Serious Sam is a high-adrenaline single-play and 16-player co-operative arcade-action FPS and Gamespot's Game of the Year 2001!
User reviews:
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (671 reviews) - 97% of the 671 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 21, 2001

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Buy Serious Sam Complete Pack

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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Reviews

“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

    Minimum
    • 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
    Recommended
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
164 of 186 people (88%) found this review helpful
72 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
I just bought my childhood back.
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 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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46 of 58 people (79%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Oh look, a +1 armor item
*Takes the item
Starts to hear low screams, at distance...
Screams intensifies, and then...
30 F*CKING kamikazes, with both hands full with bombs, come to you running at FULL SPEED
10/10 would get exploded again by 30 crazy men at TRAINING STAGE!!
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
As a kid this game was the first FPS i ever played.It was FULL of FUN for me,and it still is.I have it on a CD somewhere in my house,both first and second encounters.Decided to buy it for only 0.66 euro,and no regrets so far.For all the negative reviews,they never played old FPS games,or they never played this game in its golden times.This game has a little storyline which i didnt follow when i was a kid.It has this funny tough guy Sam as the main hero.Well this guy is the hope of the mankind.Sooo this game was made for FUN not for storyline,that's why it has a multiplayer and alot of challenges.I recommend this game to fellow gamers who want to have fun with friends on this ancient great video game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
This game is a classic! The mechanics of the game are awesome! I have passed the whole game in 6 hrs of playthrough

I will do some pros and cons for the game

PROS
-The game is a Classic FPS
-In the game you can play in first-person or third-person
-There are a lot of enemies to kill
-There are eight weapons to choose from (not too many, not too few)
-Combat Knife is a superior weapon in the game
-A lot of enemy designs, I like that
-The game has minor bugs but there are nothing compared to other games
-There are 15+ servers to play on
-The graphics are good compared to the other games that are 15 years old
-The game is fun for 6+ hrs

CONS
-The community is almost dead
-The Multiplayer is almost dead, but some matches can be found

I recommend it. I rate it 9/10. Would kill all of the aliens with a Combat Knife again!
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