Serious Sam Classic: The Second Encounter is a high-adrenaline single-play and 16-player co-operative arcade-action FPS and Gamespot's Game of the Month February 2002!
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Release Date: Feb 1, 2002

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About This Game

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, the highly anticipated arcade action FPS sequel to the Serious Sam: The First Encounter, 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 three beautiful worlds, confronting countless Mental's minions on his way to the Mental's base.

Key Features

  • Various Environments and Secrets - Unleash mayhem on 3 different spectacular worlds: South America, ancient Mesopotamia and medieval Europe. Discover over 100 secrets!
  • Unique Enemies and Bosses - Fight with 27 nightmarish warriors in Mental's army, including old favorites from The First Encounter like Beheaded Kamikaze, Syrian Werebull and Kleer Skeleton. Go head to head against 5 new enemies and 3 new Bosses!
  • Special Weapons and Power-Ups - Wreak havoc with a huge arsenal of weapons including 3 new toys: the Sniper Rifle, Flamethrower and Chainsaw. Use Power-Ups to additionally increase your fighting and agility skills!
  • 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: 450MB 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: 550MB free hard disk space
    • Sound: Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live
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weed
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Without a doubt one of, if not the best FPS game I've ever played. Nice visuals, tons of fun, ridiculous weapons, insane enemies and pretty much everything you'd want in an FPS game. Absolutely reccomended.
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Innovation
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
This game is 2 ez 4 me
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GABBA-[CRO]
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
This game is a classic! The mechanics of the game are awesome! I have passed the whole game in 8.5 hrs of playthrough

I will do some pros and cons for the game

PROS
-The game is a classic FPS
-In the Gmae you can play in first-person or third-person
-Even more aliens to kill
-There are 2 new weapons added into the game
-Added more enemy designs into the game
-Minor bugs, nothing too important
-The graphics are nicely done
-There are 15+ servers to play on
-The game is fun for 8+ hours

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

I recommend it. I rate it 9/10. Would burn more aliens then ever before again!
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Lewd
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
SO SRS 2
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([SASD]) The One Eyed Wonder
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
It's like they got every good thing from the first game and made it more ♥♥♥♥ and annoying... EXEPT THE KAMIKAZES
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AltorBG
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
Brings me back to 2004...It's a classic FPS,you have to play this,it's that good...For some people.Only those who are serious enough can beat this game.
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ST27
( 21.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
We have a source code of SE1.10, who needs revolution anymore?
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Darkwave
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
Once again Sam returns for an epic crusade through literally thousands of adversaries. It is not so much a question as to which one of the games (first or second encounter) is better; they are both epic for their own way.
The first encounter's levels were more straightforward, and I love them for that. The ambiance is somehow a little better, the balance is great and it is a slightly more dodge and shoot type of game than the second encounter.
The second encounter improves and alters on some points. First of all, the weapon additions are excellent. Although I never use the chainsaw because most enemy mixes contain suicide bombers (aaaaaaaaah, you hear them in your sleep after a day of play) chainsaws are not the best weapon of choice. The others fit into the mix just perfectly, and the levels make sure to add sniper-sections so you can use them. The flamer is just all-round usefull, since most of the time you'll be engaging in closer-than-comfortable combat.
The levels show off some cool quirks, like moving walls of darkness, odd gravitational challenges and overal madness, though I did feel these novelties were mostly present in the first half of the game. The last levels are also very good.
I didn't like the difficulty for multiplayer. Often, the enemy mixes just don't make for a comfortable fight, and kleers are often abundantly present while for instance the suicide bombers and the bulls make a much funnier enemy if you see them run down your friend. After shooting your zillionth kleer in multiplayer, hearing the damn hooves again can get a little tiresome. I somehow feel the enemy dosage in the first encounter was better.
That aside, it makes for an exhilerating singleplayer adventure and is perfect to hone your turn and shoot-skills, because there honestly isn't a shooter available that has as much enemies in it as serious sam, and for that I love the game.
Multiplayer coop is where it shines, because there is no item stealing (everyone has his own instance of items) and you don't lose a lot when dying. That allows you to stay in the carnage continously. Some environments make getting separated from your friends rather easy, but other than that, coop is a blast. You might want to skip the first few levels though, because apart from some interesting traps, the levels after that offer the most interesting environments.
All-in-all, if you take the game for what it is, a masterful old-school shooting frenzy, then you'll love it a lot. Do get some friends to play with, though, it makes it even better.
Highly recommended.
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robensate
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
scarier than amnesia
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^1Joey ^2Wheeler
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
Serious Sam 2 is great
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Radu
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
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caruch2001
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
Here is the link to my review on the first Serious Sam. It's about 95% accurate for The Second Encounter.

My Review for the first game

Second Encounter is almost identical to the First Encounter. Enemies remain the same, except for a few ones that I didn't remember in the first game. Guns, graphics, sounds, overall feel, gameplay are all the same. Which is not a negative because it worked for the first game.

I did notice one big difference between the two. Difficulty. I played on normal and was dying very quickly even at the beginning of the game. Wanting to not pull my hair out and actually finish the game, I put on god mode for the remainder of my playthrough. I was amazed at how many enemies they threw at you. Some levels would have 500-700 enemies. The last level having over 1,000. This was not without having power-ups, health and ammo scattered very frequently across the maps. But still…sheesh!

A lot of the levels have similar ways to complete them. Progress until either you have to kill off all the enemies in the area or collect a certain number of “something” to unlock a door…while killing off all the enemies. It gets a little repetitive but still remains fun (since god mode was on haha)

Pros:
-Good graphics for the time that still hold up today
-Lots of graphics options to tinker around with
-Good gameplay feel and hit detection
-Unique audio cues for enemies
-Each gun has advantages & disadvantages
-Quick save/load feature
-Stable. Never crashed on me (Windows 8.1 64bit)
-Secret areas everywhere!
-Generally smooth 60FPS (has some slowdown here and there but didn't affect much)

Cons:
-Lackluster story, again
-Repeating enemies
-Difficulty seemed crazy for “normal”
-Can feel repetitive
-Enemies that “pop” in right in front of you seems cheap

Second Encounter is a worthy and fun sequel. A big difficulty shift is hard to swallow but luckily god mode is there to help you out. It keeps to the same formula as the first game since it was successful.

6/10
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talgaby
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 20
Short version: 77%
The second Serious Sam game feels like a set of small half-finished expansions eventually packed together and sold as a separate FPS. The levels are a bit of a hit and miss, but the new weapons make sure that battling the endless hordes of Mental is more fun than ever.

Long version:
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is the second game of the Serious Sam franchise, which is probably one of the longest-enduring classic old-school FPS series that still didn’t cave in and switched to the hand-holding console shooter format.
TSE is sold as a standalone product, yet it feels like three expansion disks glued together as one. After all, it is divided into three separate worlds, each with its own boss, and each resetting Sam’s arsenal at their start.

The first episode, South America, is probably the weakest. The first game really lacked exterior levels, which they tried to address here, but the result is just a lot of boring walking with a fairly uninteresting boss battle at the end.
Persia quickly picks up the pace with the return of courtyards (CroTeam’s specialty in level design) and by somehow making underground levels interesting. A climactic battle at the top of the Tower of Babel would have been nice, but the boss they created instead makes up for it.
And finally, medieval Poland just drops all players into the thick of things, with levels requiring speed and precision, and also a lot of endurance; especially on the final stage, which makes the Great Pyramid of the First Encounter look like a cakewalk in comparison.

The new weapons– including a flamethrower and a sniper rifle– turn up the dial on the action by several degrees, and it comes with no surprise that the game really wanted to steer people towards multiplayer with these changes. Still, even in single player, Serious Sam TSE is a great old-school shooter that could have easily surpassed its predecessor if the first few stages wouldn’t be so bland.

You can also follow the Completing the Backlog Curator page for more reviews!
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-Largo-
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is a light hearted FPS that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's easy to see that the developers were inspired by games such as Duke Nukem 3D. But SS:TSE is more than just a simple parody game. It is easily one of the top 5 single-player FPS ever made. It succeeds at everything it attempts to do.

The weapon balance is superb. Aside from the revolvers you start out with, all weapons are fun to use and have different strengths and weaknesses. Not one weapon just replaces another. Even in the last few levels, when your arsenal is complete, you'll still use all weapons on a regular basis. Every weapon is good or bad in different situations and against different enemies, and it is not uncommon to switch between them all the time, every few seconds, during big fights.

The enemy design is just as great. All enemies are distinctively different from one another and require different tactics to defeat. What is notable is that every enemy makes different noises, and not long after picking up the game you'll be able to identify enemies based on the sounds you hear. More often than not you can hear attacking foes before you can see them.
During the many fights, SS:TSE will throw multiple enemies of different types at you at the same time. Some require immediate attention, while others are annoying or distracting, and you'll have to prioritize the order in which you kill them. Certain enemies (Kleer and Beheaded Kamikaze in particular) are so memorable that they even spawned internet memes, which is no small accomplishment. The bosses are big, bad and fun to fight.

Leveldesign is as good as it gets. Compared to SS:The First Encounter, which, while still a great game, had Egypt and desert everywhere, The Second Encounter made a big step forward and sports grass levels, snow levels, lava levels and more. Also, it has many rooms with traps and gimmicks (usually with physics), which are a nice change of pace from the otherwise constant shooting. They are fun in general, although some can be a pain on higher difficulties. The game is quite linear, though there are many secrets to be found, many of which are far off the road.

Unless you want to play multiplayer, I recommend playing the old version over HD. HD changes quite a large number of things, not just the graphics. The graphics of the classic version work perfectly fine, as the artstyle is a good mix between cartoony and realistic. In the HD version, the grass, trees and visual effects often obscure your vision of enemies. Gravity works differently, so one particular gimmick room had to be changed. Harpies can no longer carry and drop Beheaded Kamikaze. The minigun does twice the damage per hit but fires at half the rate. The projectiles fired by demons are destructible. There are many more gameplay changes that would take too much time to list. All in all, for this particular game in the series, the classic version is a slightly better experience over the HD version.

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter does so many things right and so few things wrong that it stands at the top of the FPS genre. It is a must-have for anyone who's even slightly interested in FPS.
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T.w² | inDe_eD
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2015
Original version of SS:TSE! Only difference between HD and Classic is the graphics. If each games are the same price, buy HD, just because it's more improved.
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◢MCム↓ﮎU◤
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2015
BEST CLASSIC FPS
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KDD!^Meгaлoфaгпoжиpaтeл
( 35.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 30, 2015
On it's own it's much better and diverse than first game. But if you played first one — it's much much more of totally the same.

Works with nvidia surround after editing of .ini file.
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Bacxaber
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 17, 2015
This game is amazing. The level design and enemy placement are perfect, especially refreshing from The First Encounter's poor design. I had a load of fun with this one. However, the last level was lackluster and there are spelling errors here and there. Because it's not perfect, I give this game a shining 9/10.
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tafara12
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 6, 2015
i ♥♥♥♥in enjoyed it u hear me i ♥♥♥♥in enjoyed it!!!!!
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TheWittleBabby
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 31, 2015
SAM. I. AM.
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Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Without a doubt one of, if not the best FPS game I've ever played. Nice visuals, tons of fun, ridiculous weapons, insane enemies and pretty much everything you'd want in an FPS game. Absolutely reccomended.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Once again Sam returns for an epic crusade through literally thousands of adversaries. It is not so much a question as to which one of the games (first or second encounter) is better; they are both epic for their own way.
The first encounter's levels were more straightforward, and I love them for that. The ambiance is somehow a little better, the balance is great and it is a slightly more dodge and shoot type of game than the second encounter.
The second encounter improves and alters on some points. First of all, the weapon additions are excellent. Although I never use the chainsaw because most enemy mixes contain suicide bombers (aaaaaaaaah, you hear them in your sleep after a day of play) chainsaws are not the best weapon of choice. The others fit into the mix just perfectly, and the levels make sure to add sniper-sections so you can use them. The flamer is just all-round usefull, since most of the time you'll be engaging in closer-than-comfortable combat.
The levels show off some cool quirks, like moving walls of darkness, odd gravitational challenges and overal madness, though I did feel these novelties were mostly present in the first half of the game. The last levels are also very good.
I didn't like the difficulty for multiplayer. Often, the enemy mixes just don't make for a comfortable fight, and kleers are often abundantly present while for instance the suicide bombers and the bulls make a much funnier enemy if you see them run down your friend. After shooting your zillionth kleer in multiplayer, hearing the damn hooves again can get a little tiresome. I somehow feel the enemy dosage in the first encounter was better.
That aside, it makes for an exhilerating singleplayer adventure and is perfect to hone your turn and shoot-skills, because there honestly isn't a shooter available that has as much enemies in it as serious sam, and for that I love the game.
Multiplayer coop is where it shines, because there is no item stealing (everyone has his own instance of items) and you don't lose a lot when dying. That allows you to stay in the carnage continously. Some environments make getting separated from your friends rather easy, but other than that, coop is a blast. You might want to skip the first few levels though, because apart from some interesting traps, the levels after that offer the most interesting environments.
All-in-all, if you take the game for what it is, a masterful old-school shooting frenzy, then you'll love it a lot. Do get some friends to play with, though, it makes it even better.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
This game is a classic! The mechanics of the game are awesome! I have passed the whole game in 8.5 hrs of playthrough

I will do some pros and cons for the game

PROS
-The game is a classic FPS
-In the Gmae you can play in first-person or third-person
-Even more aliens to kill
-There are 2 new weapons added into the game
-Added more enemy designs into the game
-Minor bugs, nothing too important
-The graphics are nicely done
-There are 15+ servers to play on
-The game is fun for 8+ hours

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

I recommend it. I rate it 9/10. Would burn more aliens then ever before again!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
We have a source code of SE1.10, who needs revolution anymore?
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Short version: 77%
The second Serious Sam game feels like a set of small half-finished expansions eventually packed together and sold as a separate FPS. The levels are a bit of a hit and miss, but the new weapons make sure that battling the endless hordes of Mental is more fun than ever.

Long version:
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is the second game of the Serious Sam franchise, which is probably one of the longest-enduring classic old-school FPS series that still didn’t cave in and switched to the hand-holding console shooter format.
TSE is sold as a standalone product, yet it feels like three expansion disks glued together as one. After all, it is divided into three separate worlds, each with its own boss, and each resetting Sam’s arsenal at their start.

The first episode, South America, is probably the weakest. The first game really lacked exterior levels, which they tried to address here, but the result is just a lot of boring walking with a fairly uninteresting boss battle at the end.
Persia quickly picks up the pace with the return of courtyards (CroTeam’s specialty in level design) and by somehow making underground levels interesting. A climactic battle at the top of the Tower of Babel would have been nice, but the boss they created instead makes up for it.
And finally, medieval Poland just drops all players into the thick of things, with levels requiring speed and precision, and also a lot of endurance; especially on the final stage, which makes the Great Pyramid of the First Encounter look like a cakewalk in comparison.

The new weapons– including a flamethrower and a sniper rifle– turn up the dial on the action by several degrees, and it comes with no surprise that the game really wanted to steer people towards multiplayer with these changes. Still, even in single player, Serious Sam TSE is a great old-school shooter that could have easily surpassed its predecessor if the first few stages wouldn’t be so bland.

You can also follow the Completing the Backlog Curator page for more reviews!
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
This game is amazing. The level design and enemy placement are perfect, especially refreshing from The First Encounter's poor design. I had a load of fun with this one. However, the last level was lackluster and there are spelling errors here and there. Because it's not perfect, I give this game a shining 9/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is a light hearted FPS that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's easy to see that the developers were inspired by games such as Duke Nukem 3D. But SS:TSE is more than just a simple parody game. It is easily one of the top 5 single-player FPS ever made. It succeeds at everything it attempts to do.

The weapon balance is superb. Aside from the revolvers you start out with, all weapons are fun to use and have different strengths and weaknesses. Not one weapon just replaces another. Even in the last few levels, when your arsenal is complete, you'll still use all weapons on a regular basis. Every weapon is good or bad in different situations and against different enemies, and it is not uncommon to switch between them all the time, every few seconds, during big fights.

The enemy design is just as great. All enemies are distinctively different from one another and require different tactics to defeat. What is notable is that every enemy makes different noises, and not long after picking up the game you'll be able to identify enemies based on the sounds you hear. More often than not you can hear attacking foes before you can see them.
During the many fights, SS:TSE will throw multiple enemies of different types at you at the same time. Some require immediate attention, while others are annoying or distracting, and you'll have to prioritize the order in which you kill them. Certain enemies (Kleer and Beheaded Kamikaze in particular) are so memorable that they even spawned internet memes, which is no small accomplishment. The bosses are big, bad and fun to fight.

Leveldesign is as good as it gets. Compared to SS:The First Encounter, which, while still a great game, had Egypt and desert everywhere, The Second Encounter made a big step forward and sports grass levels, snow levels, lava levels and more. Also, it has many rooms with traps and gimmicks (usually with physics), which are a nice change of pace from the otherwise constant shooting. They are fun in general, although some can be a pain on higher difficulties. The game is quite linear, though there are many secrets to be found, many of which are far off the road.

Unless you want to play multiplayer, I recommend playing the old version over HD. HD changes quite a large number of things, not just the graphics. The graphics of the classic version work perfectly fine, as the artstyle is a good mix between cartoony and realistic. In the HD version, the grass, trees and visual effects often obscure your vision of enemies. Gravity works differently, so one particular gimmick room had to be changed. Harpies can no longer carry and drop Beheaded Kamikaze. The minigun does twice the damage per hit but fires at half the rate. The projectiles fired by demons are destructible. There are many more gameplay changes that would take too much time to list. All in all, for this particular game in the series, the classic version is a slightly better experience over the HD version.

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter does so many things right and so few things wrong that it stands at the top of the FPS genre. It is a must-have for anyone who's even slightly interested in FPS.
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Traditional hardcore!
Hordes of enemies!
Tons of humor!
Every second somebody die!
Every second something explodes!
Every time you are playing it, you are satisfied.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
Harder than TFE and about twice as long. This is what DLC used to look like, when Developers actually put effort into expansion packs. Like TFE you'll get your ♥♥♥ kicked over and over but you're gonna love every minute of it. For its price, this is great value. And it has co-op too!

Full video review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6gBeSz6NJQ
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49 of 61 people (80%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Shot a skeleton and blood came out of it. 10/10
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2013
As much as I liked The First Encounter, The Second Encounter is where it's at. Old school 3D shooter fun (not as old school as DOOM, of course) at its best.

There's a difficulty for everyone. At the lowest setting, nobody should have a problem. At the highest setting, for the hardcore gamer in you, the game is still playable and tons of fun with hundreds if not thousands of enemies coming at you, all with their particular appearance, warning sound effect, powers and personality.

You will rush for health and bullets, but always feel like you can overcome the odds and feel like a superhuman at the end of the day.

The environments are more varied and beautiful than in the first game, there's more humor and even the freaking secrets are fun this time around.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
easily, the best Serious Sam game.

new weapons, varrying levels with different puzzles and enviroments.

and the music.

UUUUHHH the music.

the game is worth it just for the music alone. especially the final level.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Get that rocket launcher secret in the first level. You're gonna need it.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
best game of my childhood ...
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2015
Fast-paced and improves on the original // Best for those seeking an FPS throwback to simpler times

+ Features three distinctive environments; a welcome change of pace compared to the first iteration
+ Level design boasts a fair amount of variance, and the accessible areas are quite large; this helps to facilitate a lot of movement during firefights
+ Game retains the polished gameplay of the original, with the improved level design adding to the overall experience
+ As in the original, enemies attack in droves; spikes the difficulty, but keeps the adrenaline flowing
+ Enemy mobs enjoy a slight increase in variation
+ New monsters and somewhat better level design make for an experience that is less likely to feel tedious or redundant by the end of the game
+ There are secrets aplenty, often behind hidden walls
+ Visuals may not have aged well, but they are moderately impressive considering the year of release; compared to the first installment, there is a better use of color in the environment
+ Solid, enjoyable gunplay mechanics

- Weaponry remains much the same as in the original, with only three or four new additions to the player's arsenal
- Online multiplayer appears no longer to be active

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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2015
nostalgia Run part 2!

95/100
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2013
Serious Sam The Second Encounter is a game that understand itself in a very deep and meaningful way. Much in the same way the First Encounter did this sequel makes no pretense of having a story or anything of the sort. This is about shooting aliens and looking cool while doing it, nothing more and nothing less.

Right out the gate you will notice the similarities to the First Encounter, not much has changed overall. The graphics has gotten a little sharper, the enemies a little faster, the locales more varied. Although this rehash of the original does pain me somewhat, I would have loved to seen more innovation than this, it does still succeed on the same basic levels as the original did. The Second Encounter is a no frills, full speed ahead first person shooter featuring a badass protagonist spouting off one liners that would have made Duke Nukem proud.

Instead of just the sandy surroundings of the original you now get to slaughter through alien hordes in a variety of different locales, still looking as pretty as ever. The maps are still huge and the number of enemies that gets thrown at you is still preposterous. A bigger emphasis on environmental traps makes for some very intense encounters although the puzzle sections are still highly lacking. In particular the series of jumping puzzles near the start of the game leaves you bored and hoping at that some headless suiciders come crashing through soon.

Some new weapons are introduced, most notably the sniper rifle and although Sam Stone still has a high quality arsenal at his disposal you are as last time around lacking that one iconic gun you will remember for years to come.

The soundtrack is relatively unimpressive but the weapons sounds great, both the firing and the impacting. Sam's one liners are still funny and the ambiance is passable.

All in all Serious Sam The Second Encounter could best be described as a plus one sequel. The developers have taken everything they liked from the first game and simply added a little something extra to every aspect. This creates an experience that is every bit as entertaining but still earns a little disappointment for not innovating more. Like the original, this was a bargain price even on release and as such it is a game that should be in the library of every serious FPS gamer.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
If you're fan of vast landscapes, alien slaying, and having fun with guns, please purchase this game. Serious Sam - The Second Encounter is a wonderful continuation of The First Encounter. Not to mention that this game series is challenging, even for the most hefty of classic FPS players.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Personal rating: "Excellent" = 5/5

PROS:
+ fun & crazy gameplay
+ big variety of funky weapons
+ blasting/shooting down huge hordes of enemies
+ a ton of secrets to be found
+ epic boss fights
+ soundtrack
+ awesome co-op
+ entertaining multiplayer

CONS:
- older graphics
- occassional network issues in mulitplayer
- ridiculously hard in Singleplayer

Comment:
This game is all about big dumb fun. This game is about taking a break from the serious games of the 21st century and enjoying something else. This game is about blasting hordes of monsters while an awesome soundtrack blasts in the background! As it happens this was my first Serious Sam game and also my very first multiplayer game. I remember how I played this with my friend during many nights and we loved it. It does have it's flaws but Serious Sam has clearly been made for enjoyment and that it delivers. Singleplayer is a bit hard but that does not matter much as this game was MADE for co-op. Disregard the time shown here, I played this for over 200 hours in total and loved every moment.
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