Platform: XBLA (800 MSP)
Developer: Mommy's Best Games
When it comes right down to it, Serious Sam is all about big guns and an obscenely vast horde of bad guys to point them at. Croteam's irreverent series resonated with gamers sick of hand-holding and cumbersome exposition, instead focusing on outrageous action and the brutal joy of blasting entire armies into sticky smears on the scenery. "Serious" Sam Stone is a little like Duke Nukem in terms of his one-liners and hatred of all things extraterrestrial, but unlike the ageing playboy, he delivers on his promises.
So when it came to crunching Serious Sam down into an indie sidescroller, there was only one developer for the job. Mommy's Best Games.
Or more specifically, Nathan Fouts. The veteran weapons designer behind Resistance: Fall Of Man and Ratchet & Clank is a dab hand at crafting insanely imaginative boomsticks, and racked up plenty of experience in creating ridiculous shooters during his indie career. A skillset that led to the launch of Serious Sam: Double D back in summer 2011, which brought reckless indie innovation and teetering piles of raw firepower to to Croteam's crazy formula.
Nearly two years on, and a brand new director's cut has finally made to Xbox Live Arcade. We've got co-op. New levels. Insane weapon upgrades. Fireball-spewing mecha kittens. Unicycle rampages. Serious Sam: Double D XXL might not be subtle nor profound, but it's an extra large portion of unadulterated stupid awesome.
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The definitive version of Serious Sam: Double D releases next week on XBLA, and this gives us an eleventh hour look at what's new. Considering that we awarded the original indie shooter with 9/10 in our full review, the cooperative-supporting and feature-rich new XXL version is probably set to be an absolute corker.
Since this comes from one of the weapon designers behind Resistance and Ratchet & Clank, the title 'gun diary' has rarely been more appropriate.
Epic indie shooter Serious Sam: Double D will be making its way to XBLA on February 20th, Mommy's Best Games confirmed today, costing a mere 800 Microsoft Points. The new XXL Edition contains numerous improvements and additions compared to the 9/10 original: including but not limited to a cooperative mode, 30 new guns, more missions and extra enemies.
Considering that we trotted out a 9/10 score in our Serious Sam: Double D review, you should definitely be very excited about this. It's utterly bonkers.Click here to read more...
Croteam will made good on their promises to bring Serious Sam 3: BFE to consoles, starting with the Xbox 360. The insane FPS sequel will be making an Autumn downloadable debut on Xbox Live Arcade, and if that isn't enough, Mommy's Best Games' brutal and brilliant indie shooter Serious Sam: Double D will also be hitting as a extras-packed XXL version.
You'd better bet on Sam. More details below.Click here to read more...