Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter Reviews (Windows)

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Gaming Nexus (Dec 22, 2009)
This is first person shooting distilled to its purest and most action-packed form. Updated graphics, fun co-op, and a budget price tag join together to put this on any shooter fan's wish list.
Video Game Generation (Dec 28, 2011)
Though Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter is an exemplary title for those looking to satisfy their craving for golden age shooters, the pace is not suited for everyone (especially newcomers). It’s a hardcore offering in an unbelievably simple package. The recreation here is so faithful that it’s difficult not to recommend the game to everyone in spite of that hardcore bent, especially given the achievements and multi-player support. If you’ve never partied with Sam before, now is the best time to start.
80 (Dec 03, 2009)
Serious Sam was a comforting sight in 2001, eschewing the then-modern developments of the genre to provide something refreshingly familiar to anyone who fell in love with PC gaming in the early nineties. Eight years later, with the modern FPS riddled with faux-military obsessions and regenerating health, the game still feels reassuringly nostalgic. It's just a shame we weren't given a little bit more. With Serious Sam HD, Croteam prove it's possible to remake them just like they used to.
GamingExcellence (Dec 09, 2009)
If you're a gamer who finds that modern FPS are too easy and want a challenge pick up Serious Sam HD. Mixing challenging encounters with interesting boss fights you really can't go wrong.
Armchair Empire, The (Dec 08, 2009)
If you're looking to revisit the Serious Sam franchise, or looking to add to your collection, or even if you've never played it before in your life, it's hard not to recommend Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter. Like I said before, this is the perfect example of how good games should be remade.
1UP (Nov 30, 2009)
Anyway, let's call a spade a spade and be done with it. This is a bargain-priced re-release of an older title. Did you always want to play the original, but forgot where you put the disc? Grab this puppy off Steam or XBox Live and have yourself a grand ol' time. But if you are into realism, refinement, cohesive plot structure, and/or crates, go blow your hard-earned cash on some pansy, frou frou FPS and quit wasting my time.
Played it before or not, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter belongs in every shooter's fan library for its brilliant throwback to older days when killing things was all we needed to do.
75 (Dec 04, 2009)
Serious Sam HD a un seul véritable défaut : il est vendu trop cher. A 10 euros, son achat serait incontournable, la question ne se poserait même pas. A 20 euros, l'addition a beaucoup plus de mal à passer. C'est dommage, car le jeu est toujours aussi fun à pratiquer qu'en 2001, et la refonte graphique est réussie. Bref, à réserver aux inconditionnels en attendant une éventuelle promotion. Il n'empêche, Sam est de retour et ça fait bigrement plaisir !
IGN (Dec 02, 2009)
Serious Sam doesn't try to be anything more than a gory, adrenaline-fueled shooting gallery. For many, that is all that is required for a good time. It does get repetitive, though. There are definitely cheap thrills to be had here but don't expect the substance that modern first-person shooters like Half-Life and BioShock offer. If you just want to kill some stuff, Serious Sam will certainly do.
AusGamers (Dec 01, 2009)
If you like your shooters easy to play, easy to digest and edge-of-your-seat by sheer number, Serious Sam HD will either spark some awesome memories for you (only these memories will be in HD), or you'll get a glimpse of why this series is so revered among old-school PC shooter fans. All I want now is SS3 - bring it on Croteam.
PC Games (Germany) (Jan 14, 2010)
Es ist ganz einfach: Sie haben Serious Sam: The First Encounter gespielt und hatten Spaß dabei? Sie wollen’s noch mal spielen oder sind vielleicht noch mit Freunden im Koop unterwegs? Prima, dann schlagen Sie ruhig zu – Sie bekommen das gleiche Spiel noch mal, eben nur mit schönerer Grafik. Alle anderen seien gewarnt: Serious Sam HD ist überdreht, blitzschnell und actionreich, aber auch eintönig, frei von Story und auf Dauer schon fast etwas anstrengend. Der Koop-Modus gefällt mir hingegen ziemlich gut, denn hier kann ich mir den Schwierigkeitsgrad genau so anpassen, dass ich eine faire Herausforderung habe.
70 (UK) (Nov 25, 2009)
If instead of removing the two-player split-screen mode that graced First Encounter, Croteam had bolstered multiplayer with some bold new modes (a versus or scarab collection mode might have been interesting) Serious Sam HD could, over the next few weeks, have dragged me away from L4D2 on occasions. As it is, for all the added beauty and inherited class, I don't think there's enough freshness or sophistication here for that to happen.
70 (Nov 25, 2009)
What needs to be remembered is that this isn't a brand new Serious Sam game, but the original in new clothes. As such it feels a little dated compared with modern releases. It's undoubtedly fun and relentless in its strive for all-out action, but with a recommended retail price of £18, it feels a bit light. For nostalgia alone, die-hard fans will get a lot out of this HD remake, but gamers who have been spoilt by current genre favourites will find Serious Sam HD a bit too simple for its own good.
Total PC Gaming (Dec, 2009)
It didn’t dare to do too much to the original material, and as such lines are angular and your field of view isn’t particularly busy, and incidental effects are few and far between. New models and animations for its various whacked-out enemy forces help things look marginally current, but the gameplay hasn’t shed its retro ‘floaty’ feel. While co-op multiplayer is fun for a couple of hours too, it just doesn’t offer the depth or creativity of execution the original content deserved. It’s great to have Sam back, but it hasn’t whet our appetite for Serious Sam 3.
62 (Dec 10, 2009)
Die gute Nachricht: Serious Sam ist nach wie vor einer der hirnlosesten, albernsten, beklopptesten Shooter weit und breit - allein das Geschrei der Kamikaze-Bomber ist immer noch Gold (bzw. ein gut aufgedrehtes Soundsystem) wert. Außerdem kann man mit dem unkomplizierten Spielprinzip kurzzeitig nix falsch machen: Rechner an, Hirn aus, hunderte Gegner hier, klar konzipierte Waffen da der Finger ruht schwer auf der Maustaste. Die schlechte Nachricht: Alles, aber auch wirklich alles an diesem Spiel ist veraltet; die Kulisse, das Leveldesign, das immergleiche, auf Arenakämpfe setzende Spielprinzip. Für die durchgerotzte Viertelstunde zwischendurch ist Serious Sam HD auch heute noch eine Empfehlung wert - für alles andere zeigt Left4Dead 2 überdeutlich, wie sich das Genre zusammen mit den Ansprüchen weiterentwickelt hat.
Level (Feb, 2010)
Aș vrea să pot spune că jocul este la fel de distractiv ca pe vremuri, dar aș minți. Aș vrea să pot spune că m-am simțit iar "ca la douăzeci de ani", dar as minți. Jocul este fain, dar nu de băgat în seamă.
Absolute Games ( (Dec 09, 2009)
Serious Sam HD и впрямь навевает ностальгию, потчуя зрителей знакомыми локациями, заполненными угловатыми уродцами, и страшенными роликами. Миссии и «пушки», явившиеся из прошлого, суперкомпьютер, сканирующий развалины и монстров, — здравствуй, босоногое детство! Правда, иллюзия длится недолго, пока не поймешь, что былая динамика куда-то испарилась. Переехав на Serious Engine третьего поколения, игра растеряла все достоинства. Будто это не римейк культового экшена, а жалкий клон.
GameStar (Germany) (Nov 26, 2009)
Ja, Serious Sam hat mir 2001 durchaus Freude bereitet. Aber im Gedächtnis geblieben ist es mir wegen der konsequenten Reduzierung aufs Geballere. Das war auf eine erfrischende Art schnörkellos und ehrlich. Und hat einmal gereicht. Serious Sam HD ist das absolut Gleiche in hübscher. In dezent hübscher. Denn an heutigen Standards gemessen ist der Titel nicht mal schön, anders als vor acht Jahren, wo das Original mit seinen extrem scharfen Texturen beeindruckte. Die Neuauflage erreicht nur optisches Mittelmaß. Falls Sie Serious Sam jedoch noch nicht kennen und auf Ballereien im Stil von Painkiller stehen, ist das Spiel durchaus einen Blick wert.
GamersGlobal (Nov 29, 2009)
Serious Sam HD gleicht dem Ur-Serious Sam inhaltlich zu 100 Prozent: Jeden Level, jeden Gegner und jedes Skript gab es so bereits im Jahre 2001, lediglich das HUD wurde angepasst und die Grafik aufgehübscht -- ohne dass sie jemanden beeindrucken könnte, der die letzten acht Jahre nicht in einer Kälteschlafkammer verbracht hat. Aber macht das Spiel dann Spaß? Ja.
GameSpot (Dec 03, 2009)
Even if you're a serious lover of Serious Sam, it's impossible to recommend the HD remake of The First Encounter unconditionally. If you want a fresh hit of Sam Stone's insanity, you might be best off reinstalling the original game plus its sequels and save yourself 20 bucks. You'll miss out on the snazzy new graphics and a few extra frills, but you'll experience the majority of what the game has to offer. And you won't have to deal with the tech glitches that can make this new game more frustrating to deal with than a gang of kleer skeletons.