Serious Sam Classics: Revolution is a combination of Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. The combination of two classic first person shooters not only comes bundled with the two originals, but also with tons of extra features to make it have even more lastability. There are more guns, more modes, and even an extra campaign on the way. (This is an early access review so that hasn't been finished yet) There's also a workshop with lots of interesting custom made levels, full missions, custom scenarios, and tons of changed for textures, skins, and other visuals. There's so much content in this version, along with some controller support and other cool features to better suit newer and broader audiences, that it's practically overflowing!
Beyond all the amazing extra features with this new version, the combination of the two classics into one epic adventure is great. It will be many hours of gameplay shooting down tons of interesting enemies with cool guns in big arena styled combat. Maybe a few minor puzzle bits here and there. And of course, some very large environments to view and explore.
You may not want to get the few changes and additions to the game that are in this version, though. And if not, well this is still an excellent way to get the first two encounters in their original form at the same time! A bit cheaper than the complete pack. You can play them without all the extra stuff added in.
Yet you'll still want Revolution for the workshop content, extra modes, extra campaign, new features, and online capability, though I haven't personally played online. I might in the future, but I'm not too into online stuff, so if anything I'll most likely wait for the full release when more people are buying and playing. Perhaps I'll update this once I've tried it to give you my thoughts on that as well.
So it sure sounds like I'm all for this, but note there are some issues here too. It's early access, so it will be changing still. I'm not sure what will be added, cut, or changed. So it's always risky. Also, the workshop content does seem to be annoying to manage, as you have to delete it from Steam for get rid of it, then boot up the game, have it make the changes, and the reboot it so the changes can be permenent. But it's not too hard to do. There's also the inherent problems with quality control on the workshop, which can compound that pain. Sometimes older items from the original games get put into the workshop but don't work because of the changes in this version, and that can be... frustrating to get in on before others catch it. There's the lack of the new campaign as of now, which... will most likely be coming but isn't really a plus to truly note until it does come. And the biggest thing is... why get this over the HD remakes? Well, it's cheaper, and has different physics... but other than that, it sounds rather comparabile. I don't know much about the HD ones, so I'm unsure if there is a workshop for those or not. This is a fan project that opens up more possibilities than the HD versions do, as far as I can tell. Also, this one actually runs on my computer, so... it's nice for that.
Basically, it comes down to the fact that if you like Serious Sam games, you'll probably love this with all the extended playing you'll get to do. You get this plus the two originals. Three games for the price of ten bucks for one. That's pretty good! And if you already have the originals on Steam... well what the heck are ya waitin' for!? This is FREE for those who already have those! There's no reason to NOT get it then. With all the awesomeness of the originals, the inclusion of them with this purchase, and the incredible amount of extra material even already in the early access version, Serious Sam Classics: Revolution gets an 8/10. Fans of the classic FPS... no need to look in your wallet, you know that 10 bucks is already gone.