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  • Summary: Croteam's Serious Sam 3: BFE is a glorious throwback to the golden age of first-person shooters where men were men, cover was for amateurs and pulling the trigger made things go boom.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    92
    When all is said and done, Serious Sam 3 is just plain refreshing. It's nice to have a game that relies so much on flat-out enemy decimation, and which does it so well, so beautifully, and while providing at least the opportunity to share the experience with friends online.
  2. 85
    A worthy descendant of the original Serious Sam titles, it's a FPS that deviates from the standards of today's games: its difficulty level is high, it challenges your reflexes, it's utterly addictive and it's honest, as it delivers on what it promises. [February 2012]
  3. Dec 20, 2011
    80
    Punishing some rambunctious horde of carrion eaters was never that entertaining. Serious Sam 3 moves to battle in all his glory, even though he stumbles over a couple of unfinished details and overkill difficulty.
  4. Nov 28, 2011
    75
    Serious Sam 3: BFE is designed primarily for fans and hardcore gamers, with its classic arcade gameplay. The Croteam title deserves to be remembered as one of the best examples of its kind, being tightly tied to the past.
  5. Dec 27, 2011
    70
    Serious Sam 3 convinced me that somewhere along the way FPS genre lost something but on the other hand the game's old school vibe might become tiring if you overdose it. [January 2012, p.54]
  6. Jan 18, 2012
    68
    After a less than awe-inspiring beginning Serious Sam 3 slowly gathers speed and delivers in its second half the fast-paced fun of shooting things the predecessors introduced. But even in its best moments the game never brings anything new to the table and the few innovations there are like the melee combat are poorly implemented. Furthermore Serious Sam 3 lacks the frivolity of the former games, often taking itself, ironically, too serious.
  7. Nov 30, 2011
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 188
  1. Nov 22, 2011
    10
    EVERY MORNING I WAKE UP AND OPEN PALM SLAM A DVD INTO THE SLOT. ITS SERIOUS SAM3 AND RIGHT THEN AND THERE I START DOING THE MOVES ALONGSIDE WITH THE MAIN CHARACTER, SAM. I DO EVERY MOVE AND I DO EVERY MOVE HARD. MAKIN WHOOSHING SOUNDS WHEN I SHOOT DOWN SOME MONSTER BASTARDS OR EVEN WHEN I MESS UP TECHNIQUE. NOT MANY CAN SAY THEY KILLED MENTAL'S MOST DANGEROUS ARMIES. I CAN. I SAY IT AND I SAY IT OUTLOUD EVERYDAY TO PEOPLE IN MY COLLEGE CLASS AND ALL THEY DO IS PROVE PEOPLE IN COLLEGE CLASS CAN STILL BE IMMATURE JEKRS. AND IVE LEARNED ALL THE LINES AND IVE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE MYSELF AND MY APARTMENT LESS LONELY BY SHOUTING EM ALL. 2 HOURS INCLUDING WIND DOWN EVERY MORNIng Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2011
    10
    I was waiting for it for about 1 year - and its freaking awesome! Pure fun! You can feel the climate of previous Serious Sam games - just go to shop and buy it! Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    10
    Incredible game, amazing good ol' classic FPS gameplay with a small modern twist that in my opinion when I saw the trailers I thought it would ruin the game but no, it only adds to the game a lot.
    The graphics are one of the best I saw in quite a while, seriously, just run this game on max settings, looks **** amazing!
    The game has so many throw backs to the classic Serious Sam games (First and Second Encounter) like secrets, one-liners and much more that just made me so happy.
    The game is so awesome I swear I.. just... SQUEE.
    If you are a fan of the classic Serious Sam games GET THIS GAME, if you love classic FPSs like Doom, Duke Nukem, Quake, Blood, Shadow Warrior, etc, GET THIS GAME, if you are a fan of modern FPSs GET THIS GAME I just recommend this to EVERYONE! It's one of the best games to come out in years, I haven't been this excited in a long time.
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  4. Nov 23, 2011
    10
    Such a breath of fresh air, I wish videos would focus more on fun rather than being serious or realistic. I mean really, MLG? all that stuff is bullshiv, video games are meant to be fun, and that is what this game delivers. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2012
    9
    Simply outstanding. This is the first game in 2011 that really amazed me! DO NOT listen to low-minded kids complaining about "no facial animations", "characters have sunglasses" .. and so on. I played this game and i cannot stop. Gameplay is pure adrenaline, graphic is good weapons are SERIUOS as always, environment is cool ! There is some physics .. an who cares the rest ? THIS IS SERIUOS SAM !!! Tons of monsters, Tons of lead and TNT .... Tons of explosions .... no damn cover and shoot! JUST Run , Jump , Aim and Shoot then switch weapon and shoot, that is it the perfect OLD STYLED FPS .. and i say what and fps should be: PURE ADRENALINE!!!! This game will rock everything!! Prepare to fight huge monsters, ships, prepare to destroy everything you "ENCOUNTER" :D I would vote this game as the game of the year , CROTEAM teached a lesson that goes by the title "WE KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT!!!" Whoever complains about this game is a low minded children, you wont need experience ponta, or to power up equipment . I won need to bother in farming points to have better stats.... THERE ARE NO STATS !!! THERE ARE NO SKILLS - PERKS OR whatever ... A simple pure hardcore game!! Try out a skeleton jump with the hammer blooooood violeeence!!!!!! As it says .. NO COVER ALL MAN !!! This is serious !!! Expand
  6. Dec 5, 2011
    9
    Utterly fantastic game. Shows Duke Nukem up for the charisma-free coke-head misogynist he is, and COD and Battlefield for just being boring. Warning: first couple of levels are a little bit dull, and then it picks up. Buy it NOW! Or Sam will have words with you. Very specific words. With a sledgehammer. Expand
  7. Apr 28, 2012
    0
    You don't get machine guns early. I really hate shotguns. Slow, and slow reloading. The only fastest weapon is the pistol. Health pack and armor is far few and apart. I'm 30 or under HP 99% of the time and I am areadly about level 3 in. Where's the assault rifle? Oh they don't exist. Okay, thanks very much I will stop playing. I will not be forced to use weapons I don't like. Besides this is a blandier version of the older games. too much linear and same old annoying enemies. Expand

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