The First Encounter
||(Win95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP) (Retail) (SERIOUSSPR)
Publisher: Croteam / Gathering
Violence, Blood and Gore
In the Near Future
During the first interstellar travels, humans encounter
great evil roaming the galaxy for last few eons. The evil being is an
incarnation of the last of the ancient immortals named Tah-Um (or in English -
Notorious Mental). Mental has set forth to wipe the earthlings out for sheer
fun, just like it did with all the other civilizations in the galactic history.
This time, humans have a secret weapon left to them by an extinct civilization
from Sirius - Timelock. Timelock will enable special forces veteran Sam
'Serious' Stone to return to the time of ancient Egypt and assassinate
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.
Standout Features of Serious
Multiple Gravity: You can
fight with enemies who are jumping from one wall to the other, or ambushing you
from the ceiling.
split screen support: Multi-player capabilities over the Internet or LAN
allow you to play through the entire game with others online. And the 4-player
split screen function supports single computer multi-play. How much abuse can
your keyboard take?
Powerful 3D technology
featuring advanced tools: Directional light for daylight scenes. Portals
and mirrors. Truly dynamic volumetric fog and haze.
Bright and Beautiful
surroundings: With such a clear picture you may want to get out the suntan
lotion. Lens flares so real you'll have to squint.
Serious editor and modeler
included: Create your own levels, models and enemies, then import them
directly into the game.
Serious Sam = Serious Fun
Serious Monsters: Serious Sam features over 15
kill-hungry monsters all bent on introducing you to the afterlife. From Giant
Scorpions to missile-launching Biomechanoids, you'll have to shoot blast and
rocket your way through all of them. And that's just the first level.
Serious Weapons: Over 10 weapons, including a Gatling
gun, Colt .45, double-barreled shotgun, Tommy gun, rocket launcher, laser
blaster, cannon and more.
AMD K6-3 400 MHz, Pentium II or Celeron-A 300 MHz (AMD Athlon 550 MHz or
Pentium III 550 MHz recommended), 64 MB RAM (128 MB RAM recommended), Fully
Open GL compliant 3D video accelerator (nVidia GeForce256 or GeForce2, PowerVR
Kyro, S3 Savage2000, 3Dfx Voodoo5, ATI Radeon recommended), Windows compatible
sound card (SoundBlaster Live recommended), 150 MB free hard disk space (450 MB
free hard disk space recommended).
Eurogamer by John "Gestalt"
"Despite its title, Serious Sam is a first person shooter
which doesn't take itself too seriously, replacing the intricate storylines,
elaborate scripted sequences, realistic weaponry and advanced artificial
intelligence which we have all become used to in the last few years with its
own unique brand of high octane action and oddball humour. Sam himself seems to
have been part of a bizarre cloning experiment involving the DNA of Duke Nukem
(locked away in cryogenic deep freeze since his last excursion back in the mid
1990s), and is always ready with an amusing one liner, equally at home laying
down the smack on his enemies and whistling the Indiana Jones theme as giant
boulders roll past him."
"The focus is very much on action, with a Doom-like
intensity which makes even last year's KISS: Psycho Circus look tame in
comparison. One of the most chaotic maps features more monsters than appeared
in the whole of Quake, although thankfully there is usually a plentiful supply
of ammunition on hand to deal with them."
"This is one of the wildest, most scary games I've
played in a long time, with monsters hiding around almost every corner waiting
to leap out of the shadows and maul you. Many of your enemies like to get up
close and personal, making for some real in-your-face action as you fight off
their unwelcome advances. At times you will physically jump in surprise, while
some of the most hectic boss encounters will have your heart pumping pure
adrenaline through burning veins as you struggle to take down entire armies of
monsters single-handed. AI is not a strongpoint of the game, but what your
enemies lack in brains they more than make up for in numbers and sheer
"Serious Sam isn't particularly intelligent or even
enormously original, but if you are looking for a game where you can disengage
your brain and indulge in some good old fashioned wholesale slaughter then this
is about as good as they come. The button pounding action is the most frantic
you will find this side of an arcade shooter, the graphics second only to the
likes of Quake 3, and the brightly lit Egyptian scenery a refreshing change
from the norm."
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