by GT Interactive
The popular first-person action game Hexen is coming to the PlayStation and Saturn. Now those without PCs can enjoy the fun and excitement of Hexen with its multiple weapons and spells set in a medieval fantasy world.
MANUFACTURER - GT Interactive
THEME - Shooter
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
I can't pawn this one off as another Doom clone because it has far too many unique features. I like the inventory system and the different weapons (or the use of "mana' for ammo). The problem is that I found it hard to get into. Maybe on the PC side this game worked but it doesn't translate well to the consoles. The frame rate isn't all that great-in fact it's downright slow when lots of enemies are on the screen. Speaking of enemies, practically all of them are very cool-looking and the Al is done well. I didn't really like the way I had to go back and forth between levels to advance-1 found that tedious.
The expiration date on this game has long past. Running around a 3-D environment and shooting slow-moving enemies used to be fun, when Doom first showed up. Now, it's boring. To make matters worse, Hexen looks too dated. Today's first-person shooters have higher-res graphics, cooler effects and less pixelization. Hexen does offer one thing not found anywhere else: a choice of different characters to play as. This helps a little bit: It adds variety and replay value (but once you beat the game, would you want to play it again as a different player? Probably not). Unless you need another Doom game, skip Hexen.
OK, it's pretty obvious that Hexen isn't the best-looking Doom clone in the world. Its graphics, in fact, are overly pixelated and often choppy. But, like Crusader, Hexen packs a few nifty features that in a way make up for the disappointing visuals. I like being able to choose from three different warriors, each of which wields different weapons and spells. The RPG elements, like your ability to build up your armor class, are a nice touch, too. Hexen's levels can get pretty long, with lots of teleporting this way and that The password system is a pain in the butt, though; I'd rather be able to save my game anytime.
Having been a fan of the PC series, I was really looking forward to the home console versions. Sadly, the console game doesn't live up to its older sibling. Hexen does have some solid gameplay, but in this case, the graphics are required to immerse yourself in the game. The dark, pixelated enemies and backgrounds are horribly drawn, with rough edges and noticeable seams. Camewise, Hexen does play very much like the PC game, but you'll quickly learn that the three characters are very unbalanced for actual play, and then all you're left with is a really small wallet. Doom-haters should avoid this like the plague.
If you like Hexen, try other games: Doom.
2016-08-24 Hexen game added.