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Heretic II

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The medieval land of Parthoris is swept by a mysterious plague. Its infected inhabitants descend into madness. Corvus, the protagonist of the first Heretic, finds a way to escape from his home town, but is still contaminated by the plague. Since he possesses one of the ancient Tomes of Power, he is not immediately affected by the plague; but sooner or later, he will have to succumb to it. Before that happens, Corvus must find who or what was causing the plague in the first place...

Heretic II is a third-person fantasy shooter game with the camera chasing behind the character. The perspective is pretty much the only thing that breaks with the tradition of the series. The core gameplay still consists mainly of exploring the large fantasy-themed levels, using medieval weapons (mainly long-ranged) and spells to deal with the plethora of enemies. Despite the third-person view, jumping and environmental puzzles are used as moderately as it is usual in first-person shooters.

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Credits (Windows version)

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Quality Assurance
Special Thanks To
Intern - Installers and Production Testing
Creative Directors
Project Administrator
Additional Design
Assistant Lead Programmer
Player, Weapon, and Game Programming
Game Programming and Art Asset Corrdination
Camera, Network, and Game Programming
Interface, Hardware, and Low-Level Programming
Player, Monster, and Game Programming
Monster and Game Programming
Low-Level and Game Programming
Chief Technologist
Scripting System and Quake Engine Expert
Assistant Technologist
Additional AI and Special Effect Programming
Additional Weapon Effect Programming
3rd Party Support and Programming
Quake Editor Support and Modification
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German version

All blood effects and cut off limbs were removed in the German version. Also disarmed enemies no longer flee.

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Related Sites +

  • Loonygames
    While this entire site is not devoted to Heretic 2, this is a direct link to a fascinating article about current programming/design methods. On this page, the author discusses the use of something called "map markers" within the game's design to allow the bad guys to navigate their world. Good article, give it a read!
  • Planet Heretic
    The premier site for Heretic II news, information, and hosting.

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  • MobyGames ID: 673


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by DarkTalon.

Amiga added by Kabushi. Macintosh added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Paul Budd, Xantheous, chirinea, Patrick Bregger.

Game added January 5th, 2000. Last modified March 8th, 2023.