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The next game up for review is Hunted: The Demon’s Forge for Playstation 3. (I’m sorry XBox we haven’t gotten any alone time in a while.)

I am going to try to separate the review into sections to make the review a little better. I felt my last ones were kind of all over the place.

SPOILERS

Genre/Company

This third person action game was developed by InXile Entertainment and publish by Bethesda Softworks. It is for Playstation 3, XBox 360 and Microsoft Windows.

Story

You play as E’lara and Caddoc, two mercenaries on following a vision which was seen by Caddoc. As you follow this vision, a death spirit named Seraphine promises you power in return for aiding her. You battle sorts of demons, minotaur, skeletons, and orclike creatures called wargar as you try to uncover the cause of all this chaos.

Characters

E’lara is one of the last known remaining elves alive after the minotaur exterminated her kind. She specializes in bow and arrows, while having a short sword as her secondary weapon. While E’lara seems like a small kind elf, she is a force to be reckoned with. She becomes overly excited when it comes to killing and blowing things up, which is why I use her the most. 

Caddoc is very toned human who acts cautious and always says E’lara will be the death of him. He specializes in heavy weapons, while using a crossbow as his secondary weapon. Though he comes off as a tough brute, it is easy to see he cares for E’lara. I haven’t played as him much, so I didn’t get a good feel for him yet.

Game play

The game play is kind of repetitive, but still fun. Throughout the game you can acquire crystals to use as currency to buy enchantments for your weapons or to buy casting spells. There are also unlocks you can acquire by doing certain things. Ex. Killing 100 enemies with a bow will increase the amount of damage you do with a bow and the amount of arrows you can carry. The game has co-op, which is pretty sweet. You can either play split-screen, LAN, or over PSN/XBox Live. The AI’s always have a tendency to run in front of you when you are trying to go anywhere. I also found it hard to tell them what to do sometimes. The option to push the button never came up sometimes.

Controls

The controls played out very nicely. Basically the default controls for any third person shooter. This has very similar controls to Gears of War. The developers actually used every button possible, still with the limited choices they managed to make it work almost perfectly. This is just in my opinion, not everyone has the same preference in controls.

Voice Actors

E’lara - Laura Bailey (She also plays Serah Farron in Final Fantasy XIII-2)

Caddoc - Graham MacTavish (I frigging knew he played Cutter in Uncharted 3! I kept saying “That’s Cutter.”)

Seraphine - Lucy Lawless

Setting

The game takes place in a medieval time with a dark tone to it.

Conclusion

Though there were minor things that annoyed me such as the AI’s and that it was a little two repetitive, the game overall was great. It basically showed me what a medieval Gears of War would be like. The voice acting was great, characters really showed personality and emotion, controls played out well, and the story was excellent. I would really like to see more games like this, perhaps one with an open world. Though the game can be pretty fun single player, I highly suggest you play it co-op for a much better experience.

I am giving this game an 7.5/10.

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