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Serious Encounter

New title and mid-range price point for "Serious Sam"

One of the hottest games to come out of Eastern Europe in recent years is the Croatian first person shooter "Serious Sam", which made waves in the hardcore gaming community when the test version was released last year, meeting with critical acclaim from the online media and rapturous applause from developers on the other side of the pond. Featuring a rather fetching new graphics engine, hordes of bizarre sci-fi monsters to waste, and a refreshing focus on high octane leave-your-brain-at-the-door action rather than plot, stealth and character development, it could prove to be a surprise hit when it is released this spring.

Now publisher Take 2 have sent us an update on the game, confirming the UK price as a wallet-friendly £19.99 and revealing that the first review code should be winging its way towards us soon. They have also announced that it has undergone a last minute name change, and will henceforth be known as "Serious Sam : The First Encounter". We would guess that a sequel is in the pipeline...