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.
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Release Date: Oct 1, 1995

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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.

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

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Toki
Posted: May 21
bought it to support id software, but i prefer playing it on gzdoom with mouse look. anyway this game is astounding. i highly recommend it.
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Teancum2112
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
This is a great, doom-style fps. The ability to choose a character adds to the replay value. Great music, and fun enemies. The only downside is the cryptic level design.
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Badger of Tzeentch
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
You punch centaurs in the face.
8/10
P.S. The levels look amazing considering the engine the game runs on.
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odetokale
Posted: April 8
Greetings mortal, are you ready to die?

A game very near and dear to my heart, HeXen is still a blast to play all these years later. While the level layout and switch puzzles can leave something to be desired, the overall tone and challenge provided more than make up for any hiccups in design. Then there are the weapons that you can bring to bare; if nothing else, Wrathverge... it always makes me smile.
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Chainsaw, the great communicator
Posted: March 28
Pretty fantastic game. Felt like a real adventure, had a ton of fun playing. Recommended for fps + adventure game fans. Also, play as a cleric if it's your first time playing.
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Xanth752
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
First time thru? Play as a Cleric.
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Damien Darko
Posted: March 20
Brilliant game from my past. Bought the hexen bundle as soon as I saw it. All of its good but if youre like me HeXen is all you really needed. Highly recommend.
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Kerrnal213
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
Played this game on the 64... Simply put, it makes you wanna pound them guts!
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MaStUrBaTiNgWoOkIeE
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
One of my favorite games of all time.

Memorable.

Really artistic as far as I'm concerned. Sets a mood and immerses you.

Just such a great classic. Both this and HeXen 2.

If you are frustrated by puzzle games though, maybe you should look elsewhere.

There are parts in this where you will be head desking like: "JESUS CHRIST I CHECKED EVERYTHING I'VE DONE EVERYTHING WHAT IS THERE TO DO WHERE IS THERE TO GO..."

Just look up the Walk Throughs typed up online if you really can't figure a part of the game out. lol

Just an awesome classic.
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Gilliam Bojangles
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
I'm certain that this game would be great to play and it does have some nice graphics for its time but, this game is broken. Upon launching the game, there seems to be an error regarding the DOS Box so it crashes preemptively. I thought it was a fluke at first and thought second time's a charm but that was certainly not the case here.

I did try other alternatives to make the game launch but nothing works out and still continues to crash. It's a shame that this game will probably never receive a patch given how old the game is either.
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bagels
Posted: February 19
Edit- After I got this game running, it was a fun first person old school game. I did have to go through the forums for a bit for the fix that got it running, but I guess thats just the way it goes when you like the old games.
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M. Crimson
Posted: February 13
I had fun.
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JD Herrera
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 12
Hexen *7/10

Developed by Raven Software, Hexen is an indirect sequel to Heretic, which is based on an improved id's DooM engine. So this essentially is another FPS With a Fantasy atmosphere like its predecessor, Heretic.
Unlike Heretic this time we won't be impersonating Corvus as the setting is totally different. We are in a different world Dominated by the second Serpent rider, Korax, and his minions. And here comes the first innovation: we get to choose our class before beginning our game. Warrior, Cleric And Mage are the three classes we might choose, and this is something that really affects our gameplay because each class has its own weapons balanced by different characteristics. For example, the warrior is stronger and faster, so he can take more phisycal damage and move faster because most of his weapons are mostly hand weapons. On the other side We have the mage, weaker and slower but his weapons are magic based and they all can do damage from the distance. The cleric, as usual is the middle class, Not as weak as the mage, nor strong as the warrior and almost all his weapons can hurt from the distance.
Just like its predecessor, Heretic, You have a wide variety of items (powerups or tools) you can store to use at will in other moments.
However, the biggest revolution in this title is its structure. Unlike any other previus FPS where you have a sequence of levels to play, in Hexen you have "Hubs" which can be seen as "stations" where you can unlock passages to other minor closed levels for the purpose to solve elaborated puzzles that will ultimately unlock the passage to the next Hub. This gives the game a bigger depth even though I admit I've never liked it and because of this I lost motivation and never actually finished it (at the time, about 20 years ago).
As usual this game is released with DosBox to launch with. Fortunately they didn't even try to clumsily implement any mouse configuration as done in the horrible DooM releases.

+++PROs+++
  • STRUCTURE. Clearly the all new structure of the levels is an innovation that, paired with puzzles in the minor levels, gives the game a big playability by making the player moving back and forth from more maps. This way, even though you will end up re-visiting the same place many times you have the illusion of a bigger world. Honestly this always had the look of a maze to me, but I've never really tried that much.
  • FANTASY. Following the fantasy atmosphere from its predecessor Hexen does a bigger job by renewing the locations and making the game with a bit darker tones. in my opinions it's a bit scarier and ominous than Heretic.
  • GAMEPLAY. Besides the ability to look up and down already introduced in Heretic, Now you can jump as well. Nothing too useful but at least that's a step forward XD. And just like Heretic you still have the inventory system with some old items already seen in Heretic and other useful and interesting tools. Note that some of these tools have a different functions according to the class you choose. Another innovations relies in the interaction with ambience, you can find glass mosaics that can be broken revealing hidden rooms or bonus items and besides that there are some jars that can be broken to find more bonus items.
  • MODS & COMMUNITY. You can find mods, and other stuff. But most importantly, there are custom ports with graphical and gameplay improvement or guides, both in steam and in other sites, with tricks and advices on replacing DosBox with better ports and implementing the Steam Overlay.
---CONs---
  • MUSIC. Unfortunately i didn't enjoy that much almost any of the tracks in the game, unlike its predecessor Heretic.
  • STEAM OVERLAY. As usual, like on every other old steam release running on DosBox, there's no Steam Overlay.
  • STRUCTURE. Even though this is a new kind of structure I personally didn't enjoy it too much because it forces me to visit and revisit the same leves again and again before proceeding to the next hub, resulting in a repetitive gameplay.
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DireChristan 64
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
Greetings mortal. Are you ready to die?
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SETO
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2015
Mas de lo mismo comparando en la epoca con los doom, duke nukem y demas. De todas formas si disfrutaste los anteriores, pegale un vistaso a este
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Vintastica
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
If you like Doom, beating the snot outta things with your fists, mace etc yer gonna love Hexen specially if you love PUZZLES mixed in withy our FPSes
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Killyou
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 27, 2015
Classic.
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Trtlman
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2015
I got it working with Doomsday Engine, but it seems with Doomsday engine it doesn't keep track of my time played on here. Oh well. Good game, I like it.
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SpaceBabs
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 7, 2015
Filled with details and atmosphere, Hexen is one of the best Doom-like in my opinion. Less fast paced and action oriented than his id Software cousin but more exploration based. You'll have some pretty complicated puzzles to figure out so it might not be for everybody.

(I suggest playing it with ZDoom so you can re-map keys and play it in the resolution you want.)
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N64Lain
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
Hexen is a great Co-op shooter. It is definitely a must try for any RPG, fantasy, or shooter fan. I enjoyed this game on the N64 and I am very glad to be able to enjoy it on Steam.

The story of Hexen takes place after Heretic, the first game in a series of three about the Serpent Riders. The main character from Heretic defeated the first Serpent Rider (SPOILER IF YOU WANTED TO PLAY HERETIC) and now, in a different world, three heroes must fight through their world to defend it from the second Serpent Rider. It may be a cliche fantasy story, but it's cool that it spans three games.

The gameplay, however, is far from cliche. Hexen is, if I am not mistaken, one of the first FPS games to combine puzzle-solving with the shooting that Doom incorporated. It works really well here! One gripe I do have though is that the level design is a little weird so you might get lost easily. There's also a class system that Hexen has. You can play as either a mage, a fighter, or a cleric. The only real difference between the classes is the weapons they use however. All these classes do have an ultimate weapon. To get the ultimate weapon, you have to get three pieces to the weapon that your class has.

The mage is more of a long range character who starts with a magic staff, which can be used to shoot the bell in the tower in the first level, and the mage can also grab an ice spell, which can freeze enemies, and a lightning spell which can clear rooms in a matter of seconds. The trade-off is that he moves slower than the other classes. The ultimate weapon for the mage is a more enhanced version of the regular staff. Kind of a let down since the third weapon already does so much already.

One of the other characters to choose from is the Fighter. He's the class that has a lot of CQC. The fighter starts out with spiked gauntlets. He can upgrade to an axe that shoots and also a hammer that can throw other hammers like it's Gauntlet! The fighter's ultimate weapon is a really sweet ranged sword that can throw fire at enemies. Now these weapons have some low range, but the biggest strength of the Fighter is that he can run fast, so he can fight his enemies up-close and personal.

The last class is the cleric, which is my personal favorite. He starts with a lame mace but then upgrades to an insane weapon right afterwards. After that, the cleric gains fire hands that can burn your opponents into piles of ash. Then comes the ultimate weapon. And the cleric really puts the ULTIMATE in ultimate weapon. It's a...thing...which fires ghosts that literally rip apart the enemies. Thought the mage's third weapon devastated enemies? This thing can clear rooms in mere ten seconds! But remember that this is pretty much the mix between the mage and the fighter, so it can move faster than the mage, but slower than the fighter. But that won't be a problem because this game has...

CO-OP!! Yep! You and three friends, you can have more but I recommend three, can take down the enemies and hunt down the second serpent rider! I recommend Zandronum if you're going to play online though. It's the best port for online play. I also recommend the Wrath of Cronos mod. It will add some new RPG elements to the game and will add new reason to attack. If you were a fan of the N64's music, you can find a mod that will replace the music with the songs that were on the N64 version of the game.

All in all, this game is great. It's a really good FPS with some puzzle elements that will have you going through the hub worlds on your quest to defeat the second Serpent Rider. Hexen is a great game and I totally recommend it, especially with a few friends on Co-Op play.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: May 21
bought it to support id software, but i prefer playing it on gzdoom with mouse look. anyway this game is astounding. i highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
You punch centaurs in the face.
8/10
P.S. The levels look amazing considering the engine the game runs on.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: March 28
Pretty fantastic game. Felt like a real adventure, had a ton of fun playing. Recommended for fps + adventure game fans. Also, play as a cleric if it's your first time playing.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Hexen *7/10

Developed by Raven Software, Hexen is an indirect sequel to Heretic, which is based on an improved id's DooM engine. So this essentially is another FPS With a Fantasy atmosphere like its predecessor, Heretic.
Unlike Heretic this time we won't be impersonating Corvus as the setting is totally different. We are in a different world Dominated by the second Serpent rider, Korax, and his minions. And here comes the first innovation: we get to choose our class before beginning our game. Warrior, Cleric And Mage are the three classes we might choose, and this is something that really affects our gameplay because each class has its own weapons balanced by different characteristics. For example, the warrior is stronger and faster, so he can take more phisycal damage and move faster because most of his weapons are mostly hand weapons. On the other side We have the mage, weaker and slower but his weapons are magic based and they all can do damage from the distance. The cleric, as usual is the middle class, Not as weak as the mage, nor strong as the warrior and almost all his weapons can hurt from the distance.
Just like its predecessor, Heretic, You have a wide variety of items (powerups or tools) you can store to use at will in other moments.
However, the biggest revolution in this title is its structure. Unlike any other previus FPS where you have a sequence of levels to play, in Hexen you have "Hubs" which can be seen as "stations" where you can unlock passages to other minor closed levels for the purpose to solve elaborated puzzles that will ultimately unlock the passage to the next Hub. This gives the game a bigger depth even though I admit I've never liked it and because of this I lost motivation and never actually finished it (at the time, about 20 years ago).
As usual this game is released with DosBox to launch with. Fortunately they didn't even try to clumsily implement any mouse configuration as done in the horrible DooM releases.

+++PROs+++
  • STRUCTURE. Clearly the all new structure of the levels is an innovation that, paired with puzzles in the minor levels, gives the game a big playability by making the player moving back and forth from more maps. This way, even though you will end up re-visiting the same place many times you have the illusion of a bigger world. Honestly this always had the look of a maze to me, but I've never really tried that much.
  • FANTASY. Following the fantasy atmosphere from its predecessor Hexen does a bigger job by renewing the locations and making the game with a bit darker tones. in my opinions it's a bit scarier and ominous than Heretic.
  • GAMEPLAY. Besides the ability to look up and down already introduced in Heretic, Now you can jump as well. Nothing too useful but at least that's a step forward XD. And just like Heretic you still have the inventory system with some old items already seen in Heretic and other useful and interesting tools. Note that some of these tools have a different functions according to the class you choose. Another innovations relies in the interaction with ambience, you can find glass mosaics that can be broken revealing hidden rooms or bonus items and besides that there are some jars that can be broken to find more bonus items.
  • MODS & COMMUNITY. You can find mods, and other stuff. But most importantly, there are custom ports with graphical and gameplay improvement or guides, both in steam and in other sites, with tricks and advices on replacing DosBox with better ports and implementing the Steam Overlay.
---CONs---
  • MUSIC. Unfortunately i didn't enjoy that much almost any of the tracks in the game, unlike its predecessor Heretic.
  • STEAM OVERLAY. As usual, like on every other old steam release running on DosBox, there's no Steam Overlay.
  • STRUCTURE. Even though this is a new kind of structure I personally didn't enjoy it too much because it forces me to visit and revisit the same leves again and again before proceeding to the next hub, resulting in a repetitive gameplay.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Greetings mortal. Are you ready to die?
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115 of 130 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 28, 2014
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!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=333173358
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79 of 81 people (98%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: March 8, 2014
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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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Confusing level design trumped by a gorgeous art style, creative weapons and violent gameplay. Not for everyone, but still one of the better FPS games of the 90's.

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42 of 52 people (81%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: April 7, 2015
If DOOM and The Elder Scrolls came together and had an illigitimate love child, this would be it.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
One of my favorite games. Take Doom and add some pseudo-RPG elements with a larger focus on puzzles. Set it all in a medieval world with a fantasy direction, as opposed to Doom's sci-fi/hell approach, and you've got Hexen. The music is top-notch as well. I recommend playing this in a Doom source port such as GZDoom, Doomsday, or any of the other available source ports. This will allow for a more modern control scheme and higher resolutions. (Note: this will of course mean that you won't log hours on your Steam record for the game, if that kind of thing matters to you.)
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
HeXen: Beyond Hereic is a FPS made by Raven Software in 1995. It can be viewed as sequel to Heretic, but only in dark fantasy idea. It's not Doom-clone anymore, instead trying to mix First Person Shooter with RPG elements that are exploration and puzzles. No leveling though.
Compared to ports the only things you are missing is FMV intermissions of PS1 and Saturn, they are text-only on PC, and maybe split-screen multiplayer of N64. Otherwise count PC version as superior.
There also was Hexen on CD. It used redbook music. Steam doesn't have it. But don't worry, they sounded an awful lot like MIDI, but somehow slightly less weak. There were less of tracks too. So you don't miss anything.

So, DosBox was once again configured badly and will lag badly unless configured. To do that, go to "hexen.conf" file. There you should change output from Ddraw to OpenGL, this should fix this.
You can't easily access options to change control and music device from Steam, but at least developers left setup.exe in game's directory. You can open it easily by dragging setup file onto dosbox.exe.

Mutliplayer is supposed to be either coop or deathmatch. Probably isn't balanced for Deathmatch. And in coop players can be only in one level at same time. But since original multiplayer isn't something you can set up easily, or maybe not supported at all in Steam or today, I will rather recommend just using Zandronum source port for multiplayer. But this game is more designed toward single-player, multiplayer is bonus.

Storyline goes is that world of Hexen/Cronos is being dictated by three leaders of three factions: Legion, Arcanum and Church. They traded their alliegance for power of unlife to Korax, the second Dragon Rider, an ugly looking skeleton creature who uses Chaos Sphere to get his power. Our three heroes, who belong to those factions, escaped the infulence of Korax and their leaders and sworn to destroy them. Trying to find Korax stronghold to defeat him, they get separated after entering the portal.
No, there will be almost no storyline going during game itself. Unless you count "after trying to forget horrors that you encounteredOHGOD what is this horrible place that you got yourself into? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET OUT ALIVE?!" intermissions. It's mostly just an excuse of why developers decided to put use of player classes sprites as bosses in the final world.

So, the game tries to be less like Doom. It's not about speeding and rushing through series of linear levels. It's about getting hopelessly lost on hub consisting of few levels and then using Google. And pushing switches. Many switches. Switches are puzzles. Switches are everything.
But yes, it tries to vary up things with more exploration. You will have to search corners and walls of levels, trying to find hidden passages and switches. You will also have puzzles, which is either bring "key" item to the needed place or pressing switches. Sometimes it's not about switches, but it's a rare occurance. I also should note one single flaw: for majority of the game you can place the needed item automatically into place where you have to place them by pressing "open/use". But for Yorick's Skull you will have to actually use it from inventory by "use inventory item". That confused me for a while.

Levels are connected to each other into hub worlds. There are five hubs in the game, each with around five or more levels. If a switch will do something important on another level, you will be notified. And thanks to more complex scripting, there are some traps or interesting things will happen occasionally. Second hub world is one of the most confusing ones and yet it's the best one when it comes to atmosphere.
But, as said, no RPG elements like leveling or NPC.

Glitches also happen sometimes. Like, on the 4th hub the boss may sometiems not spawn. Or magic bridge in 2nd hub may not spawn if enemey blocked it. They sure ruin the fun. Especially when you have to check walkthrough to realize that something went wrong.

The game lets you choose one of the three classes: Fighter, Cleric and Mage.
- Fighter is best in anything aside from magic. At least this is what stat image says. If forget that "magic" isn't really a thing there. Anyway, he is melee class, will not get ranged weapon in a while. His blows are strong, he is fast and he can tank damage up. He is the fun with who you will have fun playing as. His flechette, very common item for the game that does different things for each class, is just throwing it forward like explosive.
- Cleric is average class. His stats are average. At least he is not a bad ranged class. His second weapon even has special property of healing you up while used in melee range. His flechettes are most powerful, blowing into poison cloud. This poison will painlock any enemy and will keep doing a damage on them, while you get to just watch them slowly get hurt. But the bad thing here is that his playstyle is tedious. Game's biggest problem are centaurs that always shield up after getting single hit. They are annoying. Fighter don't have to hit them much. But Cleric will either have to fight them for some long time or he will have to use flechette and then wait some time for them to die. Thus, it's not so fun beating game as him. Pick Warrior instead.
- Mage is has low class on everything, but has highest "magic". That means that even his basic weapon is magical peashooter. And his second weapon feels the weakest. While the third weapon is quite powerful. But all of them waste a lot of mana. And he is quite slow class too. His flechette are weak, just working as timed bomb. What I am saying is that he isn't much of fun to play either. But at least he doesn't have as much of problem with shielding centaurs as Cleric does. Unless you don't have ammo for the third weapon, then gameplay becomes tedious once again. Pick Warrior instead.

So yea, Hexen is fun, but only with Warrior. Every other class will have tedious parts.
Game also doesn't bring any good variety during walkthrough. You got three classes, each with their own unique four weapons. But the catch is that you can only play as one class for over 30 levels. As a result, you have only four weapons for whole game. First one is basic and is never used. And 4th one is super-weapon. And third weapon is usually better than the second, even though second and third weapon use their own manas types. So, there is not much thinking involved in picking needed weapon. I can say that it's not as much of thinking or fun in single walkthrough as in Heretic.

There is a good variety in enemies though. Some are melee. Common and weak. Others are tough and shoot. And there is a blocking centaurs. As said, it's a common enemy, that brings game down with his tendency to become invincible after getting hit by bringing shield up for a while. Game would have been good without them.
But hey, at least there are some bosses. Like, three of them. Eh, yes, it's not much. And one is reused again.

Graphics is a step-up on technical side and step-down on artstyle. It uses much more high-resolution sprites. Everything looks bigger and taller. But on bad sides they forgot about color. The unique awesome colorful world of Heretic was tossed out and was replaced by something brown and green. Which looks good sometimes, but most often not. It can be agrued that it fits to dark atmosphere. Well, second hub atmosphere was nice, but after that I surely was missing Heretic.
Music also took a step back. Probably more fit to exploration, but it's not catchy. I hardly can remember any good track outside of the first level.

Hexen is a mixed bag. It's puzzles and combat get tedious at times. I only recommend beating it only as Warrior and pay attention to what switches do. I found enjoyment in that way. Otherwise, it's a bad game.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2014
Greetings mortal. Are you ready to die?

This is one of best games ever created when you can play it in a full co-op mode. I remember co-op each life is taken seriously since everything is lost on death so each person must survive long enough to use certain objects when you find out where they go.

A similar co-op mode would make it one of the best games on steam too!
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
My favorite 90's FPS. Great atmosphere. The levels can be somewhat confusing though, but hey. Still holds up, at least for me.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: May 19, 2014
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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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2013
Where the ♥♥♥♥ Do I Go?: The Game

8/10
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Hexen is the successor to Heretic, and Raven Software worked really hard attempting to make it a superior experience in numerous ways.

The biggest are the addition of character classes. In Hexen you can pick between playing as a Warrior, a Cleric, and a Mage. Each of these classes has different weapons, playstyles and powerups affect them differently. This greatly adds to the game's replayability and the multiplayer.

Alongside that Hexen has hub levels. However part of my gripes with the game revolve around the level design. Hexen requires a great deal of backtracking in it's level design, and you can expect to have to return to prior levels regularly inorder to solve puzzles. This can get very confusing as the game goes on since you can get stuck very easily and have to constantly search old levels for the solution to a puzzle.

However the game does redeem itself by how great it's combat is. Once you get beyond the sometimes annoying level design you have a very enjoyable hack and slash, not one of Raven's best games mind you but still worth playing.

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
This game is a classic and an amazing game at that. It's doom with medieval themes, melee combat, and magic. The levels can be a little confusing sometimes but that is just a minor setback. The level design is really good and the level system goes by hubs which can have many portals, that take you to different areas of the map. All and all i would say it is worth the money.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Posted: December 15, 2013
This is one of the classic epics like duke nukem/goldeneye/doom/turok and its just as good as any of those 4 definitely worth a try
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
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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