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''Hunted: The Demon's Forge'' is a {{Fantasy}} HackAndSlash game released in 2011 for the UsefulNotes/{{PS3}}, UsefulNotes/XBox360 and PC by Creator/BethesdaSoftworks and Creator/InXileEntertainment. Primarily designed for co-op play, the players are cast into the roles of the elven archer E'lara and the human warrior Caddoc. The game chronicles the pair's mercenary adventures as they search for gold and whatever else they can make off with while working for a woman named Seraphine who promises them power as well as wealth if they will help her with a simple favor.

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!!This game provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: E'lara, complete with BoyishShortHair and [[TheLadette a massive competitive streak, tattoos, love of violence and an obsession with blowing things up]]
* AndIMustScream: One side quest involves setting free an apprentice mage and his lover from a fireplace the mage's evil mentor bound their souls in.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:The best ending, obtained by neither character drinking the sleg, shows the heroes wandering off into the wilds in the direction of a town, snarking at each other of course.]]
* AntiHero: The leads, though after some CharacterDevelopment E'lara seems to be becoming a straight up hero, outright calling Caddoc out when he seems reluctant to help rescue the people of Leer simly because the King can't pay them (never mind that the city was burning down around them).
* ArcherArchetype: E'lara subverts this: she is almost never calm, cold or collected but ''is'' regularly looking for something to blow up.
* ArrowsOnFire: E'lara can light her arrows on fire to solve various puzzles
* BaldOfAwesome: Caddoc, with a side of PermaStubble.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Seraphine, the [[ManBehindTheMan Woman Behind Anuvin]], recruits the leads in order to have them replace Anuvin once they slay him. If either hero drinks the sleg even once, that is exactly what happens.]]
* BodyCountCompetition: Between E'lara and Caddoc.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Both characters have a melee and ranged option: Sword and Bow for E'lara, Sword and Crosbow for Caddoc, though their specializations are apparent as E'lara's unique magic focuses on her bow and Caddoc gets special melee options.
* BrokenBird: E'lara. As the game goes on she mentions several times that she has BadDreams about how the Minotaur slaughtered her people, and said Minotaur are her BerserkButton. Under her snarky, thrill seeking persona E'lara is in a lot more pain than she lets on.
* ColorCodedItemTiers: White for common, green for uncommon, and purple for rare. Usually the purples are rewarded for completing sidequests and puzzles.
* TheCorruption: The Sleg, a silvery liquid currently being gathered by the EvilOverlord. E'lara and Caddoc can take advantage of it to make certain hard segments laughably easy, though [[spoiler: using the sleg will result in the corrupted character killing the other and becoming the new incarnation of the EvilOverlord.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover depicts E'lara wielding a one handed Crossbow. Caddoc is the one who uses a Crossbow, E'lara gets a classic bow and arrow deal.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both leads have one. Elara's is the slaughter of her people by the Minotaur, Caddoc's is his dead family.
* DarkFantasy: The world is set in TheDungAges, the Elves are nearly extinct, the two leads are a BrokenBird paired with a KnightInSourArmor and TheHorde is hacking away at whatever remains of civilization.
* DeadpanSnarker: E'lara and Caddoc can't seem to go five minutes without snarking at something or other.
* DegradedBoss: The Wargar Shaman appears frequently among other Mooks after its boss status in the first chapter, sometimes two at a time. The witch boss of the third chapter also appears a few times later on as [[EliteMook Elite Mooks]].
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:The sleg is implied to be this.]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: Using the sleg certainly makes the game easier, but [[spoiler:results in a bad ending, as one of the characters kills the other and then becomes the BigBad of the next cycle.]]
* ExplodingBarrels: And it makes E'lara really happy to have StuffBlowingUp.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: as it turns out, the BigBad tore the eyes out of nearly every dragon in his lair with his bare hands!]]
* FlamingArrows: E'lara can light her arrows at a torch to inflict fire damage and solve puzzles.
** Several ballistae also have flaming or exploding projectiles.
** An upgrade for E'lara gives her magical fiery arrows. Much to her delight, they create nice, big explosions, too.
** She also has access to Ice Arrows, the [[{{Pun}} polar]] opposite of this trope.
* FlashStep: The Wargar Shamans and Witches both do this frequently,
* FanService: E'lara and Seraphine. E'lara even points out that Seraphine is wearing a 'slutty outfit'. Caddoc scoffs and E'lara replies, "My outfit isn't slutty... it's strategically placed."
* GenreSavvy: As Caddoc an E'lara near the final boss area, E'lara notes that there is chanting and Caddoc replies that chanting is never good.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: ZigZagged. Though built to be stronger in this setup, nothing stops the player from sniping with Caddoc's crossbow or going Sword-and-Board with E'lara if they feel like it.
* TheHorde: mainly [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Wargar]], [[ALoadOfBull Minotaur]] and [[DemBones Skeletons]], though a few [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] join in later on.
* JigglePhysics: E'lara [[FanService again]], though not to the [[{{Gainaxing}} extreme some media can take it]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** When you approach one of the many large doors that block your path Caddoc will wonder who built all these really heavy doors.
** E'lara will threaten to kill their creator on one occasion.
** E'lara thinks it's cheating when [[spoiler: they walk right past two sleeping dragons because she can control them with the Death Stone.]]
* MadnessMantra: Cadoc and E'lara will run into many random people over the course of the game who have gone insane from the events and are simply standing around muttering.
* NoArcInArchery: The arrows fired by E'lara's bow and Caddoc's crossbow are always straight and true.
* NoSell: [[spoiler:The best ending results in Seraphine trying to control the heroes, sure they partook of the sleg. E'lara and Caddoc just look at each other before promptly telling her they never drank the sleg.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: E'lara thinks this is the case about Seraphine, though Caddoc is enraptured enough to ignore the elf. It helps the GenreBlindness a bit that they both are being promised riches, and the ''are'' mercenaries, after all.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The primary motivation of the heroes, at least until some CharacterDevelopment.
* OurOgresAreHungrier: combined with a side of OurGiantsAreBigger resulting in massive Ogres the size of buildings. Sadly also a case of TheUnfought.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: They're called Wargar!
* PlatonicLifePartners: E'lara and Caddoc seem to have this relationship, likely due to E'lara being [[Really700YearsOld at least a hundred years older than Caddoc]].
** Although that does not stop them from making playful passes then and again - "them" mainly being Caddoc, who constantly calls E'lara "girl" despite being younger (but obviously most definitely not looking it), alludes to her outfit several times...and not to forget the character swap animation that plays in the chapter selection menu, when, after growling "I'll take the lead" he dispenses a light smack with his weapon upon E'laras behind, prompting a soft exhalation of surprise.
** Conversely, E'lara's nickname for Caddoc is "old man".
* PowerGlows: EliteMooks will feature this, and players that spell link or drink the sleg will glow while it lasts.
* RedOniBlueOni: Inverted. Caddoc is the somber blue oni, E'lara is the thrill-seeking red oni.
* ShoutOut: One of the dead that the player can interact with using the Death Stone mentions a [[LordOfTheRings Witch-King]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: E'lara's outfit. Somewhat tamer than many other examples, but still: her shoulders, [[BareYourMidriff abdomen]], thighs and significant parts of the back are exposed. Bonus points for being made out of black leather.
** Seraphine's outfit certainly counts as well. Leads to a humorous LampshadeHanging as seen under {{Fanservice}}.
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Whenever you see a vat of sleg, your in for a fight, though [[spoiler: partaking of the sleg may not yield desirable endgame results.]]
* ViciousCycle: [[spoiler: The Sleg has caused one for centuries; the Sleg corrupts a host, causing them to kill the person closest to them and become an EvilOverlord. The slain loved one also becomes a ghost who works to find a hero capable of killing the Sleg-infested Evil Overlord, but this is actually a trick by the Sleg to find a stronger host, as the hero uses the Sleg to defeat the Evil Overlord and ends up becoming the next Evil Overlord. The Witch-King who originally unsealed the Sleg was the first host, it then passed to the Great Black Dragon who killed the Witch-King, and then onto Annuvin, who killed the dragon. In the game's normal ending, the player character becomes the next host of the Sleg, and kills their partner. However, you can break the cycle by never drinking any Sleg.]]
* WasOnceAMan: Conversations with the long dead using the Deathstone reveal that the Wargar were originally human soldiers who were mutated with magic to increase their fighting ability during the ancient war between the two kingdoms. In the centuries since the war the Wargar have devolved even further into tribes of orc-like raiders.
* WeaponOfChoice: Caddoc has a sword and shield, while E'lara uses bows and arrows. Subverted in that their weapons don't reflect their personalities.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Caddoc is ''very'' bothered by Arachnids. You have to fight a giant one in the second level. The game even Lampshades this with a special achievement for beating it with E'lara that reads "As E'lara, squash the spider god while holding Caddoc's hand".
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