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Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter [Download]

by Devolver Digital
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Platform: PC Download
Edition: Standard
Download size:
1.2 GB
Download time:
16 minutes - 1 hour 45 minutes on broadband
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B007L889AM
  • Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,527 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

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The indie sensation Serious Sam: The First Encounter is reborn in glorious high-definition for legions of long-time fans and a whole new generation of gamers around the world. Featuring dazzling visuals and revamped design, gamers take control of the legendary Sam ‘Serious’ Stone as he is sent back through time to ancient Egypt to battle the overwhelming forces of Notorious Mental and the Sirian army.

Key features:

  • Developed by Croteam and powered by the next-generation Serious Engine 3, Serious Sam HD features beautifully rendered, high-resolution visuals and lushly redesigned environments to create the most astonishing Serious Sam game ever.
  • Return to the golden age of frantic, non-stop action with Serious Sam’s trademark onslaught of enemies rushing towards you at every turn. From the charging Sirian Werebull to the screaming Headless Kamikaze and the multi-story Ugh-Zan, all of the infamous minions of Mental have been spectacularly redesigned for Serious Sam HD.
  • Fire up one of the greatest arsenals in gaming history by wielding demon-stopping revolvers, lead-spewing miniguns, and monstrous cannons for when you absolutely, positively, have to kill every enemy in sight.
  • More than 14 levels of bedlam set against the expansive backdrop of ancient Egypt with every square inch upgraded and reworked to create one of the most visually stunning game experiences.
  • Embrace the mayhem with up to 16 players in co-op mode.

System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:
OS:Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor:Intel P4 3+ Ghz or AMD Athlon64 3500+
Hard Drive:1.2 GB
Video Card:nVidia GeForce 7600, ATI Radeon X1600 (Shader Model 3.0 required!)
Additional Info:DirectX 9.0c August 2009 Edition or newer

A Steam account is required for game installation and activation.

Copyright 2009 Croteam Ltd. Serious Sam HD, The Serious Sam HD logo, Serious Engine 3, the Serious Engine 3 logo, Croteam and the Croteam logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Croteam.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
If you played the original, you pretty much know what you're getting yourself into once you press "start". For those new to the series, well, get ready for a fun, one-liners (funny ones too!) gore O'plenty kinda game. You are given an arsenal to basically pop fools coming at you from all directions.

This is the type of game you want to play when you don't want to think about where the story is going or how to solve puzzles, this is the type of game you play to SIMPLY have fun; to shoot and forget. I like the funny lines Sam throws in once in a while, dude is actually funny.

Serious Sam is a remake of the original,fans of the series will be happy to see the original formula unchanged, everything is there, down to the last detail which better looking, polished graphics. Don't expect the likes of Crysis, BF3, etc type of graphics either; you won't be blown away, but you'll be pleased and will appreciate the fresh coat of paint.

Sound is ok, explosions and so are ok, again, don't play this game for its graphics and such, play it for the gore and fun. All SS fans know this.

So, in conclusion,Seriuous Sam it still is the fun game we all remember, but for those of you still on the fence about this game, I recommend it, because Serious Sam is a game you don't have to think much about, just shoot away. If you are looking for awesome graphics, I will honestly say, look else where, but if you can get pass that, then, have fun and blast away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars serious carnage March 14, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
This is a classic game which was (even at the time) a throwback to old-school mindless shooters. Games at the time were getting more intricate with Experience Points, multiple objectives, item collection and so on. So, Serious Sam came along with the intention of bringing back the style of classic games like Doom, Wolfenstein, and Quake.. but Serious Sam is SERIOUSLY harder than any of those games by a factor of hundreds.

When I first started playing this game, I hated.. HATED it. I was unprepared for the sheer amount of enemies and the irritatingly infuriating patterns of some of the monsters. You see, I always play games on Hard.. so I started this one on hard. Hard, by the way is not the hardest difficulty here. Anyway.. by about the 3rd or 4th level, I was extremely stressed out and angry at trying to progress through certain rooms. It seemed impossible to me, so I turned it off and figured it was money down the drain.

However, I picked it back up the next day and noticed that I was slowly getting better, which gave me drive to complete it. By the end, I was pretty good at it. It was nice to be able to feel my skills improving over the course of the game, and I grew to love this game for the most part. Unfortunately, there are some sections of the game that are literally among the hardest things I've ever tried to accomplish in life. I call these the "F.U. rooms" because when I get to them, it feels like the developers are saying "F.U. for trying to enjoy this game!" It can be extremely frustrating and stressful at times, but there is, fortunately, more good than bad. The Second Encounter is much better than this one due to there not being as many "F.U. rooms" and the addition of some new and VERY helpful weapons like the flamethrower and the sniper rifle. I recommend playing all of the SS games, but be warned. They are quite sadistic at times, and this one is the worst offender.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely ludicrious and hilariously fun August 6, 2014
By kf
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
All I can say is that this game is hilariously fun with friends. This is one of those games that doesn't even try to take itself seriously. This game has no problems spawning hoards of monsters from the sky (in plain view). It also has no issues spawning 50-foot tall boss monsters right on top of your friends, squishing them in a shower of blood. The single player is rather dull however.

3/5 playing solo
5/5 playing with friends
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed April 11, 2014
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Couldn't play it on my computer would load but graphics weren't there, Hate that I spent money on this for nothing. :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love it? September 17, 2013
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If you are a shooter fan and a fan of silly one liners this is such a great game. SS throws everything at you, and I mean everything! TFE and TSE are complete classics to the series. I recently finished SS3 BFE and loved it but it left me feeling that I really wanted more of what TFE and TSE has to offer, which is competely endless hordes of baddies looking to take your head off from all directions for minutes at a time, and just when you think you've got a second to breathe BAM!!! Here comes another multi-minute wave of baddies to take your head off. GO!!!

A pure adrenaline junkie's game, that's for sure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for mindless fun, but can get boring September 4, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
Serious Sam was one of the first PC games I ever played back when my dad first introduced it to me alongside Dungeon Siege, so keep in mind while this review may be for the HD remake, I have a lot of experience with this game and its sequel. I decided I wanted to play Serious Sam 3, but first I needed to take a trip through the series for a refresher.

The premise of the game is simple: humanity is being pushed to the brink of extinction by an alien race, and the protagonist is the last hope for our survival. When it comes to story, this game doesn't have a whole lot of substance, and thus if a heavily story based game is what you're looking for, you should be looking elsewhere. There is some lore behind it that you acquire as you go along, but nothing in-depth.

Graphics in this game are ok; they aren't bad but they also aren't going to make your eyes pop out of your head. In some cases, I could still see some of the bland textures from the original that weren't re-done. However, the game does look quite different when compared to the original. The sounds are also very bland.

Gameplay in Serious Sam is really what will make or break your opinion on the game. This game is very arcade like: you are running around with a massive arsenal of weapons ranging from a knife all the way to a handheld cannonball launcher. The game does a great job of being able to match up enemy types with a weapon that can exploit their weaknesses. You will constantly have to make on the spot decisions about which weapon to use as your enemies come at you in waves of increasing difficulty until you're the last one standing on a battlefield flowing with rivers of blood.
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