Sam is back in the all new Second Episode of his battles against the arch-enemy Mental.
After finding the Sirian spacecraft in ancient Egypt, Sam 'Serious' Stone hijacked it and headed for Mental himself.
But sadly, this was not meant to be, as Sam lost control of 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 to his plans of world domination once and for all.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood and Gore, Violence. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 8 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard
Posted on 2010-09-01 05:16:34 byVinWij:
Once again Sam returns for an epic crusade through literally thousands of adversaries. It is not so much a question as to which one of the games (first or second encounter) is better; they are both epic for their own way.
The first encounter's levels were more straightforward, and I love them for that. The ambiance is somehow a little better, the balance is great and it is a slightlyread more more dodge and shoot type of game than the second encounter.
The second encounter improves and alters on some points. First of all, the weapon additions are excellent. Although I never use the chainsaw because most enemy mixes contain suicide bombers (aaaaaaaaah, you hear them in your sleep after a day of play) chainsaws are not the best weapon of choice. The others fit into the mix just perfectly, and the levels make sure to add sniper-sections so you can use them. The flamer is just all-round usefull, since most of the time you'll be engaging in closer-than-comfortable combat.
The levels show off some cool quirks, like moving walls of darkness, odd gravitational challenges and overal madness, though I did feel these novelties were mostly present in the first half of the game. The last levels are also very good.
I didn't like the difficulty for multiplayer. Often, the enemy mixes just don't make for a comfortable fight, and kleers are often abundantly present while for instance the suicide bombers and the bulls make a much funnier enemy if you see them run down your friend. After shooting your zillionth kleer in multiplayer, hearing the damn hooves again can get a little tiresome. I somehow feel the enemy dosage in the first encounter was better.
That aside, it makes for an exhilerating singleplayer adventure and is perfect to hone your turn and shoot-skills, because there honestly isn't a shooter available that has as much enemies in it as serious sam, and for that I love the game.
Multiplayer coop is where it shines, because there is no item stealing (everyone has his own instance of items) and you don't lose a lot when dying. That allows you to stay in the carnage continously. Some environments make getting separated from your friends rather easy, but other than that, coop is a blast. You might want to skip the first few levels though, because apart from some interesting traps, the levels after that offer the most interesting environments.
All-in-all, if you take the game for what it is, a masterful old-school shooting frenzy, then you'll love it a lot. Do get some friends to play with, though, it makes it even better.
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Posted on 2010-08-31 07:36:39 bysturryz:
The Second Encounter is everything the first encounter was, but better. A sort of Doom 2 in that it adds new content rather then being a new game all together. The multiplayer has been expanded with more maps, rather then the one deathmatch map in the first game. We have new snazzy weapons like the chainsaw and the flamethrower now, too. If you loved the first game, this one will just bombard you with double the fun.
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Posted on 2010-08-31 06:42:37 byQoureno:
Sam "Serious" Stone*, the main character of the video game series under a similar title: Serious Sam, is known for his "serious" attitude towards enemies. His commentary, and weapons he uses to decapitates his foes are legendary, and so are monsters he encounters on his way. This game is bound to satisfy any fan of unpretentious action, especiallyread more if Duke Nukem is his/her (childhood?) hero.
* some serious stone?...
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