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Hexen: Beyond Heretic (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Hexen: Beyond Heretic Windows A Silver Key.
Hexen: Beyond Heretic Windows Hello yourself.
Hexen: Beyond Heretic Windows Smash the windows.
Hexen: Beyond Heretic Windows Under attack.

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Joystick (French) Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 1997 85 out of 100 85

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Trivia

The first place in the game where the Porkalator artifact can be found is on Hub 2: "Caves of Circe". Circe was a character in Greek mythology, who transformed Odysseus' crew into pigs.

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)
Xantheous (1296) added Hexen: Beyond Heretic (Windows) on Feb 20, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Kalirion (644), Kabushi (116353) and Grant McLellan (545)