Conclusion: With that said if you’re at all a fan of old-school 90’s shooters, Serious Sam or just superb multiplayer fun, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter could be the perfect distraction from all the serious shooters being released in 2010. It’s an over the top tribute to games of old, and best of all, it’s fun.
Summary: Serious Sam was released during an FPS lull, while there was a genuine nostalgia for the shooters of the 90s and very little in the way of quality console alternatives. In this post Modern Warfare world, a remake of a game that emulates an outmoded design feels horribly dated.
Excerpt: Back in the day, I was a big fan of games like Doom, as it's just huge fun to blow away waves of bad guys in maze-like environments with a varied range of weaponry. But as first-person shooters evolved into the Halo era and military realism took over, my interest in the genre waned.
Conclusion: It's always nice to see a classic title re-worked and re-released with an improved presentation and some new features. The core of the gameplay experience is kept intact, but the improved visuals, Steam (and XBLA) support, and additional gameplay elements make this one to consider for FPS fans.
Excerpt: Shooter fans may look back fondly on the adventures of Sam "Serious" Stone. Sure he was more than just a bit of a Duke Nukem knock off, but the games had their own charm. Players were pitted against massive hordes of foes at any given time and survival did not come easily. Sam would shout one-liners that would make the Duke proud as his handy shotgun tore through the enemy onslaughts.
Excerpt: Even though the Serious Sam series has to be near the very top of any list of the best gonzo shooters ever made, the HD remakes of the games did not get off to a great start last fall. Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter landed on Steam with a great big thump in November due to a ton of bugs that made the game impossible for some users to play, let alone enjoy blasting enemies to bits.
Pros: Irons out bugs from the initial PC version of The First Encounter, Spectacular run-and-gun battles with hundreds of monsters, Great visuals and an outstanding soundtrack, Loads of new multiplayer modes
Cons: Remake of a seven-year-old game, Lengthy battles can get a little monotonous in spots, Not many people playing online
Conclusion: Still, even though Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter isn't anything more than a relatively unambitious remake of a nearly decade-old game, it's very different to most modern shooters and certainly offers enough content to justify its $20 price tag. This is a definite improvement on the 2002 shooter classic, and as such, it is a ton of zany fun for anyone who wants to revisit the game, and certainly recommended for shooter fans who didn't get to experience the original...
Pros: Irons out bugs from the initial PC version of The First Encounter, Spectacular run-and-gun battles with hundreds of monsters, Great visuals and an outstanding soundtrack, Loads of new multiplayer modes.
Cons: Remake of a seven-year-old game, Lengthy battles can get a little monotonous in spots, Not many people playing online.
Excerpt: Serious Sam took the action gaming world by surprise. It was developed by an unknown group from Croatia of all places, and appeared quietly on the market as a budget-priced title. However, its great graphics and furious action quickly pushed it to the top of a lot of people's play lists. Now Croteam brings us another Serious Sam game - one that comes in with a higher level of anticipation. Does it live up to these high expectations? In a word, yes.
Excerpt: Serious Sam: the Second Encounter is fast-paced DOOM-like first-person shooter, sequel to the original Serious Sam by Croatian developers CroTeam . Actually it's not strictly a sequel, it's the second episode, the story continues where the first adventure left the player wanting more, you'll even see a replay of the first game's ending. Serious Sam: the Second Encounter features 7 new enemies (Curcurbito The Pumpkin, lasergun armed Zorg Mercenaries...