90s Video Games, Episode 108
Heretic [MS DOS, 1994] – Gameplay
Heretic is a dark fantasy first-person shooter video game released in 1994, which was using a modified version of the Doom engine. Heretic was one of the first first-person games to feature inventory manipulation and the ability to look up and down. It was developed by Raven Software and published by id Software through GT Interactive.
Three brothers (D’Sparil, Korax, and Eidolon), known as the Serpent Riders, have used their powerful magic to possess seven kings of Parthoris, turning them into mindless puppets and corrupting their armies.
The Sidhe elves resist the Serpent Riders’ magic. The Serpent Riders thus declared the Sidhe as heretics and waged war against them. The Sidhe are forced to take a drastic measure to sever the natural power of the kings destroying them and their armies, but at the cost of weakening the elves’ power, giving the Serpent Riders an advantage to slay the elders.
While the Sidhe retreat, one elf (revealed to be named Corvus in Heretic II) sets off on a quest of vengeance against the weakest of the three Serpent Riders, D’Sparil. He travels through the “City of the Damned”, the ruined capital of the Sidhe (its real name is revealed to be Silverspring in Heretic II), then past the demonic breeding grounds of Hell’s Maw and finally the secret Dome of D’Sparil.
The player must first fight through the undead hordes infesting the location where the elders performed their ritual. At its end is the gateway to Hell’s Maw, guarded by the Iron Liches. After defeating them, the player must seal the portal and so prevent further infestation, but after he enters the portal guarded by the Maulotaurs, he finds himself inside D’Sparil’s dome.
After killing D’Sparil, Corvus ends up on a perilous journey with little hope of returning home. However, he eventually succeeds in his endeavour, only to find that Parthoris is in disarray once again.
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