy. I am totally not thinking of this as some sort of sadistic fantasy fulfillment...
April 18, 2011