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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The legendary Sam "Serious" Stone returns to battle the relentless hordes of Mental's army in glorious high definition on Xbox LIVE Arcade in Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter. Based on the original indie arcade shooter sensation Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD features stunningly redesigned visuals, over-the-top action, and intense online co-op for up to four players. [Croteam] Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
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  1. Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter for the Xbox 360 is a return of a classic. It may seem a little dated by some, but I personally believe that for both newcomers and nostalgic gamers like myself, the HD remake that is now available still provides a wonderful experience in terms of both speed and adrenaline pumping action.
  2. Some people won’t get what’s so fun about Serious Sam, preferring the more advanced graphics and realistic action of more modern shooters. But you don’t have to be an old fart to enjoy this classic gaming throwback. Sometimes just shooting stuff without having to solve puzzles or tactically engage an enemy is what we want to do, and for that we will always have Serious Sam.
  3. 75
    This is a bargain-priced re-release of an older title. Did you always want to play the original, but forgot where you put the disc? Grab this puppy off Steam or XBox Live and have yourself a grand ol' time. But if you are into realism, refinement, cohesive plot structure, and/or crates, go blow your hard-earned cash on some pansy, frou frou FPS and quit wasting my time.
  4. This is a good time for a good price.
  5. Serious Sam is a fun game to play through and will appeal to fans on old style shooters, for others though the basic style of it all may be a step too far.
  6. Serious Sam HD has just one, explosive, bloody, wildly spinning gear - one unlikely to arrest your interests for long.
  7. Serious Sam is another unfortunate casualty in this constant cycle of re-releases; it should have stayed in the past with all of the fond memories.

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