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8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20

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  1. Oct 17, 2012
    9
    Surprisingly a very good, even excellent port. I am praising Serious Sam 3: BFE for Xbox 360 because I played it since its release on the PC as well as 360. Let me tell you, the game is relatively demanding on the PC if you want it to look good, to be able to see the entire post apocalyptic landscape, and not have horrible slow down in frame rate. But on PC it is possible of course given good video card.
    I never expected this game to be fine tuned in such good way that preserves most of the eye candy you'd see in a PC version and have it run at average 40 frames per second on Xbox 360.

    Unlike the PC counterpart, the game comes with much better support for the Xbox 360 gamepad. Why it stands out is the options given to the user when adjusting the controller. They are mostly standard 5 schemes to choose from, but also sensitivity and acceleration as separate switches. In fact you are able to turn off camera view acceleration entirely which may be a good option for some gameplay styles.

    You can also turn on the framerate counter. Whether you are surrounded by enemies or running through desolated streets it constantly displays from 38 to 44 frames in the screens corner.

    The plot is pretty much non existent but the eye candy is very similar to the middle eastern cities you'd see in Battlefield 3 single player campaign. The difference is this runs much smoother. Interestingly enough this game also runs faster than Serious Sam First Encounter HD or Second Encounter HD (xbox version) Those are locked at about 30 frames per second and do not always deliver that.

    Another good aspect of Serious Sam 3 BFE design is that as you progress you get to play in quite diverse environments. You go through crumbling streets, through an abandoned well lit building, through catacombs, outside areas with lots of vegetation and more.
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  2. May 30, 2014
    9
    Step aside Duke, your time is over. Serious Sam is the champion of old school first person shooters. Serious Sam 3: BFE is a gem. Brutally violent and action-packed. Although graphically the game can look quite ugly on consoles, the developers put the emphasis on frame rate and gameplay. Rarely do console games run at 60 frames per second, but Serious Sam runs smooth. The enemy design and art style are especially worth mentioning; they're big, they're mean, and they're aggressive. A MUST BUY for old school fps fans! Expand
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63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Dec 27, 2012
    70
    As a stand-alone offering, the XBLA version of Serious Sam 3 is undeniably flawed but also undeniably enjoyable.
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    65
    It's a nice game if you just like to shoot stuff and don't care about perks and story-lines. I can offer a challenge, but lacks variation on the other hand. In the end the price seems a little steep for what you get.
  3. All things considered, Sam's been seriously shafted. [Christmas 2012, p.99]