Serious Sam is a high-adrenaline single-play and 16-player co-operative arcade-action FPS and Gamespot's Game of the Year 2001!
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Very Positive (11 reviews) - 100% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (769 reviews) - 97% of the 769 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 21, 2001

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Includes 11 items: Serious Sam 2, Serious Sam 3: BFE, Serious Sam 3: BFE Bonus Pack, Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile, Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter, Serious Sam Classic: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam Double D XXL, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - Legend of the Beast DLC, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter

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“The best $20 computer game we've ever played.”
100/100 – Daily Radar

“An essential purchase for anyone who's ever enjoyed being on the right end of a shotgun.”
100/100 – Games Radar

“The most fun I have had in a straight shoot'em up FPS in a hell of a long time.”
97/100 – Gamer's Pulse

About This Game

Serious Sam is a high-adrenaline arcade-action shooter heavily focused on frantic arcade-style single player action. In a world where cyberpunk meets fantasy-fiction and advanced technology is mixed with black magic and psycho-powers, Sam travels through the beautiful world of ancient Egypt and several diverse planets, confronting countless Mental's minions on his way to the Mental's base.

Key Features

  • Frantic Arcade-Style Action - Fight your way through 15+ nightmarish warriors in Mental's army, including the charging Sirian Werebull, screaming Headless Kamikaze and other crazy monsters, and finally challenge the multi-story Ugh-Zan boss!
  • Various Environments and Secrets - Unleash mayhem in ancient Egypt. Discover over 80 secrets hidden in the fray!
  • Special Weapons and Power-Ups - Wreak havoc with a huge arsenal of weapons including Double Shotgun, Rocket Launcher, Minigun and Cannon!
  • Co-Op Multiplayer - Embrace the mayhem with up to 16 players!
  • Versus Multiplayer – Drop the gauntlet and let the heavy ordinance fly in incredible Deathmatch and Scorematch!
  • Split Screen – Huddle up with up to 4-player local split screen co-op and versus modes!
  • Level Editor – Create your own levels, MODs, textures and other content with the inclusion of the fully featured Serious Editor and Serious Modeller!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0 (with Service Pack 5), Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system
    • Processor: AMD K6-3 400MHz, Pentium II or Celeron-A 300MHz
    • Memory: 64MB
    • Graphics: full OpenGL compliant 3D accelerator
    • Hard Drive: 600MB free hard disk space
    • Sound: 100% Windows compatible sound card
    • Processor: AMD Athlon 650MHz or Pentium III 650MHz range processor
    • Memory: 128MB
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce256 or TNT2 ultra, PowerVR Kyro, S3 Savage2000, 3Dfx Voodoo3, ATI Rage128 pro
    • Hard Drive: 700MB free hard disk space
    • Sound: Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
*Note: This review only covers the Classic version of Serious Sam: The First Encounter. For a review of the HD edition, please click here

Love it or hate it, you have to admit that when Serious Sam: The First Encounter hit the market in 2001, it seemed on the surface like any other FPS in the quickly saturated genre; needless to say, that wasn't the case when the franchise became a huge hit. Sam "Serious" Stone has spawned a lot of copycats over the years, as his dry, sarcastic wit took the gaming world by storm. Many enemies in the series have become trademark staples, such as the Beheaded Kamikaze guys. I'm sure that CroTeam didn't expect their intended two-episode game to turn into a full on revered franchise. Note: This game is included for free with Serious Sam Classics: Revolution and also the HD Gold version of this title.

15 years later, we now know that the events of Serious Sam: The First Encounter take place after the events of Serious Sam 3: BFE. The game at hand has very few cutscenes and a minimal script; most of the storytelling is done through a series of mission briefs. In short, the plot is complicated. In the old days, Earth became involved in a large war between a malicious alien entity known as Mental, who wanted to govern the entire universe, and the Sirians; a sentient alien race whose advanced technology was left behind as artifacts for humanity to discover. Fast-forward to the 22nd century and Mental sends his army of malevolent monsters to destroy humanity. Quickly overwhelmed, they use a Sirian artifact called the "time-lock", and send Sam "Serious" Stone back to ancient Egypt in hopes that he will destroy Mental before the war progresses.

There are a total of 13 levels, and each one is more enormous than the last. With that being said, it does sometimes feel like the maps are needlessly large and aside from waves of enemies, they're decidedly empty save for some secret chambers. Despite their monstrous size, the game sends you in a fully linear progression to unlock doors by finding objects such as gold Ankhs and idols, or by pressing buttons; everything is usually located in a balanced manner, if there are two switches on the left, there will certainly be two on the right. Serious Sam: The First Encounter is very predictable in everything that it does, and you'll more often than not know when you're going to get ambushed by an onslaught of aliens.

Speaking of enemies, there are only 7 types in the game, with the exception of some recolored models thrown in for a little variety. There's also only one boss, which is encountered at the end of the game. Instead, for challenges the player is faced with wave after wave of repeat monster spawns. CroTeam could've benefited by making their levels a little smaller and implementing more diverse foes, as by the end of the game the visuals become exceedingly repetitious. Since Serious Sam is set in ancient Egypt, a good 95% of the game is beige, brown, and sandy, with few exceptions of some water and part of the end level.

For what Serious Sam: The First Encounter is, it's fairly fun in the challenges that it presents. Many of the later levels are difficult even on easier modes, and it definitely keeps the player on their toes when it comes to survival. However, the visuals, and to a lesser degree even the soundtrack, become really monotonous after 13 levels of sun, sand, and the same respawning enemies. It hasn't held up well over the years, and most of the reviews are romanticized by childhood nostalgia. It's worth the experience if you're wanting to check out a classic, but there are far better games in the franchise now. I only suggest playing Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter if you're looking for a retro feel, otherwise go with the upgraded HD version instead; this incarnation has some FPS problems that even a GTX 1080 can't overcome.

Rating: 3.0/5.0 - Average, can take it or leave it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Product received for free
This is my second game i played when i was a child, +1
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
172 of 204 people (84%) found this review helpful
104 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
I just bought my childhood back.
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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2015
Fast-paced and shamelessly entertaining // Best for those seeking an FPS throwback to simpler times

+ Maps are large and allow for generous movement when in combat
+ Enemies attack in droves; spikes the difficulty, certainly, but also keeps the adrenaline flowing
+ Visuals may not have aged well, but they are moderately impressive when considering the year of release
+ The action is practically nonstop; there aren't any innovative mechanics by today's standards, but the consistent need for maneuvering and gunplay makes for a great, and a classic, mob shooter
+ The monster designs are surprisingly creative, if often campy and odd
+ There are secrets aplenty, often behind hidden walls
+ Applaudable level design
+ Weaponry benefits from a moderate variation and a deep satisfaction in their use

-With precious little breaking up the fast pace, the gameplay gradually becomes a bit too uniform; can give way to a sense of tedium if played for long hours at a time
- There appear to be no active players over the network, and no available servers running

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52 of 61 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Short version: 83%
Serious Sam can be considered the epitome of old-school FPS games: 100% pure action, non-linear levels filled with secrets, and hundreds upon hundreds of monsters to kill with a vast arsenal. Mindless first-person combat has rarely been this fun.

Long version:
When CroTeam, this small Croatian studio released Serious Sam: The First Encounter in 2001, probably even they didn’t think that their game will grow into one of the most successful indie FPS franchises. After all, on the surface, it looks like any other shooter from around 2000: half-linear levels where it is impossible to get lost yet have enough room to hide many secrets, all full of pickups to supply the player with health and ammo for the sizeable arsenal.

The trick is that this simplicity hides excellent game mechanics. The action rarely stops, but it doesn’t try to tire out the player by not giving enough breathing room. The difficulty levels offer a balanced challenge to FPS newbies and grizzled veterans alike. (Just to illustrate: on ‘Serious’ difficulty, you meet over six thousand enemies during the course of the game.)
The range of difficulties is only overshadowed by the available option in the engine itself. The Serious Engines were always famous of letting the player take control, but the first one really takes the top. Thanks to this awesome flexibility, the game ran on anything back then and looks surprisingly good even today, despite its old age.

I’d lie if I said CroTeam put too much effort in the story: you play as Sam Stone, who was sent back to the source of all evil, ancient Egypt, to stop an alien warlord from eradicating humanity in the far future. Still, the writing is quite memorable, thanks to the corny one-liners and the overall nonsensical nature of some of the encounters that help to alleviate the stress after some especially adrenaline-pumping scenario. So, in a sense, the “story” does its job, like the rest of the game.
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53 of 64 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
The easiest setting for this game is harder than the hardest setting of most modern shooters. This is one of those games that will force you to either git gud, or die trying. One of the most hardcore shooters of the early 2000's. And it still looks pretty damn good visually.

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66 of 88 people (75%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
If you like fps games, this is the one for you.
If you like horde games, this is the one for you.
If you like shooting headless freaks with bomb-hands running at you screaming, this is the one for you.
If you like this description, get this game.
If you like this game, get the rest of them.
You'll love all of the Serious Sam games, I know you will.

Sam/10 would horde again.
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43 of 52 people (83%) found this review helpful
78 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
Here's the deal;

There's a hole in your heart. You need that vitamin D. Vitamin Duke. Then you realise that vitamin Duke is really bad for you, that it is a disappointing mess that should have been canceled a long time ago.

Discover vitamin S. Vitamin Serious. Hordes of monsters. Dumb-funny one-liners. Bloody screaming kamikaze murderers. A handheld pirate-ship-♥♥♥ cannon. Listen. Vitamin S is good for you. Trust me, try this once and you're gonna AAAA-yourself.
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Definitely WAY ahead of its time, and still a great game to play if you feel like being on-edge and jumpy the entire time that you're playing :) The human-computer interaction is unique and like nothing I've ever seen before, the FPS action is intense, and the "scare factor" is there (You will soon dread the "clop clop clop" that announces the skeletons' approach). Very worth the money, especially for its current price!
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6.9 hrs
Posted: October 24
Loved this Game as a child, still enjoy it this day. Just finished a split screen with my younger brother, made this game even better (so much fun and exitment).

It really is worth the money...
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3.6 hrs
Posted: October 22
Best game ive ever played good times back in the xbox days of this game. Buy this now
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19.1 hrs
Posted: September 8
One of the best shooters ever!! Even after these years it still looks nice
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11.8 hrs
Posted: September 6
I love kleer skeletons <3
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1.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Best old game!
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