While you were battling the evil forces of D'Sparil, the other Serpent Riders were busy sowing the seeds of destruction in other dimensions. One such dimension is the decaying world where Hexen takes place. A world littered with the mangled corpses of nonbelievers and inhabited by the undead followers that executed them. Only three humans &endash; a warrior, a mage and a cleric &endash; have escaped the leaders' vicious spell. Now these brave souls have sworn to crush the evil regime that threatens to destroy the world forever. Separated upon entering the mystical portal, the three are forced to attempt on their own what they had hoped to do together: find Korax's stronghold, destroy him and restore order in the physical world.

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A special version of "Unofficial Patch 1.2" Bernewfie build (the one with rebalancing, bugfixes and auto-map tweaks, originally created by Boondorl for GZDoom) is now available.

Unlike previous versions which followed @gerwin's MBF 2.04 way of choosing the resolution (which is favoring 640x400 but falling back to 640x480 in case of trouble), the new version allows explicit selection of screen resolution at startup (up to 1280x1024, hence the name). Thus the -hires command line argument no longer has any effect with one of the below argument replacing it:

-400p for 640x400
-480p for 640x480
-600p for 800x600
-768p for 1024x768
-1024p for 1280x1024

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Comparison of supported screen resolution options.

As with all recent uploads the build includes music playback fidelity improvements for those running an Adlib, SoundBlaster or other OPL3-based sound cards. Moreover an add-on is provided which replaces original music tracks with those specifically tailored for FM-playback - the tracks coming from the game composer Kevin Schielder himself.

Starting Hexen with the addon is as simple as: BERNEW -file fmmus.wad

For Deathkings LOCATION.STR needs to be edited to point to the right executable. For example:

DRIVE=C
DIR=\HEXEN
EXE=HEX1024.EXE

Then the game can be started with e.g:
HEXENDK -extra fmmus.wad -768p -mlook

HEXEN10 PCX
Deathkings of the Dark Citadel in high resolution


Some more technical changes included in the build are:
* bump of MAXVISPLANES to 960
* bump of MAXVISSPRITE to 256
* max number of game engine sound channels reverted to a more reasonable 32
* screen buffer blitting tweak for modes where video memory lines do not align by screen width (e.g. for Intel)

At the moment the version is still somewhat experimental. If that puts you off, and you'd rather wait for the changes to the Hexen port to stabilize, let me suggest another fine first person experience for DOS: Bernewfie's sister port Tartar, which boasts Sigil and SIGIL II support as of the December release.

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PsyWarVeteran
PsyWarVeteran - - 1,924 comments

That satisfying punch the fighter character dishes out was the best :)

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kurtr
kurtr - - 12 comments

I think Shadewood puzzle is broken. I can't get one of the horn panels to show up even though I've pulled both switches (one in the Caves of Circe, one in Darkmere). Moddb.com
Proof 1 (Caves of Circe): Moddb.com
Proof 2 (Darkmere): Moddb.com

Can't progress.

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kurtr
kurtr - - 12 comments

Nevermind. Found a youtube video and realized I missed a switch in wasteland.

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Guest
Guest - - 695,905 comments

How to play Hexen on iMac?

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RoozyDB
RoozyDB - - 380 comments

Go buy some Hexen, then download GZDoom on Mac. If you don't have OpenGL requirements for GZDoom, then download ZDoom.

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szemi
szemi - - 131 comments

Hexen!!!! I love the game's environment.

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YoBadMama
YoBadMama - - 12 comments

I agree, between the gothic buildings and the incredible (and sometimes impossible) sights of the outdoor levels, Hexen definitely pulls off some of the most awe inspiring views of old-school fps games.

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Avoozl
Avoozl - - 291 comments

The Hexen games feel much more fun and better put together than the Heretic games, at least to me.

Heretic's extension of two more episodes still wasn't good enough, they didn't even bother to add a new boss or any boss at all, they just felt mostly like extra filler.

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Guest
Guest - - 695,905 comments

Fantastic game.
Pair with Quake and Diablo.

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JackTheButcher
JackTheButcher - - 1 comments

Which of the files for download is Hexen?

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