Serious Sam II
|a game by||2K Games|
While I didn't get into the craze started by the first Serious Sam title, I can definitely appreciate its impact. Catering to the hard core, Doom 1 style mindset, Serious Sam has furious, outrageous, overpopulated battles that simply looked chaotic, let alone playable. Fortunately, the sequel doesn't disappoint as far as this is concerned, providing more of the same, piled higher and deeper.
My one serious complaint about this title is that the voice acting, story, and cinematic elements are truly atrocious. But heck, this is Serious Sam, who said anything about good acting?
This time, the graphics have been upped yet another notch. I was quite happy to see that when the graphics were turned down, the game ran incredibly smoothly, and yet when notched up to full, not only provided some really beautiful graphics, but also killed my framerate like you wouldn't believe. As far as I'm concerned, this game has graphical staying power, and should run great on next gen hardware. But you didn't come here to find out how good the game looks. You probably came here to see how it played.
Every bit as fast and furious as the original, this game kicked my ass. I thought I was a good player, and then I tried Serious Sam II on Serious mode. The single player mode in this game is essentially a sadistic path to destruction of the ego, but at the same time it really trains you to be on your toes. It really emphasizes a classic FPS style where reflexes, the twitch factor, reigns supreme.
So, I give it a thumbs up, this game is worth getting. It does have some drawbacks, I consider it a bit of a weak recommended buy, but I don't think you can find a game that takes more serious effort to play well.