Serious Sam: Double D XXL

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9.0 Overall Score

New Weapons Add Variety Even If You Played PC Version | Co-Op Adds Fantastic Dialog | Littered With Tons of Secrets to Find

No Online Co-Op | Unlocking Everything Requires A Lot of Farming

Written by on February 18, 2013 in [, , ]

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When Serious Sam Double D was released on PCs in 2011, the idea behind it seemed like a lot of fun. The core gameplay was built around using the “Gunstacker” to stack weapons on top of each other in order to create new and powerful combinations. While it worked fairly well, in retrospect the gun combinations were somewhat bare-bones as you only had a basic variety of weapons to choose from. The Xbox Live Arcade port, known as Serious Sam Double D XXL, takes the Gunstacker idea and adds a new layer of insanity to it, making it one of the most fun Serious Sam games ever created.

Serious Sam Double D XXL starts with “Serious” Sam Stone teleporting back to ancient Egypt to stop Mental’s hordes from changing history. It’s a light story at best, and only serves to really connect the levels in some sort of coherency. However, deep and interesting plot has never been something that the series has concentrated on and Serious Sam Double D XXL is not about to start.

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The game plays like a 2D Contra-style shooter, with some basic platforming as you plow through enemies. Many enemies from the series return, including the Headless Kamikaze and the skeleton Kleer monsters. New enemies, however, make an appearance as well, including stacks of pancakes with vuvuzelas which emit a deadly sonic sound wave and banana bomb chucking, rocket powered chimps. It’s as if Mommy’s Best Games looked at the Serious Sam series, known for its outrageousness, and said, “No, we need to go further.”

As mentioned earlier, the Gunstacker is the real star of the game. As you collect weapons throughout levels, you can use connectors that you find to stack them on top of each other. Using a tommy gun, on top of a shotgun, on top of a chainsaw is still fun. However, the XXL upgrade has also added in an entire new economy, which allows you to buy modifications for your weapons which adds an entirely new level of insanity to the game.

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As you kill enemies, you’ll rack up money that you can spend at various shops located throughout the levels. These shops will allow you to buy weapon modifications that you can then attach to specific weapons. Each of the game’s seven basic weapon types have a total of four upgrades that you can buy (not including modifications that add more ammo to your guns).

Some upgrades, like the Prismatic Stream, allow you to do more damage. Others, however, change the entire way that you play. The Air Buffer, for instance, allows you to float as you shoot meaning that you have a much easier time trying to find all of the secrets hidden throughout the level. There are even weapon upgrades that allow you to regain health and some that randomly generate items when you shoot.

These modifications, however, also allow for far more difficult enemies to be thrown at you. Certain enemies now have armor and at other areas of the game, you seem to fight more enemies than in the original. It’s a blast to play though but now there is far more of a challenge. That said, if you really want to get the best upgrades in the game, you’ll have to replay levels multiple times. Even having gone through a large number of levels multiple times, I still do not have all of the upgrades.

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The game adds a few new levels as well, most of which are designed to be tackled with vehicles. Vehicle sections have never made an appearance in Serious Sam thus far, but Mommy’s Best Games seems to know what they’re doing because they’re far from traditional. The first vehicle sequence has Sam using a rocket powered snowboard to go down the side of a pyramid. Later, the game adds in a section where you use a gigantic unicycle to plow through enemies. Have I mentioned that this game doesn’t take itself “seriously” at all?

If you want to join a friend in the destruction, Serious Sam Double D XXL has added in a whole new co-op mode, featuring “Huff.” You may remember this character as the spokesperson in the ads for the original Serious Sam Double D, and he brings his brand of redneck insanity to this port in brilliant fashion. Playing in co-op, you’ll notice that characters have an entirely different thread of dialog than in single player. It adds a bit of life to the game and makes you feel like the game was designed for co-op. Even after you finish the game, you can go back to single player and play as Huff, and there he has his own dialog. It adds a lot of replayability if you’re interested in upgrading everything.

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However, co-op is limited to offline only, which is a shame. If you really want to experience everything that Mommy’s Best Games have added to this port, you’ll need to find someone who might not flinch at the idea of shooting pancake monsters. Trust me, that’s easier said than done.

Regardless, Serious Sam Double D XXL is a blast to play. With the cost of entry being a fairly low 800 Microsoft Points, if you’ve never played a Serious Sam game before, this will give you a fantastic taste of the level of insanity that the series is known for. Even if you can’t find someone to play with, the game knows exactly what it wants to be and succeeds in everything it does. Just, whatever you do, don’t eat the syrup.

A code for Serious Sam: Double D XXL was provided to The Married Gamers for review.

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7 Comments on "Serious Sam: Double D XXL"

  1. Daniel February 18, 2013 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I’m a big fan of the Serious Sam games. Looking forward to playing this. Great review

  2. Steven February 18, 2013 at 11:20 am - Reply

    No online coop? Are you serious? :P I’m disappointed there isn’t online coop but it’d still be nice to play this with a buddy.

  3. Annie February 18, 2013 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I don’t play many PC games. I haven’t heard of the game before but the graphics look interesting. I will have to check it out.

  4. Grant February 18, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Bwahaha I must have this! Love SS

  5. Ruben g February 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Love Mommy’s best games.Another quality game.

  6. Mrs Leftybrown February 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Put all your names into Random.org. Congrats to Grant, Daniel, and Steven. Send me an email at kellybrown@themarriedgamers.net and I will send you your XBLA codes. Thank you all for entering.

    • Steven February 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Mrs. Leftybrown, I sent you an email a few days ago but haven’t received a response from you.

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