Serious Sam: BFE is the third instalment from developer Croteam It is the latest game in the Serious Sam series and a prequel to Serious Sam: The First Encounter. This game takes you back to the golden age of shooters when men were men, cover was for pussys and when you pulled the trigger it made things go BOOM and it feels great. All wrapped in adrenalin fuelled, heart stopping frantic pace that will keep you coming back for more.
You play as professional badass Sam “serious” Stone in the 22nd century, during Mental’s invasion of Earth, as implied in The First Encounter. In Serious Sam’s introductory cut scene, aboard a chopper hovering over the upcoming battleground, we get a taste for the sensibilities of our anti-hero, “Serious” Sam Stone. Lamenting his impending assignment – which, in typical series fashion involves viciously dispatching alien mutants in the Egyptian desert – Sam notes he should be “doing blow off a stripper’s ass right now.” So much for political correctness. Moments later, said chopper takes a hit and Sam is bounced unceremoniously out the door, where he plunges onto the roof of a war-torn low-rise which should have probably killed you but your Sam Stone and gravity is your bitch.
You look around, trying to figure out what you’re supposed to do now, when out of nowhere you’re attacked and beaten to a bloody pulp. If you must fight this freak of nature you’ll need to do it with your bare hands. So you stand your ground when it next attacks, clawing and pounding away until, quite without warning, you rip out one of its big, disgusting eyeballs. And there you stand, a giant eyeball in one hand, a dying beast in front of you, que witty remark “You ought to be more careful. You’ll put an eye out.” Welcome to Serious Sam, an unapologetic kill-fest seasoned with a side order of gore. And very twisted humor too, though sadly not quite as much of it as in earlier Sam games.
From a visual perspective Serious Sam will satisfy most in all my time playing I never had a frame rate drop which is quiet the achievement considering how many enemies can be on screen at one time. It looks good too not cutting edge incredible yet its convincing enough that through its dungeons and outdoors areas it keeps you encased in the world of SS:BFE and portrays its mood accordingly. The violence and the after-effects of that violence are deliciously nauseating. Bodies detonate wonderfully into wee little chunks, blood flows more freely than flood water, and the raw carnage is wonderful…in a sick awesome type of way. Sadly, one of the best effects – explosion smoke becomes quiet annoying simply because you cant see, you will die many deaths just because little to your knowledge there are a wave of ravenous cretins charging through the smoke to feast on your corpse.
Gameplay options include single-player “Campaign” and “Survival” modes (the latter being just that – timed survival), two-player split-screen, and a secondary launch alternative that fires up a fully modifiable version of the game. And if early exploration is any indication, the mods will be flying fast and furious on this one. Let’s just say there have been a load of rather, interesting clothing and weaponry concoctions already.
If your looking for a no holds bared glory shooter this one is for you. Serious Sam doesn’t disappoint with its fast paced action, insurmountable odds and wise cracks all to keep you entertained for hours I recommend this game to anyone with a sense of humour or looking just to blast the s**t out of (what will be) a bloody mess.
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.