Hunted: The Demon's Forge

Common Sense Media says

Violent fantasy action with plenty of blood and gore.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like many fantasy action games, you play as a hero instead of a villain, but you're killing hundreds or even thousands of enemies throughout the course of the game. This doesn't send a good message, though you are protecting humanity from a certain evil.

 

 

Positive role models

Both the male and female players you take control seem like good people -- one is an Elven warrior and the other a battle-worn human -- and they do fight against evil to protect innocent lives from an ominous force. The female character, however, is scantily-clad, which is common for these kinds of games.

Ease of play

If the Xbox 360 version is any indication (there is also a PlayStation 3 and PC version), this video game is very easy to control. Played from a third-person perspective, players move the analog sticks to control movement and the various buttons for attacks.

Violence

The game features plenty of violence using weapons -- melee attacks and ranged weapons -- as well as magic attacks. Enemies scream in pain, blood can be seen spray out of some fallen creatures, and some limb-severing and decapitation is shown. In one non-interactive scene, someone's heart is ripped out of their body.

Sex

There is no nudity in the game, nor are there overt sexual references, but the female characters are often dressed suggestively, showing cleavage, stomach, and thighs.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hunted: The Demon's Forge is a very combat-heavy game and it features plenty of blood and gore in the process. Whether you're slicing enemies with an axe or sword or ducking behind a column to peg them off with arrows or magic, enemies can be reduced to bloody chunks, sometimes with body parts flying.

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What's it about?

HUNTED: THE DEMON'S FORGE is a fantasy action game, set in a dangerous and dark Tolkein-esque world. You play as one of two central characters -- E’lara, an Elven warrior who specializes in ranged weapons, or Caddoc, a bald and tattooed swordsman -– and must battle your way through dank dungeons and war-torn towns. The story isn't exactly clear, and is riddled with cliched fantasy elements, but it involves an ancient relic, monstrosities known as the Wargar, and your call to –- yep, you guessed it -- save the world from imminent doom and destruction. When playing solo or in co-op mode, you'll navigate these environments from a third-person perspective and use a variety of weapons and magic to destroy enemies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Hunted: The Demon's Forge is certainly not one of the best games in this genre, but it proves to be an entertaining romp for those who enjoy these kinds of fantasy action games –- one that fuses melee-based action with cover-based shooting (think Gears of War) –- as well as co-op based puzzles and exploration. That said, the split-screen mode for two gamers in the same room isn't as fun as the online co-op option, where each player gets the full-screen experience. Despite some graphical glitches, the game looks OK and does have a good soundtrack and decent voice acting. Developed by inXile Entertainment, Hunted: The Demon's Forge is a good but not great fantasy action game that might be best as a weekend rental opposed to a $60 purchase.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether violence against evil fantasy creatures -- like goblins, dragons, skeletons, and demons -- is any better than against innocent human characters?

  • And does the setting matter: a fantasy world that could be ripped out of a Tolkein novel compared to a contemporary setting? Or is violence, blood, and gore the same -- regardless of the enemy and setting?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Bethesda Softworks
Release date:June 14, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byEbanski July 9, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

RELLY GOOD GAME

This game is a really good game and has awesome graphics. It is a bit violent and in the first two minutes of the game a peasants still beating heart is ripped out in splendid detail.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byShelton W September 27, 2011
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

A Gory Fun Game,And Fun To Play For Hours

Hunted:The Demon's Forge,Is A Very Fun Gory Killing Game.If You Like Killing Satanic Enemies,With Alot Of Gore.This Game May Be For You.It Is Fun,And Is Fun To Play For Hours.The Online Play And Co-Op Is Very Fun.Including Crucible Section Of Game,Which Let's You Make Your Own Map,And Choose As Many Satanic Enemies As You Can Face.This Game Is Very Good For 15 And Up,And If You're Curious It's Rated M(Blood And Gore,And Violence).This Game However,Does Not Have Any Sexual Content,Or Language.But Enjoy This Game,And Play It For Hours.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byFreakette August 26, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Whoa.

.____. This game looks amazing. I think I'm going to use this site (which on first glance is full of over-protective, fussy parents) to find the good things that adults think are too "mature" for kids. Lol. Them adults, so funny. This game looks good for any other gaming skills you'd probably need as you got into harder and harder games. The title and graphics seem interesting and well done, too. :]
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