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Serious Sam II demo

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If you like first-person shooters, but camping in a dark corner for hours waiting for the perfect opportunity to fire a sniper shot through your enemy's skull is your idea of video-game hell, this sequel might be right up your alley. You just blow away the bizarre foes until you wear yourself out.

The Serious Sam II engine isn't as sophisticated as shooters like Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 (which retail for twice as much), so you won't get fancy extras such as rag-doll physics. However, the environments are impressive, the interface is easy to navigate, and gameplay is smooth even at the highest video settings. Although there's a bit more of a mission-based feel than in the original, the missions are mostly blasting enemies until they're all gone, then moving on to the next checkpoint. Colorful graphics and bright areas are a welcome change from conventional shooters, but a few invisible landscape barriers detract from the wide-open feel of the Seriousopolis Uptown level.

The goofy platform-hopping mid-mission nearly cost this demo a top rating. In the end, though, the unique look, generous free content, easy installation, and multiplayer gameplay push the scales in favor of Sam Stone.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good follow up to the original"

    November 2, 2010  |   By russellovens

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

    Pros

    Fast, always loads of things to shoot at even though it's only scenery

    Cons

    the bit s in between waves of enemies can seem interminable

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  • 5.0 stars

    "este juego es simplemente increible se los recomiendo comprarlo."

    May 15, 2008  |   By javier_320

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

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  • 5.0 stars

    "AWESOME GAME!!!!!!!!!!!"

    June 25, 2007  |   By warrock_plyer555

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

    Pros

    I've played this game on the xbox i belive, and i thought it was really fun, and i think the pc verison should be more fun(even though i have not played the pc verison).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "hell ya *******"

    June 20, 2007  |   By littlejimmy3

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

    Pros

    powns

    Cons

    nothing

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Lame"

    April 27, 2006  |   By funkmu

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

    Pros

    None

    Cons

    First game stunk, second one isn't much better. Stupid parody of the likes of duke nukem. Too easy and not stategic at all. The first one was super easy to beat, and second demo, shameful

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  • 2.0 stars

    "erm...........havent i seen this before?"

    April 9, 2006  |   By freakokalam

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

    Pros

    like the previous games, serious sam is all-out action, which is great!

    everyone likes solid constant action right?

    Cons

    Er........its almost the same as before!!!!

    the weapons are more modern as are the enemies

    the graphics are a little better than they used to be (though not good enough)

    BUT THATS IT!!!

    everything else is frankly the same or even worse

    it doesnt even run well with some graphic cards

    and again, its all the same

    u dont even need to think - all the enemies seem to come straight at you, theres no variety, its all just shoot shoot shoot!

    after waiting so long since the previous serious sam game, this is extremely disappointing!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "weird game"

    February 11, 2006  |   By i am rick

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

    Pros

    Oh i cant think of any

    Cons

    The game has lost all the glory it had in past versions. As being a long time Serious Sam player, I found this a grave disappointment in both gameplay, graphics, and sound quality. In shortened words, it has gone from a PC grade level, to a console. (Which has its perks) But is not the sam I'm looking for.

    also,I've got Doom III, Quake 4, Half-Life 2, F.E.A.R., Painkiller, Far Cry. Absolutley no problems running any of them at full specs. (AMD 4200 x2, NVidia 7800GTX, 2Gig ram, SB Live 5.1 Platinum, XP Pro 2SP) This game just will not run. I've even installed the patch (.066a)which is supposed to fix some twin core problems. Thought that would do it. Latest drivers for everything are installed. Uninstalled and reinstalled the game. After the first level, once into the second, I just loose all control. The mouse goes from the ground to the sky, continually. Tried to control with the keyboard but can't aim very good that way. Unistalled and reinstalled my Logitech drivers. Tried uninstalling the Logitech and going with the XP default drivers. Nothing works. Uninstalled and reinstalled the game twice. No luck.

    and also I've got a 2.4Ghz P4 with Nvida FX5200, SoundBlaster Live! card. It's a nice fast DELL system, but this game ran very slowly on anything but 'minimal' setting. Jerky video/game play, garbled, scratchy sound - so bad I had to mute. There's some serious problems here. Perhaps after some patches the game will work, but as is I would not purchase - no way! Shooting at multicoloured light flying things - when the background is also multicoloured reflective and moving and I sometimes didn't even know what I was aiming at. Being chased by 6 helicopters could be fun, but it's almost like they used the same code for running animals as they did for helicopters... they would just run into you or buildings and crash themselves. I felt like I got shot 100 times yet nothing happened to me. It's a bit hard to even see that they are shooting at you. Bring back the head-less bombers " Arrrrgggghhhh "

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very funny and colorful"

    February 3, 2006  |   By ibby2000

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

    Pros

    the graphics are very good, and colorful. it looks like a kids game, but it is not. probably the best game i played this year.

    Cons

    the demo is too short

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Average game !!"

    January 27, 2006  |   By Ramesh Ganapathy

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

    Pros

    The game has a comic storyline and the weapons are good.

    Cons

    Graphics lets the game down totally.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Pretty Good"

    January 20, 2006  |   By treystheman

    Version: Serious Sam II demo

    Pros

    Fun; plenty of aliens and guns.

    Cons

    Nothing Original

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