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Serious Sam 3 : BFE (Before First Encounter)

version: pal (de) - year: 2011 - developer: croteam - publisher: dtp entertainment AG - format: pc dvdrom, windows - condition: mint - rarity: common

Includes the indie-developed 2D side-scrolling arcade game Serious Sam Double D, a Contra-style shooter with stackable weapons

 

Played on the following config:
HP Pavilion DV7-2185DX, CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 / 2 GHz, Windows 7 X64, 6GB RAM (800MHz DDR2), Graphics card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 (1 GB DDR3 RAM), Resolution of 1600x900.

CPU speed and GPU Memory maxed out, GPU speed on medium, 25-35 fps.

I had to get a cooling pad with 3 fans and take out the battery of my laptop to avoid it reaching boiling temperatures and shutting-down randomly on me...I do not kid you, this thing was cooking!

 

Levels are simple and not too detailed

 

These suicide bombers will chase you mercilessly until they blow up in your face. Their location is given away by their war scream: "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!"

 

Some enemies take TONS of damage before going down, and Croteam will throw at you 5 or 6 of them at once in the last level! Even just on normal mode, quicksave like a maniac!

 

Destroy the alien space-ship and Sam will just say "All your base are belong to us, mother fucker" refering to the awesome internet phenomenon related to the Mega Drive shooter Zero Wing!

 

The last boss is as ugly as it gets

 

Review - "All your base are belong to us, mother fucker"

I never had the chance to play the first adventures of Serious Sam which were originally released way back in 2001 / 2002 but when I saw a copy of Serious Sam 3 sitting on the shelf at a price I just couldn't refuse, I quickly checked the requirements and then gave it a go.

Serious Sam 3 is actually a prequel of the first two games as it talks about events which happened before those games.

Serious Sam, the series, could be described as a huge tribute to Doom, while the main protagonist Sam is a cross between Ash (Evil Dead I & II / Army of Darkness) and Duke (Duke Nukem 3D).

The one-liners Sam utters now and then are sometimes really hilarious and will have the effect of pumping you up even more when dealing with endless hordes of assorted brutes and monsters which spawn virtually out of thin air and pop like popcorns under the might of your fire-power.

The new graphics engine which powers this third chapter (the Serious Sam 3.5 Engine) does a good job at managing an insane amount of enemy hordes on-foot and in the air while the action on screen never ever slowed down on me. Not even once.

This shooter is simple and to the point and doesn't require anything else but shooting until your fingers will bleed!

The level design isn't particularly smart while the enemies A.I. is super aggressive and relentless. Here it is basically you versus the world, so Croteam will just throw an insane amount of enemies at you, and that should be effective in keeping you "distracted" and not worry too much about the plot which involves ancient Egypt and aliens.

The hardcore heavy metal music sounds excellent and goes really well with the action on-screen while gameplay is satisfactory for what it is: a huge alien onslaught with some of the most devastating weapons ever seen anywhere. If you're up for this mindless challenge mainly in singleplayer or co-op, get ready to shower into alien blood!!

Bottom line: If you haven't played Serious Sam yet, you should seriously consider to do so. Seriously. 8/10


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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