There are few feelings in the world of gaming that match making your way through an unexplored dungeon, not knowing what lies around each corner, only to find a massive boss guarding a pile of fancy new loot.
Usually reserved for PC gamers, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge aims to not only bring that dungeon crawling experience to console gamers, but also to infuse it with strong co-op mechanics.
Rather than playing like a regular dungeon crawler, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge fuses elements of third person shooters and hack-n-slash action games into a cohesive mix – connected by the game’s co-op. These two styles of play are the basis of the two different characters that gamers can choose to play as: E’lara the elf and Caddoc the warrior. Each of the two characters offers a completely unique gameplay experience which in turn complements the NPC in your dynamic duo.
At the release date grows near, Bethesda has unleashed the official launch trailer for Hunted which showcases the game’s dangerous creatures, brutal combat, and two different styles of gameplay.
Check out the Hunted: The Demon’s Forge launch trailer below:
One of the first things that gamers will notice about the trailer is the game’s beautiful models. While the characters and environments may not deviate too far from classic fantasy standbys, there is no denying that they look great. These models, coupled with the game’s brutal action, could definitely make for some exciting set-pieces, especially in the case of the giant bone dragon seen in the trailer.
On the downside, the voice-acting is definitely not as good as other games on the market. The actual gameplay looks to make up for this downfall though, as attacks seem to flow together well as Caddoc – and wielding the bow as E’lara appears to be equally rewarding. Even though the in-game dynamics between the two characters’ differing play-styles wasn’t present in the trailer, they still look as if their skills will work well to complement each other. If hands-on time at PAX East with the game is any indication, this is indeed the case and something to be excited about.
Regardless, while the trailer leans more on the cinematic side, it still shows that the game clearly has Bethesda’s signature flair – and should provide gamers with some incredibly interesting gameplay experiences by mixing shooter and hack-n-slash mechanics. Since Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, RAGE, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are on their way – as well as the recently released Brink, 2011 is bound to be a strong year for Bethesda, providing even more proof of their place in the industry.
How do you feel about Hunted? Do you think that the combination of two very different gameplay styles through co-op will prove to be fun?
Hunted: The Demon’s Forge hits shelves on May 31 for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.