Serious Sam: The First Encounter is one of the most fun video games ever to released. First, I never knew about the “Serious Sam” video game series until my aunt, who had arrived to Pakistan a few years ago, gave me the disk of the game.
Serious Sam: The First Encounter is a first person shooter video game created by Croteam. The game was released on March 1, 2001.
The plot of the game is simple. An evil entity named “Mental” has unleashed an army of undead creatures to take over the world and only Sam “Serious” Stone stands in his way. Sam is the only human known to be alive in the “Serious Sam” series. It is up to our hero to take-on the undead creatures and beat Mental.
The graphics of the video game is brilliant I must say. The blood and gore level is pretty decent. The visual creators of the shooting game have done a good job in designing the temples and pyramids (as the story of the game takes place in Egypt). Even the bullet sequences in the game have been made to look natural as possible.
There are varieties of weapons to choose from in the game. The ammunition in the game include pistols, shotguns, machine guns, rocket launchers, grenade launchers, laser weapons and a cannon. Each weapon has a pro as well as a con with it and have to be used keeping in view the situation around the player. My favorite is the minigun which Arnold Schwarzenneger used the weapon in Terminator 2 when shooting at the Police). The most useless weapon for me was the knife.
Difficulty level in the game is just fine. The game may seem very easy if you adapt to the enemy movements and timing is essential in the franchise. Every enemy comes with strength as well as a weakness. Even the last boss is not that difficult to beat because the creators have given the player an equal playing field.
It should be noted that the game has an High Definition (HD) version as well.
The game is quite fun to play and will keep you hooked till the very end. The First Encounter was followed by the release of The Second Encounter (which I will review later), The Next Encounter, Serious Sam 2, Serious Sam 3: Before the First Encounter (BFE). The game has fun levels with hordes of enemies and many weapons to select. Truly of the best shooting games I have come across.