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  • Summary: Serious Sam II is the sequel to the offbeat first-person shooter, Serious Sam. You can explore more than 40 levels of the game, destroying more enemies than you can shake a stick at. Serious Sam II sports a brand-new engine, and brings back all of the irreverence and carnage of itsSerious Sam II is the sequel to the offbeat first-person shooter, Serious Sam. You can explore more than 40 levels of the game, destroying more enemies than you can shake a stick at. Serious Sam II sports a brand-new engine, and brings back all of the irreverence and carnage of its predecessors. You'll also find new weapons, enemies, and mountable creatures to do battle with. Serious Sam also incorporates online play. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. An absolute blast in every respect! It looks and sounds fantastic, the action is virtually non-stop and the combination of varied level designs and scenery, masses of different enemies and usage of vehicles and turrets keeps things feeling fresh and interesting from start to finish.
  2. Serious Sam II is a handful. It may be more action than you bargained for. If you're not interested in the online mode then rent it first but be warned you may not finish it in one weekend.
  3. The bottom line is that this game is a lot of fun, does what it sets out to do with ease and I'm sure you'll find yourselves going back to this again and again if you get hold of it, especially if you can talk your mates into buying it too.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Maybe I'd be a bit more forgiving of this game if it also managed to maintain the original's $20 price point, but I can't see any reason to pay full price for this poorly rehashed shooter.

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  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. Expand
  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. Expand