Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Jun 12, 2011
    80
    Hunted could really have used another couple of passes just to tighten things up, but what's here is perfectly playable. There are a lot of puzzles and secrets, multiple endings, a design-your-own-dungeon mode, and two different playable characters who fight in entirely different ways. This isn't a bad game, but it's one that could be vastly improved.
  2. Jun 14, 2011
    70
    A game with good ideas and a great cooperative experience, although it is not that polished and has some minor flaws in control and design. A mediocre title when played solo, but great when played with a friend.
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    70
    Hunted is an interesting co-op hack'n'slash. Without a friend, the game looks a little bit annoying and frustrating, but played either split screen or online it can be amusing.
  4. Jun 9, 2011
    70
    The shine is somewhat diminished by an engine that just can't seem to cope with what it's being asked to do.
  5. 70
    A fun co-op experience with an interesting storyline. Tie in a dungeon creator, and it can keep you coming back for more with a fresh new map to play on.
  6. Jun 4, 2011
    70
    In a market more and more saturated with action RPGs, Hunted: The Demon's Forge focus its attention on Coop play with just a few drops of RPG. Even when it fails in many other areas it`s quite fun to play, provides many hours of exploring and achieves its target of taking you to the darkest side of Kala Moor.
  7. Jun 15, 2011
    69
    Hunted isn't an amazing game, but it will entertain action-RPG fans with hours of good old-days gameplay.
  8. 68
    It has a pretty rough beginning section, but players who endure will be treated to some great gameplay. Whether or not it's worth trudging through the awkward tutorial or the burdensome first chapter is up to you. Personally, I'm glad I did it.
  9. Jul 5, 2011
    66
    Play this game in co-op, then you will have fun, but that is not because of the high standards in this game. The graphics are old, the camera doesn't work all the time and the story is a disappointment. But the co-op, like already said can be fun and the level editor is pretty cool, but there are a lot of better games out there at this moment.
  10. Jun 7, 2011
    66
    inXile Entertainment had a clear vision with what it wanted to do with Hunted: The Demon's Forge. That vision came up short due to clunky controls, linear gameplay and a very frustrating single player experience. The game's core fun is based on co-op, but there are still some design flaws that hurt even that experience.
  11. Aug 6, 2011
    65
    If you're not sure on the game, wait for a price drop or two, and a weekend where you and a buddy don't have much to do.
  12. Jul 7, 2011
    65
    Hunted: The Demon's Forge is a fun game but it never seems to reach its true potential. The concept is interesting but it looks like the developers didn't spend enough time creating better puzzles. The co-op and the special attacks are the only things making this game worthwhile.
  13. Jun 15, 2011
    65
    A pool of interesting ideas that simply fails to deliver. A lame level design, a repetitive combat system and the lack of depth in customization of the characters' abilities make this hybrid one you should try only if you're looking for some light-hearted entertainment, ignoring the complete lack of polish.
  14. A shameful and hybrid beast, but one you might just want to tame. [Aug 2011, p.112]
  15. Jun 22, 2011
    60
    An action game in the Trojan horse of an RPG. There are better co-op experiences, but if you've already played those, Hunted will entertain for a little while.
  16. Jun 14, 2011
    60
    Hunted: The Demon's Forge could have been something special if it had gone for more creative and risky co-op elements, but instead it plays it safe, which leads to something that feels only vaguely cooperative.
  17. Jun 14, 2011
    60
    The ideas are there but in the end, it's just one of those games that a rental on a rainy day or a purchase in a few months when the price drops would actually be the smartest choice to make.
  18. Jun 7, 2011
    60
    The dialogue and plot are more clumsily written than the lyrics to a Christian rap song, which makes it hard to get involved in the tasks at hand. When you don't care, you don't care, ya know?
  19. Jun 5, 2011
    60
    Whether you see it as a fantasy-slanted Gears homage or a punched-up and streamlined dungeon-crawler, the end result is roughly the same: Hunted is an adequate diversion for co-op aficionados, but little more.
  20. Jun 4, 2011
    60
    It's odd blend of cover-based shooting, a fantasy setting, and hot co-op action make it an eyebrow-raiser, but the execution is flawed.
  21. Jun 2, 2011
    60
    As much as Hunted grated on me, I really liked Caddoc and E'lara. Even though their physical designs ape the stereotypical buff dude and barely clothed sexy elf, their personalities transcend their clichéd appearances. Their relationship is based on mutual respect, and there isn't any forced flirtation in their myriad conversations. The pair clearly enjoy each other's company, and I would have loved to learn more about their past together. If that means having to play through more of this, though, I'll just read some fanfic and call it good.
  22. Jul 19, 2011
    59
    Not a terrible game, but it's far from being a brilliant one. [Issue#207, p.87]
  23. Jun 7, 2011
    58
    In a pile of generic ideas, Hunted: The Demon's Forge descends into the darkness becoming instantaneously forgettable.
  24. 55
    With its derivative world and characters, it's at best a guilty pleasure but probably isn't worth your time unless you can find it at a bargain bin price.
  25. Hunted's attempt at reinvigorating a densely populated genre relies upon a tired formula. [Aug 2011, p.85]
  26. Jun 28, 2011
    50
    This new co-op offering from Bethesda may be quite flawless from a technical standpoint but, unfortunately, its characters are too shallow to care for and the action is extremely repetitious and uninspired to retain our interest for more than a few hours, even when playing with a friend.
  27. Jun 21, 2011
    50
    Hunted has potential. It has the art design and spark, but the attempt at a genre hybrid ultimately falls short. Though the idea of a fantasy RPG with a third-person action mentality, from Gears of War or Resident Evil 5, is innovative, it just isn't polished enough to make it work.
  28. Jun 8, 2011
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.
  29. Jun 4, 2011
    50
    Hunted: The Demon's Forge buries its rock-solid ideas under a mound of execution blunders.
  30. Jun 16, 2011
    42
    I can certainly think of worse ways to spend your time, but that list would pale in comparison to the staggeringly long catalogue of better ways.
  31. Jul 18, 2011
    40
    Unfinished, unpolished, and broken. If not for the online co-op this would be a complete dud. They put in a lot of features that are great in theory but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Have I mentioned that I can't stand the main characters?
  32. 40
    A real lazy effort where the much-hyped co-op doesn't do squat.
  33. Jul 3, 2011
    37
    A terrible experience, years behind the competition. [Aug 2011, p.92]
  34. Jun 17, 2011
    25
    A game I have zero interest in revisiting. I'd strongly suggest avoiding this one if you haven't had a chance to play it, you're not missing much.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Jun 1, 2011
    4
    I was expecting a great fantasy action/rpg game but it's not this the case: Hunted is very boring and repetitive, the graphic is old, very old-gen, the animations are chunky and there are very few numbers of moves and combo. The magics are realized in a very bad way, they don't seems powerful and they don't look cool...The skills are very limited, the Rpg side of the game is very poor...But most of all you can't switch between the 2 characters whenever you want, you can switch only when you find a kind of purple stone...so if choose the wrong hero you have to keep it until the next check-point/stone or reload the check-point...what a stupid system is this!! The dialogues are ridiculous (the warrior is afraid of the insects!!! and the elf seems talks like an erotic line...This game is ugly, is not funny and it's not worth your money...this is not a game to sell out in 2011, that's all! (sorry for my bad English anyway :)!) Full Review »
  2. May 31, 2011
    8
    great co-op experience, graphics/visuals dont mean everything to me, so im not going to underscore just based upon that particular issue (they are a little outdated though), gameplay overall runs smooth and fluid, story is so far engaging ( I am not too far into the game so far). Overall 8/10 IMO. Full Review »
  3. Jun 1, 2011
    8
    Attention internet kiddies - we all know you are desperate to continue your heroic interwebz battle against one Bioware employee but this accusing any positive review of being written by one of the game makers trend is ruing user scores on metacritic. We know you are hungry to see your little comments marked as helpful, and your probably the kind of people who write things like "thumbs up if you..." on youtube posts, but your reviews are lies - try playing the damn game before you join a flash mob party. Read the reviews posted by these "OMG must have been written by an employee" users and you will see one thing pretty consistently, nothing in their review indicates they played the game or know anything more about it, beyond whatever speculation they've read elsewhere. If there is nothing in the review that demonstrates clearly that the reviewer has played it, you can be pretty certain they are here only to express fanboy preferences or to act out on some nonsense decided in a gaming forum or on **** Stop the abuse of user reviews on metacritic - you guys have dow far more damage than one Bioware employee ever did. (skim through the reviews for TW2 and DA2 to see positive and negative review examples of the same behavior, people reviewing without having played the game.)

    I've already posted a user review under the 360 listing so I'm not going to repeat it here, but for Christ sake kiddies, stop abusing the ability to post a user review. You're not heroic, you're not cool, you're just being dishonest little trolls.
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