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Hacx - IWAD release (v1.2)

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HACX is an action filled DOOM Engine game. The story is set in the near future, where you'll find yourself engrossed in an international blastfest. Wield weapons of mass destruction from China to Paris to combat a devilish artificial intelligence and its hordes of loyal fanatics. Can you handle it, hacker?

This release is a stand-alone IWAD that does not require DOOM II to run, and is compatible with many popular ports. Release also includes several minor map fixes since v1.1 (making levels fully co-op compatible) and other miscellaneous tweaks.

HACX.WAD can be run either as an IWAD with ZDoom and Eternity or as a PWAD alongside DOOM II using other ports like Chocolate Doom and PRBoom.


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Erick

  

For the most part, a solid IWAD to have in your Doom library. Some of the levels do show off some impressive atmosphere and visuals, showing off the world of Hacx with a Cyberpunk theme infested of some nasty monsters and robots. The weapons, while nothing too spectacular, look and sound cool, with the pistol and Uzi being great fun to use. A shame that the last 4-5 levels aren't really good and are obviously rushed out (you can finish MAP16 in less than 1 second) given the game's development history. Still, an interesting IWAD with a style and backstory that holds up a strong identity for the game. I hope to see 2.0 give Hacx the long-awaited vision and execution it needs.

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BigDickBzzrak

  
The levels in the middle of the game are truly awesome. I like to replay them from time to time. Looking forward to 2.0.

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joe-ilya

  
Boring play, good looks.

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DooManic

  
Originally a commercial addon, this was leater rereleased as freeware. Unfortunately it's lacking the final levels as it was never really finished. Aged extremely well and comes with all changed graphics and sounds, making for a game feeling very different from Doom (except the shooting itself, of course). Can be played as a standalone IWAD, so why are you still reading this?

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Voros

  
An add-on. Now an IWAD. It is that good. While the levels are EXTREMELY complex, even for MAP01, just makes the whole thing more unique. The ugly pistol weilding thugs, the robotic shotgun, the fat rocket launcher AND chaingunner and so on. The challenge is pretty sweet. 5/5

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Jacob_jub

  
I dont really like it.

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Guest

  
Awesome ! I really like the game older version , but some things like the lighting seems pretty odd to me , now looks great :33

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Guest

  
Always have liked this.Now it plays a hell of a lot better.

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Doomkid

  
Good sprite work and level design for something so old.

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snapshot

  
Sweet ...

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Guest

  
Cacodemon is an mirror? :/

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Obviously a LOT of effort went into this and it shows, if this was released 10 years ago you'd be picked up by a professional publisher in no time but even then it's a great effort. I got stuck in a room, don't know if this was intended or a bug I also dislike the Ghetto handling of the Uzi LOL. Well done overall! I'll definitely give it another shot.

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Hacx is an *okay* game, it's good AND bad. Sprites and weapon concepts are nice but the enemies are annoying and the level layout is boring. -Mikk

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Pretty good, thanks!

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Just finished first level. Great new look for doom. Looking forward to the next 20 levels. 5 out of 5

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An excellent (now-free) 'independent' game from the late 1990s. HACX2 is shaping to be an even better experience.

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Dis cool

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I guess it starts okay, but the levels get boring and redundant, and the enemies aren't really all that hard and/or interesting. Feels like the designer got bored halfway through and started recycling the levels with minor changes. It shows effort, but feels incomplete and unsubstantial.

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Can't wait for 2.0.

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One of THE BEST EVER!!!

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HAXC rules!!!

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I really hope they continue making 2.0 in the future, I really enjoyed this game, I know it's 2013 but this game hasn't lost it's charm.

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nice map 5/5

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HELL YEAH! HACX WORKS WITH ZDOOM NOW! 5/5 just for that. ~Joe Anderson

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^ They are making 2.0! It's actually been in development all these years, they're just taking their time! *****

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  • File Reviews

    • By StarzoZero · Posted
      truly a masterpiece  an absolute must-play for any doom fan
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Not a bad map, despite it's rawness in layout parts. Fun map with some interesting special effects, especially for the final part of the map. Good gameplay flow as well.
    • By erzboesewicht · Posted
      Had a lot of fun with this mapset, which is inspired in PWADs of the Olden Tymes. The visuals are pretty ugly, but the intrincate layouts, often probably freehand drawn, compensate for that. Most maps are linear but have branches, loops and optional areas which make them interesting to explore. Only the first maps were a bit weaker in my opinion. My favourite map was probably MAP09 with the huge height differences and some cool vistas of an underground (retro)futuristic city.   Gameplay is mostly easy, with some exceptions like MAP08 but which seldom really reach "Plutonia" difficulty, although hitscanners can drain the often relatively scarce health fastly and there are some surprise traps as well. However, you're often given more than adequate weaponry, like BFGs for some cover-less archviles.   The "vedette" of this mapsets are the secret hunts: while some tripwire lift secrets were a bit too difficult to hear for my taste, I'm very fond above all of the tiny ledges and the shootable switches in unconventional locations. Huge LOL to the cute midis, above all map04 and map11, and "Children" sounded almost like the original (did Robert Miles use my soundfont)? Anyway, that mapset inspired me to look into really old maps and mapsets before the Memento Mori era. Deserves its cacoward (4,5/5).
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Thanks to a post by Maes, I found out about this wad. The Maniac MIDI is catchy and fun, and the level itself is still an enjoyable romp today. The idea that you're under the sea is a creative touch.
    • By DoomShark · Posted
      If this was the 2001 year I would rate this 5/5. But in 2022 this wad is nothing but a lame retro.   I got the feeling that this wad was trying to showcase the advanced Zdoom capabilities rather than trying to create a good game play, and even with the advanced features the design still feels flat!   HMP or lower players will probably enjoy this as it is a below average difficulty with plenty of ammo/items.   I wanted to rate this 2.5/5 stars, but since half star cannot be selected I rated it 3 stars. We really need to be able to select half a star in rating.    
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