One of my favorite games of all time. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys old FPS games like Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, etc.
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.