Excerpt: Less than a year ago, Serious Sam was unleashed to the public and everybody got to know about the world’s struggle against the evil forces of Mental. After having destroyed ALOT of monsters, Sam was ready to go to kick Mental’s so he went off to Sirius, the alledged home planet of Mental.
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.
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.
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.
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: It goes without saying that the original version of this game, Serious Sam, seriously (no pun intended) shocked many critics and gamers alike when it first came out last year. Up until that time, nobody had thought a value title could be a fun game, much less a good one.
Excerpt: Date: 7/19/2005 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.