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Heretic Reviews (DOS)

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Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Doom + medieval scenery = Heretic Sir Gofermajster (480) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Fantasy Doom? What more could a fantasy/action devotee ask for? Kalirion (627) unrated
Either an outstanding Doom mod or a really cheap stand-alone game Maw (845) unrated
A masterpiece created with the Doom engine, but isn't it really just a Doom clone? Medicine Man (365) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A medieval Doom with boring weapons Optimus (80) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Innovative and original 'shoot-em-up' game in very imaginative environments Derek Reker (2) unrated
A decent and fun game. Tomer Gabel (4349) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall User Score (44 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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While HERETIC may not be the watershed event that DOOM was, it is an excellent game and certainly a candidate for the top ten of 1995. The shareware version containing the first nine levels is probably floating around a BBS near you, but you'll need to call id Software to get the registered version in order to play Hell's Maw and The Dome of D'Sparil episodes. If you didn't DOOM, you probably won't like HERETIC either, and hey, good luck on your next of Solitaire. But that whirring noise you're hearing is millions of DOOM lovers' hard drivers clearing space for HERETIC.
Score (Jan, 1995)
Kdyby se Heretic objevil dříve než Doom, jistě by si vysloužil závratně vysoké hodnocení. Stejně jako Doom 2 však nepřišel s ničím novým a nebyl hodnocen tak vysoko jako první díl, tak ani Heretic nemůže dosáhnout stejného score jako Doom. I když je hra jako taková možná objektivně lepší, není už první a zdaleka už ne převratná (a zdaleka ne tak brutální a krvavá, což mnohé možná odradí). Výsledných 89% si však rozhodně zaslouží. Najdete tady to, co nabízel Doom - rychlou, svižnou a dynamickou akci, rozsáhlé úrovně, inteligentní nepřátele - ale, suma sumárum - objektivně tady není nic nového.
PC Gamer (Apr, 1995)
Slick graphics; new enemies; and the chance to change your friends into chickens. Heretic's mystic setting just doesn't equal Doom in bone-crushing atmosphere. The same kick-in-the-teeth violence buffet as Doom, but with great new trimmings.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 12, 2013)
Disponible pour une bouchée de pain sur Steam (avec ses suites d'égale qualité), Heretic est un must-have pour tous les amateurs de FPS old-school. Le jeu, riche d'un contenu conséquent, servi par une direction artistique et un gameplay plus qu'à la hauteur, offre des sensations de shoot très agréables. Sublimée par un level design excellent et varié, au vu de l'époque et du genre, l'expérience incroyable et atypique qu'offre ce titre (et plus globalement, cette série de FPS médiévaux) est clairement à vivre pour un fan du genre.
PC Joker (Jan, 1995)
Wer akustische Schockeffekte erwartet, wird jedoch nicht enttäuscht, und die Musik ist wirklich höllisch gut. Auch an der Steuerung gibt es nichts auszusetzen, gleicht sie doch (abgesehen von den erwähnten Verbesserungen) der von „Doom 2“ aufs Haar. ID-Mitbegründer John Romero hat also vollkommen recht, wenn er sagt: „Wer unsere vorangegangenen Spiele mochte, wird nach Heretic verrückt sein!“
Power Unlimited (Apr, 1995)
Hoewel het concept natuurlijk overbekend is, denk ik dat Heretic je op dezelfde manier kan verbazen zoals Doom dat vroeger deed. Echt de moeite waard, misschien alleen een beetje te makkelijk.
Techtite (2000)
While Doom began the whole 3D gaming craze as we know it today, Heretic is when things started to get fun. It used the same 3D game engine as Doom, yet was set in a mystical time period, so magic wands and staffs were the "weaponry" (with a lot of impressive special FX to go with them). You could also collect additional spells as inventory items, that you could use at any time! Animation was equally improved; defeat a zombie warrior and see their freed spirit screaming up into the sky...Xena Warrior Princess, eat your heart out! This shareware game was soon followed by an off-the-shelf spin-off (of sorts), Hexen, which was set in the same storyline as Heretic. However, it was the inspired idea of Heretic that paved the road for any number of ingenious Doom clones, showing everything the Doom engine could accomplish...with the right game designers behind it!
Just Games Retro (Jun 14, 2009)
Overall, Heretic is pretty much what you’d expect from a “Doom-clone.” It’s an industry-standard length at three full episodes, and any fantasy elements take a backseat to the core gameplay of messily blasting apart otherworldly foes. It’s about on par with iD’s creations, has some creative differences and additions, and is worth playing through if you’re a fan of the genre or, for whatever reason, aren’t playing Doom. That strength is an equal weakness for everyone who isn’t out to play every 90′s FPS ever made, and without Doom’s novelty, the number of people interested in playing an almost identical game is understandably cut.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Apr, 1995)
Al wie het na Doom II nog niet grondig beu is zal zich met Heretic kostelijk amuseren, maar ook zij die vinden dat het stilaan genoeg is met die Doom toestanden zullen met Heretic toch wel even verrast worden.
Das Programm ist technisch äußerst kompetent, flott spielbar, zugleich aber Innovations-frei und allzu routiniert runtergenudelt.
Power Play (Feb, 1995)
3D-Ballereien haben ihre Reiz verloren und scrollen nicht mal mehr die Oma hinterm Ofen hervor. Die Masse an schlechten 3D-Spielen macht die Sache überdies reizvoll wie eine verzogene Pumpgun und die POWER-PLAY-Redakteure sind sich einig: Wir brauchen diese geklauten Langeweiler nicht mehr und Ihr sicherlich auch nicht. Raven's „Heretic“ ist da jedoch ein klein wenig anders. Erstens geht’s mit Magie gegen Magier, zweitens macht „Heretic“ mir persönlich mehr Spaß als „Hell on Earth“, drittens gewährt das Item-System ein gewisses Maß an Strategie und letztens hat id Software nur von sich selbst geklaut. Alles in allem bringt „Heretic“ nicht den innovativ-kultigen Spaß des Erstlings, obwohl es faktisch besser ist, aber trotz 3D-Overkill ist es bislang die beste Kopie des Originals und deshalb empfehlenswert.
Excalibur (Feb, 1995)
Co shrnout závěrem? Heretic je vcelku ucházející hra, která má jednu obrovskou a jednu menší vadu. Tou první je neoriginálnosti, neboť jde o zeditovaného DOOMa. Co se té druhé týče, je to rozsáhlost levelů. Ale jinak, jinak to vcelku ujde. Pokud jste zavilí DOOMmaniaci, Heretic by neměl uniknout Vaší pozornosti.
Heretic is definitely the kind of game that you can spend many hours playing without realizing it. The enjoyment level is really high when you are doing well and drops slightly when you get lost in a maze of caverns. Heretic challenges your brain to figure out each level. If you don't, you feel like a loser. There is almost the perfect combination of intensity and inaction. The final showdown with the evil master is amazingly tough, so save your game often.