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Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is GOLD

by Thomas on Jan. 4, 2002 @ 7:16 p.m. PST

Computer and video game publisher Gathering of Developers, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., along with PC developer, Croteam, announced today that "Serious Sam: The Second Encounter" has gone gold. The game is due to arrive on store shelves February 5, 2002.

"'Serious Sam: The First Encounter' won acclaim from both consumer and gaming media, recently garnering GameSpot's 2001 PC Game of the Year," said David Nottingham, producer of Serious Sam. "The second installment offers players brand new single player levels, new weapons and even more ruthless enemies. 'Serious Sam: The Second Encounter' promises to be bigger, better and even more serious than the first game."

The Story
Having successfully defeated the Mental forces in ancient Egypt, Sam "Serious" Stone seizes an abandoned spacecraft. On course in his crusade to finish off the evil Mental, our hero's spaceship suddenly tumbles into the South American Mountains - Sam seems destined to stay on Earth. He must fight the tougher, now more experienced members of Mental's destructive forces and find a new way to reach the notorious Mental himself.

"Serious Sam: The Second Encounter" offers numerous multiplayer options including the highly acclaimed "Serious Warped Deathmatch" MOD (Version 3) created by A Few Screws Loose. Players can join forces against the swarm of enemies in cooperative play through all single-player levels, an option rarely delivered in the first-person shooter genre. Players may utilize the multiplayer option via LAN and Internet for up to 16 players in six different multiplayer modes and over 20 multiplayer maps. Title also includes exclusive split screen support on a single computer for up to four players.

Other serious features include:
- Seven new fiends added to Mental's evil army, in addition to all your old enemies
- Over 20 multiplayer levels
- Three all new weapons: Flamethrower, Sniper Rifle with 8X zoom and the ultra-wicked Chainsaw
- 12 new single player levels plus over 15 multiplayer levels for Scorematch and Deathmatch
- a HUGE addition to the "Serious Sam" Universe
- Four power-ups: Serious Speed, Serious Damage, Invulnerability and Invisibility for a twist to the classic Doom-style gameplay "Serious Sam" is famous for
- Seriously Warped Deathmatch right out of the box, plus expanded Deathmatch straight from Croteam

For more serious information please visit: www.serioussam.com

About Croteam
Based in Zagreb, Croatia, Croteam, Ltd is the leading Croatian PC game developer founded in 1993. Croteam developed Football Glory, 5-A-Side Soccer and Save The Earth. In Q1 2001, Croteam shipped Serious Sam, a first-person action shooter game, and the Serious Engine, which included the Serious Editor and Serious Modeler tools, earning many awards. For more company information, visit http://www.croteam.com

About A Few Screws Loose
Headquartered in Austin TX, A Few Screws Loose is a community-driven game developer, originally started by HollowPoint Productions and Mourning After. Founded in 1999, the joint team has created several well-received Counter-Strike Maps, and served its public on a cluster of Austin based servers. Most recently AFSL's focus has been in the delivery of two joint efforts with the Serious Sam Engine. Seriously Warped Deathmatch (SWMD), a modification for Serious Sam First Encounter, was one of the first MODs to be released into the community. Together with the publishing efforts of God Games, SWMD has been released on two demo CDs, one in the July publication of PC Gamer and in this summer's Best Buy Preorder of Max Payne.

About Take-Two
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor, and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation[R], Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Boy Color, Nintendo GAMECUBE, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, PlayStation[R]2 and the Xbox(tm). The Company publishes and develops products through various wholly owned subsidiaries including: Rockstar Games, GodGames, TalonSoft, Joytech, DMA Design, PopTop, Global Star and under the Take-Two brand name. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Copenhagen, Milan, Sydney and Auckland. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com.

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