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Hexen
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: GT Interactive (US/EU), Game Bank (JP)
Developer:
Original system(s): PC
Publisher(s) of original games: id Software
Developer(s) of original games: Raven Software
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (15 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Saturn Backup Memory
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-18612G
Sega Saturn
US
$? T-25406H
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[1] T-25405H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-25405H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-25405H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-25405H-50
Sega Saturn
AU
$? ?
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 191x36




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Hexen (ヘクセン) is a first person shooter developed by Raven Software as a sequel to their earlier game, Heretic. It was published for the Sega Saturn by GT Interactive in 1997.

Gameplay

Three heroes are selectable, representing speed, power and balanced gameplay.

History

It runs on the engine that powered Doom, and is said to be one of the more popular "Doom clones" from around that era.

Hexen brought RPG elements and non linear progression into the genre, and expanded on these in it's sequel, which was never ported to consoles.

Versions

The Saturn port is considered better than the Sony PlayStation port by running at a higher framerate, but falls behind the Nintendo 64 port and PC original, due to slowdown and enemies always facing the player from the front (this was probably done to save memory, as the game displays enemies as sprites, not polygons)

Magazine articles

Main article: Hexen/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM2 US 29.pdfEGM2 US 29.pdf

PDF
Print advert in EGM² (US) #29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)

EGM US 095.pdfEGM US 095.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #95: "June 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Ultra Game Players (US) #99: "July 1997" (1997-06-24)[3]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #96: "July 1997" (1997-xx-xx)[4]

SSM UK 18.pdfSSM UK 18.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #18: "April 1997" (1997-03-15)
also published in:

PlayerOne FR 075.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Player One (FR) #75: "Mai 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • CD Consoles (FR) #27: "Avril 1997" (1997-xx-xx)[6]

NextLevel DE 1997-05.pdfNextLevel DE 1997-05.pdf

PDF
Print advert in neXt Level (DE) #1997-05: "Mai 1997" (1997-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №64, p128/129
60 №185, p66/67[1]
50 №485, p35
80 №4/97, p75[7]
89 №74, p102
84 №1, p76[8]
88 №17, p66/67[9]
60 №1998-10, p193[10]
74 №95, p64[11]
Sega Saturn
75
Based on
9 reviews

Saturn, US
Hexen Saturn US Box Back.jpgHexen Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Hexen Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Hexen sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
Hexen Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
Hexen Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
Hexen Saturn JP Box Back.jpgHexen Sat JP cover.jpg
Cover
Hexen Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, BR

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
615,948,816 CD-ROM (EU) T-25405H-50 V1.002
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
615,948,816 1997-07-02 CD-ROM (JP) T-18612G V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
615,948,816 CD-ROM (US) T-25406H V1.002

References