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  • Summary: Developed by Croteam and powered by the Serious Engine 3, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter combines enhanced visuals, including more polygons, higher resolution textures and more special effects like hippy and kid’s mode, with trademark frantic gameplay for a non-stop action. FeaturingDeveloped by Croteam and powered by the Serious Engine 3, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter combines enhanced visuals, including more polygons, higher resolution textures and more special effects like hippy and kid’s mode, with trademark frantic gameplay for a non-stop action. Featuring single-play, survival and cooperative play and mixed with brilliantly updated visuals, the game continues your battle against Mental’s army with the classic over-the-top action, crazy humor and horror from the golden age of first-person shooters. Combines intense versus and team modes for up to 16 players and in over 18 multiplayer maps, demo recording option, spectators and dedicated server support. [Steam] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 92
    Even better thanks to far cleverer puzzles. [Issue#194, p.102]
  2. The game looks great on a high end gaming PC, and will even run on pretty much anything with a dedicated video card, so most people who even have a passing interest really should check the game out. Sadly the cost of admission might be the one thing that would keep the people who would really enjoy the game away from it.
  3. With an online multiplayer mode as well as replay features, not to mention several difficulty options that'll make players thankful for a quicksave button, Sam's second outing is for serious gamers everywhere.
  4. 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.
  5. A better proposition than the first remake. [Aug 2010, p.86]
  6. There are some nice things to be done in the HD version of The Second Encounter: set new high scores in the endless Survival mode, take part in two-team matches or play cooperatively with four or five cutthroats like yourself. But as for the single-player campaign, it's better to set it aside… forever.
  7. You don't fight fifty headless kamikazes on a giant trampoline every day, especially with a teammate dressed up as Santa Claus.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. May 13, 2012
    10
    One of the best FPS games ever made.
    The Second Encounter continues where The First Encounter left off, but this time you have more levels,
    One of the best FPS games ever made.
    The Second Encounter continues where The First Encounter left off, but this time you have more levels, more weapons, more enemies and much much more.
    The levels are amazingly designed and even better then The First Encounter.
    The First Encounter was in Egypt, and this time you're in: South Africa, Persia and The Medieval ages.
    The game's single player is mind blowing and the game also has a multiplayer, the multiplayer is extremely fun! but the problem is that not many people play this today.
    You're lucky if you will find at least 5 servers with players.
    People play this game, but not as much as it was just released.
    I personally give this game a 10/10.
    Masterpiece.
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  2. Oct 18, 2011
    10
    Constant,awesome chaos!Best Fps 2010!
    Super graphics and physics.Croteam remembers how to do it!
    One of the best Fps shooter ever!
    Constant,awesome chaos!Best Fps 2010!
    Super graphics and physics.Croteam remembers how to do it!
    One of the best Fps shooter ever!
    Tradition hard core!Hordes of enemies,tons of humor!
    Every second somebody die!
    Every second something explodes!
    12 super level,co-op up to 16 players!
    Death Match, Team Death Match,Capture the Flag and many others multilayer styles!
    Graphics 910
    Sound 1010
    Game play 1010
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  3. Feb 22, 2012
    10
    This game is very funny. Is one of the best FPS Game in the world, is better than COD, Battlefield and more
    It's competitive game, you must
    This game is very funny. Is one of the best FPS Game in the world, is better than COD, Battlefield and more
    It's competitive game, you must have a minimum of skill to play online or offline. My vote is "10", best FPS ever IMHO (also quake and ut).
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  4. Jul 25, 2013
    9
    A huge improvement from The First Encounter, various levels, many enemies, huge guns. Combat is very good and kiling enemies is fun. It isA huge improvement from The First Encounter, various levels, many enemies, huge guns. Combat is very good and kiling enemies is fun. It is harder than normal shooters from this years like COD but it will reward you with so much fun. The best Serious Sam game and a great throwback to old school FPS. Expand
  5. Aug 16, 2014
    8
    This game is an excellent old-school FPS, with fast-paced gameplay and excellent sense of humor. Story is basically an excuse to run aroundThis game is an excellent old-school FPS, with fast-paced gameplay and excellent sense of humor. Story is basically an excuse to run around while blowing up hordes of aliens, and "hordes" here means "hordes" - if you don't have hundreds of kills at the end of the mission, you're doing it wrong. Only downside of that approach is comparably stupid enemy AI, but that is not so much of a problem. Game is cartoonish, which is actually a good thing, and is quite fun. While runnin' and gunnin' can get boring, there are boss battles and puzzles to break up and refresh the gameplay. Expand
  6. Dec 13, 2012
    6
    Very good game! It is rich of action, it's a fast-paced game (or almost) and it is very competitive! Recommended if you're a fan of hard andVery good game! It is rich of action, it's a fast-paced game (or almost) and it is very competitive! Recommended if you're a fan of hard and fast action games. Expand
  7. Sep 29, 2013
    0
    THIS GAME SUCKS BALLS!
    THERE IS NOT GOAL WHAT SO EVER.
    THE GUNS SUCK ALSO WITH NO RECOIL AND THE SOUNDS SOUND LIKE MY FRIEND'S FART. ITS SO
    THIS GAME SUCKS BALLS!
    THERE IS NOT GOAL WHAT SO EVER.
    THE GUNS SUCK ALSO WITH NO RECOIL AND THE SOUNDS SOUND LIKE MY FRIEND'S FART.
    ITS SO HORRIBLE WORST $1 I'VE EVER SPENT. NOT EVEN WORTH IT.
    I WOULD RATHER PLAY COD THAT THIS AND I DON'T EVEN LIKE COD.
    THE DEVS SHOULD GO INTO A CORNER AND CRY BECAUSE THIS GAME IS HORSE CRAP.
    I'M NEVER GOING TO RECOMMEND THIS GAME BECAUSE ITS REALLY BAD.
    IF YOU LIKE ****TY GAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS UP YOUR ASS THEN BUY THIS GAME.
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