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Serious Sam is a first person shooter by a company called Croteam and was released in 2001 and has since had a sequel released and been made for several consoles. The gold box contains The First Encounter, The Second Encounter and the expansion Dark Island.
You take on the role of Sam Stone and you have to fight aliens to save the world, the majority of the game is moving from one area to another killing monsters and you have an inbuilt AI to help you along, telling you where to go and telling you a bit more about the story.
The game starts with an introduction set before the game, an ancient conflict between two races the Mental and the Sirians and the game begins with the Mental returning trying to wipe out humanity. The war does not go well and an ancient device left by the Sirians called the Time Lock is used to send a single soldier back in time to defeat the Mental and change the course of history.
Surprisingly the person sent is your character Sam Stone and you have to go back through time to save humanity, the game begins with you being sent back to Egypt and you have to try to summon the Sirians for help. The first encounter ends with you going aboard the Sirian
There is not really that large selection of weapons to choose from and there is not a large selection of different type of enemy units to fight against in the first game, the second encounter adds a few more weapons but not many and a few more enemy units.
The Second Encounter begins where the last game left off with you aboard the alien spaceship as expect though all does not go well and you end up crashing back to Earth, where you have to locate yet another Sirian spaceship, it would too easy to just go and find it, it is located in another age so you have to find some Sirian time gates to find the location of the vessel.
The expansion pack has a few more levels and includes a multiplayer version which is pretty basic and not really worth playing, it adds a few new weapons but does not really add anything to the game at all.
The detail of the game and the graphics are not bad, all the games are pretty similar in style and all look the same, the controls can be set to your own requirements and there are less to choose from than in similar games so are easier to learn and use.
The game itself is pretty easy to play and is not hard to complete at all the AI is not very good at all so the enemies are easy to kill.
Value for Money
With you getting 3 different games it is pretty good value, none of the games are hard to complete or long, the story is not really that good, if you are looking for an in-depth game than this is not it, it is a fun game to play that will keep you entertained for a few hours but you would not want to play it again once you have completed it.