The Serious Samathon

I used to do seasonal review series, y’know. Two years ago, I wrapped the final Platformebruary and moved on, resigned to simply not having the time to pursue big series anymore. But time might not be such a barrier to entry if the will is strong. That’s certainly the case for our hero here…

Welcome to The Serious Samathon, my return to the art of review series! Inspired by the cracking good time that is Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem, I’ve resolved to Timelock myself all the way back to the heady days of The First Encounter and review the entire Serious Sam franchise. Now, that certainly includes all the mainline games in the saga of Sam, but I’m also going to be taking a look at the small horde of spinoff games featuring Mr. Stone himself. And, if time and tenacity allow, I’ll even peek at the additional releases of The First and Second Encounters, such as Fusion and Revolutions.

Now, long-time readers may be asking themselves, “Where is he going to get the time to do all of this?” The answer is that I’m going to take as much time as I want! Unlike the review series of old, which were confined to a single month, The Serious Samathon will progress as fast as I do through the games. I’ll be beating each of these titles in my own time, which may mean spans of weeks or even months between entries in this review series. I’m pretty sure I can commit to wrapping this one by the end of 2022, so get comfy if you’re waiting for a review of Serious Sam 4.

I also intend to focus my reviews on the quality of the games relative to each other, since the main Serious Sam games don’t change too much in their core experiences from entry to entry. We’ll be starting with Siberian Mayhem since I just finished it, but from there we’ll be flung back to The First Encounter (HD version for review purposes) and moving forward in rough series release order. The spinoffs will be dotted in between the main games as well, to provide a little variety to the gonzo gibbing experience.

Got it? Great. Don your shades and your best pair of backpedaling sneakers, ’cause it’s time to get serious!

The Main Event

  1. Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem
  2. Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter
  3. Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter
  4. Serious Sam 2
  5. Serious Sam Double D XXL
  6. Serious Sam: The Random Encounter
  7. Serious Sam 3: BFE
  8. Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter – Legend of the Beast
  9. Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile
  10. Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour
  11. Serious Sam 4
  12. Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack!
  13. Serious Sam: Tormental


  1. Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter
  2. Serious Sam Classic: The Second Encounter
  3. Serious Sam Fusion 2017
  4. Serious Sam Classics: Revolution