Is the second coming of Serious Sam just like the return of a religious figure? One psychopath seems to think so.
Croteam released Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter on April 28, 2010, and a cult appears to have risen up around the game. This recent trailer, titled the "House of Sam," has a very preacher-esque Josiah Turtleton praising the name of Sam and doing a whole bunch of other nutty sh*t.
He juggles scarves, heralds the use of AOL CDs (?), and sprinkles HD around the room with Sam's trademark angry-faced bomb while trying to keep his balance in orange wheelies. It's all in the name of Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, which is a remake of the non-HD version of the game using Croteam's latest Serious Engine 3. Technically, the game is a remake of the sequel to Serious Sam: The First Encounter, which was previously remade in the same manner as Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, becoming the sequel to the remake. I aim to confuse. SSHD: TSE is available for the PC through Steam and is also coming to Xbox Live Arcade
First-person shooter fans without a Serious Sam under their belt, take heed. Serious Sam is a pretty awesome, albeit somewhat repetitive, series of games. The object is usually to shoot the crap out of a ton of monsters. Did I say a ton? I meant a TON (capital letters mean more). See the gameplay scenes in this trailer? You'll be doing that the whole time, and sometimes may be overwhelmed by dozens upon dozens of monsters in one battle as you constantly wonder when it'll end, but it never does. Quick save is your friend in Serious Sam.
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter also has a bunch of multiplayer modes and 16 player co-op, but for the PC version only says a choir. It's currently $20, and should provide plenty of mad shooter action for the money. Just don't expect Sam to absolve your sins because you put on an orange suit.