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  • Summary: Monsters spawned from another dimension are trying to make The Milky Way their personal trash can. As attempts to defend the solar system fail, the fate of the Earth, and even the universe, rests with one man--Sam "Serious" Stone. Step into Sam's shoes while he hacks, blasts, and annihilates more than 100 creatures at a time as they attack simultaneously from the air, land, and water. With wild power-ups, such as invulnerability, invisibility, damage, and speed, there's nothing you can't handle. Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A good, solid, and fun title that is great for blowing off steam and packs some multiplayer fun. [Dec 2002, p.103]
  6. Challenging and sometimes overwhelming.
  7. 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]

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  1. DonM.
    Dec 14, 2002
    This game is awesome! If it were any better I would not believe it was just a game. Great graphics. Two thumbs up for people who like shooting games. One of my favorite games. Kill tons of guys at a time! Expand
  2. WarrenP.
    May 24, 2003
    Seriously, this is one of those sleepers that make you glad to take chances on new games. it reminds me of games like record of lodoss war(dc), or smash tv, its just fun to play. i feel the graphics are great, the surround works perfectly and some of the characters are hysterical (suicide bombers screaming as they run at you). ill never sell this game, and i would bet that down the line it would end up on ebay as a collectors piece, seriously. Expand
  3. AndrewA.
    Jul 18, 2003
    Excellent. Great game. One word insane.
  4. 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. Collapse
  5. 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. Expand