Monday, February 22, 2010

Video game number fifty three: Serious Sam HD

Game review number fifty three in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Serious Sam HD".

I love when a game developer takes the time to go back and resurrect a classic title I used to love by giving it updated graphics and achievements. Of course, I never liked Serious Sam in the first place...so that doesn't really apply here. I thought this game was kind of dumb.

Picture the original Doom. That's the basic concept of Serious Sam. Now, upgrade the graphics to the point where they look like Quake 3 (a PC shooter from about 10 years ago). That's apparently the "HD" Part. Great if you're a fan of the old one, instant fail if you're not.

Much like my review for BF: 1943, it's important to know I never cared for the original. Sam Shepard is cool and everything (he's one of those funny smack talker heroes), but if you've played one Doom clone, you've played them all. I happen to know there are many better than this one. Would you like me to name a few? If you insist:

Quake 2,3 and 4
Unreal 2,3 and tournament
Halo, Call of Duty, Gears of War, etc, etc, fucking etc.

Still...this one got good reviews, so I thought it was worth at least checking out. My mantra is "play NEW things". First, I tried the offline single player. There was a lot of running, followed by random encounters with enemies that you'd have to kill. Move to the next level, rinse---repeat. Three levels in, I was sick of it.

I tried the online multiplayer and there were plenty of games to choose from. Apparently, there are a lot of people that like this game out there. The first match I found was a huge boss level. A quick search of youtube let me know this was the final level, and if I had beaten it, I would have gotten an achievement. Visually, this was really impressive, but the guy hosting had no idea how to kill this giant bull guy...and neither did I. He'd kill us over and over again, and just when we'd get close to killing him...he'd regenerate all his energy back and we'd start over again. I stayed in the match for over ten minutes, but the person I was playing with had no mic...so I had no idea how to win. After asking my teammate what I should do a few times...I eventually left and found another match. That's what you get for playing co-op with no mic, dude. The next match I found was a standard campaign level, which I would have gotten an achievement for completing if my partner hadn't stopped the game midway through the level. Maybe it's because I'm new, but the douche rating on my co-op partners was 2 for 2.

Overall rating: 3/10. After 45 minutes of this game, I was done. For a port of a game from the 1990s....it's ok I suppose, but if you have no attachment to the original, it sucks.

Here's the one achievement I got:


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