"Can we be serious for just a minute? Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter (SS HD:TFE) is out and it needs some attention. I'll be the first to admit that I giggled incredulously when I was told that I must review this latest release of an old classic, and I took to the task like any mean-faced guy with shades would take to an incoming alien invasion. I have to say, though, that SS HD:TFE is a disappointment. I mean, SS: TFE was undeniably a breakthrough PC game back in 2001 (every serious gamer remembers EXACTLY where they were playing when they first encountered Ugh Zan III) and it still held so much promise for an Xbox 360 HD revival almost a decade later. Sadly, however, I can't help but to feel like someone somewhere just got it all horribly wrong and released a game that could have been a great game, but instead was a great anticlimax."