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Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [0.2.0 Beta]

PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:29 pm
by Brohnesorge
GZDoom 3.7.1 or higher recommended!
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GZDoom can run zips like it can pk3 or WAD, so after downloading just load it up like you would any other mod.

Death is just the beginning of new life.

In Hell, this is especially so. Corpses dragged to some dark corner. Infused with dark magics and augmented with cybernetics. Now near mindless slaves filled with fury and hate.

This was your fate. Slain in the defense of humanity, your body experimented on to improve on these slaves. But something went wrong. Your mind remains yours. Stripped of memory and gifted a new body with no master to serve, you lash out in seemingly unending anger and agitation.

Destroy everything. Fulfill your purpose as...


A Revenant.

Master the use of your hands, cannons and even the very magic that keeps you alive to crush all things in your way.

Gameplay Changes

The Revenant is a powerful a versatile creature capable of using its hands and its shoulder mounted weaponry completely independently of each other. Unlike most Revenants, your armor allows you to mount several different shoulder cannons to choose from, and your more coherent mind allows you to wield weapons recovered from fallen enemies with your hands. You and your powers are fueled by an dark energy your on board AI tells you is called 'Grave'. Grave can be restored and your body repaired by absorbing souls. When your weapons run out of ammo, you can burn through your Grave to continue to fire them.

You come equipped with Afterburners. These recharging jets allow you to Dash with Sprint, double jump and fly with Zoom.

Instead of powerups, you find various upgrades to your form, give you enhancements and abilities.

Make sure you have the Fire, Alt-Fire, Zoom and Reload keys mapped! Playing with Allow Crouch and Allow Jump set to 'On' in Gameplay Options highly recommended.


Weapons specially designed for the MK2 model of Revenant can be recovered on the field. An unidentified entity has placed crates of these weapons all around. Hypothesis : A creator is gathering combat data on its creation.
I wonder if this creator expects me to be able to pick up and use the guns from the possessed soldiers. I know these hands can dish out some major pain even without a weapon.
The Project's specifications are unknown to this unit. Accessing index of know weapons...

Spoiler: Revenant Weapons

Items and Upgrades
A primary feature of the MK2 Revenant armor is a modular design allowing for the installation of multiple shoulder cannons and various hardware and software upgrades. UPGRADES UNDER CONSTRUCTION. MK2 Armor comes in 3 classes : Light, Medium and Heavy. Revenant armor is offers powerful protection capabilities, often completely negating damage from small arms. The Revenant frame is fragile, so great caution must be used when armor is destroyed.

Upgrades are split into 6 "slots"; these slots are purely for organization purposes. The slots are: Head, Chest, Back, Arms, Feet and Misc.

Spoiler: Items

Spoiler: Upgrades

Hella outdated preview vid:

The follow up to Hearts of Demons - BARON is finally here. Featuring everyone's favorite dooting angryboi. The philosophy is much the same: take the monster, make it playable and expand upon its abilities and lore with the power of fanfiction headcanon. And being overpowered. While Baron focused on magic, Revenant focuses much more on weaponry and cybernetics. Keep in mind, this is currently an ALPHA, with many elements missing, incomplete or being placeholders. That said, I'm releasing it so it can be shared and played, and am looking for any and all comments, concerns and issues.

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// --- GENERAL --- //
- Axe is now on Reload, and can cleave multiple enemies
- Hitting Reload without an Axe throws a haymaker instead
- Hand Guns removed
- Double Shots removed
- Afterburner mechanics added! Fuel gauge on the combat block. Can be used to double jump, dash and fly.
- Dash added to the sprint button!
- Jetpack added! Hit Zoom to toggle it on and off. Drains Afterburner fuel first, then starts to drain Grave.
- Movement mechanics removed. Just vanilla movement now.
- Combat Block of HUD now shows stackable item count, Afterburner fuel and Agitation amount
- Agitation mechanic added! Getting hit pisses you off. The more agitated you are, the more powerful your melee attacks but the less accurate your cannons are.

// --- WEAPONS --- //
- The Hydra changed to the Beur, a triple shot explosive machine gun!
- Leviathan is now single shouldered
- Aym remade to be a single fast fireball and a spread of hot shortrange fragments
- Behemoth Grave Cannon added! BFG tier weapon that deals extreme impact damage, a large amount of explosive damage in a huge area AND sprays BFG tracers!
- Various Malphas updates

// --- ITEMS AND UPGRADES --- //
- Revenant Rockets spawn whenever something dies
- Added Stimpacks and Medikits back in
- Gunzerk Sphere removed. For now...
- Ammo Pouches no longer spawn until after you have a Ammo Expansion
- Ammo Pouches now increase your ammo capacity by 10% and stack
- Berserk does 4x damage instead of 10x
- Armor is much more effective over all
- Fixed Ultra Armor being much less effective than intended
- Repair System is now a passive effect. After holding still for 3 seconds, heal HP at the cost of Grave rapidly over time.
- Adamantium Skeletons are now a Max Health boost instead of a passive DR boost. And stack.
- Grave Extractor upgrade added! Slowly regenerate Grave.
- Booster Jet upgrade added! Dodging, Double Jumping and Jetpacking cost less Afterburner charge.
- Barrier System upgrade added! Vastly improves all armor pickups.
- Ghost Field updated. No longer a use item. Instead turns you incorporeal while dashing, making you immune to projectiles, throwing off enemy aim and letting you pass through enemies.

// --- MISC --- //
- Removed screen tint at low armor
- Added hand twitching
- Pickup messages altered to be more flavorful
- New Font added!
- Damage Flash is now red again
- Lots of HUD changes and tweaks

TODO for 0.3.0
- Head upgrades like radar and minimaps

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:33 am
by YoBadMama
I love playing HoD Baron, so I had to give this one a try! Had a few user errors going in, mainly because, being used to the baron, I charged into everything and kept jumping into lava pits, but after playing for a bit he was easy to get used to. The main guns are great, the secondary weapons were an awesome surprise (I went in blind), and I really like the lore and background to the weapons, pickups, and items, adds a lot of personality to the mod and the revenant.

A humorous note is that if I attack with a secondary weapon and quickly press the reload key, it will make the weapon duck down like it's being changed while the attack animation plays and the weapon will come back up and rest at the center of the screen, so I could have a floating, disembodied revenant hand or axe head floating in the center of the screen. It fixes itself the next time you attack with it, so it's not serious. Tried getting a screenshot of it, but it only captures GZDoom's console box, and not the actual game.
As for major issues, I haven't experienced any.

Loving the mod so far, and I'm excited to see what comes next! :D

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:52 pm
by SHayden
:wub: finally, I've been waiting for this for sooooooooooooooo long :wub:

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:59 pm
by YukesVonFaust

brohnesorge why
i'm agitated to play this rn

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:15 pm
by Tartlman
Well, i'll say, it's super fun.
not sure if zipping around at sonic speed is something i'd expect out of skeleton, but that's fun i guess

edit: just wondering, what hearts of demons mods will we see next? probably archvile, maybe imp?

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:15 pm
by Brohnesorge
Thanks everyone for playing so far! I'm glad to see that reception is mostly positive and keep it coming, but please do not refrain from posting any concerns or criticisms you might have. Just keep in mind this is an Alpha and a lot of stuff is subject to changed. Now to respond to some stuff...

YoBadMama wrote: Overlay placement stuff

This is known and will be fixed later on. It's pretty minor, doesn't interfere with gameplay that much, if at all, and fixes itself after firing again, as noted. But overlays are wacky is the source of that.

Tartlman wrote:Gotta go fast and future HoDs

Revenants are among the fastest non-boss enemies in the game, tied with Pinkies and second only to Archviles, so it made sense to me to make the MK2 fast. I do plan on overhauling his movement a bit later on, just so you don't go from 0 to AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA instantly. As for future HoDs, the only ones I plan on making after this are Archvile and Arachnotron. The others I either don't find interesting enough as monsters, like pinkies or imps, or I don't think I could make them fun to play, like manicubi.

I want to also note that until the mod is out of Alpha, I won't be making any kind of changelog here on the forums, and updates to the repo will be silent. Just check in on it every once in a while or join the Discord to stay up to date on it. Once it get into Beta, then I will start actually making segmented updates with announcements and change logs. I will consider the mod in Beta when all the weapons and spells are in.

Thanks for playing so far and keep me posted!

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:40 pm
by SHayden
Can't run in zandronum for some reason, I know I can play it in gzdoom but i'm trying to play multiplayer with a friend...any ideas?

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:43 pm
by Brohnesorge
The mod uses ZScript, which Zandro does not support. Additionally, due to the way weapon and item spawning works, the mod will not work in multiplayer regardless of source port.

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:51 pm
by SHayden
Thanks for the quick reply....:/

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:13 pm
by Tartlman
SHayden wrote:Can't run in zandronum for some reason, I know I can play it in gzdoom but i'm trying to play multiplayer with a friend...any ideas?

So here's something you should probably know:

zandronum doesn't support very much stuff. It's pretty far behind gzdoom. You can play multiplayer in gzdoom, just google a guide or something.

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:42 am
by Goregrinder
I just came back to playing doom and doom mods, and this really kicks ass. I love the weapons and the combination of the shoulder mounted weapons and the handheld stuff. Very cool

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:02 pm
by lwks
Cool mod, you seemed to have learned a lot after making the Baron one. Maybe merge the two together and all future Hearts of Demons? Btw what do you think about moving the shoulder weapons up to the top of the screen? RIP FoV

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:22 am
by fakemai
Just a few comments. Weapons need to not whiff if you're too close to a wall, it makes the main rocket launcher extremely dangerous. Also it'd be nice if the fists can continue to be used when you have the halberd since it's a Revenant you're playing. Punching things is his charm. Otherwise I'm loving the concept as much as HODB, can't wait to see it finalized! Oh, and I'd like to second merging into HODB since it'd be great multiplayer fun to have different classes, but no idea how that would work out item-wise.

Also generally, I'd advise to people to play this on more open maps, the lower ceilings in a lot of the vanilla ones doesn't work well with taller monsters in general. Colourful Hell is also a good idea like with HODB since the vanilla monsters are no challenge.

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:30 pm
by Brohnesorge
Wall whiffing is something I'm working on trying to mitigate without completely sacrificing visual integrity. In the meantime, the Hydra is hitscan and as such is unaffected by walls, and the hand guns are meant to cover the difference in tighter quarters and are also hitscans. Melee is also getting reworked almost completely, and eventually you will be able to throw the axe to bring back punching stuff on top of a Slot 1 melee weapon coming: The Ereshkigal Rocket Fists, a whole arm and should device that can't be used with cannons but allows for crazy charging and explosive punches!

As for merging HODR with HODB and future it stands now it's impossible as the two mods are wildly different from each other under the hood, even if they share some concepts. Even more so with future HDDs as they will also feature unique gameplay. That said...perhaps at some point down the road, a multiplayer multiclass HOD could be made that features more homogenized (if stripped down) features to allow for multiplayer could be made...maybe.

FoV concerns are heard and noted. I will see what I can do about it, but I'm hoping once I can start making sprites for the weapons instead of just bootlegging it, it will be less of a concern.

Thanks for your feedback and enjoyment of the mod! As always keep me posted.

EDIT: I highly recommend you guys set Allow Crouch in Gameplay Options to ON. This will let you crouch regardless of map settings and may help with ceiling whiffing issues.

Re: Hearts of Demons - REVENANT [Early Alpha Release]

PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:23 pm
by JadedLexi

thing I recorded earlier. I have target spy autoloaded and I might've flailed around trying to hit bees a bit.