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SummaryAre you Serious?
The GoodThe shooter from Croatian developer, aptly named Croteam, shows just how well a game can be made from an indie developer. Originally available as a free download, God Games quickly picked it up and released it not only for the PC, but the Xbox, Gamecube, and even the weak PS2. Serious Sam Gold packs the original game, with Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. All at a budget price.
In Serious Sam, you are Sam Stone, a solider who is sent back in time to prevent an alien force from destroying humanity, aided by an A.I. Sam must travel through ancient Egypt and others in the Second Encounter, killing armies of interesting alien creatures, including headless suicide screamers.(How do the scream if they have no mouths?) Epic boss battles and secrets all add to the insane fun that Serious Sam has in spades.
The Graphics are very sharp and well detailed, particularly the slew of aliens you will encounter. Maps all look great as do the weapons. The explosions, and blood spilling are all convincing. The Serious engine is fantastic, more so considering that it was made as a free game originally.
The sound effects are all sharp and loud as they should be. There is not much music to speak of, except the goofy theme. But the sound effects are all solid.
Gameplay is intense. This is not a story driven FPS in the tradition of Half-Life, a but more of a run and gun shoot fest harking back to the days of the original DOOM. And as you would expect, and the game is pure fun of the adrenaline pumping variety. In the post Half-Life gaming world it is interesting to see a shooter that take an old-skool approach.
The BadThe bad would be that the game is short and, towards the end it gets a little to difficult, no gradual increase but a huge one.