Marvelous CO-OP game. Cooping is a necessity in this game, it helps you through difficult battles and challenging puzzles. If you're into co-op, don't hesitate, believe me. These guys [BetaDwarf] know what they are doing.
Great when played with a group of friends with a bunch of headsets, infernal when tackled randomly online, and only decent when alone, FORCED is an interesting and inspired cooperative experience, that will excite veteran players with its high challenge level.
Forced is a mix of hack'n slash and puzzles, and it does the job in a rather effective way. You will enjoy it more in coop mode (up to 4 players) than in solo mode, but beware of the frustration: the game is extremely difficult.
The game is meant to be played cooperatively, but while connection issues remain, you're likely to muddle through on your own. It's difficult to recommend any game that you endure rather than enjoy, even one this unique.
Wow, this game was a challenge. There is a very fine line with it being too challenging and I can see people giving up and getting turned off immediately. I did manage to get all of the Steam Achievements and all of the crystals. I can not begin to count the numerous times that I dropped the "F Bomb" or threw the mouse across the room. Even though it was very frustrating, it was very rewarding to finally beat a level and get that crystal. With perseverance and getting out of your comfort zone, you WILL beat the game.
The leveling up system is unique, and quite **** a cakewalk. I expected to get a talents that would allow you to dominate the earlier levels. However because the game was so balanced you couldn't "Dominate" you still had to challenge your brain even with the new talents.
The character selections allowed me to break out of the BAD hack and slash habits that other games seem to bore you with throughout your progress. The characters were put together and very balanced so that one would dominate over another depending on the trial (level). Every new trial was a guessing game for which character would provide the best benefit.
Bravo Betadwarf, you did not disappoint.
I really cant see this game as an RPG it may be one hell of a co-op as oothers have claimed, but it it lacks the "R" in RPG. It's a glorified hack- and slash, with some serious problems regarding the controls and the GUI in general. Its not bad for an indie first try, but I ended up a little bored.
Bought two licenses for myself and a friend and we didn't make it more than 2 or 3 hours through before uninstalling.
Graphics are good, voice acting is good, tutorial is solid....hence the 5 **** it loses the rest of the points because the scoring mechanic (not overall gameplay mind you) is frustrating and not fun at all for either of us.
Some folks will find the scoring mechanic a breath of fresh air along with the PROS mentioned above, but many will find a poor experience with this one. Can't recommend.
Do not buy this game if you are intending to play single player only.
This game can be incredibly frustrating at times, expect to get crowd controlled by enemies from %100 to death more than a few times. The game is also very repetitive, after the first few arenas you have pretty much seen everything there is to see. The game encourages grinding to level your character by going back to past levels and playing them again (I despise grinding and if you do too, stay away) so expect to be playing the same levels over and over again. There are 4 classes, but after the first few levels you will quickly realize only two of them are viable to use for solo play. Overall I would not recommend this game to you unless you are a big fan of the genre or you plan on playing with friends.
The reason why I gave this game a 4 is purely technical.
The game itself is pretty good, I think it deserves 7-8.
It's got fun mechanics, it's quite challenging - very hard at times! - which is quite refreshing considering the current overabundance of easy games.
The heart of the game is clearly COOP - even in the menu this option appears before single player.
The fun in this game grows exponentially when playing with other folks, since this game is mostly about controlling an entity (an orb called Balfus, IIRC) which can be challenging when it's done by multiple players.
This is all good.... EXCEPT it doesn't want to work!
Single player works fine, but COOP is horribly bugged.
Playing a COOP game has been almost impossible to me and my friends.
We bought the game a few weeks ago as it was on sale, and we were able to play only twice so far.
Each time we'd spend 20-30 minutes trying to start the game without success.
1) Black screen as the game started
2) Unsuccessfull connections to a lobby due to timeout
3) When the game started, some people couldn't move their characters... or they'd be able to move their and SOMEONE ELSE's character too!
4) Very noticeable lag ingame, assuming all the previous problems didn't happen
5) Some challenges would not complete... even if we met all the objectives....
Also, weird things can happen if someone (the host?) has a sub-60 framerate...
We all have good rigs, so I can't confirm it, it's what I've read online.
Checking the Steam Forums, I notice how many other people were complaining about the
very same issues, it's a shame I didn't check it earlier.
The developers have rolled out a pair of patches but they haven't solved anything so far.
Also, for some reason, all these patches were named "1.1", so you couldn't even tell which patch you were effectively playing....
Of course we've tried a lot of solutions posted on the forums, including port forwarding, using the beta branch, and we tried to let each of us host the game without success.
All this would have been acceptable IF IT WAS A BETA, instead this game has been released in OCTOBER 2013... more than 5 months ago. IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
I want to play this game, but I can't.
We'll wait 1 more week before asking a refund through Steam.
Do NOT buy it UNLESS you want to play Single Player ONLY.
SummaryForced is a 1-4-player co-op arcade action RPG with puzzle and tactical elements. You are cast as slaves in the toughest fantasy gladiator school of them all, condemned to fight as a gladiator and eventually win your freedom.