N@sHuL Aug 11 @ 6:34am
Tell me what Serious Sam games I should play
Can anyone please give me a list of all Serious Sam games which are worth playing in the release order? Also a rating from 1 to 10 for each individual game/expansion would be nice.

I DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE GRAPHICS!

Thank you in advance for any responses.
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Solais Aug 11 @ 7:32am 
Well, the main series, mostly. Starting with SS1 Classic/SSHD, both are good, and while SSHD is a remake of SS1 with better graphics and some new features, like new gamemodes, a DLC level, Steam Workshop, it got some minor features missing that the original got due to engine differences. Fans are divided on which is the better. I personally prefer SSHD, not only because of looks, but because it's much easier to mod and I prefer some of the changes to the original.

After that, you have SS2 and SS3, which are both very different from each other in artstyle and even in combat style. I personally prefer SS3, but SS2 isn't that bad either (but you might be heavily put off by its type of humor and artstyle; but this might happen with SS3 as well, they sit on two opposing extremes when it comes to artistic design. The fans are insanely divided about these two, with almost no overlapping.)

Then, you might like the indie games too, but imo, only Double D worths the effort, because it's really really great, very well made departure from the original FPS gameplay.
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N@sHuL Aug 11 @ 7:43am 
Thank you for the response. I will try SS1 HD, SS2 HD and SS3. Double D is a side scroller, not exactly what I want.

So from what I understand the HD remakes are the EXACT same games as in levels, weapons, enemies etc in a better engine? And what minor features are there missing?
Cunin Aug 11 @ 9:48am 
One good thing of the older Sam games is support for anaglyph 3D. I tried playing them with my cheap red/cyan glasses and it's awesome. They also run on any hardware.
There's also a missing weird-physics effect in a few campaign places in the HD versions which angered many fans but which isn't really a problem from my point of view (I'm also a fan). It was fun back then, but it's only present in like 2 or 3 places which doesn't even last more than just a few minutes.
If your hardware isn't from the stone age, you should be able to run the HD remakes pretty well.

You could even consider to buy the full Sam pack to have everything.
Nevander Aug 11 @ 7:48pm 
Serious Sam HD: TFE
Serious Sam HD: TSE
Serious Sam 3: BFE

That's all you need.
Solais Aug 12 @ 12:35am 
Originally posted by N@sHuL:
Thank you for the response. I will try SS1 HD, SS2 HD and SS3. Double D is a side scroller, not exactly what I want.

There's no SS2 HD (yet), so I guess you mean The Second Encounter HD. Try not mixing the two, TSE is the second half of SS1 officially. :P

Btw, if you buy both SSHD games, you don't need to install The First Encounter HD. Just install The Second Encounter HD, and the two games will merge together inside that game.
Owlet VII Aug 12 @ 7:28am 
Do console games count? Next Encounter was pretty good. I played the PS2 version, but the Gamecube version seems to have better graphics.

The biggest feature that was cut from Serious Engine 2 is directional gravity, so all the cool rooms that use it were replaced by something lame in HD. For example, in TSE Classic there is a tube-shaped room in which you can walk in any diraction. In HD, the room is still a tube, but you can't walk on the walls, and instead there's a platform that moves you around the place.

I like the HD version better (mostly because of Solais' mod ), but Classic has a different enough feel to warrant a playthrogh, imho.
Nevander Aug 12 @ 4:16pm 
Originally posted by Owlet VII:
Do console games count? Next Encounter was pretty good.

Dem UZI's. I loved those.
rafaelherschel Aug 13 @ 3:14am 
Personally I prefer the original versions of Serious Sam: The First & Second Encounter over the HD remakes. Serious Sam Classics: Revolution seems to be a good deal with some practical updates.

Serious Sam II is divisive, but my favorite Serious Sam game.
Rokk Aug 13 @ 11:35am 
I would suggest doing the Classic versions of The First Encounter and The Second Encounter. Classics Revolution is essentially both of these in a single package right now and with better widescreen support and better performance, so I'd recommend you get that.

The HD versions do not support levels with dynamic gravity, so you'll be missing out on some fun puzzles and secrets, especially in The Second Encounter. If you can get past the lower quality, do the classics.
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Tiny Trees Aug 16 @ 6:58pm 
If you have something like a GTX660 and a CPU to match, I'm tempted to say jump in at Serious Sam 3:BFE. With that hardware you can max settings to ultra. The Sam series is loved by many, but not everyone's taste so check out some youtube footage first

Sam 3:BFE is very modern, brilliantly illustrated, and the some of the very best shooting action. It's a raw, one man wearing jeans and a t-shirt, dropped right into the thick of it experience. Don't worry though, there's plently of time to catch your breath. It starts lightly too, as all Sam games do, to ease new players in, I guess.

Serious Sam 3:BFE (Before First Encounter) is the chronological start to the series. Then The First Encounter follows right where 3 left off. (The First Encounter was released first, and many years ago though.) Then the Second Encounter follows that. Graphically and technically you'd be taking a slight step back with TFE/SE. Therefor again a youtube look-up might give you the hint whether to play or not. I'd say play them. For sheer shooting and good settings, they are a gutsy format. The HD graphics are really OK on top of TFE/SE which are twelve years old.

You can finish with SS2 as it's the last in the timeline. I am waiting for the remake of it.
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