Before you buy this game, ask yourself some Serious (No pun intended) questions.....Do I really love mindless action? Do I really love senseless killing? Do I really like straight forward, no fooling around, linear maps and repetitive tasks?
If you answered yes to those, then this game is for you.
I remember that my cousin used to own this game, I saw the cover, but I never got to play it, until now.
+ The humour of this game might be corny at times, but at least I feel like it's well executed, it did make me laugh more than one time.
+The controls are fluid enough, you can jump and aim with ease, handling the guns itself is simple and self explanatory.
? The music gets kinda repetitive after a while, mostly because the combat music seems to be the same between each stage of each chapter, it drills your brain and stays there like dental caries.
+ The visuals, for an old game like this, are pretty good. The skybox are those dreaded "Far away, yet leaning towards you" buildings and mountains. Everything looks rather smooth, to be honest, no slowdown, no matter how many enemies there are on my screen.
-/+ Difficulty wise, it might be unforgiving for noobs at times, like me. But eh, I don't really think about this as a flaw if you love a great challenge.
- This is a fatal flaw in my opinion, that kinda makes the experience a bit lacking for me. I dunno about the other Serious Sam games, because this is the first one I get to play. But this game, is monotonous as all hell. Basically, you move to a room, fight 40 enemies in an open area, move into the next one, fight 60 in an open area, move into yet another room, fight 50 more again. Over, and over, and over, and over. Occasionally, you get to mow down enemies with a machine gun or something like that, but guess what? Open area, enemy wave. Over. And over. And over. Make it stop.
I wouldn't mind fighting 20 or so enemies per room, but sometimes, it gets ridiculous, what's worse, there are some areas full of helicopters, demons with missile launchers, headless kamikazes or orc football players, you get your ♥♥♥ blasted from every single direction. I actually had to move and reach the checkpoint, because the enemies wouldn't stop coming. As soon as I was dead, I respawned, there were no enemies to be found. Give me a break.
All in all, it's one of those games that, even if I do not like them that much, I'd still recommend it to people who are into mindless action packed shooters. It's a good game, just doesn't hit the nail on the head for me. And it's waaaaaay too repetitive. Give it a try, and judge for yourself.