If I had to describe Serious Sam in two words, they would probably be “Duke Nukem”. Both Sam and Duke are very masculine, love the female body, shoot first and ask questions later, and don’t have a lot of depth to them. Sam Stone throws some one liners here and there, and to be quite honest, the only one that made me smirk was a Tomb Raider reference. In short, if you are looking for a game with a deep story and characters that just draw you in, this is not your game.
Audio- Right when you start the game, a hardcore rock song is blasting in the main menu, which pumps you up for the action that is about to go down. Weapon sounds are pretty good across the board, but I was disappointed that there was no voice acting, even though this game is going for a retro feel. As a fan of all sorts of rock, the soundtrack was very appealing to me. The music does a fantastic job at setting the mood, even if that mood consists of shooting aliens in the face
Gameplay – As for the gameplay, it’s pretty much exactly what you see, shoot everything on screen until you are the last alive and move on to the next area. One thing that
did catch my eye, however, was the gun stacker. Basically, what this does is allows you to combine up to six guns together to make one super deluxe gun. The best part is, if you make a mistake or decide you don’t want your chainsaw tied to your shotgun anymore, you can separate them at anytime with no cost. This feature alone kept me interested in the gameplay, and really added a new level of customization that most other games fail to reach. The whole game can be completed in about 4-7 hours, depending on skill and difficulty level, and that is very good for an $8 downloadable game.
The difficulty spikes at certain points, and settles down randomly. For instance, before you can stack for the first time, killing enemies can become tedious. After that it becomes pretty easy, until you get jumped by the kamikaze, and continues on a similar pattern like that. The secrets aren’t the hardest secrets in
video game history, but you might need to replay the game once or twice to find them all.
The enemies range anywhere from exploding gorillas to exploding pancakes, or even suicidal headless people with bombs for hands that, you guessed it, explode. Some enemies don’t explode however, but these enemies are very simple and easy to beat. The exploding ones are much harder, because not only must you shoot them, but you must run away at the same time. Boss battles are not exactly rare in this game, and once you encounter one, the main focus usually is to spray and pray. Unless you are only using one gun at a time, but who could resist combining an RPG and a Tommy Gun.
The game puts a limit on how much ammo each gun has, in an attempt to make you conserve it. However, ammo packs are everywhere, and it is almost impossible to run out of it unless you try really hard.
Graphics - For the retro feeling this game is going for, the graphics are just fine. Each enemy spills his/her fair share of blood, and each level has a variety of colors, rather than the usual brown and gray from most shooters. My absolute favorite feature visual wise, however, is the ability to change the blood and gore. Normally, this is for worried parents trying to protect their children, but killing a giant lady with bombs for breasts is just all that more satisfying when candy and donuts replace blood and gore.
The challenge mode seems to be an after thought in this game, and reminds me of the challenge mode in God of War, in that it’s pretty hard, but if you stick with it, almost anybody can beat it. One thing I did find a bit corny is that when you go to quit the game, or preform almost any action in the menu, it asks you if you are serious. Nothing big, just something that stood out as another failed joke Serious Sam attempted.
Bottom line is if this game doesn’t appeal to you, you probably won’t be surprised at all by actually playing the game. On Steam, it goes for $7.99 but if you buy it before September 6th, you save 10%, and I’m sure there will be lots of other deals involving this game. If you seriously can’t wait for Serious Sam 3, than you should seriously consider this game.
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For the following reasons, I give Serious Sam: Double D an 8 out of 10.
- Soundtrack is pretty sweet
- Weapon Stacking, WOO
- Candy instead of blood.
- Very nice price
- Minimal voice acting
- Lame jokes
- Ammo seems endless