Excerpt: Back in 2001, Croteam's Serious Sam: The First Encounter made quite an impact. The PC FPS did away with complicated storylines, consistent enemy designs and small scale battles in favour of one core design philosophy: putting as many enemies on screen at once and making them explode into piles of guts when shot. This made the original game one of the most thrilling shooters ever to hit the PC and earned it a place in the hearts of many hardcore PC gamers.
Excerpt: Serious Sam Stone is back, and this time he is on the Xbox 360. It’s good news for FPS gamers, though you’ll probably have to be a fan of the original games in order to be really excited about this release. Today, when triple-A FPS titles are popping up left and right, it’s really interesting to see them juxtaposed against a throwback like this one.
Conclusion: Whether or not you should buy it is another question. There’s nothing new added to the package to make it appealing for anyone Serious Sam’d out over the years, but the convenience of having it stored on your Xbox might be appealing enough to make it worthwhile. It’s fun, sure, but it’s also a lot of money to pay to take another trek down a road that’s been seriously well travelled over the last decade.
Serious Sam HD: The First And Second Encounters Review | Double Your Fun!
24 March 2011
Conclusion: The Short Version: Serious Sam HD: The First And Second Encounters is a brutal, lengthy and unrepentantly fun shooter that's packed with value. Whether you're new to the series or refreshing your hazy memory before Serious Sam 3 comes out, I can highly recommend getting involved. Seriously.
'Serious Sam HD: First and Second Encounters' (360)
15 January 2011
Excerpt: Among the many curious things about Sam 'Serious' Stone is that he is very rarely ever that serious. This gun-toting lug is as quick to the draw with a cheesy line as he is with a well-placed bullet to blow away legions of ghoulish monsters.