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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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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Serious Sam Classic: The Second Encounter is now a part of Serious Sam Classics: Revolution, along with Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter! So, when you buy Serious Sam Classics: Revolution, you also get both Classic Encounters!

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

    • 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
    • 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
*Note: This review only covers the Classic version of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. For a review of the HD edition, please click here

If you're a person in control of your nostalgia and fandom, it's easy to admit that Serious Sam: The First Encounter could've been a lot better; despite getting the 2001 Gamespot Game of the Year award. Its fast-paced action was marred by repetitious visuals and linear gameplay that really hasn't aged all that well in the last 15 years, given the massive quantity of FPS games that we have today. Serious Sam: The Second Encounter set out to change a good portion of what left audiences craving more from the debut title. Note: This game is included for free with Serious Sam Classics: Revolution.

This entry picks up where the last left off; Serious Sam is traveling to Sirius on the SSS Centerprice, which is inadvertently struck down by a "CroTeam Crate-Bus". The spaceship crashes down on Central America during the Mayan age, and Sam must make his way to the back-up Sirian ship to continue on with his mission to stop Mental before he begins the whole war that started the reason for the game franchise in the first place. The only problem is, the ship is located in another era entirely, so Sam must seek out the Holy Grail. As you can tell, the story is still just as convoluted as it was in the first game, although there's a lot more dialogue in comparison.

Quite a few things have changed with the dawn of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, many of the mechanics that were established in the original title have been redesigned. Instead of a set amount of enemy waves, most of the game features constantly respawning enemies and many gauntlet style areas that the player must run-and-gun through to avoid evisceration. That said, there are also a few areas with predesignated waves to shoot through. The game doesn't give any real hints as to which mechanic you're facing off against, leaving the gamer more often than not running out of ammo and spending a huge amount of time in an area where the foes never cease. That said, the gameplay is still very much linear, though the worlds are smaller; leaving them feeling less empty and more detailed.

Also new to the series is an assortment of new weapons, enemies, and maps. This title features eight new enemies, but wastes no time in introducing Sam to all of his old friends from The First Encounter. This mixture really helps to establish old and new favorites alike, as well as keep the visuals fresh yet familiar. Along with all of the old weaponry, Sam now has access to a flamethrower, chainsaw, sniper rifle, and a series staple known as the Serious Bomb. These are extremely fun new toys, and the chainsaw really enunciates the increased amount of blood in this release. The soundtrack is also a worthy mention, it's much more engaging than what was heard in the prior release, with tracks that suit the new landscapes and also some heavy metal boss battle music.

The diversified levels are the biggest revitalizing factor with Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. The original game was almost completely sand, dunes, and sun, as far as the eye could see. This installment takes players on a journey through three different eras, each with their own play style, secrets, and even a boss for the end of each era. From the dense jungles and trap-ridden temples of the Mayan era, through ancient Babylon and its many tombs, right to creepy Medieval dungeons and icebound lands, you truly never know what lies in wait at the start of each level. Even finding secrets is much more fun, and some of them have mini-puzzles to solve to get an item.

Taking a turn for the better, Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is in every way superior to its sophomore release. With this installment players don't even need to trek through the first Serious Sam in order to enjoy it, as the story is better explained at the beginning than it ever was during the entire first game. Unless you really want to say that you played it, it's advised to skip The First Encounter and go straight to The Second Encounter. Sam comes with even more witty dialogue this time around, though the humor within the written text is very cheesy and somewhat forced. I suggest playing the HD version of this title instead, for the decently upgraded visuals; unless of course you really want that retro vibe.

Rating: 4.0/5.0 - Excellent, highly worth playing.
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10 of 176 people (6%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Every game in the serious series of Serious Sams is The Worst Game Ever Made. Every single one.
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56 of 70 people (80%) found this review helpful
102 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Shot a skeleton and blood came out of it. 10/10
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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!

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38 of 42 people (90%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
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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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
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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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
best game of my childhood ...
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2015
nostalgia Run part 2!

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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 19
Just as I remember ^^
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22.2 hrs
Posted: October 11
Classic! I love this game with a passion, playing this with friends is extremely enjoyable and they game isn't too expensive either.
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7.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
Kill kill kill kill kill kill kill
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13.9 hrs
Posted: August 16
This game takes itself very seriously.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 3
Just as good as it was over a decade ago
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dr. crackfield
0.6 hrs
Posted: July 30
brings back memories, epic slaughter!
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1.4 hrs
Posted: July 26
Product received for free

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june 47
22.1 hrs
Posted: July 22
playtime - took me 10-11 hours to beat the game in normal difficulty

if you never played serious sam .. its hard to explain how great it is..
it looks like just another boring alien shooter game but its not

story - 6/10
very minor story .. but its good for a game like this
its a direct sequel to the previous game so you will need to play first encounter to understand the story
90% of it is covered in text :p
first game had more intresting story though ... this one is just simple adventure

graphics, environment - 7/10
yes the graphics are outdated .. get the hd remake of this and the first encounter
they look great even today
i played this just to feel the difference :p
but still the environment is awesom in serious sam series
remember when you see a huge open area're f**k*d

gameplay - 8.5/10
huge horde of aliens running towards you from all sides
jumping dodging killing them with wide variety of weapons..
each weapon very unique and important depending upon the aliens..
extremly fast paced fps action adventure ..

i enjoyed the first encounter more than this one
it had better settings, environment and ending
but this one is great too
overall rating - 7/10

- a serious review by a serious fan of serious sam series

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