Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Great gameplay, great graphics, great levels, great lead character, great amount of gaming-time hours: you name it this game does it GREAT.
  2. You get just enough time to either shake that turd out of your shorts or to start firing - but not both. [Dec 2002, p.133]
  3. The true beauty of Serious Sam is in its pacing. It's able to maintain a consistently high level of fun by concentrating on the details: the different sequences the monsters come at you, the different sides they come at you and the clever monster placements (high, low, concealed) throughout the levels. These are, quite frankly, some of the best in the industry.
  4. Sure, it's not a budget game like its predecessors, but Serious Sam for the Xbox is easily worth its full retail price and will last you longer than most other action games.
  5. Serious Sam is a true mindless shooter. There is no story, no real idea of what you are accomplishing, and it is almost impossible to run out of ammo.
  6. Perhaps the best thing about Serious Sam though is just how pristine it is. It’s a very, very polished game.
  7. It’s great fun to play, controls are an absolute dream and there’s nothing better than shooting some headless freaks to bits.
  8. The graphics are very high end, with insanely good lighting effects, detailed textures, huge monsters, trees that shred when blasted with gunfire, gorgeous reflective surfaces.
  9. Takes the FPS genre back to its roots. You feel once again like playing the 1993’s Doom shareware edition, now in full 3D.
  10. 80
    A fun package that doesn’t tax your noggin the way "Halo" did.
  11. It's not about visuals; it's about a throwback to "Doom" with a balls-out style that is outrageous fun. [Nov 2002, p.84]
  12. Fast and frantic action for the arcade shooter fan, but light on story and strategy. Its graphics are a step down from those of its PC-based predecessors.
  13. 77
    An absolute blast to play. It is exactly what it sets out to be -- a mindless, fun shooter.
  14. A good, solid, and fun title that is great for blowing off steam and packs some multiplayer fun. [Dec 2002, p.103]
  15. Long enough for some serious sessions of sordid slaughter, and if you don't take plot too seriously and don't mind some repetition with your ultra-violence, then it's worth your money.
  16. Challenging and sometimes overwhelming.
  17. Playing Serious Sam is like one long deathmatch only the grunts youíre up against are far from clever.
  18. The lack of an engrossing plot and some repetitive gameplay will probably contribute to a short play life - especially since the multiplayer is so bad.
  19. 60
    The most striking difference of the Xbox version is just how much the game has improved visually. It always looked good, but the polygon count is significantly higher, character models are far less blocky, the weapons look downright incredible, and the texture detail is noticeably more complex in some sections.
  20. Visually, Sam looks only decent, and slowdown creeps into play from time to time. You've seen better. [Winter 2002, p.106]
  21. Why this game didn't go through a more rigorous testing period is beyond me. There is no excuse for some of the bugs in this game, especially the visuals.
  22. I was lulled into a comatose state after playing about six stages of Serious Sam; making it through another 10 had me flatlining. [Dec 2002, p.258 ; score updated, Jan 2002, p.22]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Andyman
    Feb 17, 2007
    Serious Sam takes the first-person shooter genre and cooks it down until nothing but a pure adrenaline-filled blastfest remains. Its twisted sense of humor only makes it that much sweeter. This is an overlooked gem of a game, as it is sequel. Definitely worth picking up. Full Review »
  2. Uter
    Dec 20, 2003
    This is one of the best xbox fps'. That's saying a lot since there are many great ones. But think the reason why reviewers aren't always kind to it is b/c it's fairly simple stuff. But simple can be incredibly fun. You'll be amazed at all the crazy enemies that can be attacking you all at once. It's not unusual for 20 crazy mosters to be charging you from all different directions at any given time. Overall it feels like a satire fps because it's so over the top. Full Review »
  3. AndrewA.
    Jul 18, 2003
    Excellent. Great game. One word insane.