Serious Sam 3: BFE Review
Serious Sam 3: BFE Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Croteam
Pub: Devolver Digital
Release: November 22, 2011
Players: 1-16
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

Other problems with the game are just bad decisions on the developers' part. In one early section, you're placed underground with countless crawling aliens, and the entire feel of the game changes. You're trying to pick out dark-colored bugs against a dark background, frantically waving your flashlight around to figure out where everything is. It's no longer a rush, and it's not scary; it's just exhausting. It seems that whenever Serious Sam 3 steps away from huge above-ground levels, everything falls apart.

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The multiplayer is amusing in a stupid kind of way—in just about every clichéd mode that ever existed (deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, etc.), players run around at top speed, jump around to avoid each other's gunfire, and race to pick up the most overpowered guns. It's completely absurd, and I can't imagine spending very much time with it, but it's an interesting throwback to the way multiplayer shooters used to work. You can also play the campaign with up to sixteen players, or with four players split-screen, which makes the whole thing feel like a bigger and more story-oriented version of Horde Mode. Speaking of which, there's also a Horde Mode (called "Survival").

In terms of presentation, the game is acceptable, but not stunning. The visuals look great for an indie shooter that puts so many enemies on the screen at once—provided you have v-sync engaged to eliminate the horrific screen tearing—but they're not as detailed as the graphics in bigger-budget games. The soundtrack, a blend of metal and atmospheric Middle Eastern-themed music, provides a backdrop that shifts with the events on screen, and the sound effects are suitably thunderous. The voice acting is fine, but the dialogue itself doesn't quite work—it seems to be going for an intentionally bad Duke Nukem vibe, but all the characters just end up sounding like low-rent imitations of that classic alien-killer.

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It's disappointing that despite its great level design and adrenaline-fueled shootouts, Serious Sam is not always fun to play. But that's the fact of the matter. Unless you can deal with a wide range of frustrating quirks, you're probably better keeping this one off your Christmas list.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
It looks fine and keeps tons of enemies on the screen, but it's not cutting edge./div>
4.5
Control
The standard WASD controls are employed to great effect.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music rocks and the voice acting is okay, but the scripted dialogue isn't as funny as it should be.
3.2
Play Value
Killing hordes of aliens is a blast, but too many problems weigh the game down.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Frantic arcade-style action. Hold down the trigger and lay waste to a never-ending onslaught of attackers or face being overrun by Mental's savage beasts. No cover systems, no camping—it's just you against them. All of them.
  • Fearsome enemy creatures. A new battalion of unforgettable minions, including the rumbling Scrapjack and towering Khnum, join the legendary Headless Kamikaze, Gnaar, and Sirian Werebull to create the fiercest opposition you've ever had the pleasure of mowing down.
  • Spectacular environments. Battle across the expansive battlefields of near-future Egypt, which is bursting at the seams with total chaos. The shattered cities of tomorrow, lined with the crumbling temples of an ancient world, become your destructible playground.
  • Destructive arsenal. Unleash Serious Sam's arsenal of weapons, including a scoped assault rifle, the double-barreled shotgun, the explosive automatic shotgun, the punishing minigun, and the almighty barrage of flaming cannonballs! Carry all of Sam's weapons at once and switch between each gun on the fly for maximum firepower.
  • Brutal melee attacks. When the going gets tough, the tough take matters into their own hands! Rip out the eye of a closing Gnaar, twist off the face of the hideous Scrapjack, or snap the neck of an Arachnoid Hatchling for an instant kill.
  • Co-op chaos. Go to war against Mental's horde with up to sixteen players online and annihilate everything that moves across twelve levels of mayhem. Try to survive wave after wave of enemies in the relentless Survival mode, or go on a monstrous safari in Beast Hunt mode!
  • Pure multiplayer mayhem. Drop the gauntlet and let the heavy ordinance fly in incredible versus modes such as Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Last Team Standing, and My Burden. This is the next level of Serious Sam multiplayer, and all hell is about to break loose!
  • Split-screen modes. Huddle up with split-screen co-op and versus modes with up to four players on one screen. Hey, stop looking at my screen!

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