One of the most highly anticipated releases of 1997, HeXen II was the first game from an outside developer to ship with Quake engine technology. The game featured four single player hubs and deathmatch capabilities for 16 players while simultaneously offering four character classes, each with four weapons with dual fire modes for a total of 32 unique weapon effects. In addition, HeXen II was the first 3-D shooter to feature transparent water effects in both hardware and software rendering modes and one of the only fully 3-D games to feature single player cooperative gameplay.

Modified much like its original this game has stood the test of time and has quite a few nifty mods to show for it

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Greetings to ModDB community!

We promised that J.A.C.K. will be eventually released on Steam in Q4 2016. And today it has finally become available in Steam Store! Thanks everybody for support! Today we are presenting the Steam version 1.1.1212 with a set of SteamWorks features. As it was said previously, there will be two versions of the editor: the Steam one, commercial, with Steam-specific features, and non-Steam, completely free, although updated not very often. If you would like to support the developer, you can buy the Steam version (save 15% until December 23!), but if you don't - no problem, just leave things they used to be. Apart from the Steam-specific features, the functionality of both versions is almost the same.

What is J.A.C.K.?

J.A.C.K. (previously known as Jackhammer) is a brand new level editor for games with a quake-style BSP architecture. The aim is to develop a convenient cross-platform tool capable of incorporating the best features of existing editors, such as Valve Hammer Editor, Q3Radiant and others. Despite Quake and Half-Life having been released a long time ago, the large community have arisen around, still developing mods and games on their bases. However the existing editors suffer from fundamental disadvantages their users are well familiar with. J.A.C.K. does aspire to be the universal level design tool for classic games. But not only the classics! The editor shall become a key development tool for the Volatile engine, that is why its second name is Volatile Development Kit.

We present the first commercial Steam release - version 1.1.1212. If you buy it on Steam, you'll enjoy the following Steam-specific features:

  • Automatic Configuration: creation of game configurations in the editor in a couple of clicks.
  • SteamCloud Service: cloud storage for maps, ability to synchronize with local files.
  • Automatic Update: keep your editor up-to-date with all the recent features and bugfixes!
  • Steam Fun: achievements, stats and Steam trading cards!

Why buy Steam version?

You may ask a simple question: why would one buy the commerical version, if it is almost the same as the free version? Here is the point:

  • Every program is not perfect, and there are issues. With the free version if J.A.C.K., you got used to wait for months until those annoying bugs get fixed. With the Steam version, you have always an up-to-date version with the latest features and bugfixes. Furthermore, you'll be able to participate in J.A.C.K. Beta Program, to get the most recent version of the editor.
  • Keep your map sources safe with the SteamCloud storage. You can move them from one computer to another, and prevent occasionally deleted files from being lost forever.
  • Create new game configurations with a few clicks. J.A.C.K. will even do its best to automatically detect their install paths!
  • Some people may find achievements, statistics and badge crafting funny. Why not to share your J.A.C.K. experience with the community?

Still not sure? Your purchase will support the developer, give motivation to work hard, add new features - and probably your requests will be amongst them!

Supported Games

J.A.C.K. currently supports the following games/engines:

  • Half-Life (GoldSource)
  • Gunman Chronicles (GoldSource)
  • Quake (Quake engine)
  • Hexen II (Quake engine)
  • Quake II (id Tech 2)
  • Quake III (id Tech 3)

Please don't be confused with such a small list! Many games on the listed engines are also supported, especially if there is also a FGD file. E.g. you can use J.A.C.K. to make levels for Counter-Strike 1.6 (GoldSource) and Tremulous (id Tech 3).




Disclaimer

J.A.C.K. is not based upon any existing level design software; it uses neither any proprietary code nor results of decompiling and/or reverse engineering of the proprietary software; reconstruction of design and functionality of Valve Hammer Editor is intent because many modders got used to the familiar look and feel.

Useful Links

Steam Store page can be found here. Complete changelog of version 1.1.1212 can be found here. Please visit the official website for more information, F.A.Q., articles and manuals.

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2 new levels for Hexen II, taking place in Thysis, the Egyptian hub. These levels are a bit more focused on action rather than puzzle-solving.

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Public alpha version. Requires the Unofficial Quake Engine.

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tankman1234567890
tankman1234567890

How and where do I download Hexen II?

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dbaknight
dbaknight

jsHexen - Improved engine for Hexen II. It's amazing and best mod for this game from a russian entuthias, pls add a link and let fans enjoy.
site: Hexen2retex.narod.ru
last version of jsHexen: Narod.ru 1.21.01.rar.html
Thanks to creator, moddb and fans)

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nerdenfromsweden
nerdenfromsweden

HeXen 2 one of the best game ever if u ask me

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animastudio50
animastudio50

It's time this game was good today with a better graphic and added more extra idea to the game would be enjoyable. I liked play with this.

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theravenswolf
theravenswolf

The people that troll or think that Hexen 2 is a rip-off are complete retards... Deal with it that Hexen 2 has no connection to oblivion, it is a fkin game and you can suck it for being dumb as ****!

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DEAD_FiSH
DEAD_FiSH

I just got Hexen yesterday. And it was awesome!!!
But still I`m more attached to first Hexen. I played it the most, and the expansion...

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Mongoloid
Mongoloid

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this mod is a rip off of oblivion

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nerdenfromsweden
nerdenfromsweden

are u retarded 4real?

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poshgaloo
poshgaloo

Dude look at DATES! This came in the twentieth century. Oblivion twenty first. ;)

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olvimasta
olvimasta

Get your facts straight kid, I was playing demos this in '97 and heretic 2 in '98

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scottellison92
scottellison92

rip off of oblivion? are you retarted? how can a texture pack be a rip off of oblivion?an this game was before oblivion? way before.

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden

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this mod is newer then oblivion genius.

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hogsy
hogsy

You're all wrong. This isn't a "texture pack" or a "mod" but is in-fact what is known as a GAME and as old as it may be it's a good one at that. I'm pretty certain Mongoloid was just joking anyway as it clearly shows the release date as 1997 :)

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