Review: Hunted – The Demon’s Forge

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Throw the words “old school” into an RPG conversation and you might get a number of different answers depending on who is in the room with you. Visions of spreadsheets filled with statistics, inventory menus filled with +2 weapons, or a hack ‘n slash slog through deviously crafted dungeons rife with hidden horrors and HP draining traps are only a few that you might get.

And that’s what Hunted delivers – deep, mysterious ruins, hidden treasures, weapons, and plenty of monster fodder to wade through. Remembering my own time with Stonekeep on the PC, it was as if inXile had shaken loose the good bits from the games its founder, Brian Fargo, had made in the late 80s and distilled them through the Unreal Engine’s alchemy. What came out the other end, though, is slightly sweet with flawed grit.
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New videos for Hunted and Fear 3

Here are a couple links to new videos for the forthcoming “Hunted: The Demon’s Forge” and “Fear 3.”

Developers working for inXile entertainment talk about creating the villains for Hunted in “At War With Monsters.” The game’s publisher, Bethesda Softworks, released the vid.

The second video, classily titled “F**cking Run,” is for Fear 3, developed by Day 1 studios and published by WB Games. The video shows how players must avoid antagonist Alma’s “wall of death” while playing the title’s cooperative mode. (Obvious strong language in the link. You’ve been warned, folks.)

Lucy Lawless’ voice to be heard in Hunted: The Demon’s Forge

Lucy Lawless, formerly of “Xena: Warrior Princess” and currently appearing on “Spartacus: Lords of the Arena,” will voice a character in the forthcoming “Hunted: The Demon’s Forge,” Bethesda Softworks announced.

Lawless’ new character is Seraphine, an “adventurer-turned-temptress” who leads game protagonists Caddoc and E’lara “into a dark and
twisted adventure with promises of great wealth and power.”

Hunted is scheduled for a June 1 release on PC, PlayStation3 and XBox.

Additionally, a Lucy Lawless news item gives me an excuse to embed this clip.

Lisa: Xena can’t fly.
Lucy Lawless: I told you, I’m not Xena. I’m Lucy Lawless.

Launch dates for SOCOM 4, Elder Scrolls V and more …

You want launch dates? We got launch dates.*

  • SOCOM 4 (Zipper Interactive), April 19 for PS3.
  • Brink (Splash Damage and Bethesda Softworks), May 17 for PC, PS3 and XBox 360.
  • Hunted: The Demon’s Forge (inXile Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks), June 1 for PC, PS3 and XBox 360
  • Rage (id Software, Bethesda Softworks), Sept. 13 for PC, PS3 and XBox 360
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios), Nov. 11for PC, PS3 and XBox 360

*All launch dates are for North America. “The greatest hemisphere on earth – the Western Hemisphere, the dancin-est hemisphere of them all!”