As a sacrificial gladiator you are trained for twenty years until you are ready to be dropped down a big pit in the centre of town that holds spirits that protect your village. After twenty years of intense training you are told, quite bluntly, by a depressed version of Na’vi that you will not survive. Now, where we come from that’s fighting talk so after a short tutorial we were ready to begin our first challenge. The fairy did not give us enough credit as we mopped the floor with the first, second and third challenges. Then the problems started… “Use me to destroy these statues.” The fairy said as he passed over a shrine that made him into a miniature Fae-Bomb™ that could be called to any place by a single button press. Now, as most of you know, the first instinct when given an opportunity to screw over a teammate is to screw over a teammate. The rebuttal to being screwed over, of course, being revenge meant that this level took us much longer than the others. Gone were the days of killing, this was now a puzzle game where everyone is your enemy.
Coming out of the shadows and revealing at PAX Prime/Gamescom, FORCED has been under development since 2011. In FORCED, players take the role of gladiators, forced to fight off death in the arena. They will face off against monsters using one of four classes – each with 16 abilities. The game can be played in single-player or co-operative multi-player. To surpass the challenges and puzzles of the arena, players must make use of their Spirit Mentor. The Spirit Mentor is a floating orb which can interact with environmental objects.