DescriptionHexen 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 95" -- Windows re-release title
- "Hexen" -- Console title
- "Heretic 2" -- Working title
Part of the Following Groups
- 3D Engine: id Tech 1
- Gameplay feature: Auto-mapping
- Gameplay feature: Recordable replays
- Heretic and Hexen series
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|
|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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TriviaIn 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)