Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
Buy On
  1. While the single player game is basic and ultimately boring, the game more than makes up for that with its online play.
  2. PSM Magazine
    80
    This is unapologetically brainless fun at its most brainless and fun. Give it a shot. [June 2004, p.30]
  3. 80
    Delivers all the requirements of an exciting FPS, and the 20-buck asking price is a sweet incentive. Second Encounter is a shooter with simple requirements: A minimum of brains and maximum of reflexes.
  4. Hidden levels, new features, and cheats all await the dedicated gamer. However, it will take a seriously patient player to not only finish the game, but to go back and earn the gold medals. [May 2004, p.94]
  5. Those wanting a deep, story oriented game should definitely look elsewhere but if you want a game which you can pick up once every few weeks and have nothing to worry about other then destroying hordes of enemies, then Serious Sam: Next Encounter is definitely it.
  6. The game has the energy and vibe of a Roger Corman film, and like Corman's movies, Serious Sam: Next Encounter not only feels like it was created in just a few days on a very low budget, but it's also obvious from the puckish spirit of the final product that the people who made the game had one hell of a time doing so.

Awards & Rankings

#78 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. EfeB.
    Jul 14, 2006
    8
    Games have evolved for sure. first we had pong...and now we are shooting flying green monsters with uzis, for the only reason so we can shootGames have evolved for sure. first we had pong...and now we are shooting flying green monsters with uzis, for the only reason so we can shoot more on the next level. Full Review »
  2. SamSerious
    Apr 6, 2006
    10
    Great game. One of the best FPS games. Great atmosphere with shooting extasy. "Sam I'm!"
  3. SamSerious
    Apr 6, 2006
    10
    Great game. One of the best FPS games. Great atmosphere with shooting extasy. "Sam I'm!"