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  • Summary: The Heretic chapter comes to its evil conclusion with Shadow of the Serpent Riders. In a twisted medieval dimension, undead creatures and bestial horrors have done the unthinkable-callously slaughtering your entire race. Your friends. You family. Eliminated. But the nightmare has just begun.The Heretic chapter comes to its evil conclusion with Shadow of the Serpent Riders. In a twisted medieval dimension, undead creatures and bestial horrors have done the unthinkable-callously slaughtering your entire race. Your friends. You family. Eliminated. But the nightmare has just begun. Wielding ungodly weapons such as the Firemace or Hellstaff and casting spells from the Tomes of Power, you must seek your vengeance. Or die trying. Expand
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  1. Feb 3, 2012
    9
    If I were to create a perfect game, I would create a Doom Clone. If I were to create a Doom Clone, I would make Heretic!
    You get to fly, use
    If I were to create a perfect game, I would create a Doom Clone. If I were to create a Doom Clone, I would make Heretic!
    You get to fly, use artifacts and all this great stuff that was never before seen!
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  2. Dec 6, 2015
    8
    Right now, in retrospect, i would probably give it a 7/10. But back then, when i played it for the first time - Heretic grabbed me. Yes, itRight now, in retrospect, i would probably give it a 7/10. But back then, when i played it for the first time - Heretic grabbed me. Yes, it was a clone of Doom, but so was Doom an evolution of Wolfenstein. Heretic not only supplied a fun action packed shooter, but also introduced some innovative features.
    Was definately at the top of my list when it came out :)
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  3. Sep 2, 2020
    7
    Heretic is partly a rather poor Doom clone, but it has its own unique things. Doom was characterized by action and frenzy, along with weapons.Heretic is partly a rather poor Doom clone, but it has its own unique things. Doom was characterized by action and frenzy, along with weapons. While Heretic takes a little slower, with less-than-good weapons and more frequent puzzles, it also introduces an inventory system and the ability to look up and down. It may be that not everyone likes this change from action game to puzzle game but I welcome it with open arms, although the action is without a doubt much better in Doom; as they did not know how to adapt it well. At the level of graphic detail and soundtrack it beats Doom by a lot, with very memorable and not so generic songs. But this game came out in 1996 in Europe so if we compare it with Quake 1 it looks somewhat dated even for the time, in addition to the fact that Hexen would come out shortly afterwards, which is the evolution that Heretic should have followed in my opinion. Heretic is a great game, fun, addictive with many secrets, musically and graphically it is beautiful and much more than Doom, but with the defect of having an outdated graphics engine due to the release of Quake 1, and playably it is like Doom but without handling it from the all good action. Recommended game if you are a Doom fan, so you can see how its engine evolved, with things like looking up and down, the inventory, etc. and have a good time. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2014
    7
    Heretic was essentially Doom with a medieval fantasy facelift. There were definitely some new features such as the ability to look up and downHeretic was essentially Doom with a medieval fantasy facelift. There were definitely some new features such as the ability to look up and down and certainly better than most of the lackluster "Doom Clones" of the era, but the game was evolutionary rather than revolutionary. If you are a fan of vintage shooters and prefer fantasy over sci-fi, I would give Heretic a try but it is by no means on par with Doom. Expand