It will make a believer out of you!
You are the hero, Corvus, of the Sidhe elf people. When you defeated the serpent
rider D'sparil, in Heretic I, you were cursed to wander the outer worlds
with D'sparil's dying breath, rather than return home to your people. After
years of wandering one hostile alien environment after another, you discover
a dimensional portal called a World Ripple. As you step through the portal that
you think will lead you back to your homeland, you realize the extent of the
curse that D'sparil laid upon you. It is not the home you left behind. You return
to find the remnants of the land of your once proud people, now in shambles.
Your people are diseased, dying and violently insane from an unknown plague.
You, Corvus must find the reason and if possible heal your broken race.
has an eerieness to it that is sure to spook as well as intrigue you. The combination
of surroundings, setting, and music takes fantasy action-adventure to the limits.
The graphics are unbelievable. They are straight out of a Boris Vallejo painting.
The characters and the environment are as accurate in every detail as things
one would find in a rulebook for Dungeons and Dragons. The environment is dynamic
in that it changes permanently with your actions. The lighting effects are pure
eye candy. The graphics and detail have a likeness to match or surpass that
of Unreal (I know, I know, it doesn't do as many poly's per second, but I'm
talking aesthetics here), and gives you a third person prospective. Heretic
II uses an enhanced Quake II engine and it flows
like reality. Even without 3D acceleration, this game looks good. It is artwork
The controls are excellent. The movement in this game is simply unbelievable.
Movement includes climbing, flipping, dodging, tumbling in all directions, even
in mid air. The revamped smart camera works like a wonder. It stays with the
action and prevents those blocked perspective shots that so many of us seasoned
third person gamers are used to. Believe me when I say this because I tried
hard to make the camera get blocked off by a wall. Not a chance, this time Activision
delivers everything they promised.
You can pinpoint specific body parts on your enemies, adding variety to your
attacks. You can hack of arms, legs, and heads or disarm weapons sending some
enemies fleeing. This changes the need to kill everything, like in most games
of this genre. You can be more of a good guy or just plain evil, which makes
it more like role-playing in Dungeons and Dragons.
me to my next point. The enemy AI in Heretic II is good to average. I
usually play these third-person and first person games on the hardest possible
level. Many of the new games out there have really improved the character AI,
such as Unreal, and Sin. Heretic II, in
comparison to these newer games, could have done a better job making the bad
guys a little smarter. On the hardest level in Heretic II, which is called
Armagedon, seasoned gamers will still find the enemies a little too easy to
In your arsenal, you not only have traditional weapons, but spells as well.
One example is the Meteor Swarm where you call up rock from the ground to hurl
at your enemies. The use of spells can be compared to the use of Jedi Powers
in Jedi Knight II, except that Heretic II's presentation
handles it ten times better, and classier. The animation that goes along with
each spell is awesome. Also, what's cool is that when you acquire different
weapons along the way, they are displayed somewhere on your character rather
than just disappearing into your endless magic pockets. Even these simple weapons
are rendered magically. For instance, when your battle staff is not in use it
turns into a small stick dangling from your side. When you grab it, energy lights
it up and it grows into a battle staff.
A couple minor, but nice features: You can change settings for almost any
option on the fly. Also the loading is great. It's not like Sin, where
it takes an eternity.
The multiplayer works well, but is nothing spectacular. It's just Deathmatch
that happens to look awesome with fluid, solid gameplay. Did I mention this
game is artwork in motion?
Heretic II just might make me one of those lonely gamers playing video
games on a Saturday night I always talk about.
You have got to buy this game!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. If you like
3D shooters, third person shooters, or just plain love to see the power and
glory of computer games today, then you must buy Heretic II. If for nothing
else, you should just buy this game for its unbelievable artwork that will capture
your imagination and bring back that kid in you that used to wish that they
made games like this. Heretic II is one of those games that nearly achieves