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DescriptionHeretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders is the expanded version of the original Heretic retail release with the addition of two new episodes. This gives Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders a total of five episodes compared to the original Heretic's three episodes (and a single episode for the shareware release). Owners of the original Heretic are able to download a free patch which will update the game to the Shadow of the Serpent Riders' full five episodes.
Your world has been ravaged by the three Serpent Riders from the Abyss. Afterwards two of the Riders have left, while one, D'Sparil remains to oversee the oppression. It is your duty, as the Heretic, to destroy this demon.
Heretic is the first game in the Heretic/Hexen franchise. Here begins Raven's tradition of taking id's latest game engines, improving on them, and using them in a fantasy game.
For Heretic, the Doom engine was used. The Raven team enhanced the engine with the addition of an inventory system, the ability to look up and down, and the ability to fly, along with some lesser features such as powerful wind currents. Not counting the inventory, the core gameplay that made Doom such a hit remained the same.
Part of the Following Groups
- 3D Engine: id Tech 1
- BPjS / BPjM indexed games
- Gameplay feature: Auto-mapping
- Heretic and Hexen series
|A lot more than “Doom with a medieval theme”||DOS||Gatekeeper (214)|
The Press Says
|Joystick (French)||DOS||Mar, 1995||91 out of 100||91|
|PC Player (Denmark)||DOS||1996||85 out of 100||85|
|PC Player (Brazil)||DOS||Jul, 1996||80|
|GameSpot||DOS||Jun 13, 1996||7.6 out of 10||76|
|The DOS Spirit||DOS||Dec 01, 2009||4.5 out of 6||75|
|Computer Games Magazine||DOS||Jun 13, 1996||60|
|PC Zone||DOS||Aug 13, 2001||5 out of 10||50|
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TriviaOn July 29, 1995, Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.
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