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Serious Sam 2
Developed by: Croteam
Published by: 2K Games
This demo contains the complete Seriousopolis Uptown level from the game, as well as the additional Greendale level, which can be played solo, or over LAN or online by up to four people. The v2.064b demo patch is also incorporated.
It also contains all the weapons from the game (although you may have to cheat to see all of them), one of the game's vehicles and a nice variety of the insane enemies that Sam is well known for.
2. System requirements
4. Tips and tricks
5. Difficulty Settings
6. Hardware compatibility issues
8. Legal Information
If you have any problems running the game, please see troubleshooting. If you feel that the game is too easy or too hard for you, please see
Serious Sam is an action based FPS (First Person Shooter) game set in 7 beautiful, colorful fantasy environments including the oriental
cities of Chifang, deep jungles of M'digbo, castles of Ellenier and the sci fi planet Sirius. It is fast, frantic and humorous action,
with 20+ hours in single play and much more in cooperative mode. You take the role of Sam 'Serious' Stone, Earth hero, chosen to defend the Universe from the dark evil entity, Mental. After battling through the pyramids of ancient Egypt, the monumental temples of Persia, sacred Mayan shrines and medieval ghost towns, killing some of the most horrific villains in the Universe, now Sam has finally left the Earth
and is heading towards Sirius, home planet of Mental for a final confrontation.
Good luck! You'll need it...
If you are eager to start playing right now, we recommend that you skim through the manual first, and get familiar with the game's
interface. Make sure you don't miss out on how to use the NETRICSA! For those who like to read the game background before they jump into the gameplay, we recommend a visit to the Croteam site and take a look at the loads of materials we have prepared there for you. For discussions about the game, tips, news and general chat, take a look at the Serious Sam 2 forum.
To Play the game:
1) Launch the Serious Sam 2 shortcut.
2) From the Main Menu select Single Player.
3) Select existing player profile or create new one.
4) Select Difficulty level.
5) Watch the intro video and get ready to fight!
2. System requirements
OS: Windows 2000 or Windows XP
CPU: AMD Athlon or Intel Pentium
GFX: Graphics board with complete support for hardware pixel shaders (compliant with DirectX 8 or higher).
Drivers: newest available hardware drivers
Please make sure that DirectX9.0c is installed, and that you have updated your graphics card drivers.
- Windows 95, 98 and ME
- DirectX 7.0 or lower 3D accelerator, or one without DirectX 9.0 compatible driver
(Matrox Parhelia, nVidia TNT and GeForce1,2,4MX series, ATI Radeon 7000 series, Intel integrated graphics prior to 915G chipset, ...)
Minimum supported (low-end system):
CPU: ~1.5 GHz Athlon XP or Pentium M, or ~2 GHz Pentium 4
RAM: 256 MB
Sound: any DirectSound compatible sound board
Graphics: DirectX 8.0/8.1 compliant or low-end DirectX 9 3D accelerator
(nVidia GeForce3 and 4 series (not MX!), GeForceFX 5200 through 5700 series, ATI Radeon 8500 through 9200 and X300 series, S3 DeltaChrome
or XGI Volari ... )
CPU: ~2.0 GHz Athlon XP or Pentium M or ~2.6 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Sound: DirectSound3D compliant sound board
(Creative SoundBlaster Live series, nVidia SoundStorm, ...)
Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compliant 3D accelerator
(nVidia GeForceFX 5900 series and GeForce 6200 and 6600 series, ATI Radeon 9500 thru 9800 and X600-X700 series, ...)
CPU: ~2 GHz Athlon64, or ~3 GHz Pentium 4
RAM: 1 GB (1024 MB)
Sound: DirectSound3D with EAX 2.0+ sound board
(Creative SoundBlaster Audigy series, nVidia SoundStorm, ...)
Graphics: DirectX 9.0 high-end 3D accelerator
(nVidia GeForce6 6800 and 7800 series, ATI Radeon X800 and X850 series, ...)
Although Croteam has invested all efforts to provide maximum compatibility with all hardware configurations, there are some cases that cannot be remedied in the game, but require ntervention from the user. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but those problems are beyond our control and are usually caused by limitations imposed by the operating system, faulty drivers or other problematic software installed on your machine.
Here is the list of the cases and suggested remedies:
FatalError: 'Cannot set display mode'
Sometimes "Serious Sam 2" won't start, and will report the above error message. Here are the possible reasons and suggested remedies:
- You do not have a proper DirectX driver for your card installed. See here for a list of recommended 3D card drivers.
Game crashes at startup
If you have incompatible video card drivers installed, if something else is bad in your system, or if you have changed some of the
advanced rendering options, the game might not be able to start at all.
To remedy this:
a) Make sure you have all the proper drivers installed, and
b) Try to start the Safe Mode.
Choppy performance or 'stuttering'
On some mis-configured systems, you may experience extreme slowdowns, or game playing very choppy. Here are the possible reasons and
- Old motherboard chipset drivers.
See here on how to update your motherboard drivers.
- Old or incompatible sound drivers.
See here on how to update your sound drivers.
- Old or incompatible 3D card drivers.
See here for the list of recommended 3D card drivers.
- Misconfigured or incompatible joystick drivers.
For some joystick drivers, if a joystick driver is installed, but the actual joystick is not present, driver may cause random delays when reading the device. "Serious Sam 2" tries to auto-disable joystick reading if it detects faulty drivers, but this mechanism might fail in some cases.
Even if you think you don't have any joystick installed, please double check in the Game Controllers configuration in the Windows' Control
Panel. Maybe you don't remember that it was installed once, or maybe it was autoinstalled without you knowing it. Also, it may be possible
that you have installed a driver that is not compatible with your operating system. (E.G. this can happen if you install some Win98
joystick drivers on WinXP/2000.) To uninstall a joystick driver, go to Control Panel and open Game Controllers. Select the joystick/ controller. Press Remove.
- Too high quality settings
Unless you have a very fast 3D accelerator, your system may not be capable of running "Serious Sam 2" at high resolutions. See here for information on how to configure the game for improved performance.
Sound crackling or stuttering
This symptom is usually due to either:
a) Sound hardware incompatibility
Some sound cards do not work well with some interfaces, or sound output formats.
- Try disabling EAX in the 'Options->Audio Options' menu.
b) or performance problems
If the game has an overall slow framerate, the sound output quality will suffer. See here on how to improve the overall performance.
Crashes when switching between full-screen and window modes
On some operating systems and/or hardware setups, switching full-screen and windowed mode might not work properly. This is a driver issue and cannot be fixed from our side. See here for the list of recommended 3D card drivers.
Cannot connect to an internet game
If you cannot connect to an internet game there are several possible reasons:
- You are using personal firewall software, or a hardware firewall or NAT. Such software or hardware can block game data traffic between
your computer and the server that you are trying to connect. It all depends on how it is set up.
You should configure your firewall to allow "Serious Sam 2" to access the internet, and forward the ports 25600 (UDP). You should check the firewall's documentation on how to do that.
Poor performance in a network game
See network tips on how to improve the network gaming performance.
On some systems, when standing in place and rotating your view left-right quickly with the mouse, it might seem like the bottom of the screen is lagging behind the top of the screen. It can appear as if the screen is divided into stripes by one or more horizontal lines. This is a usual effect known as 'Screen Tearing', noticed only if you concentrate on it, and doesn't really affect the gameplay. It is caused by the rendering not being synchronized with the vertical refresh rate of your monitor. The option is usually present in one of the advanced settings options in the Display Preferences in Windows. It is driver-dependent and will be different for each video card. You should consult your video card driver manual for details on this (if any available).
There is an option to turn the vsync on/off from "Serious Sam 2" in the menu 'Options->Video Options'. But this might not work on some 3D
cards. Note that, even though turning the vsync on might remedy this, it will as well limit your framerate in game.
4. Tips and tricks
- Make sure that you have the correct speed setting in the
Multiplayer->Internet->Connection Type option. If this is set to a setting higher than what you connection can handle, you may experience
issues like severe lag, jerky gameplay and even disconnection.
- When playing cooperative on slower computers, you might experience slowdowns. This is normal. Minimum required configuration is tested
for single player gaming. If you play cooperative with a lot of players, more action goes on on the screen, and your computer might
not be capable to process it all.
- If you are playing over the internet, try to find servers that give you a better ping and have fewer players.
- Poor performance in a network game can sometimes be caused by not so good overall performance of your game setup. See general performance tips on how to improve the overall game performance.
Multiplayer Internet gaming
For multiplayer play on the Internet behind a firewall and/or proxy server please make sure to have the required port open to connect. The
game's server uses port 25600 by default (it can be changed in game's console through net_iPort cvar ).
Note: GameSpy Arcade utilizes additional ports. A list of those ports and other support for GameSpy Arcade can be found here:
General performance tips
"Serious Sam 2" can auto-adjust the configuration to match your system. If you feel that the game is too slow on your computer, you
can try to run auto configuration from 'Options->Video Options' menu.
Follow these steps:
1) Go to 'Options->Video Options' menu.
2) Select AUTO DETECT QUALITY and wait a few seconds till it finishes testing your system.
3) Press Apply.
If you are not satisfied with settings you can tweak them manually.
In case of faulty settings try running the game from Startup menu->Serious Sam 2 folder, Serious Sam 2 (Safe mode). This will run Serious Sam 2 executable with "Safe mode" settings.
5. Difficulty Settings
Choosing the right difficulty
The most important thing is to choose the right difficulty, the one that will perfectly challenge your skills. Choosing a too easy or too
hard level of difficulty can harm the enjoyment of the game. Consult the manual for choosing the right difficulty. Here are some quick tips:
- Tourist mode is the easiest, and it's for absolute beginners, the ones who are still battling with the game controls.
- Easy mode is for FPS beginners, the ones that play games but are very casual FPS players.
- Normal mode is for experienced FPS players, the ones that played many FPS games.
- Hard mode is for experienced "Serious Sam" players, the ones that have already finished the Normal mode and possibly for the ones that
have finished our Demo many times on the Serious difficulty. Choose this mode on your own responsibility.
- Serious mode - for the really serious ones.
Changing the difficulty 'on the fly'
If you find some level too hard or too easy to beat, you can always restart it on lower or higher difficulty, from the 'Custom Levels'
menu. But in that case you will lose your score, which will be counted from there on.
Cannot read messages
To read the in-game messages using the NETRICSA, you need to press TAB button. If you have reconfigured your controls and you cannot find the TAB button, you need to reset your controls and bind them again.
6. Hardware compatibility issues
"Serious Sam 2" has been tested with many different 3D-accelerator boards and drivers. The game will try to adjust optimal settings for
it. If you experience any problem, please make sure you have the correct display driver installed. You can download drivers from 3D board chipset manufacturer's site or any driver repository on the internet. All boards have been tested with Windows XP and 2000 operating system.
On motherboards with chipsets that don't have native support in Windows, you'll have to install the corresponding driver manually.
Complete explanation on how to do that can be found in the motherboard's manual. You can download drivers from motherboard manufacturer's site or any driver repository on the internet.
Even if you have the correct display and sound drivers, you can still have some problems with "Serious Sam 2" in case you don't have proper motherboard drivers installed.
"Serious Sam 2" has been tested with many different sound boards and drivers. If you experience any problem, please make sure you have the correct sound driver installed.
You can download drivers from sound board manufacturer's site or any driver repository on the internet. All boards have been tested with Windows XP and 2000 operating system.
Improved versions of the game executables, additional driver information, extra game content (like new multiplayer levels, or
player models and similar), add-on scripts, etc. might become available with time. You should visit the Serious Sam 2 Update page periodically to see if something interesting for you appears.
8. Legal Information
© 2005 CROTEAM LTD. 2K GAMES AND THE 2K GAMES LOGO, A TAKE2 COMPANY LOGO, AND TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE ARE ALL TRADEMARKS AND/OR
REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC. SERIOUS SAM 2, THE SERIOUS SAM 2 LOGO, SERIOUS ENGINE 2, THE SERIOUS ENGINE 2
LOGO, CROTEAM AND THE CROTEAM LOGO ARE TRADEMARKS AND/OR REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF CROTEAM LTD. THE NVIDIA LOGO AND THE THE WAY ITS MEANT TO BE PLAYED LOGO ARE REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OR TRADEMARKS OF NVIDIA CORPORATION. GAMESPY AND THE "POWERED BY GAMESPY" DESIGN ARE
TRADEMARKS OF GAMESPY INDUSTRIES, INC." THE RATINGS ICON IS A TRADEMARK OF THE ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE ASSOCIATION. ALL OTHER MARKS AND TRADEMARKS ARE THE PROPERTY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS. DEVELOPED BY CROTEAM. PUBLISHED BY 2K GAMES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Serious Sam 2 uses Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora libraries, under the following license:
Copyright (c) 2002, Xiph.org Foundation
Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions
- Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
- Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
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- Neither the name of the Xiph.org Foundation nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS ``AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT
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Serious Sam 2 uses Zlib compression and decompression library, copyright (c) 1995-1998 Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler.