HeXen: Beyond Heretic

HeXen was the sequel to Heretic. It was released by Id Software in October of 1995. It was a first-person shooter developed by Raven Software. HeXen had a very Doom like feel to it (because it used the Doom engine) but its styling was magic, not shotguns. Unlike most of the retro games in this list, this one is still available to buy, which is a testament to its quality. If you’d like to try it you can snag a copy for yourself on Steam right here.

The story was that you had to go to a decaying dimension and fight the undead followers of the evil D’Sparil. The main goal was to find the boss, Korax, in his stronghold and destroy him. You could choose to be one of three heroes, a warrior, a mage, and a cleric. These players could wield superpowers and awesome weapons. It had a flying mechanic as well as the standard walk and run. The gameplay was simple: find artefacts, wander round devastated landscapes, kill all the things with weapons and spells.

One feature that was cool about this game, it was multiplayer. You could link up to four players over a network, or two via modem, and battle it out together. I haven’t tried the Steam version (oh yes…that is something I may well be doing) so I don’t know the play restrictions on that version but I would assume you can play the four players over the network version now that modems aren’t dial up. If you know maybe let drop a comment.

Let me know

If you played this game yourself, back in the day or more recently, feel free to tell me about it. I’d love to hear what you thought about it. Also if you played any other Doom engine game why not tell me about that too. I’m trying to grow my list of games I remember so if I played it and you remind me of it I will post about it.

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