Review by Rayonic
"Get ready for some serious fun"
Way back when, a little game called Doom came out. Perhaps you've heard of it? Anyway, it didn't have much of a story. No cutscenes, no scripted events, no realistic damage modeling, no real AI. But what it did have was action; lots and lots of killing of lots and lots of enemies. Nowadays, modern first person shooters are much deeper; with strong storylines, smart AI, and diverse gameplay elements. Games like Half-life and Thief heralded in a new age, the age of the first person thinker.
Then a little game called Serious Sam came along and reminded us of a simple little fact: slaughtering tons and tons (and tons) of enemies can be fun! Now, on with the review.
GRAPHICS: Serious Sam uses it's aptly named Serious Engine(tm) to great effect. Sure, it may not be the absolute best out there, but everything it does it does on a large scale. That means HUGE levels, TONS of enemies, and LOTS of colors. Those rolling sand dunes and starry night sky sure don't hurt either.
SOUND: The sounds in this game are both quite serviceable and VERY useful. The weapons sound as mean as they look, and the enemies have unique sounds too. Hearing enemies before you see them is a common occurrence and sometimes a necessity. The music is pretty good too, cueing up at the appropriate times.
GAMEPLAY: Oh boy, are you in for a surprise. This game has the most enemies this side of... ever. Pure shooting action the likes of which you have never seen. Sometimes it's as if God Himself decided to open up a big ol' box of monsters and pour them on top of your head. You might think that this gets tired after a while, but it doesn't. The battles are well designed, well paced, and you always have enough ammunition to go around. The bad guys are diverse and amusing (my favorite are the bulls), and the bosses are downright awe-inspiring. Fun, fun, fun.
REPLAY: Well, the game may be a bit on the short side, but the game itself can be pretty replayable, especially if you play again on a harder difficulty level (which increases the number of enemies). And besides that, there is also a a co-op mode for multiplayer carnage.
OVERALL: Hey, I LIKE smart, intelligent, thought-provoking games. But sometimes I need to gun down hordes of slavering beasts with no mercy, as should you.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 04/01/01, Updated 04/01/01
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