heXen:Edge of Chaos will be a new and free game, based on the original Hexen game which was developed by id Software and Raven Software. Edge of Chaos is being developed by a team of fans who have always loved the original Hexen since it came out. In fact, most of us spent countless hours with the entire series. When id Software released Doom3, we immediately saw immense potential in the engine itself; the 'Hell' maps gave us the inspiration to make a hack-and-slash game based, primarily, on the original Hexen.
Guys , I think what you've done here is quite impressive.
You've taken an aging engine and turned it to your advantage , rendering picture perfect recreations of the original Hexen environments and creatures. Hexen fans like myself will be welled up with nostalgia.
The movement feels satisfying and the weapons pack a punch. You've done a great job of including all of the original hexen inventory items - all the flasks and so on look identical to their old school counterparts , with the added benefit of a loving 3D makeover. Probably the most amazing thing is that you've fully translated the atmosphere of the old hexen games - a bleak, hellish world with touches of mystery and magic. This is no small feat, and for this you should be congratulated!
With all this praise, surely there is some criticism I could level against the demo ? Well - yes, there is. Sadly you have fallen into the trap that many modders who attempt single player adventures make. Your autosave / load system is terrible. I was happily plodding along bashing imps and making progress when I accidentally stepped on spikes about half way through a level. I simply assumed the game had checkpointed my progress before I entered the area with the spikes, but to my dismay - it hadn't - and I was forced to restart from the very_beginning of the game. This ripped me out of the experience and reminded me I was "just playing a mod". Equally poor is the UI for saving / loading games. It is not clear what button does what and it's all too easy to load a game when you are in fact trying to save a new one ( happened to me twice!).
Despite these flaws, I am really enjoying your work and I hope you will continue to improve upon it and add further content. I'm frankly stunned that you have released anything , let alone content of such high quality. I have been following your progress for several years now, assuming this would be yet another vaporware nostalgia project. You've proved me wrong.
This mod was awesome. I love the atmosphere and the combat. Made me feel like I was playing a next gen version of Hexen.
The only problems I noticed was the player move speed which was too fast and the sound effects. The breaking barrels sound terrible and a lot of other sounds were very bland.
Other then these 2 flaws the mod was awesome. Nice Alpha.
A really great mod, lots of detail and the awesome classic hexen gameplay feeling, this deserves to be a standalone game, this deserves to be a real sequel to hexen 2.
Only problem was menu cause it was easy to accidentally start new game or so, but not a real reason to bring down scores :)
Hope ID software or raven software sees this mod and everyone that loves it and maybe resurrect this franchise :D
anyway just have to wait for the full game now and experience that ;)
What I've seen of this mod so far I really like. I've noticed a few glitches here and there but I imagine those will get worked out as the mod is more complete. I had some trouble getting doors to work right as it would take a few times trying to get them to open. Also as someone else on here pointed out the monsters need to have gorier death animations like the original Hexen.
Great work so far and I can't wait to play the rest.
Fantastic piece. Feels like a mixture of Hexen and Hexen 2: environments are reminiscent of opening hub from Hexen 2, while overall feel of combat and movement and lack of leveling are closer to Hexen 1. Individual maps feel larger that those from any Hexen game. Great visuals, excellent atmosphere: from burning ruined city to misty swamp filled with impaled corpses of unfortunate humans, this demo hub managed to capture that ominous dark fantasy atmosphere of original games quite well. This demo is also quite a bit more story-rich that any of original games, with story being told trough bunch of journal pages and letters scattered throughout the maps.
Gameplay, as I have said, is more reminiscent of Hexen 2. While player has only one class and two weapons at his disposal, both of them pack a good punch, and there is loads of classic Hexen pick-ups lying around. Enemy variety is decent for what is meant to be a first part of large campaign, with decent balance of melee grunts, flying and fast monsters.
All in all, great piece of work by enormously devoted Hexen fans, one that really deserves to be played by any Hexen fan anywhere. I still hope that complete Edge of Chaos game will be released after all, one day. World deserves another Hexen.