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LinuxWorld: Heretic II [Review]

Feb 12, 2000, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

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"Back when Doom was the latest and greatest first-person shooter, a few developers at Raven Software chose to create alternative worlds based on its engine. The same bunch has repeated the trick; this time, they've used the Quake engine to power Heretic II."

"As a Heretic II player, you experience a third-person view; in that respect, the game is similar to Tomb Raider. You move your Elf back and forth across the screen, using keyboard or mouse controls, or both. I prefer to use only the keyboard, since it gives more precise movement control. The controls can be reconfigured, so you can use any keys you like. You will find yourself jumping a lot, so make sure to choose a particularly accessible key for that action."

"New offensive and defensive spells in this version include Meteor Storm, Iron Doom, Firewall, and Teleport. Weapons include the explosive Phoenix Bow, the Storm Bow (for area attacks), the Hellstaff (for continuous fire attacks), and several versions of your handy Pikestaff. As you progress through the game, you will learn some of these advanced spells and find some of these weapons. In the end, you may even find that the Firestaff makes for one of the best hand-to-hand combat weapons ever."

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