Hexen (Sega Saturn)
Hexen for the Sega Saturn video game console was developed by Probe Entertainment and published by GT Interactive, and was released on April 30, 1997 in the US, along with a version for the Sony PlayStation by the same development team.
The Saturn port features all the levels of the PC version, though some are heavily simplified. It runs at a considerably higher and smoother frame rate than the PlayStation version, yet frames can drop when too much movement is on-screen, and features hidden two-player cooperative/deathmatch options through a cheat code in the game.
As in the Sega 32X and Super Nintendo versions of Doom, monster sprites are only ever drawn from a front perspective, lacking rotation graphics. Gibbing death sequences, which are missing from the PlayStation port, are present here, however.
Both the PlayStation and Saturn versions of Hexen feature slightly remixed versions of the CD soundtrack from the PC version. Both also add computer-rendered, narrated cutscenes for the game's introduction and between each hub (the latter of which replace the between-hub text screens of the PC original).
The game was additionally released in Brazil, Europe, and Japan. The Japanese release was handled by distributor GameBank and was released on March 26, 1998, almost a full year after the US launch.
On the back of the instruction booklets for Saturn games, there is usually license/trademark information. Interestingly, on the back of the US version of the Hexen booklet, some of the information is missing and instead contains placeholder text, reading, "(Licensor/Distributor trademark, copyright, address and or Sega legal goes here)".
The cover art for all releases matches the PC box art, with differing regional platform-specific trim and icons for ratings and certifications. While the NTSC game disc largely resembles the PC CD-ROM, with a dark brown leather-like background, the PAL CD-ROM is plain white. The Japanese CD-ROM is monochrome, with a black screen print covering the upper three quarters of the disc while the bottom quarter remains unprinted.
- An unrelated port for the Nintendo 64 was also made, developed by Software Creations.
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