View Full Version : So Is This Game Worth Purchasing?
12-15-2011, 03:40 AM
I tried to get a feel for that question based on some of the posts in this forum, but there aren't that many to begin with, so I thought I would throw it out to the entire community who has this game. I love all of the Serious Sam games I have played (the first 3) but was extremely skeptical when this one came out. So how does Serious Sam do as an RPG? As a frame of reference, I love the indie games Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World. I've thought about getting it and trying it but would like some more informed feedback first (please try to keep spoilers to a minimum until I have decided). Thanks in advance for your responses.
12-15-2011, 11:44 AM
The Random Encounter is very, very short. It kind of makes up for shortness in difficulty - some battles can get pretty hard (unless your lucky and run into few Kleer). The game should last up to an hour, which I'd say is a little short for five bucks. Even for an independant title. I did get this myself when it went on sale for around three bucks, since I really wanted to try it like you.
The art style was what caught my attention the most. Everything was represented from old Serious Sam games very nicely in The Random Encounter's sprites. And the music, though not sounding quite as upbeat as other Sam games, still holds true to how it should be played out - i.e. when it's peaceful, the music is calm, and when in battle, it kicks up an intensity notch.
Once you beat the campaign, there's an Endless mode for if you REALLY liked the combat system (and I did). You just move to the right, and every time you win a fight, you score a point. When you get all the way to the right, you get a helpful item, and start again. Three lives to work with, so your objective is to score as many points as possible before losing all three lives.
And that's The Random Encounter in a nutshell. :) Hope I could help.
12-15-2011, 01:50 PM
IMO it's totally worth it. It kinda plays like a bullet hell shooter. Check out my review if you're still on the fence!
12-15-2011, 05:48 PM
I think I might wait to see if it goes on sale for $2 or $3. If it does, I'll probably try it out. I appreciate the help. :)
12-15-2011, 08:49 PM
It'll probably drop around Christmas time.
12-15-2011, 10:44 PM
That's pretty much what I'm counting on, LOL.
12-28-2011, 10:23 AM
Lol so the game didn't dropped at all :/
It was 50% off all sale long already...
I'm interested in playing this, but $2.50 is still way overpriced for an hour long game, especially compared to all the other games you can get for that price or less during this sale.
12-28-2011, 11:10 AM
Good thing it's $1.24 now, then.
12-28-2011, 09:13 PM
I bought it on the daily deal today, LOL. I agree, if the game truly is only an hour or two long, it's probably not even worth more than a buck or 2 at most. Hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised once I have a chance to dig into it.
01-08-2012, 01:34 PM
Well, I absolutely love all Serious Sam games including Serious Sam 2 which is considered controversial by many, however this Random Encounter is just a steaming pile of garbage. I've lost some of my respect for Croteam. I understand, they need money alright, but I'd rather gift some more Serious Sam games to my friends rather then have them support garbage games like Random Encounter.
Half-broken attempt to make.. what? I don't know. It failed anyway.
01-09-2012, 06:42 PM
I like Serious Sam 2 from a gameplay perspective, but I really didn't like the new art style. The graphics in the original games were just unbelievably good for that generation (I still think they're pretty amazing even today), especially the building detail and some of the skylines. I don't know why they made Serious Sam 2 so much more cartoony. Oh, well.
Still haven't had a chance to play this game yet. Between being sick, starting a new job, and trying to catch up on housework from said illness, I've had very little time for gaming. Hopefully I can remedy that the rest of the week. I just hope this game is not as bad as Mr. Gremlin says. :p
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