Eurogamer Expo 2010 – Hands on with Hunted: The Demon’s Forge

As I said in my report on the first day of the Eurogamer Expo 2010 one of my fave games of the show was one I’d never heard of until I played the demo which was Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.

The game, which has been described as Dungeon and Dragons meets Gears of War, was a lot of fun to play and I was gutted when the demo was over.

The controls were simple and easy to get then hang of as with the press of button you could switch between close combat (sword) and ranged (bow/crossbow). A nice touch was that at certain points of game you were given the option of swapping characters which was nice. I didn’t get to fire off any spells but I did see my co-op partner throwing around bolts of energy like there was no tomorrow.

Speaking of magic there was the nice touch where you could relive your ally from anywhere on the map by just pressing the B button rather than having to leave what or rather who you were fighting to go and find them as most games have you do. I thought it worked well and helped to keep the flow of the action going.

Although this was still early code of the game it still looked very polished with some great graphics and although we didn’t see much of the puzzle solving aspect the fact sheet speaks of I was more than happy with the combat (hell you can’t beat fighting skeletons!). Personally I would have loved to see the developers go for a full four player co-op mode a la gauntlet  but maybe they’re saving that if the game gets a sequel (I bagsy the dwarf if it ever goes four player). I also would like to know if the game uses the drop in/drop out style co-op I’ve seen in other co-op games like Gears of War as I think that would be a good feature.

When I returned home from the expo I decided to go off on a little quest to see what I could dig up and I stuck gold with a fact sheet, screenshots and a trailer.

So sit back and enjoy.

HUNTED: THE DEMON’S FORGE

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Developer: inXile Entertainment

Release Date: TBA

Platform: Xbox 360™ / PLAYSTATION®3 systems / Games for Windows

Genre: Third-person Co-op Action

Description:

Set in a dark fantasy world, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge is an unforgettable cooperative action game, pitting you and your partner against waves of vicious enemies.  Taking control of either E’lara, a ranged weapon expert, or Caddoc, a master swordsman, you must use a variety of weapons, powerful spells, and cover tactics to battle your way through menacing dungeons, overgrown ruins, and downtrodden towns. Discover secrets and complete co-op-based puzzles whilst exploring the sinister world to discover answers to the game’s deep, dark mysteries.

Story overview:

The dark ages have become corrupted. Heinous creatures have emerged from underground. Townsfolk across the land are disappearing. Upon the promise of their fortune in gold, mercenaries E’lara and Caddoc take on the daunting task of discovering where the innocent villagers have been taken. Their journey will lead them on a dark and twisted path where they will encounter death, slavery, and sacrifice. Travel deep within the world of Kala Moor…and to the secrets of The Demon’s Forge.

Key Features:

Dark Fantasy Shooter

Powered by the Unreal 3 engine, the world of Hunted comes to life in a third-person dungeon crawl with the intensity and action of a modern-day shooter.

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 regardless of where they in relation to one another on the battlefield.  The characters’ differing combat methods allow player strategy to vary from one playthrough to the next.

Two Ways to Fight

Wade into the thick of the fight using melee skills, or tactically use cover combat to dispatch hordes of creatures with bows and spells.

Spell-Powered Combat

Powerful magic spells can be used to boost your partner’s combat effectiveness and even the odds against increasingly formidable enemies.

GS Reporter: Nuge

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One comment

  1. Sharlene /

    This game looks wicked!

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