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The world of Thyrion was continuously conquered by the demon brothers known as the Serpent Riders. After two of them were defeated, the oldest and most powerful of the three, Eidolon, is the only one that stands between slavery and liberation. A lone hero must first defeat his generals, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and finally bring the fight to Eidolon himself.

Hexen II is the third game in the Heretic and Hexen series. Like its predecessors, it is a medieval fantasy-themed first-person shooter. Similarly to Hexen, the player can choose between different character classes - Paladin, Crusader, Assassin, and Necromancer (four as opposed to three in Hexen). These characters have different parameters and abilities, compelling the player to use different fighting styles when controlling them. The Paladin has high vitality and focuses on melee weapons; the Crusader is a defensive character who eventually acquires healing abilities; the Assassin gains access to a critical strike skill when sneaking on enemies; and the Necromancer is physically vulnerable but is eventually able to restore his powers from fallen enemies. Each character has access to four unique weapons during the course of the game.

The player character travels to four stylistically distinct areas (medieval European, Mesoamerican, ancient Egyptian, and Greco-Roman). Each area is composed out of interconnected stages. Switch-manipulating and item-procuring puzzles must be usually solved in order to advance. It is often required to travel between stages several times in order to complete these tasks. Enemies do not respawn when the player re-enters an area.

A new feature in the game compared to its predecessors are its role-playing elements. Each character has attributes which increase when the character gains experience by defeating monsters. Characters' hit points and mana are extended gradually and permanently when leveling up. They also gain new abilities at specific levels. Weapons can be powered up by acquiring Tomes of Power, unlocking alternate (usually more damaging) firing patterns for them. Since the ranged weapons in the game are magical, they deplete the player character's blue or green mana bars when used. Like health, these can be restored by finding appropriate recovery items.

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Hexen II Windows Medieval
Hexen II Windows Ballista
Hexen II Windows Roman
Hexen II Windows In the water you will encounter very annoying creatures.

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Alternate Titles

  • "H2" -- Common abbrevation

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User Reviews

A daunting, but well-crafted and rewarding sequel to a great original Windows Ian McLean (23)
Hexen 2 adds up to Hexen 1 with better graphics and more variety. Windows WJAndrews (35)
Hexen II is unique and fun, but also very frustrating. Windows Kaddy B. (796)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Windows Nov, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
CD-Action Windows Nov, 1997 9 out of 10 90
PC Jeux Windows Oct, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Gamezilla Windows Apr 23, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Gamesmania.de Windows 1997 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Windows Sep 22, 1997 7.3 out of 10 73
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Jan 17, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
LudoMac Macintosh Oct 26, 2002 6 out of 10 60
Shooterplanet Windows Feb 21, 2005 45 out of 100 45

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