Review: Serious Sam 3: BFE on XBLA boasts crazy enemies and even crazier FPS action
22 October 2012
Excerpt: These days we see a lot of developers creating first-person shooters in an attempt to evolve and revolutionize the genre. Serious Sam 3: BFE from developer Croteam does no such thing, instead relying on old school mechanics, all the while refining the formula and design to suit today’s standards.
Excerpt: The big joke about Serious Sam is that he’s not serious at all. Well, he’s serious about kicking ass, because he (meaning you) can literally take on a thousand enemies single-handed and come out with only a few scratches. He’s not serious because he’s been fighting the forces of an alien overlord named Mental (yep) and he’s been doing it while wearing cheesy orange sunglasses and making ridiculous quips, some of which are actually funny (in one of our favorites, after...
Pros: Properly old-school shooterizing, Some amazing enemy swarms, A seriously epic final boss
Cons: Brown, tan, brown... brown, Where are the truly crazy enemies?, Needs tighter pacing
Summary: Like I have mentioned before, BFE is the Painkiller (see what I did there?) that people like myself need from the unrelenting mass of games where I feel like I am stuck in a corridor. Right now we have shooters like Modern Warfare 3 being called “un-games” by our friends at Rock Paper Shotgun because of how on-rails it has become. Sometimes I just want to sit back and shoot things like a madman, and BFE delivers on all fronts.
Summary: Serving as a prequel to the original indie sensation, Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam 3: BFE takes place during the Earth's final struggle against Mental's invading legions of beasts and mercenaries.
Excerpt: One of gaming's biggest trends of 2011 has been the throwback first person shooter. Games like Bulletstorm and Duke Nukem Forever aimed to show us what shooters were like before multi-million dollar budgets, high-def, realism and regenerating health. While the unapologetic nod to bullets gone by is great for a bit, they merely serve to remind us of just how much we miss the amenities of the new breed.
Conclusion: Nevertheless, I am extremely glad of Serious Sam 3’s existence. It serves as a timely reminder of how shooters don’t need to be highly restrictive rollercoasters that heavily manipulate the player in order to create intensity and epic spectacle. The complete failure to innovate even within the context of its own series is unfortunate, but genius design and perfect pacing ultimately make up for this.
Conclusion: TIME FOR SERIOUS ASS KICKINGBad First Impressions, Fantastic Follow-Through - Initially I was a little disappointed at the introduction to the game. Apart from the hilariously gravelly voice of Sam and the silly tacked on storyline which exists solely to make fun of itself, the game starts out with a whimper in a drab environment that resembles Modern Warfare far more then it does the cartoony tone of Serious Sam.