In the mood for a retro-style FPS, I scoured Steam for new releases, and nicked a few, not really clicking. Until I fround hands of necromancyso what play the whole weekend. It’s a Hexen-As FPS, with huge sprawling maps, a whole bunch of weapons, an array of enemy types, and some cool new genre ideas.
In three chapters, as all games of this type should be, the game’s 21 cards are divided between them via three hubs. Each hub has a collection of portals, unlocked by completing tasks in one or the other, and dashing between them all as you find keys, new abilities, and more. it gives him a taste of metroid amid frenetic, fast-paced combat and exploration.
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What I really like here is that hands of necromancy does not feel indebted Heretic and evil spell, but rather inspired by them to then be his own thing. So, as you’d hope, there’s a mix of ranged and close combat, with sword and fireball in your starting lineup, then more and more extensive as you progress. You find a whirlwind spell that allows you to unleash mini tornadoes, which knock enemies back and, if they’re stuck against a wall, really take their life away. There’s a frozen ice wand, a rather impressively powerful scythe, and even a pistol when you sink deep enough.
Enemies are an incredible mix, with creepy critters, floating magic-wielding wizards, flying bats (which are not incredibly boring!), and stomping golems. In Chapter 2, this same gang is joined by all sorts of even deadlier critters, until the fights become a mad barrage of color and blood.
It’s all 2.5D, but with really nice lighting, all built in GZDoom. The pixel art on the creature designs is fantastic, and while the game leans too much towards dark environments, the locations are detailed and interesting to explore. And more importantly, the level design is top-notch, focusing on vast locations to explore, filled with subterranean chambers, maze-like crypts, and puzzle-filled towns.
Your character, an evil wizard himself, isn’t a hero, here looking to expand his range of abilities and fighting not to survive, but because you just want to fight. This obviously doesn’t have a huge impact on the experience, until you remember it when you pick up a powerful weapon and let out a nasty cackle.
Oh, and as you level up, you gain the ability to transform into different types of enemies, including the little serpent, the hard-hitting golem, and a devil-like horned beast. This can be used to solve puzzles and find secrets, but also just to fight in a different way. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an FPS give the character the ability to transform into enemies, and it’s such a splendid idea.
The game estimates a playtime of 7 hours, which is absolutely insane. I spent almost as much time on the first chapter, exploring every nook and cranny, trying to find secrets, and having fun. I guess you could go through it much faster, but that would seem like such a waste.
It’s great stuff, a game that absolutely could have been released alongside Raven Software’s fantasies in the mid-90sthere shooters and restrained. (Although people would have been mystified by the lighting technology.) Certainly, You can receive evil spell for a dollar fifty at presentbut chances are you have already done so. hands of necromancy is a welcome addition to this fold, and the developers The HON team has become a name follow.
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