GOG is giving away free copies of the original Serious Sam game, which was developed by Croteam and released way back in 2001. Obviously, this makes it a real yawner for modern graphics cards, but free is free. It’s also a cool introduction for what many consider to be a cult-classic FPS series.
“In the near future, during their first interstellar travels, humans encounter a great evil that has been roaming the galaxy for the last few eons,” the game description reads. “This evil being is an incarnation of the last ancient immortals called Notorious Mental. Mental has set forth to wipe out the Human Race, just for fun, as it has with all the other civilizations in galactic history.”
“But the enemy has underestimated Earth’s defenses, a secret weapon left by the Sirians, an ancient race which fought against Mental on Earth in ancient times. This device, called the Timelock, will enable Special Forces veteran Sam ‘Serious’ Stone to return to the time of ancient Egypt and assassinate Mental, saving Mankind from extinction.”
- Fight off wave after wave of countless cannon fodder and save mankind
- Addictive, fast-paced gameplay topped with cheesy, Duke Nukem-style one-liners
- Good level design with items, bottlenecks and cover in just the right places
The sequel, Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, is also on sale for 89 cents. But a lot of fans have criticized it for looking more “cartoony” than the original.