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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Very Positive (446 reviews) - 97% of the 446 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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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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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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Mr. Videogamer
13.6 hrs
Posted: July 16
great game.
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17.1 hrs
Posted: July 9
"Double the gun, double the fun"!

-Sam "Serious" Stone
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1.0 hrs
Posted: June 28
Product received for free
One of my very first Shooters, and I am so glad I started with this one, as it left nothing but an amazing impression on me. I can't even begin to tell you how many hours I spent on this game. It was so worth the $10 I spent on the CD-ROM.
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Phoenix Wright
0.7 hrs
Posted: June 24
this one has both classic games so 10/10
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87 of 101 people (86%) found this review helpful
84 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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49 of 52 people (94%) found this review helpful
18 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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37 of 39 people (95%) 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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28 of 30 people (93%) 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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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 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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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
best game of my childhood ...
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19 of 19 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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21 of 25 people (84%) 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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
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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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
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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