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  • Summary: Sam is back in the all new Second Episode of his battles with his arch-enemy Mental! After finding the Sirian spacecraft in ancient Egypt, Sam "Serious" Stone hijacked it and headed for Mental himself! But this, sadly, was not to be, as Sam lost control of the the alien craft and crashSam is back in the all new Second Episode of his battles with his arch-enemy Mental! After finding the Sirian spacecraft in ancient Egypt, Sam "Serious" Stone hijacked it and headed for Mental himself! But this, sadly, was not to be, as Sam lost control of the the alien craft and crash landed in the South American mountains. Now, Surrounded by an even stronger army of Mental's evil forces, Sam is forced to battle his way towards Mental's fortress and put a stop once and for all to his plans of world domination. [Take 2] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. A high-octane, gun-slinging killfest the likes of which even General George S. Patton would be proud. [Mar 2002, p.87]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It's like the videogame version of a really bad (read: good) B-movie.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jun 14, 2011
    10
    A very funny, bizarre, crazy, hilarious, great, fuc**** great game. I bloody loved it.... full of action, humor..... Don't play it, you'll getA 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. Expand
  2. Jan 15, 2012
    10
    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),SoundGreatest 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 Expand
  3. Jan 27, 2014
    10
    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 playedSome 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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  4. ZiggyStardust
    Aug 13, 2002
    9
    The best way to describe serious sam is fun. having yelling guys running at you with bombs in both hands is hilarious. in fact most of theThe best way to describe serious sam is fun. having yelling guys running at you with bombs in both hands is hilarious. in fact most of the enemies are over the top in the same way. another guy comes at you with a chainsaw and laughing. ss plays like doom on speed. it's quite an action packed game that doesn't take itself too seriously. oh and if you enjoyed the 1st serious sam, this is basically more of the same. Expand
  5. Apr 15, 2013
    9
    Disfrute bastante la primera entrega, y este tambien lo disfrute mucho, mas armas, mas enemigos, muchos mas niveles, mas ambientaciones en vezDisfrute bastante la primera entrega, y este tambien lo disfrute mucho, mas armas, mas enemigos, muchos mas niveles, mas ambientaciones en vez de solo egipto, y mas humor! Extremadamente recomendable Expand
  6. SimonB.
    Oct 16, 2007
    9
    Don't quite reckon having seen a game just blow my mind away with thousands of monsters coming at me at the same time. There might be Don't quite reckon having seen a game just blow my mind away with thousands of monsters coming at me at the same time. There might be that AVP2 game and Starship Troopers, but they're not games like Serious Sam: Second Encounter at all. Serious Sam is all about absurd comedy and not being serious at all. It's almost like the game is being sarcastic to you all the time. Leave your brains at the door, they are irrelevant. Just blow your way through enemies, collect artifacts and get out. The game's got some inventivity on the worlds, which makes it a lot more interesting than always wadeing through the same texture while on a linear railway. You know what games I'm talking about. If Serious Sam: Second Encounter isn't an FPS classic, I don't know what is. Nine for NUMBING action. Keep your finger on that mouse button and never let go. Expand
  7. Jul 20, 2013
    3
    If you've ever played the first encounter then you've already played the second one. Same weapons, same enemies, and a lot more painful toIf you've ever played the first encounter then you've already played the second one. Same weapons, same enemies, and a lot more painful to play through. Expand

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