Hunted: The Demon's Forge will Suck

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Ah, it's Tuesday, May 24th. Weather: unpleasant. News: funny, unless you were looking forward to Shunted: The Demon's Hemorrhoid. Let's go:

I guess you've probably heard by now that Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold. There's already a disclaimer: "Slow down, guy, the game's not out yet." I bet those folks who pre-ordered this back in 1975 are really glad it's finally rumored to almost be coming out eventually. The producers have a vision, though--if they can just stretch it out to October 21st, it won't matter anyway.

I know a lot of you folks are into e-readers. Barnes & Noble has just announced their new touch-enabled Nook for $139. It has 37 fewer buttons than the Kindle 3 and will let you use Facebook to brag to your friends that you just read a whole book for real on your Nook. After that, you can store it in a box in the closet. Who'd rather read than play Angry Birds--apparently, not even professional physicists, who have determined that the springs are unrealistic. Whew!!! I'm so glad that's finally resolved. Good job, physics!

Over at Gamasutra, Greg Costikyan has a great article called Unsocial 'Social Games', where he laments the current state of social gaming and how it doesn't exploit the social aspects that made games like M.U.L.E. so much fun back in the day (and yes, he does use that game in his article!). I have to note, though, that multiplayer isn't always fun. It depends so much on who you're playing with, and whether they have any stake in making you enjoy the experience. From what I've experienced playing WOW, most people don't give a damn. That's a far, far cry from playing M.U.L.E. with your family and friends. Artificially stupid enemies or not, at least the cleric never dropped my party after a wipe. Damnit, Sherry Turkle is right--I care more for my AI-driven characters than the arseholes I meet on WOW! Now I just need to do some serious brooding on this in a public place with lots of hot babes.

Anyone have doubts that Hunted: The Demon's Forge is going to suck? Just read this awful interview with Matt Findley. Here's the line that really kills me: "Well, you know, we analyzed the long history of video games. I think these games always wanted to be action games at their heart. I think all those old turn-based games, it's just that's all the technology would allow." Ugh, ugh, ugh. Ugh. Ugh. It's okay, Matt. I'm sure Hunted will be a wonderful game...for us to take turns pooping on!


Joined: 01/21/2009
Steam Chat, no its just IM

Steam Chat, no its just IM stuff... err.. aybe there is some voice, never looked.. L4D has in game voice.

The Hunted- well about 10 review out, havent seen a bad one yet... Looks like it might be an OK game (RPG? well that is a different thing alltogther, but seem as far as a game its doing well) most review are 80+ out of 100... I forgot to download it so I gotta wait anotehr day or more.. I recently started Bordelands again. Played it throuhg 2X with friends and then down loaded all the DLC and nver played any of it... Zombie stuff is a bit.. so-so.. just line um up and kill um. Mad Moxie is next then general Knox... SO may wait a few days till I hit Hunted Up.

Joined: 01/21/2009
HUNTED- got about 6 hours in

HUNTED- got about 6 hours in today (took a sick day... and no... i was actually sick)... quick overview, keep in mind this is with about 6 hours in.

Nothing new, standard action adventure game in the Vien of DIE BY THE SWORD, RUNE for the PC or any of the million Action adventure games on the Consoles... Not GOD OF WAR/Devil May cry stuff... more exploring and fighting 2-3 at once. The Nothing New statment makes it sound bad... but so far I am enjoying it. In singel player the PC does and OK job (so far a way to good a job) of it. You have your Btute, and your ranged. Randomly and after some "boss" mobs you get differtn weaopns you can pick and chose.. more dmg/slower or with bonus's ice, etc... The characters banter and so far its kinda fun to listen to it.. but after a few hours some stuff is said way to many times. Each character has specific stuff, the brute can move stuff, the archer can light stuff on fire with the bow... The combat is simple enouhg anybody can do it, but seems to reward some skill. So far the Puzzles are simple, but thats ok by me as the combat can get hectic sometimes. The do tend to throw alot at you in a few spots, and then add in ranged guys and it can be pretty brutal. I am playing ont he hardest setting ( there is one harder but it appears to be locked till one play through is done). You can swap betwwen who you play only at specific points. its hard to judge when you should and its just a guessing game. I found the archer is far harder to play well, but is more fun. The brute is basicly block and attack at the right times, and hold that shiled up when advacning into arrows. i would say so far its a good game, not great. Im sure they thouhgt the dialog would push it to that next level, but while I enjoy it.. its not enough.

I did not like the character swap system. The graphics are a bit disappointing really. They are just fine, but I was kinda hoping the would match Oblivion ( i know, just a distributer, not the game maker) but man... that engine was out 5 years ago.. and looks better. The graphics are fine and wont hurt the game, but I just expected more. When you start it has a gamma test ( make the image just barely show) but in game its way to dark I think. so im guessing they want ot dang dark in areas. The levels are very liniear.... not a bad thing but does really does ruin the explore options . I am a bit worried there seem to be 3 crystals you are suposed to collect for end game, i have one already.... might be short.

I did like the banter, the characters are likeable. The combat is just right, the AI is good, and not frustrating (it does have it moments) The story is somewhat interersting , a littel to "oh... I know where this is going" (but I may be wrong). I can tell the game was made for gamers... it has all the right stuff, doesnt really invent anything, but doesnt break those things that work either.

I gotta gree with most reviews (so far) i would say a 8 out of 10

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