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.
Recenziile utilizatorilor:
Recente:
Foarte pozitive (11 recenzii) - 100% din cele 11 recenzii ale utilizatorilor din ultimele 30 zile sunt pozitive.
Generale:
Foarte pozitive (229 recenzii) - 94% din cele 229 recenzii ale utilizatorilor pentru acest joc sunt pozitive.
Data lansării: 3 aug., 2007

Autentifică-te pentru a adăuga acest obiect în lista ta de dorinţe, a te abona la el sau a-l marca drept neinteresant.

Cumpără Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders

Pachete care includ acest joc

Cumpără Heretic + Hexen Collection

Include 4 produse: Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders, HeXen II, HeXen: Beyond Heretic, HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel

 

Despre acest joc

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.

Cerinţe de sistem

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

Recenziile clienților
S-a actualizat sistemul de recenzare al clienților! Află mai multe
Recente:
Foarte pozitive (11 recenzii)
Generale:
Foarte pozitive (229 recenzii)
Postate recent
KingSigy
( 8.9 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 20 iulie
I was a big fan of Doom growing up in the 90's, but I somehow missed out on all of the "Doom Clones." I had a demo CD for the Mactintosh version of Star Wars: Dark Forces and I played a lot of Goldenye 007 on N64, but I never really played anything else like Doom.

One of the friends I made in middle school introduced me to Heretic and Hexen, but I couldn't find copies for a reasonable price. Instead of borrowing or bootlegging the game, I decided to just wait until I had enough money in the future (which never seemed realistic at the time).

Flash forward to today and I've somehow managed to have Heretic on my Steam account for 5 years without playing it. I had forgotten about the QuakeCon pack from 2011 that included every iD title from that moment. Much to my surprise after having a Doom craze, I had some more Doom to explore.

Calling Heretic a "Doom clone" is doing the game an injustice, but it certainly has a lot of game feel similar to Doom. Almost every weapon is a reskin from Doom 2 and most of the monsters share similar properties to enemies seen in Doom. The designs are incredibly different (and really diverse), but it's hard to initially get out of your mind that Heretic is just Doom with a different coat of paint.

Eventually, you start to pick up on some of the changes that developer Raven Software has crammed into Heretic. For starters, this is the first FPS I can think of with an inventory system. It allows for the level of challenge to be ramped up since the player can constantly hold a source of health on them.

Not only that, but you can carry around various power-ups to use in sticky situations. Other shooters at the same time forced you to utilize anything you picked up then and there; Heretic puts more control into the players hand with the inventory.

It is a bit annoying how you need to scroll through it and additionally select an item before using it, but I'll let that slide due to the release date (1994). That something so genre bending was even pulled off on the Doom engine is just awesome, let alone how chaotic it makes combat feel.

I also like how each weapon has different ammo types. It solves the mini issue Doom suffered with having the Pistol and Chaingun share ammo; getting the chain gun made the pistol redundant. In Heretic, every weapon feels valuable at any given time. Even the dinky starter mage staff can become awesome with the correct power-up.

What I don't like is how predictable the game becomes. At first, you're not quite sure where to expect enemies to spawn from. Walking down corridors has walls dropping and enemies flying at you from all sides. By the time you reach the third episode, you've seen basically all of the tricks Heretic is ever going to throw at you.

That may have more to do with the original game only being 3 episodes, but 4 and 5 really suffer from a lack of creativity. They are definitely difficult and well built (better than the rest of the game, even), but it feels dull after having played through 24 maps with similar layouts.

This is coupled with how the level design tends to have a lot of dead ends that require you to return to a centralized location. I'm guessing this was a precursor to the level design in the sequel, HeXen, where every map has a hub world. It does lend to some insanely confusing layouts, though.

The sound design is also pretty lackluster compared to Doom. On it's own, the music is okay and the monsters sound like monsters, but nothing is distinct and most of the enemy sounds play at the same volume. It doesn't feel as immersive as Doom, nor does it help the player distinguish which enemy is in an area with them.

The overuse of the first boss is also pretty crappy. Maybe that is down to me playing on the second hardest difficulty, but I do wish there was more diversity in the boss encounters. Facing three of those floating giant skulls level after level becomes grating.

With all of that said, I still found Heretic to be really enjoyable. It contains enough originality that any comparison to Doom sounds nitpicky. Sure, Doom may be an overall more polished and enjoyable game, but that doesn't make anything done in Heretic not worth seeing. Heretic is also considerably harder, so Doom veterans will be in for a treat.

7/10
🆅🅰🅻🆅🅴 Ark
( 11.2 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 12 iulie
What a lovely gem this game is. It's essentially Doom meets a dark fantasy setting. It's a pretty good first person shooter for its time and still is a pretty good time today. Anyway I'd say give this little gem a play.
( 4.1 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 9 iulie
What a classic
boyer.patrick
( 17.6 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 8 iulie
Incredibly fun game if you like the original Doom. The difference is you're a wizard, with spells and an inventory of magic items. I did a key rebind to tab through the magic items because the default controls were awkward. Great boss fights; way better than Doom's.
piitasan
( 19.2 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 7 iulie
Heretic was the one that took a little different way than the rest. Doom was all the hype back then and sure Doom was good, but what made Heretic excellent was its use of sound. You could almost feel the power of the weapons by their grabbing sound effects when firing, something I miss even in today's games.
Hearing random laughs from the environment adds tension to the game, and that glad laugh you get from the character when you pick up a new weapon... love it.
Overall it's a basic FPS in a medieval time. If you want to try something retro, this would be it.
Raven software did this one very right.
Reboot, please? Raven? Please?
lantanadan
( 0.3 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 4 iulie
I played this game a bit as a kid (still have the floppy disks right next to me actually!) and it still has a lot going for it. Very creative weapons, each with a Powered Up mode that changes its functionality, as well as some creative uses of interactive environments (like flowing water that pushes you in a particular direction, ceiling crushers, and plenty of hidden secrets). What makes this game stand out from other 1990's FPS titles is the inclusion of an inventory, with loads of different items like Time Bombs, emergency health potions, and an egg that'll turn enemies (or you!) into chickens.

I would, however, recommend playing this game in the free zDoom or gzDoom program, which will allow you not only to customize the controls, the UI, etc. but also run the game at higher resolutions. Simply make sure your HERETIC.WAD file (you get this when you purchase the game) is in the same folder as the zDoom executable, and you'll be good to go. The higher resolutions help sharpen in-game shadows and clarify other visuals.

Pick this one up, it's a classic!
Sol Invictus
( 26.5 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 2 iulie
Before I start, I will mention that you must download ZDOOM in order to improve gameplay and get the game to higher resolutions, widescreen.
Heretic is an old school FPS, it’s a Doom clone with medieval fantasy setting (it uses an improved Doom engine) with an addition of the inventory system.
The enemies design is interesting, each got its own normal and special attacks whice forces you to find a unique way to deal with him.
The map design on each level is really good, you will not get lost most of the time and like in most FPS old school classics, there are many secrets to be found on the map and it's not that hard to spot them if you take your time.
Overall playing that game was a good experience for me.
I really recommend to buy it with the Heretic+Hexen Collection.
Cthulhu
( 5.5 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 26 iunie
Heretic was released in a time when Doom clones were thick on the ground and PC gaming was a bleak wasteland reserved for the few bold souls that dared to brave it... and what a time that was! I might wax nostalgic, but I miss the endless days of my tender youth spent in front of a CRT monitor, trying to harness the power of DOS shell commands while racking my brains to configure IRQs, DMAs and tame those elusive 640k of conventional memory just so I could play something.

PCs aren't that clunky anymore (for the most part!) and a lot has changed in the gaming industry in the past 20 years or so, but I still find Heretic a much more engaging foray into first-person-shooting than Doom. Don't get me wrong, Doom was, has been and will always be a genre-defining game that paved the way for the many CoDs and BFs of today, but Heretic has always been better at immersing players in a much more fantastical world and journey with its D&D-esque aesthetics and references, while pitting you against otherwordly creatures such as manticores, armored skeletons and warlocks, to name a few. Creatures that can easily be disposed of with your arsenal of fantasy-inspired weaponry that range from extremely powerful sceptres and crossbows to spells that can multiply your power manifold or turn the most-frigthening enemy into a puny chicken that can swiftly be ripped to shreds.

Heretic is definitely worth buying not only for its place in history, but also for its extremely enjoyable mechanics and overall tone. Those belonging to a younger generation with a penchant for retro-gaming should overlook its flaws and appreciate it for what it represents in the pantheon of 1990s PC gaming.
bubblebuddy
( 2.7 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 24 iunie
so much greatness from the past i love it!
1337Walrus
( 0.5 ore înregistrate )
Postat: 24 iunie
Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders is essentially a medieval DOOM, to put it bluntly. Like most shooters of it's time, there is next to zero story, and what little there is is documented in the manuals.

Like DOOM, the goal is to get to the end of the level, killing anything in your path, and collecting the three keys to ultimately open a path to the final switch. Heretic, however, finds several ways to mix this up, with new monster kinds, types, and some new, creative weaponry, as well as an inventory system.

Heretic is also notably longer than DOOM; this version has five episodes, with, also like DOOM, 9 levels apiece, including a secret level.

Heretic's inventory system is, however, probably the most notable new feature. For instance, Medikits are no longer instantly used. Medikits, now known as Quartz Flasks, are picked up and carried by your character until you decide to use it manually. You cannot do the same for Stimpacks, which are now known as Crystal Flasks, however.

Other notable items include the Tome of Power, which alters each weapon's fire to make it generally more powerful, Rings of Invincibilties, essentially a portable Invulnsphere, and Morph Ovums, which turn the struck enemy into easy to kill chickens.

There are also new enemy types, such as "ghosts" which cannot be struck by anything other than magic attacks, like your wand, or the central bolt from your crossbow, etc...

All in all, Heretic is a nice DOOM-like experience, that I would recommend to anyone who considers themselves a fan of the original series.

(Note: I probably don't have much time played, because I'm using a source port.)
Cele mai utile recenzii  În ultimele 30 zile
9 din 10 oameni (90%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
Recomandat
5.5 ore înregistrate
Postat: 26 iunie
Heretic was released in a time when Doom clones were thick on the ground and PC gaming was a bleak wasteland reserved for the few bold souls that dared to brave it... and what a time that was! I might wax nostalgic, but I miss the endless days of my tender youth spent in front of a CRT monitor, trying to harness the power of DOS shell commands while racking my brains to configure IRQs, DMAs and tame those elusive 640k of conventional memory just so I could play something.

PCs aren't that clunky anymore (for the most part!) and a lot has changed in the gaming industry in the past 20 years or so, but I still find Heretic a much more engaging foray into first-person-shooting than Doom. Don't get me wrong, Doom was, has been and will always be a genre-defining game that paved the way for the many CoDs and BFs of today, but Heretic has always been better at immersing players in a much more fantastical world and journey with its D&D-esque aesthetics and references, while pitting you against otherwordly creatures such as manticores, armored skeletons and warlocks, to name a few. Creatures that can easily be disposed of with your arsenal of fantasy-inspired weaponry that range from extremely powerful sceptres and crossbows to spells that can multiply your power manifold or turn the most-frigthening enemy into a puny chicken that can swiftly be ripped to shreds.

Heretic is definitely worth buying not only for its place in history, but also for its extremely enjoyable mechanics and overall tone. Those belonging to a younger generation with a penchant for retro-gaming should overlook its flaws and appreciate it for what it represents in the pantheon of 1990s PC gaming.
A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă
1 din 1 oameni (100%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
Recomandat
26.5 ore înregistrate
Postat: 2 iulie
Before I start, I will mention that you must download ZDOOM in order to improve gameplay and get the game to higher resolutions, widescreen.
Heretic is an old school FPS, it’s a Doom clone with medieval fantasy setting (it uses an improved Doom engine) with an addition of the inventory system.
The enemies design is interesting, each got its own normal and special attacks whice forces you to find a unique way to deal with him.
The map design on each level is really good, you will not get lost most of the time and like in most FPS old school classics, there are many secrets to be found on the map and it's not that hard to spot them if you take your time.
Overall playing that game was a good experience for me.
I really recommend to buy it with the Heretic+Hexen Collection.
A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă
1 din 1 oameni (100%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
Recomandat
17.6 ore înregistrate
Postat: 8 iulie
Incredibly fun game if you like the original Doom. The difference is you're a wizard, with spells and an inventory of magic items. I did a key rebind to tab through the magic items because the default controls were awkward. Great boss fights; way better than Doom's.
A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă
Cele mai utile recenzii  Overall
32 din 32 oameni (100%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
Recomandat
2.1 ore înregistrate
Postat: 27 iunie, 2015
Pretty unfair that doom get's a remake,but not this gem...
A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă
37 din 41 oameni (90%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
Recomandat
10.0 ore înregistrate
Postat: 6 iunie, 2015
Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders is a fantasy First Person Shooter by Raven Software that came out in 1994 and uses Doom engine. Yes, it's Doom-like shooter set in fantasy. Awesome mix. Plus inventory.
Shadow of the Serpent Riders is a special patched release of a game that brings it to 1.3 version, thus adding two more additional episodes. No new game content like weapon or monsters or textures, just new levels. Think of Ultimate Doom.

Now, let's tip apart the way that game was handled on Steam. Well. At least they brought the most full version of the game here. And it uses DosBox, which is usually a good thing until you find out how badly id Software configures them for Steam.
The game will lag at full screen, so you want to go to game directory and edit heretic's conf file to make it use "opengl" for "output" setting.
Game's option like music device and controls is once again isn't easily accessed. On good side, they didn't remove Setup.exe this time around, unlike Doom games on Steam. So you have to open game directory, drag setup.exe onto dosbox.exe and then configure it as you want.

Storyline of a game is quite simple. Well, it has a lot of written in manual, but main idea and amount of plot in game is minimal.
Your hero is elven hero, who's name is Corvus. Elven race, guardians of the Pathoris world and keepers of Tome of Powers, were proclaimed as heretics, when Dragon Riders came to conquer this world. With two Dragon Riders leaving for the other worlds, the remaining Dragon Rider, D'Sparil, unleashes horde of monsters through portal after Elves manage to wipe out all of the human armies of the world. Most of the elves were killed, monsters took Tome of Powers for themselves and you are one of the lone survivors. Your journey will begin at the City of the Damned.
Somebody will get murdered in the end.
The additional episodes 4 and 5 have excuse plot of "portal didn't lead you to home, so enjoy the world destroyed by Dragon Riders and the home of D'Sparil".

Presentation-wise the game is quite awesome looking and sounding for it's time. Yes, Doom engine. But art-style-wise, Heretic presents the world that is dark fantasy yet very colorful, with great contrast. Setting is awesome, you get to wield a magical crossbow that is equalient to shotgun. While Episode 2 is a least interesting looking one, taking place in brown caves with lava, until it gets less dull with inclusion of ice in later level, Episode 3 brings an original setting of a underwater shrine and buildings. Even water in this game has that artsy look to it.
Music is great too. With medivel feel, it's not afraid to use modern instruments. Well, instruments of MIDI and Soundblaster. Most of them are melodic and catchy. Cathedral track will send chill down your spine for sure.

Gameplay itself is, surprise, Doom-like. You search and explore mazes at the running speed, finding keys and opening lcoked doors, pressing switches and discovering secret areas, shooting down monsters or rather rushing past them.
You will shoot down red flying gargolues, mummies, armor knights that throw axes at you, and dark wizards of D'Sparil, who will turn your blood cold with their backward speach that sounds like silly phrases. You will also deal with respawning "explosive barrel"-like things, will push yourself against streams of water and wind and will encounter bosses. Which are your standard FPS bosses. Being tough enemies that you will start encountering more often in later episodes. So not too amazing.

Though, unlike most FPS, it does do something good: There are no enemies who use hitscan against you. What it means is that any damage in the game can be avoided, giving it more arcade-like quality. If forget that it still makes you run over damaging acid like Doom does.

There are seven weapons of magical nature. Shotgun-like crossbow, Rocket Launcher-like Pheonix Rod, Plasma-gun-like Hellstaff. With most of them shooting projectiles, they feel slightly too similiar to each other in use. But thankfully, game introduces Tome of Power.
Tome of Power is a item power-up that you will find through levels. By using it through inventory you will power-up your weapons for a limited time. It doesn't just make them stronger, it also gives additional properity for them, making them even more amazing. For example, mace, the final weapon, stops sucking hard. Hellstaff will make a hot magic rain appear over where the projectile collided. Gaunlets, the game's chainsaw, will start to heal you as well.

Inventory is another addition to gameplay. You will get to collect various helpful items that you can use it anytime. It could be Hourglass who work as timed bomb and aren't much of use, or healing potion, or invincibility ring, or, as said, Tome of Power. Not related to inventory, you also will sometime find armor, but it's quite a rare thing.
There is one important thing to be said about inventory: When you move to the next level, you will retain only one quanity of each item. You will also lose item that allows you to fly around. I am pretty sure that it may sound like a bad thing for some players. But I think it was a good idea. Most of us are used to stockpile tons of items so we could rush bosses down. With system like that, you should feel free to actually have fun using additional items during normal gameplay, you will lose them for no good otherwise.

Last thing I should note is difficulty of additional episodes. Yes, episode 4 and 5 are harder. They are also more of same. And yes, the final level has eight Maloutaurs. But first levels of each of those two episodes deserve a special mention, as they will require you to think fast, use items effectively, avoid enemies you don't want to fight with in order to survive. It was really fresh challenge, at least on Normal difficulty. Got simpler after that though, as you gain more items in process.

But with all the positive things I said, I have to be honest, it didn't become favourite FPS. It's hard to explain why. But you see, the game just doesn't "click" like Doom does. It just doesn't. I am not sure what it lacks. There is something in game feel that it doesn't have. Perhaps there should have been more common enemies that die bloodily. Or maybe it's the projectiles nature of weapons not being comparable to shotgun and rocket launcher. But yes, it lacks something, hard to say.

Heretic is an awesome FPS and yes, it's a Doom clone. But it's an awesome Doom-clone, perhaps bettering Doom itself for some people.
A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă
36 din 42 oameni (86%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
Recomandat
4.6 ore înregistrate
Postat: 26 august, 2014
Still the original FPS formula is better than any orher later game
Have fun with this ,as you will have
Excellent classic
A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă
21 din 21 oameni (100%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
Recomandat
30.0 ore înregistrate
Postat: 22 iunie, 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, 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.
A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă
26 din 31 oameni (84%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
O persoană a considerat această recenzie amuzantă
Recomandat
2.2 ore înregistrate
Postat: 18 ianuarie, 2015
Heretic is like Doom but with magic.

Best classic game


A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă
17 din 17 oameni (100%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
O persoană a considerat această recenzie amuzantă
Recomandat
0.4 ore înregistrate
Postat: 26 septembrie, 2015
I first encountered Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders as a shareware game, when we bought a new computer featuring Windows 3.11. Although Shareware (the first level, The Docks, was all that you could play) it was one of the games I enjoyed playing, although it regularly gave me frights, with monsters popping out from behind pillars, and only the unidirectional roars to tell me that they "might" be lurking around a corner.

I played it enough to warrant a full purchase via an unlock code, and the game proved to have a great deal of longevity. The stats at the end of each level, gave you feedback on no. of monsters killed, secrets discovered and items found. This lead to a great deal of replaying and backtracking to try and find each little hiding place.

I never really read the manual, and the plot is really inconsequential anyway, this is by no means a narrative driven game, suffice to say your elven race was slaughtered as they refused to believe in the deity of the "Serpent Riders" and were slaughtered as Heretics. You, the sole elven survivor are out to seek revenge.

Today it's legacy is questionable. The genre of Fantasy FPS, is non-existent, instead we have a modern warfare or sci-fi bias that the greater legacy games, Doom, and Quake popularized. Heretic is of course from the same period. (It uses the Doom Engine). Yet has had far less overall impact on the trend of FPS fantasy, which is rather something of a pity, as in an oversaturated market, this genre has potential. The only games that might have built from this core concept is of course Dark Messiah of Might and Magic (includes more brawling combat) and the recent Lichdom.

It has not aged well, the lack of resolution (it runs out of DosBox), poor textures and flickering lights may lead to eye strain, but the overall feel of the game is still enjoyable. It has none of the complexity and strategic gaming that later titles show, but it does sport excellent level design and exploration/puzzle mechanics, that aren't so common in modern FPS, as well as gothic interiors, and smooth gameplay.
(Definitely a game to settle down to with some Death Metal on the side!)
A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă
15 din 16 oameni (94%) au considerat această recenzie utilă
Recomandat
0.2 ore înregistrate
Postat: 9 mai, 2014
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
A fost această recenzie utilă? Da Nu Amuzantă