Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Few other FPS titles can match the intensity of this nitrous-charged shooting gallery, but plenty of them offer the kind of less that feels like much, much more. [Nov 2005, p.104]
  2. A good choice for gamers who want a pick up and play session of shooting without needing extended involvement, and a fine choice for fans of the series.
  3. Just as monotonous as the last game.
  4. It's to Croteam's credit that Serious Sam II manages to stay interesting for as long as it does, thanks to the weird enemy design and tight levels keeping the pace from slacking. [Dec 2005, p.112]
  5. Serious Sam II has a lot of levels and a few good laughs, but its simple shooting action is less likely to get your adrenaline pumping as it is to make you go numb.
  6. 70
    You couldn't ask for a more unapologetically insane FPS. Turn off your brain, turn on auto-fire, and get serious.
  7. A linear yet fun experience and whilst it will not win awards for being complex in any way, and this includes the simple story; it does get the job done in an old school way.
  8. 70
    While the graphics may not stand up to today's best on Xbox, and the level design may suffer from quite a few flaws, the sheer thrill of seeing the end-of-level kill total push its way into the hundreds after a hectic half-an-hour's blast can't be beat.
  9. 70
    At times the gameplay can be a bit repetitive, and the humour isn't as successful as you'd hope, but if you're after more of the same then you'll feel right at home with Serious Sam II.
  10. The first Serious Sam was tongue-in-cheek but this sequel crosses the line into obnoxiousness.
  11. Mindless gameplay could be making its final appearance on the beleaguered Xbox, so players who relish the opportunity at sending a bunch of empty-headed hooligans to an early grave would be wise to shell out for the ticket price.
  12. Admittedly, the assorted firepower offers little excitement, but the experience is convincingly upbeat thanks to the game's droll sense of humour.
  13. This one is fun and a blast to get out your frustrations, but the fun seems to stop sooner than I would have liked.
  14. Serious Sam 2 may be a pun prickling pap of a sequel, but it delivers exactly what it promises –mindless action and plenty of it. It's got guns, several shiny things to ogle over, and a cavalcade of monster scum to slaughter. But its slapstick humor alone cannot save this game from its incessant repetitiveness and less than innovative gameplay; albeit it is executed rather well.
  15. The bottom line is that if you can overlook the mind numbing repetition and you're looking for a FPS with non-stop brainless action and a quirky sense of humor, than SSII is for you.
  16. Serious Sam II is packed with simplistic, repetitive shooting. It's not for players who want to think, or even do more than twitch. But for anyone longing for a good old-fashioned shooter with a few modern capabilities, this is the game.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. AdamC.
    Nov 15, 2005
    9
    This is simply a fantastic shooter with lots of on screen action, with great looking enemies & cool level design. This game is just lots of This is simply a fantastic shooter with lots of on screen action, with great looking enemies & cool level design. This game is just lots of over the top, non stop fun. A Seriously great game. Full Review »
  2. FPSMaster
    Oct 18, 2005
    8
    Nice old-school first person shooting action. It has really good graphics with a nice draw distance and very, very little pop-up. Tons of Nice old-school first person shooting action. It has really good graphics with a nice draw distance and very, very little pop-up. Tons of characters on screen at once with little slowdown, but oddly, it will slowdown at other times when nothing's going on. The weapons are definately old school type, meaning everything is big, bulky and made to destroy everything in it's path. There's no split screen multiplayer at all, but if you see the graphics on the back of the case you'll know why. It's not Doom 3, but it's still so good there's no way it would have worked in split screen without sending the framerates to the grave. Online is weird though. There's only co-op. This games is screaming for some kind of deathmatch or capture the flag, but I guess Croteam didn't want to spend time balancing out the weapons(which are highly unbalanced with the shotgun being able to snipe...seriously) and making extra maps for it since the regular campaign is already about 40 BIG levels. Not really worth $40 since the other ones were only $20, so I suggest either trading in some stuff you no longer play or renting it for 5 days, but nothing less than 5 days because you will not finish it quickly. Like one of the pro reviewers said, it's almost too much at times. There's just so much going on you will be overwhelmed from the get go from not only the number of enemies, but how quickly they move around and how enourmous they are (some are the size of skyscrapers!!!). But that's the point of a game like this and the point has been well made by Croteam. It also has tons of hidden stuff to find thrughout the levels, and I can guarantee you without a strategy guide you will not find them all. Good job Croteam, but give us some kind of human versus human next time. Full Review »