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  • Summary: Sam is back in the all new Second Episode of his battles with his arch-enemy Mental! After finding the Sirian spacecraft in ancient Egypt, Sam "Serious" Stone hijacked it and headed for Mental himself! But this, sadly, was not to be, as Sam lost control of the the alien craft and crashSam is back in the all new Second Episode of his battles with his arch-enemy Mental! After finding the Sirian spacecraft in ancient Egypt, Sam "Serious" Stone hijacked it and headed for Mental himself! But this, sadly, was not to be, as Sam lost control of the the alien craft and crash landed in the South American mountains. Now, Surrounded by an even stronger army of Mental's evil forces, Sam is forced to battle his way towards Mental's fortress and put a stop once and for all to his plans of world domination. [Take 2] Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Imaginative levels, great graphics, memorable enemies.
  2. 92
    Honestly, I've never experienced as frantic, hectic, intense, or smooth a gameplay as this without ever stuttering (assuming you play at levels inline with the power of your system). Why more games don't opt to license this piece of technology is a mystery to me and everyone else at IGNPC.
  3. It is not as realistic as some of the new W.W.II FPS games that are coming out right now, but they don't have the shear intense fun factor that SS,TSE has. I had a blast with this game.
  4. It's like the videogame version of a really bad (read: good) B-movie.
  5. PC Gamer
    82
    Better than the original in almost every respect; good, mindless fun. [Apr 2002, p.74]
  6. Anyone who enjoys frenzied shooting and zany physics will be very happy to own this one.
  7. 40
    Given that all you're doing is shooting everything around you, it's almost essential to give the player a continual sense of progress and achievement by opening up new locales frequently. Otherwise the whole exercise collapses under its own redundancy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Feb 20, 2019
    10
    One of my fav games. Amazing level design, weapons, humor, sound and atmosphere. Classic shooter right here. Wish they'd still make shootersOne of my fav games. Amazing level design, weapons, humor, sound and atmosphere. Classic shooter right here. Wish they'd still make shooters like this nowadays. Pickens approves! Expand
  2. Aug 14, 2020
    10
    The best game is better than doom. In this game, you fight against aliens and big aliens.
  3. Apr 25, 2020
    10
    Additional Serious Sam fun, with more exotic maps, harder secrets, insane fights, and extra weapons. Nothing was compromised in this sequel.Additional Serious Sam fun, with more exotic maps, harder secrets, insane fights, and extra weapons. Nothing was compromised in this sequel. You get everything that made The First Encounter amazing, and more.

    The game is overall longer and much more "in your face" with the action. The maps in The First Encounter felt a little empty, but Croteam rectified that by now adding much more to see and do. I love the improved puzzles, plethora of traps, and map manipulation. There are a lot more surprise attacks and unforgiving battles to keep you on the edge of your seat.

    The Second Encounter truly makes the prequel feels like a beta version to a finished product. You really can't get any better of an arena shooter than this, especially considering when it was released. It was the cream of the crop of that era, and still continues to age well like a bottle of fine wine.

    Thus, if you enjoy arena shooters, definitely play this along with its prequel. They go on sale often now, so you can easily grab them for less than the cost of lunch.
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  4. SimonB.
    Oct 16, 2007
    9
    Don't quite reckon having seen a game just blow my mind away with thousands of monsters coming at me at the same time. There might be Don't quite reckon having seen a game just blow my mind away with thousands of monsters coming at me at the same time. There might be that AVP2 game and Starship Troopers, but they're not games like Serious Sam: Second Encounter at all. Serious Sam is all about absurd comedy and not being serious at all. It's almost like the game is being sarcastic to you all the time. Leave your brains at the door, they are irrelevant. Just blow your way through enemies, collect artifacts and get out. The game's got some inventivity on the worlds, which makes it a lot more interesting than always wadeing through the same texture while on a linear railway. You know what games I'm talking about. If Serious Sam: Second Encounter isn't an FPS classic, I don't know what is. Nine for NUMBING action. Keep your finger on that mouse button and never let go. Expand
  5. Jul 9, 2018
    9
    You played TFE? you like it? than go and play TSE! it's better amazing level design.
  6. Dec 21, 2017
    9
    Serious Sam: the Second Encounter is exactly what you might expect from a good solid sequel: same game but bigger and better.
  7. Jul 20, 2013
    3
    If you've ever played the first encounter then you've already played the second one. Same weapons, same enemies, and a lot more painful toIf you've ever played the first encounter then you've already played the second one. Same weapons, same enemies, and a lot more painful to play through. Expand

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