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Serious Sam: Next Encounter – Consumer Guide

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According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Language, Violence

Parents: Beware. While much of the violence in the game is cartoonish by nature, some of the enemies look surprisingly human, and when they die, they often leave blood on walls and floors, and pieces of themselves-aka giblets-behind. Serious Sam: Next Encounter boasts a long single-player campaign-over 40 levels-plus cooperative and online multiplayer gaming.

Gamers on a budget will definitely get their money's worth with this one.

While gamers with shorter attention spans will likely lose interest long before the explosive finale, any first-person shooter fans will no doubt appreciate the well-designed levels and steep challenge.

Halo fans would also do well to pick up this disc, as they will probably still be playing it by the time Halo 2 is finally released in November.

Fans of the Serious Sam franchise should also be satisfied with this installment; though the game has been tweaked in small ways, it's still Serious Sam at heart. While it's not the best-looking game I've ever seen, Serious Sam: Next Encounter still runs surprisingly well on the PS2, with only minor slowdown during the more hectic battle sequences.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will be able to follow the extremely thin plot via the game's FAQ-style interface, but will be at a severe disadvantage during gameplay when some enemies, like the shirtless men holding bombs aloft, make their distinctive cries at they approach.

Category Tags
Platform(s): PS2   GameCube  
Developer(s): Climax  
Publisher: Global Star  
Genre(s): Shooting  
ESRB Rating: Mature (17+)  
Articles: Consumer Game Guides  

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