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:
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Very Positive (26 reviews) - 100% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (718 reviews) - 96% of the 718 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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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
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Recent:
Very Positive (26 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (718 reviews)
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vomajdaz
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Great oldschool shooter game. Good for coop with friends.
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Damageproof
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
The classic thing. Many secrets to find. The sound, the enemys and the level design just made me fell in love with :D 8,5/10
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hiandbye
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game spawns more enemies behind you than it does in front of you. But for some reason I'm not even mad. I'm just happt to have more fodder for all this ammunition.
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Numbuhzero
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I bought this game just to repay the developers who made my childhood awesome. I think every adult who enjoyed this game in early 2000s should buy it. Game is seriously pure awesomeness.
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NOT Damo
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Great game
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Goodkat
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I love this game, it's incredible!!!
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Liviu222
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
is the classic so amazing for it's time 9/10
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Flixtronomous
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Amazing gameplay! Stressfull at times because of HUGE enemy hordes. Slightly cringe worthy 1-liners. Overall 9/10 because there is hours of gameplay and fun mods you can put on the game. Also I like to spam melee in hordes of the Beheaded rocketters because it looks hilarious XD.
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Rose
( 120.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Very good game about done with it at the time of writing this review. Obviously there's better versions of it but the main reason I got this was because of the custom maps and mods exclusive to this version.

The best map i've played that is very detailed and seems to have had a lot of work put into it was called sanatory. The map can be found here https://42amsterdam.net/samforum/downloads.php?do=file&id=130

Not many maps on this website and I prefer seriouszone but this site definitely does has some unique content. The main draw of playing this instead of the HD version or Revolutions is the custom content exclusive to it but revolutions sure does have a lot more content vanilla and custom than this one.
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SLSK™ | Migwyn
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
I encounter weird enemies
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
120.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Very good game about done with it at the time of writing this review. Obviously there's better versions of it but the main reason I got this was because of the custom maps and mods exclusive to this version.

The best map i've played that is very detailed and seems to have had a lot of work put into it was called sanatory. The map can be found here https://42amsterdam.net/samforum/downloads.php?do=file&id=130

Not many maps on this website and I prefer seriouszone but this site definitely does has some unique content. The main draw of playing this instead of the HD version or Revolutions is the custom content exclusive to it but revolutions sure does have a lot more content vanilla and custom than this one.
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188 of 216 people (87%) found this review helpful
83 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
I just bought my childhood back.
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64 of 70 people (91%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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81 of 100 people (81%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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46 of 50 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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50 of 60 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

Full video Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6gBeSz6NJQ
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57 of 72 people (79%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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71 of 98 people (72%) found this review helpful
77 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Seriously, this is such a serious game that I gotta seriously mention it to you about how seriously serious this game is.
You seriously play as a very serious guy named Serious "Seriously Serious" Sam. But seriously, his real name is seriously "Sam 'Serious' Stone" which is seriously boring when compared to the serious name I seriously gave him just a few serious seconds ago.
You seriously get alot of serious weapons. Seriously!
There are seriously alot of serious enemies that seriously wants to kill you. Seriously!
It's seriously like Dynasty Warriors when it's been seriously given guns...wait, Dynasty Warriors seriously already have guns. Seriously.
Seriously, get this Serious Series. Seriously!

Serious/Serious - "Would Seriously Play it again! Seriously" by Jiang Wei from BENEVOLENT-Reviews.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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