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The Sirian Rocket is a spacecraft that appears in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. It serves an important purpose in the storyline.
Overview[edit | edit source]
The Sirian rocket is a conventional-looking rocket. In The Second Encounter, Serious Sam: Xbox and Serious Sam Classics: Revolution, the rocket has a red color on the bow and several red rings on its fuselage, and four booster blocks and four tail ridges. In Serious Sam HD and Serious Sam VR, the rocket has received a major design overhaul and was given a more modern look with a monolithic body. In addition, two more accelerating blocks were added to the rocket, which, however, still give weak acceleration.
Performance-wise, the rocket has terrible acceleration: during the ending cutscene, you can see the rocket slowly taking off from the cathedral, which indicates that the rocket is powered by rather weak engines.
History[edit | edit source]
The rocket was made by the Sirians to serve as a backup spaceship in case their original transport, the SSS Centerprice, was destroyed. Like the SSS Centerprice, the rocket needs a special item for it to activated (in this case, the Holy Grail).
Appearances[edit | edit source]
In The Second Encounter, a cutscene shows a Croteam Crate Bus colliding into the SSS Centerprice. It falls down to Earth and crashes into South America. Witb no other ship for Sam to use, it would seem that all hope is lost. Luckily, NETRICSA tells Sam that the Sirians made another ship in case something happened to the original one. However, as the ship is in another time period, the Sirians had a solution to the problem: they left a time portal with each major human civilization so someone can get to the same time period that the ship is in. To activate the ship however, she mentions he will need to obtain the Holy Grail before they can depart to Sirius.
With Sam's main objective in mind, he embarks on a long journey through the time portals, the first in Teotihuacan and another one in Persepolis, until he makes it to medieval Europe. He finds out that the Holy Grail was stolen by Mental and has placed it inside the Grand Cathedral, which is being guarded by no other than Mordekai the Summoner, one of Mental's evil servants. He kills him after a fight between Sam, Mordekai, and Mental' forces.
Now that the last of Sam's obstacles has been eliminated, Sam goes into the cathedral and obtains the Holy Grail. He then makes a 'confession' to Mental for killing his troops. Sometime after, Sam activates the rocket, and makes his way to Sirius to end Mental once and for all.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the original version of the game, when the credits are rolling, the camera will gradually move away from the start point and move back. Having reached the farthest point, you can see the Croteam Heads cheering Sam on as he departs to Sirius.
- The initial speed provided by the rocket to several accelerating blocks is too low to be able to break away from the Earth's orbit. If this were to happen in real-life, the rocket would fall back down and collapse into the church. Considering this, it is unknown how fast the rocket travels once it enters space.
- In Serious Sam HD, the rocket has NASA's logos on its body.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
List of appearances[edit | edit source]
- Serious Sam: The Second Encounter (First appearance)
- Serious Sam: Xbox (Non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter
- Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter