Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. If it's heart-pounding action you crave, this anything-but-serious sequel should slap a smile on your face.
  2. Imaginative levels, great graphics, memorable enemies.
  3. 92
    Honestly, I've never experienced as frantic, hectic, intense, or smooth a gameplay as this without ever stuttering (assuming you play at levels inline with the power of your system). Why more games don't opt to license this piece of technology is a mystery to me and everyone else at IGNPC.
  4. It's not just more of the same--this creative, fun, extremely intense shooter is even better than the original.
  5. It is not as realistic as some of the new W.W.II FPS games that are coming out right now, but they don't have the shear intense fun factor that SS,TSE has. I had a blast with this game.
  6. The most fun I've ever had in a multiplayer mode.
  7. Though the achievement is not entirely revolutionary, it continues to be an impressive title in its own right like the symbiotic relationship between The Godfather and its second part.
  8. At $19.99 and even $9.99 at some places you actually cannot afford to NOT buy this game. It is so impressive graphically and it's such a straight-up fun game.
  9. Ever had a mob of screaming soccer hooligans coming right at ya? No? Good for you. But if you ever wanted that to happen, this is the closest you can get to it without spending two months in traction!
  10. 82
    While T2E is essentially more of the same, and doesn't quite have the same "wow" factor of the original, the improved engine and netcode make it a much more solid game.
  11. 90
    This game kicks ass, some SERIOUS ASS!!...A perfect game for the gamer who really don’t care too much about solving a bunch of puzzles and would rather mow down literally hundreds of enemies per level.
  12. Taking the best elements of first-person shooters that preceded it, what we have here is a magnificent homage to the genre rather than an attempt to introduce significant novelty or redefine its boundaries...Clearly superior to its predecessor.
  13. The Second Encounter is more refined in every way, if such a phrase can be used to describe a shooter that boasts alien rednecks with pumpkin heads and chainsaws as some of the lead villains.
  14. Anyone who enjoys frenzied shooting and zany physics will be very happy to own this one.
  15. This is a slightly better game than its predecessor, though the improvements are in a "Godfather vs. Godfather II" vein.
  16. 40
    Given that all you're doing is shooting everything around you, it's almost essential to give the player a continual sense of progress and achievement by opening up new locales frequently. Otherwise the whole exercise collapses under its own redundancy.
  17. It's like the videogame version of a really bad (read: good) B-movie.
  18. A high-octane, gun-slinging killfest the likes of which even General George S. Patton would be proud. [Mar 2002, p.87]
  19. The environment also effects the difficulty of combat, and the developers have used the engine to it’s fullest in this regard, giving you plenty of crazy battle sites which definitely add to the playability and fun factor of the game.
  20. Better than the original in almost every respect; good, mindless fun. [Apr 2002, p.74]
  21. The only real problems are that the game is rather short and it can get really repetitive, as simply mowing down hordes of enemies for hours can start to bore. But it’s still a worthwhile way to spend your cash. I'm serious.
  22. Offers just enough new content to warrant being called a sequel...It is like "Doom II" was to "Doom." [Apr 2002, p.96]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jun 14, 2011
    A very funny, bizarre, crazy, hilarious, great, fuc**** great game. I bloody loved it.... full of action, humor..... Don't play it, you'll get addicted to it. Full Review »
  2. Jan 27, 2014
    Some people think Serious Sam is a brainless chaotic run and gun Duke Nukem clone. While it is old school run and gun, and can be played without much thinking, its definitely much brainless , and there wont be difficulty spikes and that much chaos if you'll actually develop some tactics to how to deal with the enemy in different situations.
    And its definitely not a maze game with shooting in it like Doom or Duke Nukem!

    You'd think a game that simply based around running and shooting is just a generic FPS (or TPS, the game also has 3rd person perspective), but the only game I can think of that does the same is Will Rock (no, not Painkiller).

    In those games (I'll talk about the whole franchise, even though SSII and SS3:BFE did few mistakes here and there), every enemy has its own basic movement, attack, sound, the enemies can come from any direction, at any time, in any amount, and theres usually more then one kind of enemy coming at you at once, and it all matters to figure how to move, what guns to use and who should you deal with first, but theres no enemies that require specific weapons to deal with, and the game never tells you what exactly to do all the time, so theres many ways to go through each levels, sometimes even brainlessly running forward and shooting everything that moves with your strongest weapons, but that will get you killed a lot and thats the reason people think the game is too chaotic, they don't think enough.

    Going through levels experimenting with different tactics, or simply blowing **** up on lower difficulty or with cheats, together with secrets, the game counting how long it took you to pass every level and how many monsters you killed, and also all the mods the community keeps making, give the Serious Sam games lots of replayability.

    And the various levels with always great graphics for its time, that in this franchise never looks dated like some other games of its time, with a great and one of my favorite soundtracks (that helps in gameplay by changing when monsters appear) never gets old!
    Just don't expect any story. It has one, but its not the focus of the games.

    Serious Sam, with The Second Encounter considered by many as the best in the franchise (and for good reasons) is one of the best pure Shooters out there, and my all time favorite! Obviously 10/10!
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  3. Jan 15, 2012
    Greatest game ever made!Best fps!This game 10 year old,but many people thing its beter over al cod and Bf.Graphics 1010(In 2002),Sound 910(Great hits from undercode and Damjan Mravunac)Gameplay 1010,Multiplayer 1010 Full Review »