your thinking cap off and throw it out the window.
This is first-person shooting at its mindless finest.
might be confused about the title, Serious Sam II,
since the last game in the series was entitled, Sam's
Second Encounter. Obviously the developers agree that
that wasn't a true sequel. A lot of crap has passed
under the bridge since then and Sam's back, bigger,
better and badder than ever. This is the game to put
your money on if you're looking for tons of shooting
fun. It looks great and is loaded with lots of unusual
characters and situations. The gameplay may be unsophisticated
but there's plenty of imagination at work to keep
you from thinking about your rotten life for a few
is still fighting his nemesis, Mental, while trying
to save the universe. Mental has managed to put forth
countless hordes to stall or cease Sam's progress.
There are tons of enemies around every corner. They
run the gamut from mechanical spiders to the walking
dead. They are all bright, colorful and well rendered.
Each has their own attacks and while they aren't all
that intelligent, they have sheer numbers on their
side. Your button mashing fingers are going to get
action in this game is relentless. You'll be giving
those monsters an old-school, ass whooping with weapons
such as the double barrel shotgun, chaingun, rocket
gun and dual pistolas. There is ammo all over the
place but you do run the risk of running out before
you get to the next supply so try to make most shots
keeping yourself alive you are on the lookout for
pieces of an enchanted medallion. There isn't a lot
of exploring since the game is fairly linear so you'll
eventually walk right into them, although you'll have
to fight the bosses to collect them. To break the
gameplay up you will encounter some platforming and
puzzles but they are the exception and not the rule.
sa is back. It's like the female version of HAL from
2001 A Space Odyssey, that gives you hints on your
missions. Unlike HAL, Nessie has a more charming and
to four players can take part in an online co-op mode
that is nothing short of great. A few more modes such
as a head-to-head and Team Deathmatch would have really
rounded out the features but I can't complain about
the co-op although the action does get a little too
intense at time with so many enemies onscreen at one
time. It's hard to see your teammates.
are imaginative and well rendered with plenty of detail,
color and spatial depth. The sound effects are beefy
with dripping lows and greasy mids. The Xbox has no
trouble keeping up with the pace so your fantasy will
not be disturbed by lag, slowdown, clipping or freezing.
Sam II is a handful. It may be more action than you
bargained for. If you're not interested in the online
mode then rent it first but be warned you may not
finish it in one weekend.