As a late answer to KISSKIZZKISS′s question, Raven Software released the source code to both Heretic and Hexen in 1999. This let′s you add anything you want into Hexen (including NPCs) if you have the programming skills to do it. If you instead want something up to date (and a little easier), Zandronum and GZDoom support DECORATE, which is an easier way of coding in your own things for mods, or even entire games; and since Strife has been ported to those two source ports, you could just copy the NPC code from Strife, and then add to Hexen.
attention fellow gamers:
regardless of if you download the game here or own the cdrom for the following games=doom(1and2)=heretic=hexen=strife. there is a wonderful program called ZANDRONUM (forget dosbox for these games) download the free zandronum program and enjoy these games as they SHOULD be played, play them in the windows environment, I play using the mouse+WASD keys , and if your pc suppords OPENGL then you can make the game look MUCH MUCH better.
so if you didn′t know about this program then you OWE it to yourself to give it a try. trust me you won′t be disappointed.
have a very superhappyfuntime my fellow gamers.
HeXeN! Oh how I love thee! It remains in my top 5 video games of all time. It was always superior to DooM and Heretic in my opinion. I have so many memories of this game, primarily playing modem-to-modem games with my friend, and later on serial and LAN games. We always played co-operatively. I was always the cleric and he was always the mage. We had to unplug all the phones in our house so we could dial each other at night to play modem games. My computer was slower so he always had to wait for mine to load. When one of us died, we had to disconnect and dial back so we could reload our save game so we could retain all our items. Later on we got smarter, you could press a key (F11 maybe?) to "see through each others′ eyes"... So we would take turns going through difficult sections, and one of us would stand in front of a level-warp portal and watch the other do difficult jumps. If he started to fall, we would press forward so it would warp us out before he died. Ahaha. So many classic memories.
Highly recommended. Truly. If you have never played HeXeN, you owe it to yourself to try it out. You won′t regret it. Amazing atmosphere, amazing gameplay, amazing level design, just everything is top notch. Great!
The long awaited sequel to the Heretic universe, back then...
Man how was I keen and expectant about it! Then I played it and... It was good, but not as good as Heretic... Heretic was a great action game, while Hexen needs you to think too much and you have to orienate much too often on repetetive areas while searching for gears, skulls, gems and other puzzle pieces to solve a whole level hub. Sometimes it really was frustrating, so I always prefered it′s prequel a little bit more!
But all in all a very recommendable game, where you have much more to do than just running and fragging around while just searching for keys... A nice challenge, also for your mind! ;)
- Release name: Hexen 95, Hexen, Heretic 2
- Year: 1995
- Platform: DOS
- Released in: United States
- Genre: Action
- Theme: FPS, Fantasy, Shooter
- Publisher: id Software, Inc.
- Developer: Raven Software Corporation
- Perspective: 1st-Person
- Dosbox support – http://www.dosbox.com/comp_list.php?showID=1116 – Fully supported on current version