While you were battling the evil forces of D'Sparil, the other Serpent Riders were busy sowing the seeds of destruction in other dimensions. One such dimension is the decaying world where Hexen takes place. A world littered with the mangled corpses of nonbelievers and inhabited by the undead followers that executed them.
Release Date: Oct 1, 1995

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Includes 4 items: HeXen: Beyond Heretic, HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel, Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders, HeXen II


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While you were battling the evil forces of D'Sparil, the other Serpent Riders were busy sowing the seeds of destruction in other dimensions. One such dimension is the decaying world where Hexen takes place. A world littered with the mangled corpses of nonbelievers and inhabited by the undead followers that executed them. Only three humans &endash; a warrior, a mage and a cleric &endash; have escaped the leaders' vicious spell. Now these brave souls have sworn to crush the evil regime that threatens to destroy the world forever. Separated upon entering the mystical portal, the three are forced to attempt on their own what they had hoped to do together: find Korax's stronghold, destroy him and restore order in the physical world.

  • Become one of 3 heroes. Wield superhuman powers and lethal weapons.
  • Walk. Run. Fly. Look all around. Inflict serious pain.
  • Pillage your way through earthquakes, crumbling bridges and fog.
  • Track down powerful artifacts and cast wicked spells.
  • Four sick individuals can wreak havoc via network, two by modem.

System Requirements

    Minimum: A 100% Windows XP/Vista-compatible computer system

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Remember when games were made by people who loved them and put extreme effort into making them to the absolute best of their ability? Probably not. Hexen: Beyond Heretic is easily up there with the greatest of all time. Easily. Everytime I play this I cannot fathom how once such a great industry, overflowing with talent turned into the bland, dumbed-down, soulless mess it is today. We've come down from seeing hundreds of great games and a handful of masterpieces yearly to seeing maybe 1 or 2 semi decent games every 4 years if we're lucky!

Hexen, while essentially a first person action fantasy game, takes a lot of influence from RPG games of that era, offering expansive exploration that see's you backtrack through earlier stages of the game to access areas previously unavailable until aquiring a key from a later part in the game. The level design is jaw droppingly amazing, some of the best ever, consisting of sprawling non-linear layouts which are almost psychotically well thought out. There are traps, puzzles scattered through-out the levels as well as hordes of blood thirsty minions to hack into pieces.

The setting is very similar to that of Heretic and the gameplay to an extent. There are different classes to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses and each with their own diverse weapons and spells, the classes consist of;

The Fighter - Melee focused character with weapons more suited for striking range.
The Cleric - Which is an all rounder class, mixing the ability to fight with the ability to cast spells.
The Mage - Which is self explanatory, the mage starts off weak, with weak spells that are suited for ranged attacks until he becomes a badass later in the game with spells that allow him to fly.

Hexen is truly a masterpiece, a work of art, a crowning achievement in gaming, if you haven't played it already I suggest you do so immediately and if you have played it I suggest you play it again. Put down your bland whack-a-mole/military shooters and play a real game!
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I played the hell out of this game when I first encountered it on N64, and on PC it's even better. I'd say the only real downsides are that it technically runs in a DOS emulator resolution wise it is lacking, and controls need tweaking. Overall a fun game and really set the bar high when it originally released.
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I punched orcs and lizard demons in the ♥♥♥♥.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
HeXen: Beyond Heretic, or as I prefer to call it, "WHERE THE F**K AM I GOING" is a game that is quite a long way ahead of it's time. I suspect this is the first game to allow you to freely come and go between levels (once you unlock them, of course), much like you can in games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (although slightly unlike Castlevania, it has a hub world). The gameplay is, well, imagine doom with more melee weapons, and magic instead of guns. It's kick-♥♥♥♥. It's fast-paced, difficult, murderous fun, however it is not entirely without its flaws.

I very strongly reccomend you download a mod called Zandronum, along with downloading novert, as these give proper mouse-look (well, you can't look up and down, but the game is designed with that in mind, so it's not an issue), along with letting you customise controls and increasing the resolution of the textures, unless you're nostalgic for graphics that, in all honesty, have aged poorly. Also, the level designers seemed to have a raging hard-on for levels with poor lighting.

However, in spite of all that, plus it's insanely easy to get lost, I have to reccomend this game. The gameplay is, as you can tell from the screenshots, DOOM in a fantasy setting. You run around at mach 5 hitting ♥♥♥♥ with a lightning axe or shooting fire from your hands. Buy it, or buy the Hexen + Heretic bundle. If you like video games, fun and retro ♥♥♥♥-kicking action, you won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
This game is not for people who have only played DOOM-cubed. This game is for people who played ClassicDOOM on DOS. Released during the same era of gaming, Hexen is, as the title suggests, the sequel to Heretic. I actually never played this in its heyday, so this is actually a new experience for me. I didn't understand the hub system when I was younger, so never actually touched Hexen until just recently.

In this game, instead of being just one "DOOMguy" or "Corvus/Hereticguy/FantasyDOOMguy," you can choose one of three classes: a Fighter, a Cleric, or Mage. Each have their strengths and weaknesses, and will actually use certain items/powerups in the game differently, most notably the Flechette. The demos that play if you don't create a new game are a bit misleading, as they suggest that each class has a different set of levels to playthrough. Or, they did for me anyway. I quickly figured out that is not the case, and was a little disappointed at first, but quickly got over it. Now that I'm older, I understand the Hub system better and am able to navigate through the levels easier. One thing I would stress: explore everywhere. Don't leave any portion of your maps blank if you can help it. Some important switches are hidden in easily-disregarded places, and you will find yourself stuck if you don't throw/flip them.

People looking for "new and exciting ame mechanics" will likely be very disappointed. As far as I know, this particular iteration of a hub system has not been recreated for any other (popular) FPS-type game outside the Heretic franchise. But, if you played these games and similar during their heyday, I would highly recommend getting them for a trip down Memory Lane.

(Also, the price of these games in the bundle can't be beat. Ten bucks for four games? That's $2.50 USD per game!)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Don't judge this game because it's old. It's a fun game, but it's really hard also.

Still fun to play.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Great game, but How do I install a newer .exe this one gives me motion sickness after some time.
7/10 4 real geeky people who have given up on social values.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Warning: Don't buy this game if you dont have experience with dos box. On second thought, dont buy this game at all, it hasnt aged well, espcially on pc. The games levels are big mazes that get repetitive, and when compared to other games of its time like doom, its pretty lackluster.
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5 of 17 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I recommend not purshasng any of these games. First of all, the dosbox that is in the folder is way out of date. You'll most likey have to alter the .config text to get these games to work. It really sucks becuase these are great games. Steam dropped the ball on these hard
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29.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
This has to be one of my favorite games of all time. Yes, it can get monotonous at times, and yes, those are the only weapons you get for the whole game, but combining Heretic's inventory system with a pseudo-RPG class element and a borderline open world like something from The Witcher makes this a good experience for any fan of rougelikes or adventure games with a dash of simple puzzles thrown in. Like Heretic, I suggest you run this using GZDoom, as the battles can get pretty hectic, and trying to aim in Dosbox will make you pull your hair out.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
HeXen: Beyond Heretic is a forgotten Doom-era gem still worth playing, but you need to run it with a source port like ZDoom to maximize your enjoyment. Aside from letting you customize your controls (the default settings are atrocious), it makes the game look better (sharper graphics, vastly improved framerate, etc).
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Let's take a moment to travel back in time. Far, far back in time when a door opening horizontally in a Doom game was considered impressive. Seriously, in 1995 that was an excellent demonstration of the improved Doom engine. So was the fact that levels spanned multiple maps, and you could return to previous ones. Hole. Lee. ****.

Ok, so, not so impressive these days. However, it is still a fun game. You choose from three different classes - your generic brawler, your clichéd wizard, and an in-between cleric. Each character has four different weapons and two different types of mana to power the weapons. Gameplay is very much like Doom, in that you are searching for the exit to a level, which you get by finding secrets and keys. While the plot (yes there is a plot, just not much of one) doesn't change at all based on your characters, the gameplay does. The brawler uses mostly melee weapons, while the wizard uses projectiles. The game is broken into five episodes, each of which contains several maps. You'll need to get through a bunch of locked gates by finding keys and magical items. There's a wide range of difficulty, both from your character class as well as a difficulty settings.

While the game obviously isn't going to be offering anything new, it isn't just for people who played it 20 years ago. It's still a fun game with great atmosphere and some interesting puzzles. After downloading it, just make sure you get the ZDoom engine for it. It wasn't updated at all for the Steam release, so it looks really ugly out of the box. ZDoom increases the resolution to modern standards and adds a bunch of new features as well.
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
When I was 11, a family friend told my parents I shouldn't be allowed to play this game. Now that I'm 30, I might agree with the guy - but I'm going to play through this now just as I did years ago!!
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Its not really the games fault that I cant play it but jesus i cant get used to it. Maybe if there was a modder that could update the game to control more like a modern game like there was for Doom I could play it.

Guess I've been spoiled.
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14.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
A great game once you get it to work need a external source to fix the loading issue on start up and then it freezes.

Pros - Was my childhood
- good old school graphics
- Great level desighn
- good diversity

- Needs fixing up on loading once the program launches but can be fixed from a external source
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43.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This game plays for me,But im useing windows 7 I believe, Though 1 thing to note idk why but whenever i close the game it messes up my screen, it like super zooms everything in and makes the desktop icons and everything else much much bigger.had this happen before and im pretty sure when i turn off this comp and turn it back on it will fix itself.Still all in all would recomend this game.

UPDATE: I found out i can change back the proper resolution in the control panel menu, and its very very easy. would recommend this game even more so now.
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Love this game! Brings back my childhood to play it again. Well worth the $5 at time of this review.
Note that you will need to install the latest version of DosBox (free, just google it) on your PC and copy over dosbox.exe to the steam/steamapps/common/hexen/base folder and rename/delete the dosbox.exe that comes with the steam install. Then just rename/delete the hexen.conf file that's in ...hexen/base. Game runs as normal with no issues this way. I tried running the game as steam installs it but it would freeze w/ no sound and have loading issues before you even get to the menu screen.
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
amazing game, 10/10
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
This is a good game that happens to use an outdated executable. The most desirable way to play this game is to delete dosbox.exe, download a source port such as gzdoom, and then rename gzdoom.exe(or whatever the executable is named as) to dosbox.exe. And then you should be able to play the game flawlessly while still being tied with Steam(logging hours and showing that you're playing the game).
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