Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Reviews (Windows)

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Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A fun shooter, without the usual pretensions. Nick Drew (412) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Sam is back, and he couldn't be more serious! Archagon (113) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
More of the same, thank God Tomer Gabel (4644) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
HE'S BACK, BIGGER AND MORE STEROIDIER THAN EVER markthe5th (3) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Like Doom on steroids-a rare FPS experience these days! Lucas Schippers (59) unrated
Just when you thought Serious Sam couldn't get more serious! NeoMoose (1274) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Onslaught of action in great environments. El-ad Amir (124) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall User Score (60 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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UOL Jogos (Oct 30, 2002)
Se você é um daqueles saudosistas que acha que os jogos de hoje estão ficando muito complicados, o novo "Serious Sam" será uma lufada de ar fresco... tirada direto do armário empoeirado dos clássicos da Id.
The game does remain easy enough to keep you from getting discouraged, yet difficult enough to be rewarding. Finally how can one not see the beautiful price tag on this game? 19.99 is an absolute steal as this game would be still worth the money if it were 44.99. A game that looks good, sounds good, plays well and is cheap? Sounds like a Game of the Year to me. Riot Rundown: I think that Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is one of the best games I've played. It's presentation is top-notch, but more importantly, it's extremely fun. It's addictive, funny and downright well made. They haven't made quality this good since I was your age.
One of the best parts of this game comes not from the plot (or lack thereof), or even the action, but from the down-to-earth nature of the entire undertaking. In certain circumstances you may mow down a familiar foe, then hear Sam comment, "Hey, didn’t I kick your ass two rooms ago?" Other times the description of an upcoming level may go something like this, "...putting the statues on this alter may produce some great SFX, awesome animations and dazzling particle effects, but that sort of thing only happens in computer games." Not every game, though. Be sure you check this one out – it sure beats a boot to the head.
IGN (Feb 06, 2002)
I don't care who you are, go buy The Second Encounter right now. Swallow your pride -- accept that twitch can be as, if not more enjoyable than the more contemplative, serene, unruffled and placid games of today, and just have a damn blast. I did. The three new enthralling boss battles and witty repartee alone are worth the miniscule price of admission.
GameSpot (Feb 05, 2002)
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is one of a very small percentage of games that can be wholeheartedly recommended to everyone, especially because it retails for less than $20, just like its predecessor. While there were many outstanding shooters in the last year, most of them had to be recommended with a caveat or two: "This is a much better game in multiplayer," "This game isn't as realistic as you might expect," and so on. In contrast, there are only pleasant surprises to be found in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. Regardless of what sort of action you prefer--whether you like it lighthearted or visceral, whether you want to play solo or with others, or whether you want a quick fix or a game with real lasting value--you'll find virtually everything there is to like about action gaming in the stunning sequel to Serious Sam.
90 (UK) (Jan 17, 2002)
Croteam are deviously inventive and have a thoroughly warped sense of humour, all of which has been put to good use in Second Encounter. With a good ten to twelve hours of gameplay and an RRP of just £19.99 it offers great value for money, and while it still isn't a particularly deep or intelligent game, for a bit of brainless high octane action it can't be beaten. Here's looking forward to Episode 3...
90 (Jan 10, 2002)
To conclude then, Serious Sam: The second Encounter is something of a must for those that enjoyed the original; as well as fans of the genre. Whilst it’s not as epic as some, nor as complex as others, for the bargain price it’s available at you can’t really go wrong, safe in the knowledge that Serious Sam’s Second Encounter is, above all else, a damn fun game.
GameZone (Feb 15, 2002)
This game was designed with FUN in mind, 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, and will continue to play and replay it for quite some time.
88 (Sep 15, 2002)
If you're looking for this type of gameplay, there's nothing better to be found at the moment.
ActionTrip (Feb 07, 2002)
As I've mentioned, the expansion has quite a few surprises, which increase the overall quality of gameplay. Above all, the last level (medieval Europe) really impressed me: slipping on the ice, fighting against tons of enemies, while a hideous storm rages, chasing Santa across the snowy planes;). Both visually and gameplay wise, this level offers some clear improvements over the original. Apart from that, let me just say, if you're thinking of buying this expansion pack with the notion of having twice as much fun, you'd be right, though the game does tend to get way too challenging at times. Serious Sam: The Second Encounter should meet the demands of any gamer (that is, unless you loath having classic FPS-Sam-I-Am kinda fun). And I think that, just for fun, you should test the game in the hard mode, with all visual parameters beefed-up to the maximum, and see the result. Well, fair enough, you may need more than a GeForce3 to power that.
Game Over Online (Mar 14, 2002)
Sequels often get a bad reputation as titles that wash out or dilute the original. Publishers have the propensity to artificially create franchises from successful inaugural titles. The sequel to Serious Sam, however, debunks that misconception and though the achievement is not entirely revolutionary, it continues to be an impressive title in its own right like the symbiotic relationship between The Godfather and its second part. The developers continue to show that they know what FPS games are all about and the action you find in this title is as close to the true 'craft' of the FPS as you will ever find on the market today. Whether this will continue in the easily predicted third Serious Sam title is uncertain, but hopefully Croteam won't take as long as id software in producing a trilogy out of this much vaunted franchise.
For anyone out there who hasn’t had a chance to play the first, The Second Coming is a perfect opportunity to get your Serious Sam groove on. There may be games with better AI and graphics, but there is no first-person game anywhere, on any system, that offers as much frantic, nonstop, no-quarter action as Serious Sam. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
86 (Feb 20, 2002)
Croteam hat aus dem Feedback zum Vorgänger gelernt und den zweiten Teil konsequent verbessert. Die drei Landschaften bieten viel mehr Abwechslung; die neuen Waffen und Gegner sorgen für weiteren Spielspaß. Das rundum gelungene Leveldesign wird mit tollen Ideen und viel Humor aufgewertet. Noch nie hat der Kampf gegen so viele Monster auf einmal so viel Spaß gemacht. Ansonsten ist die Action im Spiel meistens sehr gradlinig gehalten und einige Schlachten, vor allem in den Arenen, wirken zu eintönig und langgezogen. Dafür entschädigt aber die wunderschöne Grafik, der klasse Sound und der Mehrspieler-Modus. Auch für Hardcore-Spieler wird diesmal mehr geboten, denn die höheren Schwierigkeitsgrade sind wirklich fordernd. Alles in allem ist Serious Sam The Secound Encounter ein gelungener Nachfolger und für Fun-Shooter-Fans ein Pflichtkauf!
Старик Сэм снова на тропе войны. "Второе пришествие" — для тех, кто соскучился!
GameStar (Germany) (Jan, 2002)
Alarm! Mein Adrenalinpegel erreicht Höchststände, der Mausfinger macht gleich schlapp, und mein Nervenkostüm gleicht einem Trümmerfeld – The Second Encounter ist schuld. Von den knalligen Massenschlachten, die hier alle paar Minuten stattfinden, können andere Ego-Shooter nur träumen. Und was die Designer in Sachen 3D-Grafik aufgebaut haben, ist größtenteils sensationell, vor allem die riesigen Außenlevels. Eine große Einschränkung gibt’s aber doch: Mit der Zeit grenzt es tendenziell ans Nervige, ständig die gleichen Biester zu zerlegen. Ich will in meinem weiteren Leben bitte nie wieder Skelettmonster oder Stiere sehen. Außerdem wäre eine wenigstens halbwegs spannende Handlung als zusätzliche Motivation herzlich willkommen. Trotzdem: Wenn Sie gerne ballern, führt an dieser Action-Perle kein Weg vorbei.
83 (Jan 31, 2002)
Wer hätte gedacht, dass Croteam in so kurzer Zeit einen so guten Titel aus dem Boden stampft. Ich bin positiv überrascht und kann das Spiel jedem Shooterfan ans Herz legen. Wer allerdings ein Spiel erwartet, in dem mehr Hirn- als Muskelschmalz gefragt ist, der sollte lieber Wolfenstein oder Medal of Honor spielen.
GameSpy (Feb 10, 2002)
With the enhancements to the engine and netcode, The Second Encounter is worth $20 for the multiplayer options alone. It may not pack the same "wow" factor as the original, but is still worth every penny.
Taking the best elements of first-person shooters that preceded it, what we have here is a magnificent homage to the genre rather than an attempt to introduce significant novelty or redefine its boundaries, returning us to the classic arcade roots of combat action with equal quality evident in single-player and multiplayer modes. Insistent on taking a lighthearted approach to the action rather than a hyper-realistic attempt to immerse you in a convincing real-world setting, this title succeeds in drawing you as far away from the constraints of real-life as possible. Clearly superior to its predecessor, with bigger environments, more weapons and enemies, and improved graphics, Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is more than worth the bargain bin asking price it commands. Despite its very minor limitations, this is about as close to pure, silly fun as you will find on the personal computer.
Aside from the obvious drawbacks of being without innovation and sophistication, TSE is also quite short. It can also get tedious, especially as it follows up the original game with like-minded violence, barely offering any new twists in gameplay. Still, TSE can be a nice diversion, if you don’t take it too seriously, you can enjoy it for what it is: a guilty pleasure that reminds us why Doom was so much fun,
Génération 4 (Mar, 2002)
Pas franchement novateur, certes. Mais compte tenu de son prix, de la qualité de sa réalisation et de son fun...
Gamereactor (Denmark) (Feb 05, 2002)
Serious Sam er knasende lækkert. Det arbejder videre med de ting vi allerede har stiftet bekendtskab med i originalen og ligger dertil nogle endnu mere sindssyge og nærmest groteske fjender. Det er ikke på højde med hverken Castle Wolfenstein eller Medal of Honor, men leverer alligevel underholdning i særklasse. Hvis man er til noget andet end hyperrealisme kan det varmt anbefales, men var du træt af det første, er der kun mere af det samme her.
Absolute Games ( (Feb 03, 2002)
Лично я не вижу причин уклоняться от знакомства с игрой, но ждать чего-то безумно нового не советую. Тем более что сами разработчики предпочитают называть ее не сиквелом, а, скорее, дополнением. Новые текстурки, пара новых монстров, несколько видов оружия и, конечно, третья локация, до которой стоит добраться, как бы не надоедала вам однообразная беготня первых уровней. Да, The Second Encounter снова немного коротковат, но проходить его интереснее.
Clubic (Feb 01, 2002)
Par contre, on ne saurait conseiller ce Second Contact qu'aux insatiables du premier opus, les chances étant grandes que les autres se lassent. Si le Père Noël vous a offert une connexion ADSL, peut-être vous laisserez vous aussi séduire par une nouvelle plongée dans le monde déjanté de Sam au coude à coude avec vos potes. On finit aussi par se dire qu'on n'en aurait pas voulu aux développeurs de nous faire patienter 10 mois de plus pour avoir une vraie nouvelle version.
Groter, cooler en nog meer fun dan zijn voorloper zonder zich ook maar een greintje meer ernstig te nemen. The Second Encounter zal je hersenen niet op de proef stellen zoals de meer 'intelligente' shooters van de laatste tijd, maar je reflexen krijgen in ieder geval een grondige check-up. Denk er trouwens ook aan: dit is geen add-on, maar een volledig zelfstandig draaiend game.
Gamekult (Jan 28, 2002)
Sorti moins d'un an après Serious Sam : Premier contact, on pouvait légitimement s'attendre avec Serious Sam 2 à une resucée de bas étage. Il n'en est rien. Ambiance totalement déjantée, multijoueurs de folie, le tout à petit prix : Serious Sam - Second Contact réalise une nouvelle fois l'exploit de s'imposer comme une référence du Doom-Like, malgré une concurrence pour le moins féroce. Amis du gameplay en finesse, passez toutefois votre chemin. Serious Sam - Second Contact vise un public adepte d'adrénaline, de gameplay incisif et pour le moins bourrin. Et de ce côté-là, c'est encore une réussite.
80 (Jan 23, 2002)
Un titre délirant et dont l'action permanente scotchera le joueur devant son écran. Sans se vouloir particulièrement original par rapport au précédent ce Serious Sam 2 reprend à merveille le flambeau de son aîné ça tombe bien c'est ce qu'on attendait.
Joystick (French) (Feb, 2002)
Serious Sam : The Second Encounter reste fidèle à l'image de son prédécesseur : un soft-défouloir parfait pour se vider la tête et calmer ses petits nerfs. Amoureux de finesses et de subtilités vidéo-ludiques, passez votre chemin.
PC Gamer UK (Feb, 2002)
How tempting it's been to try to write this whole review in the form of one long and unpunctuated sentence, only broken up by the occasional cheeky one-liner. But as you can see, I decided not to, partly because of what Ross threatened he'd do if I turned in such a monstrosity (and I hate to see a grown man weep, especially if it's me), but mostly because it'd be far too much trouble to go to in order to make a point about the major flaw in Serious Sam - The Second Encounter. Or Sam 2, which is quicker to type.
Svenska PC Gamer (Mar, 2002)
Det här är ett spel som roar i korta stunder, precis som den undervärderade ettan (Nu blir Hjalmarson förtjust - Red). Man orkar spela en stund för att snart tröttna på att nöta på samma bana om och om igen. Man stänger av i frustration bara för att en stund senare få den där välkända pockande känslan av att man måste försöka igen. Det är roligt att spela, särskilt när det fungerar så bra som här. Eller som Sam själv säger i en av sina oneliners ”Det finns tillräckligt med bly åt alla”. Och det är väl det som kännetecknar ett bra spel, att man vill spela det igen?
PC Zone Benelux (Feb, 2002)
Verwacht verder net zo veel speeluren, nieuwe (nog vreemdere) puzzels en een betere prijs dan deel I, want de game gaat over de toonbank voor € 30. Voor zo'n titel... een koopje!
Gameplay (Benelux) (Feb 28, 2002)
Snel effe wat winst maken heet dat! SS2 is meer actie, meer sensatie, meer geweld en meer, meer, meer... van hetzelfde!
PC Games (Germany) (Jan, 2002)
Es ist doch zum Haareraufen: Da bastelt das Croteam diese wundervolle Serious-Engine und bringt es nicht zustande, ein paar liebevolle Levels zu bauen. Was dem Vorgänger das Genick gebrochen tat, macht auch dem Nachfolger schwer zu schaffen: Der Spieler landet in einem eckigen Raum und muss scheinbar unendlich viele Gegner abschießen. Ist das vollbracht, öffnet sich das Tor zum nächsten Gebiet, in dem das ganze Spiel von vorn beginnt. Gottlob gibt es diesmal rar gesäte Abwechslung, die den Nachfolger vom Vorgänger qualitativ abhebt. Ansonsten ist fast alles gleich geblieben. Selbst die Gegner wurden größtenteils einfach übernommen. Kommen wir zur wichtigsten Frage: Macht das Spiel denn nun Spaß? Ja, wenn Sie mit Pausen spielen, ist Serious Sam ein hervorragender Zeitvertreib. Besonders empfehlenswert: Der kooperative Multiplayer-Modus, in dem Sie zusammen mit Freunden in den Einzelspieler-Levels aufräumen.
72 (Feb 02, 2002)
Kaikesta marisemisesta huolimatta viivoitinsuoran räiskinnän ystävät ihastuvat varmasti Serious Samin reteeseen toimintaan ikihyviksi. Heidän kannattaneekin jättää antamani tiukahkot pisteet omaan arvoonsa ja kokeilla suosiolla pelin demoa. Ensimmäisen Samin fanit tulevat varmasti pitämään tästä toisestakin osasta, mutta muiden kannattaa harkita vielä kahdesti.
Withingames (Feb 14, 2002)
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter ist ein knallbuntes Action-Spektakel, das man vor allem zwischendurch zocken kann. Leider sind die Levels etwas eintönig geraten, und manche Gefechte mit Monstern dauern übertrieben lang. Irgendwann in der Schlacht kann es einem schon ziemlich auf den Wecker gehen, dass man nach mehreren Minuten Dauerfeuer immer noch dutzende Monster um sich herum hat. Aber genau diese Kämpfe, und vor allem in höheren Schwierigkeitsgraden, lassen den Puls in die Höhe schnellen und machen den Kern des Spielerlebnisses von TSE aus. Zwar sind weder die Story noch das Spiel richtige Kracher, aber auf die Fortsetzung bin ich trotzdem gespannt.