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Serious Sam 2

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Serious Sam 2
Serious Sam 2 cover
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Former 2K Games
Current Devolver Digital
Re-release Sold Out Software
Serious Engine 2
Release dates
Windows October 11, 2005
Metacritic 74
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Vehicles Flight, Helicopter, Hovercraft
Art styles Stylized
Themes Comedy, Sci-fi, Space
Series Serious Sam
Serious Sam 2 on HowLongToBeat
Serious Sam 2 on IGDB
Serious Sam 2 on MobyGames
Serious Sam 2 on Wikipedia
Serious Sam: The First Encounter 2001
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter 2002
Serious Sam 2 2005
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter 2009
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter 2010
Serious Sam Double D 2011
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter 2011
Serious Sam 3: BFE 2011
Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter 2012
Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! 2012
Serious Sam VR (series)
Serious Sam's Bogus Detour 2017
Serious Sam Classics: Revolution 2019
Serious Sam 4 2020
Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem 2022
Serious Sam: Tormental 2022
Serious Sam Fusion 2017 TBA


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Steam version has been continually updated to fix bugs, add features for modern systems such as built-in widescreen and controller support, and also change the online multiplayer servers to Steamworks.[1][2]

General information

Bug Tracker
Seriously! Forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 7 DRM disc check. 4 CDs or 1 DVD.
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Humble Store
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Windows (unavailable)
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GamersGate (unavailable)
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A free demo version is available from

Essential improvements


Serious Sam II Patch 2.070. Do not install this if you have the German version as it can cause various problems due to the game's copy protection.[3] The Steam version also doesn't need this patch as it's already updated past this.

Unofficial Linux installer

flibitijibibo has made an unofficial installer that simplifies installation of the game on Linux. If you own the game, download the installer at

Running the game in Linux

To run the game, just run serioussam2 in the installation folder. You may have to chmod +x it first.

Serious Editor

To run the editor, just run serioussam2-editor in the installation folder. You may have to chmod +x it first.

Getting audio to work

To get audio working, move to the root of the Serious Sam 2 installation and make a symlink to your 32-bit For Fedora, it looks like

ln -s /usr/lib/

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Content\SeriousSam2\Sam2.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/204340/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Content\SeriousSam2\PlayerProfiles\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/204340/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.[4]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Menu frame rate is capped at 33 FPS. Cutscenes are prerendered at 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
At high frame rates above 200fps physics and scripts break. See High FPS Issues.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
In-game HDR option refers only to HDR Rendering

Widescreen resolution

Steam version has fixed aspect ratio support.[5] Non-standard resolutions still need to be edited manually and can't be selected in-game, but aspect ratio or FOV do not need to be adjusted for Hor+ ultrawide gameplay.
Fix widescreen support (Retail)[6]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\Content\SeriousSam2\Sam2.ini.
  2. Locate the lines gfx_pixResWidth and gfx_pixResHeight.
  3. Set the values to the desired resolution width and height, respectively.
  4. Locate the line gfx_fAspectRatio.
  5. Set the value to the desired aspect ratio. Use 1.6 for 16:10, 1.777 for 16:9, 2.333 for 21:9.
  6. Save the file. Make sure "Wide Screen" option is enabled in-game.

Field of view (FOV)

Steam version has fixed widescreen FOV (and weapon FOV).[5]
Set custom FOV[6]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\Content\SeriousSam2\Sam2.ini.
  2. Locate the line [Sam2Game].
  3. Add this line underneath it: plr_fFOVOverride = X;.
  4. Replace X with the desired FOV. Default is 80 and maximum is 135. Use 90.4 for 16:10 or 96.4 for 16:9.
  5. Save the file and set it to read only to prevent the game from changing it back.


In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Goes by percentage.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput support only available in the Steam version.
Full controller support
Launch the game in Big Picture mode.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Uses the same sensitivity meter as mouse sensitivity.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Mouse smoothing

Fix mouse smoothing[7]
Fixes mouse stuttering
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\Content\SeriousSam2\Sam2.ini.
  2. Locate the line inp_bMouseSmoothing = 1;.
  3. Replace with inp_bMouseSmoothing = 0;.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Only available in the retail release.
Brazilian Portuguese
Unofficial translation; download.
Retail version, download.
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op, Versus
Use Nucleus Co-op.
LAN play
16 Co-op, Versus
6 players max for Co-op.
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus
6 players max for Co-op. To play online with non-Steam versions apply the Master Server Patch.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Listed as "Specify server".


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 25600-25616
UDP 25600-25616
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

Graphics problems or crashes

Set OpenGL renderer[6]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\Content\SeriousSam2\Sam2.ini.
  2. Locate the line gfx_iAPI = 2;.
  3. Replace with gfx_iAPI = 1;.

Very low FPS when activating Vsync in the game

The game may lock itself to 32 FPS on modern operating systems due to broken 3D audio compatibility.
Use DirectSound 3D restoration software

Physics and scripts that break preventing the game from continuing

At high frame rates above 200fps physics and scripts break[8]
Limit the Framerate to 60FPS[citation needed]
Enable Vsync in the Video Options and set refresh rate on 60hz[citation needed]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.1
Shader Model support 1.1, 2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound, OpenAL
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks

Console commands

Open the console (~ by default)
  • sam_iEnableCheats=1 - Enable Cheats
    • Press Esc and F1 to open the cheats window
  • hud_bShowPing = 1
  • hud_iShowBandwidth = 1
  • hud_bShowCrosshair = 1
  • sam_ctMaxDebris = 20
  • sam_bEnableRagdollDeaths = 0
  • prf_bShowFPS = 1
  • net_strConnectPassword = "password" - used to access password protected multiplayer games

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP or 2000
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 1.5 GHz
Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 8500
S3 DeltaChrome or XGI Volari
DirectX 8.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectSound compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/204340/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (204340) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.