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game category:   Action Games

short description:
Hedon is an experimental mix of classic and modern action game design running on the GZDoom Engine and bearing bits of inspiration from titles such as Hexen, Unreal or Arx Fatalis.

release date:  16 May, 2019

developer:  Zan

publisher:  Zan

long description

About This Game

It's an oldschool/boomercore game not by just looks and engine, but by gameplay. That means:

➣ Sprawling levels that offer a degree of freedom and don't hold the player's hand. Exploring, hunting secrets, backtracking, patience and having to figure out what to do next is key. Monsters and pickups are hand-placed and vary according to the difficulty you play on.

➣ Original story packed with lots of lore and doubled by a permeating atmosphere. Intensive attention to detail and world building.

➣ Gory, fast paced shooting, a solid arsenal of weapons and magic items. Combat is projectile-based, movement is essential, enemies are unique and vary in type and abilities.

➣ Original soundtrack ranging from tense to serene ambient, spiced up with bursts of metal. Also, did I mention the legendary Alexander Brandon? If you enjoyed the Unreal and Deus Ex soundtracks, you're in for a treat!

➣ Thousands of hours of work put into an original concept, digitally hand-drawn graphics (textures, sprites, frame by frame animations etc.), scripting, sound effects and level design, all by a one man dev team aiming to create a unique game with a unique atmosphere.

➣ Six to eight hours of good 'ol singleplayer action with five difficulties including Brutalizing, which changes the gameplay to allow interesting second playthroughs (different fights & pick-ups, companions etc.).

➣ It's very light on storage (under 300mb) and well optimized. It's also portable so no DRM and no online ties either - you buy it, it's yours!

My aim is to research classic game design and refresh the valuable bits we've lost in an experience that ultimately rewards the player through learning and investment rather than through mechanically administered gratification.

Hedon is an oldschool game, and that's pretty much enough of a description. You will be dropped in a hostile world that has its own workings, characters and intrigues, and you will be expected to fend for yourself. The build up is slow and steady, the story is consistent, the combat is fast paced and ruthless. You will sometimes find yourself lost in a non linear level design with various aesthetics (forest, caves, forge, barracks, snowy mountain etc.) where exploration and learning by yourself is the key to improve.

You may find that Hedon takes a certain amount of atmosphere, gameplay, color and inspiration from games such as Unreal, Blood, Thief, Arx Fatalis, Serious Sam etc. but nonetheless aims to be original at all times.

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min system requirement:  
  • OS: 32-bit
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual-Core
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Anything capable of running OpenGL 4.0 (eg. ATI Radeon HD 57xx or Nvidia GeForce 400 and higher)
  • Storage: 300 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: The engine is known to have issues with certain older ATI cards. If you see random black textures/missing water/graphic glitches then you should try to update your graphic drivers.

  • recommanded system requirement:  
  • OS: 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i5 and above
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Anything current gen or close (eg. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050)
  • Storage: 300 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: The engine is known to have issues with certain current gen ATI cards. If you suffer from lag spikes and incredibly low FPS, refer to the Community Discussions tab.

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    Hedon user review

    The lovechild of Doom and Arx Fatalis !
    It's incredible! I have just finished the game and am so hyped for Hedon - chapter 2.
    The best thing on the Doom engine since Doom.
    Come for the thicc orc girls, stay for the extremely good game!
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    A phenomenal niche game.
    This is a game that just oozes personality and passion.
    I don't know how else to say it, but this mod isn't a mod. It's a game that happens to be running on the GZdoom Engine.
    Absolutely sensational throwback to 90s FPS.
    This game is amazing in many ways. The levels, characters, soundtrack, weapons, and enemies are well made.
    Makes good use of GZDoom. The combat is a decent challenge and there are some interesting puzzles. Sometimes the puzzles can be confusing. I did get lost a few times only because I just couldn't figure out what to do next, but I was able to figure it out eventually.
    I can easily recommend Hedon as an experience. Having not put time into Doom or Quake in well over 10 years now, I figured I'd pick up Hedon and get stuck in.
    Coming off Modern Doom, and Ion Fury (Ion Maiden). This game still managed to keep my interest for many hours. Not to mention the new Melee only Berzerk mode is absolutely a delight to play with all new weapons. It's almost like playing another game! Kudos to creator!
    This is an outstanding game. While it seems to take influence from legends like Doom, Heretic, and the underrated Arx Fatalis, it is incredibly unique and refreshing, and different enough to be unlike any of its predecessors. It has maturity and depth, as well as a fantastic atmosphere and sense of mystery and ominous danger. Level design is great, not only because of how these worlds are laid out and how interesting they look and feel, but the connections, the secrets, the mystery, the surprises, the story fragments you piece together, the combined sense of urgency with patient exploration. It has admirable world building, game design, sound design, and enemy design. The game play is dynamic, with long stretches of very satisfying exploration and searching, with continuously gratifying discovery and a sense of adventure, broken up by surprise attacks and the fast-paced dodge-and-weave first person shooter action that Doom perfected. The story progression is natural, blended into the gameplay in the style of Half-Life, with some great things in store for the patient player. It's hard to believe such a great game was developed by a single person.
    Very fun Retro Inspired FPS game, PLayed the Free version even before it got on steam and Have really enjoyed it alot.
    A great adventure puzzle Fps game with a excellent game play. What I like is that you get your weapons before you meet the enemies and you don't die right away! Good for a beginner. A definite "must play"!

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