I know that Heretic has been bouncing around on Dos Game Club for ages, and that it has come really close to being accepted a number of times. But as it turns out covering Heretic when you could be covering Hexen is actually not permissible.
I can’t divulge all of the details until after the journal Nature has published my paper, by I’ve done rigorous scientific studies on this and the results are undeniable.
I’ve also convened with the Elders of DOS gaming and the Elders of Video Game Podcasts, and they unanimously agreed that it would violate every known scripture.
That being said, we could definitely cover them both in the same podcast. It’s just that there’s not much you can say about Heretic that you can’t say about Hexen as well – they’re both dark fantasy FPSes by Raven software using the Doom engine, and are even loosely connected by plot. But with all the extra things Hexen adds (it really is a massive evolution of the formula – I can’t stress this enough), it just makes Heretic, as good as it is, look like a Doom reskin by comparison.
I will second this opinion. Hexen is just way better than heretic. One thing I remember about playing it that I either finished, or almost finished it before learning that you could jump. I think it was originally mapped to / or \ key. Until very late I’ve understood why I wasn’t able to get so many of the “secret” items.