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Hexen: Beyond Heretic

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Hexen is the sequel to Heretic. While the Heretic was destroying D'Sparil, the other two Serpent Riders have come to your dimension and slaughtered everyone. Or so they thought. Three humans have managed to escape with their lives and now seek vengeance against the Serpent Rider Korax who remains in their world.

Like Heretic, Hexen is a fantasy game based on an enhanced DOOM engine. All of Heretic's innovations like vertical looking, flying, and the inventory system have been carried over. The new major changes this time around are three characters for the player to choose from and the level hub system. The characters are the Fighter, the Cleric, and the Mage. Each one has four unique weapons and different levels of speed and armor.

The hub system steps away from the traditional "single levels stringed along into episodes" system which had been carried over into the FPS genre from sidescrollers and made popular by Wolfenstein 3D. In Hexen's hub system each episode is still made up of interconnected levels, but most of the levels are connected to a single "hub" level through portals. There are also portals between some of the "spoke" levels. Many of the puzzles in Hexen require travel back and forth between different levels.

Other innovations in Hexen included weather effects, jumping, earth-quakes, and destructible objects such as trees and vases.


Hexen: Beyond Heretic Macintosh What could there be in that tower?
Hexen: Beyond Heretic Nintendo 64 Gate to the next level.
Hexen: Beyond Heretic Macintosh Break the window to see what is on the other side.
Hexen: Beyond Heretic Windows The door for the Emerald Key.

Alternate Titles

  • "Hexen 95" -- Windows re-release title
  • "Hexen" -- Console title
  • "Heretic 2" -- Working title

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User Reviews

(Review from 1995) Hexen is more than just a "Doom Clone" and is worth trying. DOS Kadath Bird (619)
Hexen is an excellent shooter that's just not for everyone. DOS WJAndrews (32)
True to its name in many ways... frustrating, somewhat fun. DOS ShadowShrike (311)
Enormous switch hunt in scary castles. DOS Sir Gofermajster (481)
Pushing the limits of id Tech 1, one sector at a time. DOS Chris Charabaruk (143)
A descent Medieval shooter that just tries to be too many games at once DOS Medicine Man (367)
An RPG-Style First-Person Shooter DOS Aenn Seidhe Priest (10)

The Press Says

SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA Saturn Dec 05, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Land Nintendo 64 2003 88 out of 100 88
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 1997 85 out of 100 85
macHOME Macintosh Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 74 out of 100 74
Game Play 64 Nintendo 64 Oct, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn Mar, 1997 5.1 out of 10 51
Edge Nintendo 64 Aug, 1997 5 out of 10 50
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Jul 03, 1997 5 out of 10 50
NowGamer PlayStation Mar 09, 1997 3.5 out of 10 35


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In German, "hexen" means "witches", or "casting a spell" when used as a verb. Moreover, the game has a Warlock skill level - a warlock (or "hexenmeister") is the male version of a witch.

Related Web Sites

  • Doomsday HQ (Home of jDoom, jHeretic, and jHexen. These are hardware accelerated ports of those games ( require original DOS versions to work). Useful to make the games prettier, extended multiplayer support, and to work perfectly on Windows Xp!)
  • Raven-Games (This site is dedicated to older Raven Software games. Here you can get maps and mods for Heretic, including JHexen and Koka's GLHexen, the two best hardware accelerated Hexen upgrades in existence!)
  • Wikipedia: Hexen: Beyond Heretic (Information about Hexen: Beyond Heretic at Wikipedia)
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