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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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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. PC Master (Greece)
    Mar 1, 2012
    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. CD-Action
    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: 7 out of 205
  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 ALONGSIDEEVERY 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 26, 2011
    10
    Don't let anybody tell you different, Serious Sam 3: BFE truly delivers on every expectation this fan wanted. Massive hordes? Check.Don't let anybody tell you different, Serious Sam 3: BFE truly delivers on every expectation this fan wanted. Massive hordes? Check. Familiar enemies, and new memorable ones? Check. Difficult? You bet. Serious Sam 3 succeeds in being a throwback to the golden age of shooters as promised. Though it brings some contemporary FPS features such as iron sights, and sprinting, these are arguably more acceptable. Make no mistake, Croteam let those be the only contemporary elements, opting to keep the more unacceptable ones such as regenerating health, out of the formula.

    The result is an old-school shooter, with a touch of modern spice, but not enough to completely overpower the taste with that stale generic feeling that your standard military FPS games have today. Croteam has created a perfect example of what FPS games should be like in innovation, and game play. Graphically, BFE is one of the most impressive video game visuals of 2011. Even the most hardened system may have trouble running with everything at maximum with the amount of action on screen. These "professional" reviewers who critique the visuals for the game are obviously blind, as the game's textures, and models are some of the best in 2011. In sounds, BFE also stands flawless. The soundtrack is absolutely amazing, once again created by the same composer who did the previous games. The score is fantastic, fitting, memorable. If you like Serious Sam music, you'll love this addition as well.

    In closing.. BFE? A masterpiece created by Croteam that definitely deserved to be picked up if you've been longing for an FPS that stays true to what the genre should be like. And to any self-respecting Serious Sam fan out there; this game is for you.
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  3. Dec 25, 2011
    10
    Epic old school shooter, with best non-stop gameplay, very good graphics, many fun moments, good coop and great soundtrack. Best FPS of 2011Epic old school shooter, with best non-stop gameplay, very good graphics, many fun moments, good coop and great soundtrack. Best FPS of 2011 year, and awesome game. 10/10 Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2011
    10
    Magnificent, from the astoundingly detailed graphics to the perfectly timed soundtracks, to the huge, simply awe-inspiring size and scale ofMagnificent, from the astoundingly detailed graphics to the perfectly timed soundtracks, to the huge, simply awe-inspiring size and scale of the environments. The whole game is an almost pornographic crescendo of action, from its humble, reassuring beginning, involving an unarmed Sam vs a single Gnaar on a rooftop, to its, let's face it, orgasmic finale.

    If you liked everything about Serious Sam's First and Second encounters, you'll agree with me that this too deserves a perfect *10*. Now that's not to say that there's nothing about the game that we wouldn't have done differently had we been in the lead developer's seat - but it does mean that if you're looking for serious, epic (in the true sense of the word) FPS videogame action, this is as good as it gets in 2011.
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  5. Jul 13, 2018
    9
    As a big serious sam fan i can say that it's not as good as the old games but it's still an amazing entry in the franchise.If you have someAs a big serious sam fan i can say that it's not as good as the old games but it's still an amazing entry in the franchise.If you have some controllers and friends around I highly recommend you play coop it's some of the most fun I ever had in my entire life.The old serious sam humor is back and the music is pretty good.If you're not a fan of old school shooter i would't really recommend this one for you. Expand
  6. Dec 4, 2011
    8
    Let's get this out first: I am a HUGE Serious Sam fan. I have played all the canon games, and still pop them in today. They were just flatLet's get this out first: I am a HUGE Serious Sam fan. I have played all the canon games, and still pop them in today. They were just flat out, appalling fun. That was it. No stupid storylines with twists and turns, just you, guns, and monsters. These games were masterpieces. Serious Sam 2 was ok, but just wasn't quite the sequel we all expected it to be.

    Then, that fateful day. The day Serious Sam 3 was announced. I s*** my pants. "A new Serious Sam game? Holy crap", I thought. I couldn't believe it. My dreams of a sequel had came true. I couldn't wait.

    Then I bought it. When I started, My first thought was "holy crap these graphics are awesome". This is truly a game for a monster PC, which I happen to own. As I was drooling over the screen, I heard the sound, the sound of death: AAAAAAAAAAH! I just felt nostalgia soar through me. It was a wonderful feeling! As I continued to play, however, I started to dislike the design of the level. It resembled Modern Warfare's style, and this was my first sign that SS3 was trying to be something it shouldn't. The further I played into the game, the more repetitive the gameplay and level design got. There is a level were you slowly navigate dark, foggy, tombs, fighting the same enemy over and over. What happened? Serious Sam games would take longer to become repetitive, like several playthroughs. SS3 got boring around the fourth level.

    My honest opinion is that SS3 is good. It definitely isn't the sequel I wanted, but it isn't bad either. The monster redesigns are awesome, and the secrets are sure to give some laughs. Remove all the repetition, and this would be an awesome game.

    *I know People will disagree in some areas, but remember this is my honest opinion. I dont totally dislike the game. Ill probably turn it on every now and then. If you love this game in every way, then go play, and I hope you have fun
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  7. Nov 30, 2013
    0
    A piece of absolute barely functioning as a game... it is clear that the creators just wanted money and something that people would buy.A piece of absolute barely functioning as a game... it is clear that the creators just wanted money and something that people would buy. THIS GAME ITS BAD... They think that a boss fight is spamming the most retarded enemy in the game... Do not buy it is a bad choice to spend money on this abortion. Expand

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