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Your profile. Partially funded by the U. The Corporation was eventually able to discover and examine a downed alien ship, confirming suspicions of alien activity on the planet. Jubilation over the discovery was short-lived, however, as three days later, the aliens attacked. The attack began with surgical strikes against earth's satellite and missile-control centers. A remarkable discovery about the alien invasion was that most of the invaders were cloned from human tissuesamples, genetically engineered, and then cybernetically enhanced.
These humanoids were then dubbed "CyClones" at the time the aliens attacked, A. Built by combining human technology and alien technology recovered from the alien ship, the HAVOC project resulted in the production of a cybernetically-enhanced fighter with superior combat capabilities, which the U. The player controls the "HAVOC unit" in a series of missions given by the Earth government to confront and push back the alien invaders and their clone servants.
The gameplay follows the standard first-person shooter formula set by Doom the year before, requiring the player to navigate several levels while fighting enemies and activating switches or seeking keys to gain access to different areas. Several missions have specific objectives that must be met before the player is allowed to continue and instructions on what to do next may be displayed on-screen when the player enters a certain area.
The enemies encountered include the CyClones humanoids, as well as several robotic and alien creatures. Some enemies are stationary, such as floor or ceiling turrets, and hazards such as explosive barrels are also included.
The player can find medikits and "mech-kits" which serve as armor in order to ensure their survivability, as well as acquire several weapons which are either human or alien in origin. Later in the game it is possible to acquire an alien suit which grants access to even more powerful weapons, as well as a jetpack that allows the player to fly around the stage. These scripts use a syntactic variant of C , thus allowing special sequencing of game actions. Programming features such as randomization, variables, and intermap script activation enable smooth hub gameplay and are responsible for most of the special effects within the game: on-screen messages, random sound effects, monster spawning, sidedef texture changes, versatile control of polyobjects, level initialization for deathmatch, and even complex environment changes such as earthquakes manipulating floor textures and heights.
In January 11, , the source code for Hexen was released by Raven Software under a license that granted rights to non-commercial use, and was re-released under the GNU General Public License on September 4, Hexen is compatible with many Doom source ports ; Hexen ' s features are also compatible with Doom WADs made for source ports regardless of what game they are being played on.
The score was composed by Kevin Schilder. While presenting several specific differences in their respective translations of the original PC game, all of them constitute essentially the same game with no major changes to level design, plot, or overall delivery.
The scripting and animation is slower, enemies have only their front sprites and lack gory deaths when attacked by strong hits or weapons, and the frame rate is slower. Although all levels are present in this version and feature their correct layouts, their architecture details are somewhat simplified and there is some loss in overall lighting quality.
This port is based on a beta version of the original PC version of Hexen as many gameplay tweaks are shared, such as the simpler level design and the Fighter's fists being weaker compared to other versions.
The Sega Saturn version, also developed by Probe,  inherits most of the restrictions of the PlayStation version, such as the simplified scenery architecture and the downgraded lighting, although it does feature improvements in certain aspects. The scripting is faster, and the frame rate, while not fluid or consistent, is slightly better.
The enemies still have all but their front sprites missing, but they retain their gory deaths when killed by a strong hit or weapon. This version also has hidden two-player link-up cooperative and deathmatch modes, accessible only through the unlockable cheat menu. The Nintendo 64 version, developed by Software Creations ,  retains all of the graphical quality and scenery architecture, has a consistent frame rate, and includes high detail and smooth filtering.
This version also has four-player split-screen cooperative and deathmatch modes, although they must be played in low detail mode. Deathkings of the Dark Citadel is an official expansion pack that was released for Hexen in It features three more hubs with a total of 20 new single player levels and six new deathmatch levels.
Unlike the Shadow of the Serpent Riders expansion pack for Heretic , it had to be purchased in retail stores or by mail order. This was unusual at the time, as most non-free expansion packs also included other new or revised gameplay elements. Deathkings of the Dark Citadel , unlike Shadow of the Serpent Riders , was not packaged with the original game, meaning that both had to be purchased separately, and the expansion would not work without already having Hexen.
This expansion pack also did not initially include nor enable any music. Music could be fully enabled by applying a patch specially released to address this issue usually found online under the name "dkpatch". Each of the hubs The Blight, The Constable's Gate, and The Nave features one secret level, and new puzzles based on the quest items from the original game no new quest artifacts were added. Any type of enemy may spawn on the map. The final level of the expansion, the Dark Citadel itself, is an arena-like level, which features teleporting waves of monsters and three bosses Fighter, Cleric, and Mage clones.
Heretic and Hexen shipped a combined total of roughly 1 million units to retailers by August Reviewing the PC version, Maximum remarked that Hexen sets itself apart from other "3D slashers" with its selection of characters and novel approach to level design, which "leads to your character choosing their path rather than being guided around a rather linear series of rooms, proving that 3D games have matured".
They also commented that the gameplay is consistently intense due to the difficulty of the enemies, the variety of weapons and power-ups, and the sheer size and breadth of the levels.
They gave the game 5 out of 5 stars  and their "Maximum Game of the Month" award. Retrieved June 18, Archived from the original on October 21, Retrieved February 16, Retrieved May 15, Retrieved May 17, Retrieved December 6, Retrieved May 16, January 30, Retrieved October 11, Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association.
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