In a twisted medieval dimension, undead creatures and bestial horrors have done the unthinkable--callously slaughtering your entire race. Your friends. Your family. Eliminated. But the nightmare has just begun.
User reviews: Very Positive (113 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 3, 2007

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About This Game

In a twisted medieval dimension, undead creatures and bestial horrors have done the unthinkable--callously slaughtering your entire race. Your friends. Your family. Eliminated. But the nightmare has just begun. Wielding ungodly weapons such as the Firemace and Hellstaff and casting spells from the Tomes of Power, you must seek your vengeance. Or die trying.

  • Supports up to four players via network, two by modem. Adventure through the game with a friend or crack their skull in a bloody deathmatch.
  • Walk. Run. Fly. Look all around you, even up and down.
  • Choose from among 7 weapons (from the simple staff to the awesome Phoenix Rod).
  • Use arcane artifacts to unleash unearthly power on unsuspecting foes.

System Requirements

    Minimum: A 100% Windows 2000/XP/Vista-compatible computer system

Helpful customer reviews
23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Still the original FPS formula is better than any orher later game
Have fun with this ,as you will have
Excellent classic
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
It's like Doom but with magic

No srsly, though. Imagine Doom but set in a dark fantasy universe and with an inventory system. That's what Heretic is. It's also about 47.8 times scarier than Doom (and Doom was pretty scary). But most importantly, between the monster/item/level design and the music, this game drips with a certain level of grimness that Doom doesn't have, although Doom is a bit more badass.

Final score: Not as good as Doom / 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Classic, fun weapons, great levels.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This is a classic, but not available for Linux yet, this seems trivial, as it's just running on dosbox.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
It's DOOM with fantasy elements. Some pretty awesome weapons, catchy music, a great atmosphere, and overall, if you're a fan of DOOM, this is for you. Just to warn you though, the later episodes will probably be a bit of a disappointment.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
It is basically Doom, with a fanatasy coat of paint on it. If you like Doom, you will like this.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
I think that this game is awesome. I think that this port is terrible. It will freeze and crash constantly. Whenever you are actually able to get into the game without it freezing, it will lag beyond belief. Most ports of classic DOS games on steam are lousy DOSbox emulations. (Except for Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior to name a couple) The game is really fun but the steam version tricks people into getting a crappy laggy version so I will be showing you all the proper way to play this game. You will need to download a few things but it will be worth it. All downloads are free AND legal!

First you will need D-Fend Reloaded. It is great at running dos games. You can get it from the link below.

http://dfendreloaded.sourceforge.net/

Go to that website and simply scroll to where you see "D-Fend-Reloaded-1.4.2-setup.exe" and click on that.
Then just wait and the download will begin. Go through the setup wizard and after that leave D-Fend.

Now you need a game. Lets just start with Heretic for right now so go to this link.

http://www.myabandonware.com/game/heretic-2bc

Click on "Download" and it will bring you to the bottom of the page where you click "Download" again. The download will begin shortly after. My abandonware.com is my favorite place to safely download abandonware. If you dont know, The term “abandonware” refers to software for which support has been discontinued or copyright has not been actively enforced. Software usually becomes abandonware because the company that owns the rights to it has gone out of business or has been sold to a new owner who’s not interested in continuing development. There are many abandonware sites and unlike places like ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, your not going to get arrested for downloading games.

Since it would be too complicated to type out all the steps to putting games into D-Fend Reloaded and playing them, this guy here on Youtube explains it very well. The link to his video is below. (His D-Fend may look a little different than yours but its the same thing.) He shows you downloading D-Fend and getting Heretic from My Abondware.com in his video as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGUplUNFfKE

After you have D-Fend Reloaded and Heretic running smoothly, you will need some more games so why not these must-have classics?

Alien Trilogy
http://www.myabandonware.com/game/alien-trilogy-294

Rise of the Triad - Dark War
http://www.myabandonware.com/game/rise-of-the-triad-dark-war-2uc

Hexen : Beyond Heretic
http://www.myabandonware.com/game/predator-2-1w6

The Terminator - Rampage
http://www.myabandonware.com/game/the-terminator-rampage-2je

Predator 2
http://www.myabandonware.com/game/predator-2-1w6

Doom
http://www.myabandonware.com/game/doom-1nd

Doom 2
http://www.myabandonware.com/game/doom-ii-2pd

Wolfenstien 3D
http://www.myabandonware.com/game/wolfenstein-3d-1ko
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
This game, though a bit bland, is fun if you're into first person shooters from the 90s. With the episodes included and the varying difficulty settings along with an extensive amount of secrets to discover and expanisve dungeons to explore there's a lot to keep you busy. With that being said however, the game's atmosphere doesn't really stray from cobblestone-bricked castles, dungeons, catacombs and sewers. That's not to say that they're boring; a nice atmosphere of horror and Dark Souls-esque hopelessness is present here. It can just feel a bit monotonous to see recycled and similar-looking textures, battling the exact same enemies repeatedly with one or two more thrown in during each episode, and hearing the same music again and again. The overbearing use of grey isn't very appealing to the eyes either. With that being said though the maps are really big and sprawling with cleverly placed traps and treasure to run into. I'm also a huge fan of the crisp sound effects, minimalist but funny and charming voice acting, well detailed graphics and the designs of the enemies and environments which draw obvious influence from medieval art. You'll hear the same songs again and again but the songs are admittedly catchy and fit well with the tone of the game.

You can find more inventive and unique games for the same price so in my opinion it's worth having but wait until it's on sale; where you can most often get it for two dollars or less.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Travel through strange lands, murdering the rightful rulers of the kingdoms in some vague, undefined quest. Though many will stand against you to stop your crimes, none will do more than slow the slaughter.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
I like old shooters a lot. Enjoyed hours of Doom and Shadow Warrior, and found this game some days ago.
Well, needless to say, I bought the whole collection haha

So, at first, I thought I made a mistake, Heretic seemed to have only 5 stages. No no, those were 5 chapters, each of them with lots of stages. The game is indeed good, lots of secrets and has this dark ambient, creepy monsters, and awesome weapons.

My only complaint is that it wasn't configured to run on newer systems, so you should probably end up downloading ZDOOM to better customize the controls.

Anyways, incredible game, totally worth playing if you enjoy old games
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
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, rather than being stranded on Mars with only a space-pistol, you're a Heretic, cast out by your fellow man for daring to see the enemy for what they truly are. After D'Sparil's armies wipe out your town, you creep back in with only a Wand, helltbent on revenge. Like ClassicDOOM, this game originally came packed with three episodes, complete with frightening enemies, awesome weaponry, and amazing powerups. Unlike ClassicDOOM, you also had the ability to look up and down and even fly. Shadow of the Serpent Riders added two additional episodes, but as far as I can recall, no new enemies, weapons, or powerups; just new levels.

The game itself is froxen in time; the graphics have not been updated and I doubt anyone will attempt to do so. As such, it is somewhat difficult to see in the distance on the better-developed machines of today. However, this is my only gripe, and there's nothing that can really be done about it. I bought this pack for one reason and one reason only: to return to my childhood. Nostalgia. To remind myself why I got into gaming in the first place. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

People looking for "new and exiciting machanics" will be sorely disappointed. But if you remember the 90s, and ClassicDOOM, and Wolfenstein 3D, you need this in your collection.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2013
One of my favourite old-school fps! I played it so much when I was 8-9 years old xD If you wanna enjoy this game, find doomsdayhq software that will enchance the graphic and controls and you will be able to easily play co-op! + This game is the origin of Heretic 2, which is another old-school game that I love ^^
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2013
While at first you might write it off as another crappy Doom-clone, it takes the initial formula for Doom, and then expands on it.
The chainsaw might be replaced by a pair of lightning gauntlets, but those gauntlets can be augmented by an item for a short bit to sap health from enemies.
Although not appealing to casual audiences in the slightest, fans of old school shoot em ups can get past the "press a button, something happens somewhere" flawed level design and enjoy the high-challenge arenas and the subtle nuances of this fantasy-themed Doom-engine fps.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Classic Doom engine FPS with a dark and mythical setting. Action-heavy and challenging. This was one of the best Doom engine shooters back in the day and improved on the original formula on almost every front.

Prepare to quick-save with each room you enter and pray the game doesn't unload a pack of monsters in your face. Recommended as much as I would recommend Doom for FPS fans.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Very fun game and can be kinda of a challenge at some parts. I'd recomend that if you play this game that you get the doomsday source port since it allows you to take advantage of your current hardware and also you get to use your native resolution. I think what makes this game so great is the amazing level design that is accompanied with great enemy design will always be a great combo. Although I did not grow up playing this game and I was born after the game came out I did play hexen on the n64 growing up so I kinda knew what I was getting into and the graphics are just fine in my eyes I dont really see the need to install those stupid 3d model packs they kinda look like they ruin the the feeling of the game. If you are looking for a great classic fps this is the game to go to 10/10 would play more than a thousand hours.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2013
One of my favorite games of all time. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys old FPS games like Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, etc.

Great game!

Edit:

This is an aside, scroll past this paragraph if you want to get on to my actual review:

Whenever I first had this review I definitely wasn't out of my shell as I am now with my opinion and how I word things than I am now, so I think that I'll write a better review now that I can fully explain my thoughts without fear of someone not liking what I have to say about this game or any game whatsoever. People should consider the fact that whenever people review a game that's just what they thought of the game and it shouldn't actually dictate whether they liked the game or not. For instance, there was a game called Alone in the Dark which came out in 2008 and I absolutely loved this game. While I loved this game, the public seemed to not care for it whatsoever. I think that if you're able to get into a game that not many people like but that you like for some reason for another, that's wonderful because then you've actually achieved the ability to discern whether or not you like a video game based upon your own experience and not necessarily based on public opinion. It's nice to just think for yourself, you guys!


On to my actual review of Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders. So this is the first installment of a series which is also excellent called Hexen. You should definitely look into Hexen if you find this game to be interested. I'm sure that you're aware of Hexen if you've done your research on this game and you've played this game, etc. But Heretic is a DOOM-esque game (The reason why I describe it that way because that is a common ground that most people can understand) and it is primarily based around you being a magician or a sorcerer of sorts just killing baddies. It's like Shadow Warrior, Doom, and all that. Except this is more for people who enjoy fantasy games.

Now with all this I personally don't think that there are many drawbacks in this game, because at the time this game was pretty top notch, whereas now people might look at this game and laugh. I don't, despite the fact that I did discover it past the 2000s.

About this game, I would say look into gameplay videos to see what it's about, check out when it was published, and do research on it before buying it. I know that impulse buying is a vice of mine so that's why I say that in practically all of my reviews.

This game is definitely a change for more modern gamers and maybe you woudln't even be able to adjust to a game like this, and I totally understand that. I wouldn't blame you for not really wanting to get into something that modern gamers may consider "a step below" the dynamics, graphics and level of gaming that we are at now.

Heretic does hold a special place in my heart and it is a pretty neat game. Look into it. Have fun with it.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Doom and D&D had a baby. I don't know about you, but trading in guns for magic staffs and energy crossbows makes everything more epic.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
I only got around to playing Heretic recently, and I was genuinely surprised at how well it held up. The game is fun, challenging, and good throughout. Some of the controls are a little obtuse at first glance until you get used to them (and button placement is not optimal), so you might want to try to get some configuration.

Some of the bosses can be a little difficult, but it's not that bad. Now the EXPANSION - that one seemed to crank the difficulty up to extremely high levels, so that might give you some trouble. However, it's only two of the five chapters included in the game, and it's all one package, so it's not a big deal.

A lot of fun, and it's held up a lot better than Doom itself has.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
This is an old game. Do not expect it to be on par to current fps standards. It has weird controls, and it's pretty hard.
But that's ok. This is a gem, one of the greatest FPS ever made with the technology the devs had at the time.

It's fun and a piece of gaming history.

Still here? Go on a search for gzdoom or Doomsday. These are supporting software that will give you better control, mouse support, better audio and refined visuals. Given the current native resolution of monitors, the refined visuals are specially important.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 27, 2011
I don't even remember buying this game.

10/10
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