Serious Sam: Gold Edition, or Serious Sam: Gold, is an official collection of video games developed by Croteam.
Serious Sam: Gold Edition includes the first two games of the Serious Sam series - The First Encounter and The Second Encounter, a custom modification called "Dark Island”, Seriously Warped Deathmatch for multiplayer, and additional maps for singleplayer and multiplayer developed by the player community. In addition, some features from the Xbox version of the game were integrated.
Information about Serious Sam: Gold appeared before Croteam announced its Serious Engine 2 game engine, which then formed the basis for Serious Sam 2. It was planned that the Gold Edition will be published in anticipation of the release of Serious Sam 2, but the development of the second part of the game was delayed and it was released in 2005.
Serious Sam: Gold was released on June 23, 2003, and on August 26, 2005 in Russia. While in the territory of Russia and the CIS countries, the game was released by 1C in the localization of Logrus Studio.
In the Russian edition, all the games included in the collection and Dark Island are fully translated, including dubbing. The translation of the two official games has been redone and differs from the first, individual editions of the game. The games in the collection have never been republished before; The Dark Island add-on was released in a boxed version for the first time.
Serious Sam: Gold Edition includes:
- Serious Sam: The First Encounter
- Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
- Dark Island - a custom modification for The Second Encounter, containing new episodes intended for a single passage.
- Seriously Warped Deathmatch - A modification focused on multiplayer.
Serious Sam Gold scored mostly positive reviews. The overall rating of players on the MobyGames website is 4.5 using a five-point rating system, and on GameSpot, players rated the collection 8.9 out of 10. The collection received a slighly lower score on Metacritic, with users giving it a 7.5 out of 10.
The editors of the domestic CNews website rated “Serious Sam: Gold Edition” at 8.7 points (with a “excellent” note) out of 10. At the same time, the score of players on the same resource is seven points. There are also flaws in the Golden Edition, for example, poor compatibility with the original games, as a result of which the Gold Edition players cannot always connect with the players of the original games for a joint multiplayer battle.