echoing what I said on Twitter: Serious Sam is a milestone in games as an art form for how deeply it embeds humor into its design, in a way very very few games ever do.
Serious Sam is true art, and I'll fight everyone who says otherwise
@matt https://mastodon.social/@theoutrider/99733721762236109 I would point you at this little thread - this kind of stuff is *everywhere* in First/Second Encounter
@theoutrider Are first encounter and second encounter the same as 1 and 2? Do you know if anything's different between the originals and HD versions?
The moments you mention in that thread are very good but I don't remember anything except running around in circles and shooting monsters in Egypt or something. Maybe I didn't play long enough.
@matt First and Second Encounter are "1" (but were originally released as separate full games), 2 is the third game in the series and not very good.
First Encounter is set entirely in Egypt, Second Encounter covers three separate areas (South America, Babylon, and medieval Eastern Europe).
The HD ones are mostly just straight ports of first/second encounter, but missing a few small features (which are used for some pretty good gags, sadly).
@matt Second Encounter HD nowadays includes the entirety of First Encounter HD, they added that as part of a patch at some point
and yeah it is fundamentally just running backwards shooting hordes of screaming mooks, but it does build up its own little lexicon of gags as it goes on - unless the core loop is a turnoff I would recommend giving it a good bash for a while longer
@matt First Encounter is a little gentler on the difficulty curve than TSE so if you're not a seasoned FPS person I would suggest stick with 1 to start with
I think TSE is probably the slightly better game of the two because of the increased variety but it gets quite busy quite quickly
@theoutrider The people behind Serious Sam seem to be fun people, as exemplified by things like I Hate Running Backwards.
But also serious and dedicated people, as exemplified by how they still port and update their engine (also to Linux) even though it's not used by any other developer's products, and how they aim to support fledgling Croatian developers with their incubator.
I hope Serious Sam Fusion will be a great success, I know I'm buying it.