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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.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 82
    It won't win any beauty pageants or appraisal for artistic ingenuity, and it probably won't be marveled at for its in-depth story and character development; but if you crave that old fashioned, non-stop mayhem of an old school first-person shooter, no one does it better and with more attitude then Serious Sam.
  2. Oct 19, 2012
    While Serious Sam 3 doesn't quite evolve as highly as other quality first-person shooters on the market, it's one of the best – and most affordable – ones when it comes to the Xbox Live Marketplace downloadable front.
  3. Dec 27, 2012
    As a stand-alone offering, the XBLA version of Serious Sam 3 is undeniably flawed but also undeniably enjoyable.
  4. Dec 10, 2012
    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.
  5. Oct 25, 2012
    If you're in the mood for some brain dead action and have a good friend to share it with - Serious Sam 3: BFE can be fun. As a single player experience it gets very monotonous after a while.
  6. Oct 24, 2012
    When you add it all up you get a package that feels poorly constructed. The port feels sloppy, the separation of online and campaign is mind-boggling and the repetition mixed with attempts to be more serious falls flat.
  7. All things considered, Sam's been seriously shafted. [Christmas 2012, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 17, 2012
    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.
  2. May 30, 2014
    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
  3. Dec 21, 2012
    Very fun game, love the split screen, very rare for computer games to allow that option.
    Music is superb and fits the levels, aliens are
    gross and annoying, as they should be.
    Survival mode is impossible, as it also should be.

    When playing this game, you gotta play with more than yourself
  4. Jul 29, 2014
    Stupid mindless fun is the only way to describe the Serious Sam franchise, yet again Sam is back 2 kick ass in this modern re-incarnation of serious Sam that doesn't really change 2 much, besides feeling slightly easier then the last 2, also the graphics look like **** i don't care how amazingly good they look on the pc but on the console they look rubbish and laughable at times.

    Overall serious sam is for the super of serious gamers that can truly handle the super seriousness of the sam of seriousnessis''': 8/10
  5. Dec 1, 2012
    Don't think this is serious, because it's not. It's a crazy shooter where you literally just run around shooting in every direction. Want a break from realism games such as MW3? This is it, it's an old school arcade shooter. The sound is great, from kamikazes to gun shots this game is covered in sound. Graphically it is actually a rather big leap from TFE and TSE but it's works really well. Well worth 1200 MS points.
    Gameplay - 8
    Sound - 9
    Graphics - 8
  6. Jun 23, 2013
    Very fun, a non-sense mixture between the ancient Egypt and a Alien Invasion. A lot of ammunition everywhere, thousands and thousands enemies everywhere, Incredibly funny!
    . Black points in the game, monotony scenes, non DLC included (Multiplayer DLC),and more variety of enemies will be welcome.
    Serious Sam´s series essence 100%. I love this screamings kamikazes!
  7. Jun 15, 2013
    The game had the potential to surpass Serious Sam 1, yet, I found the main drawback was the poor attempt at a larger map, more secrets and most horribly, puzzles. THIS GAME HAD TOO MUCH WALKING, I DID NOT BUY IT TO WALK FOR 5 HOURS.

    PLEASE, developers, if you're reading this, don't make Serious Sam 4 as confusing, I ended up walking for atleast 20 minutes on some occasions in 3. LESS WALKING, MORE ENEMIES AND MERCILESS KILLING. (And more guns, more guns never hurt)