Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 74 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 74
  2. Negative: 2 out of 74
  1. Oct 28, 2020
    90
    Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass is a return to form for fans of the franchise, with more than enough new mechanics and contents to keep the formula interesting and fresh.
  2. Sep 24, 2020
    90
    Is Serious Sam 4 the best game in the series yet? Quite possibly. I still prefer the Egyptian setting of Serious Sam: The First Encounter, but the action found in Serious Sam 4 is unrivalled. Trudging through city streets in the early hours of the game can be uninspiring at times, but it’s never dull. And once Serious Sam 4 opens up it becomes an absolute riot on a scale never-before witnessed. In fact, Serious Sam 4 is the first game to give me some next-gen feels. If you like blasting hordes of aliens in the face while listening to witty one-liners, this is an absolute must-have.
  3. Sep 24, 2020
    90
    Sam Stone is back, and the folks at Croteam have made one hell of a fun FPS. Published by Devolver Digital, the Serious Sam games at their core are a string of firefights to kill the invading aliens. Sam and co. accomplish this in style while spout off one-liners, causing massive amounts of alien gore, and facing enemies around every corner. Serious Sam 4 is no different, if you’ve enjoyed the previous games, you are in for a fun ride with this one, literally in some levels.
  4. Sep 24, 2020
    85
    Serious Sam 4 has everything fans of the series could want and more. The fights are chaotic and extremely violent and the gunplay is the best its ever been. It can get a bit redundant and it overpromised on certain features, but anyone looking to demolish thousands of aliens will find tons to love here.
  5. Sep 24, 2020
    82
    If you're in the market for a fun, first-person shooter, I wholeheartedly recommend Serious Sam 4. It has its flaws and might not be the shooter of the year, but it is still one-hundred percent well worth a playthrough.
  6. Oct 15, 2020
    80
    Serious Sam 4 is, without question, the series’ high point. It provides all of the wanton violence the brand promises, adds a story worth investing in, and still has the time to try out bizarre experiments like the open-world areas, kaiju battles and an extremely retro game-within-a-game. Serious Sam has never been better than this, and the sequel hinted in the game’s ending had better arrive faster than the nine-year-gap since the last one.
  7. Oct 2, 2020
    80
    It may not top Serious Sam 3, but even then, this latest entry in Croteam’s beloved series is still a winner. Serious Sam 4 is fast, loud, insane, and just straight-up cool.
  8. Sep 25, 2020
    80
    When everything is trying to reinvent itself in the forms of a remakes and reboots, Serious Sam 4 stays true to franchise's identity, which still feels great, even by today standards.
  9. Sep 25, 2020
    80
    An action-packed adrenaline shot to the head that lives up to the rest of the classic FPS series, Serious Sam 4 provides a lot of high-end fun sprinkled with death and destruction.
  10. 80
    Serious Sam 4 doesn't deviate from the other entries in the mainline series, and that's perfectly okay. The fourth installment looks and handles perfectly, though some players may succumb to the repetition before the campaign concludes. That said, it's still an absolute blast to play, and it should keep fans busy for quite some time.
  11. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Delightfully chaotic and ruggedly lovable, this is a decidedly old-fashioned shooter that succeeds on the principle of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.'
  12. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Serious Sam 4 is a delightfully old-school first-person shooter that doesn't bring a ton of new stuff to the table but still hits all the right notes.
  13. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Serious Sam 4 is easily the richest game in the series, expanding on the character and his world while not holding back on the action that’s been the major draw from the earliest days. While it starts off gently and takes a bit to ramp up, soon enough rampaging werebulls charge in with a swarm of kleer, backed up by big green four-armed reptiloids tossing homing-spheres, plus a nice variety of new enemies to fill in the herd.
  14. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    The shooting borrows from modern classics like DOOM while retaining the unique battles that give the series its cult classic status, and the narrative mostly succeeds when it remains over-the-top and completely carefree. Serious Sam 4 learns from what didn't work in Serious Sam 3 and should be on the radar of not just series fans but for anyone who enjoys a good, well-made FPS.
  15. Sep 24, 2020
    80
    Serious Sam 4 is a natural evolution for the series. There is nothing groundbreaking here but it is just such silly and extravagant fun to play. The endless series of arena battles should begin to feel repetitive but the gunplay and challenge is perfectly pitched so each one provides a satisfying adrenaline rush. While not a true contemporary update like those of Doom and Wolfenstein, this first-person legend comes out guns blazing and, let’s be serious for a moment, that’s what we all wanted him to do.
  16. Sep 24, 2020
    79
    It's still a very good game, just not a particularly original one.
  17. Sep 24, 2020
    78
    Serious Sam 4 doesn't betray expectations but those who expected something more than the same old stuff will probably be disappointed.
  18. Sep 28, 2020
    77
    Serious Sam 4 keeps its promises and turns out to be a more than average old-fashioned shooter, but don’t expect a great deal of innovation, variety or excellent graphics.
  19. Oct 5, 2020
    76
    If you like the idea of running and gunning, feeling well and truly outnumbered but having a chance to defeat the odds then this could well be up your alley. If you require a bit more polish and seriousness (pun semi intended) in your game then this may be more down a dark path.
  20. Sep 26, 2020
    76
    Joy, cheerfulness and the gleeful sounds of carnage accompany us in the carefree fragfest that is every battle, but still Serious Sam 4 feels old: it's like going back to the nineties without anything having changed. In its simplicity, Serious Sam 4 is the very essence of old school shooters, condensed into a dozen hours of gameplay. It represents first person shooters as they were in the beginning, in the fabulous beauty of their original sin: a bloodthirsty naivety made of exaggerated weapons, alien bits and frenetic battles against unreal hordes of enemies.
  21. Oct 12, 2020
    75
    Despite some (mostly successful) attempts to tweak the formula, this is, at its core, Serious Sam exactly how you remember it.
  22. Sep 25, 2020
    75
    Serious Sam 4 returns to the classic FPS genre in this new prequel full of carnage, high-caliber weapons and short jokes. The classic comes with the same bases as always and a fun multiplayer mode that will delight fans of the saga and can leave new players a little cold.
  23. Sep 25, 2020
    75
    Serious Sam 4 is another iteration on a successful formula of pedal-to-the-metal first-person shooters, and at its best, it’s a pure shot of adrenaline that can remind anyone from cynics to novices why the FPS took off in the first place. It needs some more time in the oven and a few coats of paint before it’s done, though. By the time it hits consoles in 2021, SS4 ought to be well worth anyone’s time, particularly as a co-op game.
  24. Sep 24, 2020
    75
    Serious Sam 4 has done seriously well for a series that hasn’t seen a mainline game in nearly 10 years. Croteam went all out on this one and has filled it to the brim with rewarding gameplay, hidden goodies, and a great soundtrack to boot. Unfortunately, there are a few kinks in this pipe, such as the sub-par story, weird character models and animations, and other gameplay bugs. But no doubt, you’ll only be interested in carving through hundreds, if not thousands, of enemies with a huge arsenal of skills, weapons, and gadgets, and that’s exactly what Serious Sam 4 has done so well.
  25. Sep 24, 2020
    75
    Serious Sam 4 is a very good game in an underwhelming package. There's no doubt that the relentless carnage and large levels hit the sweet spot of old-school FPS charm in the solo and co-op modes. It feels good to shoot, dodge and scramble to pick up items at a frantic pace. The various bugs, long load times, and lackluster presentation drag things down significantly. It is well worth playing if you need a classic shooter fix, but be prepared for rough times until a few patches come into play.
  26. Sep 24, 2020
    75
    The truth is, even if 2020 didn’t need Serious Sam 4, it’s here anyway. The game considers loyal fans through it’s added levels of customization while acknowledging new fans with some narrative moments to get to know this insane cast of characters. Some aspects feel dated in the graphics and AI, but when hundreds of enemies are running your way, none of that matters because all you can think about is what weapon you’re going to use to take out the trash.
  27. Sep 24, 2020
    75
    There's plenty of room for old school style FPS games like this in an ocean of looter shooters and games-as-a-service titles.
  28. Oct 1, 2020
    74
    Serious Sam 4 feels like a game that suffered through development hell. The core gameplay is still tight and satisfying. There are some innovative new ideas that expand on the series' longstanding formula. But there are a lot of elements that just don't fit, feel half-finished, or just distract from the best aspects of the game. I really hope the fans and Croteam can have an ongoing discussion about Serious Sam 4 and bring it up to a higher standard that everyone is happy with.
  29. Sep 24, 2020
    73
    Serious Sam 4 takes us back to a simpler time in first-person shooters, where massive guns and well-timed one liners make up the bulk of the action. There's a bit of jank that's impossible to miss and Croteam isn't breaking any new ground here but Serious Sam 4 is a great way to just shut off any critical thinking and blast away at a few thousand aliens for an afternoon.
  30. Oct 2, 2020
    72
    At the end of the day, SS4 is what it sets out to be — a racous, over the top, arcade FPS that is best played with up to three friends. If that’s the kind of game you’re looking for, it’s very easy to recommend it. With a launch price of $40, it’s a lot more feasible to get some friends to buy in as well than if the price were $60, so keep that in mind, too.
  31. Sep 24, 2020
    71
    Mowing down thousands of aliens in Vatican City is worth doing at least once.
  32. CD-Action
    Dec 18, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam remained true to its legacy and therefore is charmingly archaic – which is not a flaw in this case. It’s easy to point out that side missions are uninspired and fail to provide the diversity they were supposed to introduce, or question the quality of graphics and optimization, but it’s not really that important when burying enemies under piles of bullets is so much fun. [12/2020, p.34]
  33. Dec 2, 2020
    70
    Croteam has yet to surpass its first two Serious Sam games, with Serious Sam 4 basically being one more entry; one that is great fun, but far from an evolution of the series. The flaws are aplenty, although they are rarely very serious (pun not intended), making this fourthquel more disappointing than bad - because, make no mistake, this is very good. Sure, it's not the best Serious Sam game… but still a Serious Sam game. Fans of serious action will understand.
  34. Oct 31, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 won't rewrite the book for narrative FPS campaigns and that's perfectly fine. It sticks close to the series' roots while offering some contemporary improvements and improved presentation. If you're hankering for some straightforward shooting action that doesn't take itself too seriously, Sam "Serious" Stone's got your back.
  35. Oct 22, 2020
    70
    There’s a solid base at the core of Serious Sam 4, and it’s tough not to smile after navigating the puzzle of a 500-enemy encounter. Swapping between weapons and adapting to each type of enemy takes skill and understanding, it’s just a shame that the experience grows overly repetitive. As it exists, Serious Sam 4 is a mish-mash of the absurd and the overly banal, and I wish that it was more willing to commit in one direction or the other. That being said, sometimes the need just hits to go absolutely ham on some bad guys, and you’ll find few other games that let the player unleash with so little baggage of fluff.
  36. Oct 10, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 delivers dumb, fun action, but not much more. The humour doesn’t really work, the story is as stupid as it gets and there isn’t really any variety. However, to relax after a hard day at work, this might just be what some people need.
  37. Oct 9, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 may be repetitive, with an overly simplistic story and could be better in graphical terms... But it's a love letter to those who enjoyed the 90's FPS where killing things was the important shit. In these early days the proposal lacks some more game modes such as mods, multiplayer, coop options and more, but it's enough to have a crazy fun game night.
  38. Sep 30, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 is a no-brainer for fans of the series and is a game that fans of singleplayer/co-op shooters will likely enjoy too.
  39. Sep 29, 2020
    70
    It's challenging to find something worthy of mentioning, and that in itself is bad. I like the fast-paced gameplay, the voice acting, and the somewhat crazy story that makes no sense. It's the best anyone could extract. Now even the inclusion of a cooperative mode doesn't save it. The stale gameplay is probably the biggest issue. Not much has changed, and the concept feels old. The graphics are forgettable, the weapons are not interesting, the animations are not great, and the overall quality leaves to be desired. Playing on our melancholy can only go so far.
  40. Sep 29, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 is as fun and chaotic as you'd expect, but after ten years since the last game, we expected for more innovations in its gameplay mechanics and arsenal.
  41. Sep 28, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 is not a bad game. I’d go so far as to say that it wasn’t trying to be anything amazing, either. Croteam just wanted to put out a game full of catharsis, and it feels reasonable to say that they succeeded in that endeavor. It doesn’t bother itself with being anything other than a bullet-spewing good time, and I’m frankly fine with that. The fans wanted more Sam-laced insanity, and they definitely got it here. While the jank is present for all to see, it’s not something that completely ruins the experience. Regardless of that, it’s a cheesy good time that’s worth at least a playthrough. In this day and age, sometimes we just need to hold down the trigger and scream at the top of our lungs. Serious Sam 4 succeeds on that front, and delivers it with a dual rocket launcher-wielding grin on its face.
  42. Sep 28, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 does what Serious Sam has always done: deliver short-lived cathartic thrills that manage to be fun despite its creaky engine and dated mechanics – but you have to wonder how long they can keep flogging the same horse.
  43. Sep 25, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 is a successful synthesis of the series' disparate identities, with humor to spare and jaw-dropping large-scale battles. But technical issues, tired tropes and a lack of gameplay variety make it just a solid foundation rather than a new pinnacle for Croteam.
  44. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 doesn't want to change your life or make a revolution in the genre. Fun and mad co-op with a very repetitive formula.
  45. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    Impossible, then, not to feel a bit of a bitter taste in your mouth in the face of a dated and limp technical sector, which shows the signs of still incomplete optimization work. In short, Serious Sam 4 has put a half-smile on our faces, even if we do not make any effort to recommend the purchase to all the historical fans of the series.
  46. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    Ultimately, Serious Sam 4 has a bit of an identity problem. It hews pretty closely to the standout features that made the series great — immense battles, weird enemies, crude humor and frantic action. It also steals from the playbooks of recent shooters and has more story, a cast of characters and slightly more measured pacing. Over time, the wave-based battles become more fatiguing than fun because they’re often so similar, but Serious Sam 4 is overall true to the singular series and its fans should be happy to join their hero once again.
  47. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 is fun to play – and an even bigger joy if you bring co-op into the mix. If you’re a fan of the series, then you’re going to feel right at home. If you’ve never played a Serious Sam game, then just don’t go into it expecting the same level of narrative as story-driven games, because you aren’t going to find it here.
  48. Sep 24, 2020
    70
    Serious Sam 4 is still an entertaining experience but the structure of the game shows the weight of time.
  49. Sep 25, 2020
    68
    While the gameplay works, some design and even technical flaws make this comeback less enjoyable than we hoped.
  50. Sep 24, 2020
    68
    Serious Sam 4 shows a repetitive and bland level design with no fresh solutions for modern players. It is not an evolution for the series, nor what a 2020 shooter should be.
  51. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 18, 2020
    67
    Even such an old-fashioned Sam is better than nothing. But honestly, after all these years Croteam should’ve brought more creative passion to the fourth installment of the series. [Issue#249, p.72]
  52. Oct 1, 2020
    67
    Serious Sam 4 plays like its predecessors when it comes to the general shooting, featuring open areas and hordes of enemies. But it could have been better if it cleaned up the various technical and presentation issues that ruin the fun.
  53. Sep 24, 2020
    67
    What you see is what you get with Sam’s fourth adventure. There are no surprises here but there is comfort to be found in decimating wave after wave of alien nasties while cracking bad one-liners.
  54. Nov 4, 2020
    65
    Serious Sam 4 is a nostalgia trip that takes us back to the “good-old-days” of gaming but presents itself in a modern environment. However, they are a bit too late, as the lack of innovation and obscure map design put this game way behind leaders as is currently Doom. The back-pedalling Sam is still there, but his quips and lovable character will ware out after the 10th wave of the same enemies.
  55. Oct 1, 2020
    65
    Even if Serious Sam 4 feels truly dated, with visuals that will bring you back a few years, the game is still a blast to play, with thousands of foes ant the same time, and a very good gameplay that mixes fast-FPS with beat'em all. Just wait a bit until all the bugs are ironed out.
  56. Sep 28, 2020
    65
    Serious Sam 4 could have been a total reinvention of the franchise, a step forward to revitalize a series that still has to take advantage of this new golden age of old school shooters. However, this is a wasted opportunity: the same game, but with the largest number of enemies to fight. If you're looking for the same Serious Sam, then this new installment may end up meeting your needs.
  57. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 4, 2021
    60
    Sam lost the last remains of creativity. The result is an ordinary megalomaniacal action with a charismatic protagonist who faces endless hordes of monsters. Shooting is fun, the rest is dusty gray. [Issue#307]
  58. Oct 13, 2020
    60
    Serious Sam 4 is the sad story of a franchise that tries so hard to adjust itself with the flow that forgot its own origins. The result is a game that can neither attract new players nor entertain the old fans. If you are looking for a massive, fast paced shooter full of strange enemies, Serious Sam 4 is not a solution for you.
  59. Oct 9, 2020
    60
    The mentality behind the development of Serious Sam 4 is summed up in the saying of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. It adheres to this saying so much that it forgets that this logic could very well fall in the trap of “diminishing returns”. Unfortunately, that is the case with the fourth instalment that seems to be nothing less than a rehash of the previous instalments, just with the obligatory but a bit unsatisfactory revamp of the graphics engine.
  60. Sep 25, 2020
    60
    This is a solid over-the-top oldschool shooter carnage – that is, if no bugs, shallow jokes or monotonous level design get in the way.
  61. Sep 25, 2020
    60
    Serious Sam 4 feels like a decade old game, and some of its elements are plainly outdated. Sometimes it's best to just leave things behind, and maybe it's time for the Serious Sam franchise to take a much needed break.
  62. 60
    When combat is firing on all cylinders, and the Legion System isn't crashing your PC, Serious Sam 4 is a decent slice of old-school shooter goodness. Yet, in sticking to its guns, Serious Sam 4 ends up being an aggressively mediocre experience.
  63. Nov 21, 2020
    59
    I wouldn’t venture to judge as to what troubles befell on poor Sam. Maybe he’s been through development hell, maybe he’s having a mid-life crisis, but in any case, this calamity is far worse than a horde of alien invaders.
  64. 55
    Serious Sam is a series that has long alluded me and I’m starting to think it might have been for the better. Although this fourth iteration might feature some staggering, titanic battles and silk-smooth gunplay, its existence feels like a clear reminder that it’s often best to let the past stay dead. Serious Sam 4 is an excavation from a long-outdated era that is more Duke Nukem Forever than it is Doom.
  65. Oct 23, 2020
    50
    This VERY traditional shooter can handle the basics, that is the great feeling of unhinged action. But everything is spoiled by bad level design and woeful brokenness.
  66. Oct 19, 2020
    50
    Serious Sam 4 had the opportunity to go a little wild, to try some new things, and yes, potentially fail. Instead it chose the cowards way out and did almost nothing, making it a better benchmark test than a video game.
  67. Sep 24, 2020
    50
    Serious Sam 4 still has the spectacle of hundreds of enemies bearing down on you, but its long stretches of run-and-gun shooting quickly become monotonous.
  68. Sep 24, 2020
    50
    Serious Sam 4 repackages, rather than reimagines the iconic shooter’s core mechanics in a way that will amuse fans of the original games. Sadly, a lack of innovation and outdated sense of hmour will undoubtedly put off newcomers.
  69. Sep 24, 2020
    50
    Croteam have delivered the goods when it comes to the Serious Sam series before, and some of that is peppered throughout Serious Sam 4. From hopping into a giant mech that also happens to be a Pope Mobile to a gun that fires giant cannonballs that can mow down anything in its path. Played in co-op with unlimited respawns and you could even go so far as to recommend it to fans looking purely at that side of the game. But then you remember that the cannonball gun doesn’t show-up until several hours into the campaign, right near the end, and that you had to use a piss-weak pistol for a lot of the time. Shooting at the same aliens from Serious Sam’s of old - in environments that are, well, even uglier than a one-eyed reptilian.
  70. Sep 24, 2020
    50
    Rushed is basically the best way to sum up Serious Sam 4. In development for around eight years, I imagine the current global pandemic played a big role in how scattershot everything is. At its core, the weapon feel and early level designs aren't bad. There's a solid game buried under these weird choices, but Croteam seems to have shoved it out the door with little finesse.
  71. Sep 24, 2020
    50
    Serious Sam 4 is a legitimate sequel to the franchise, true to its origins in both substance and form, but that's it, and that’s the point. Video games have evolved. The players and their expectations have changed in 2020. A franchise needs to innovate, like the reboots of Doom and Wolfenstein, or else it will be overwhelmed before it has even had time to draw. This is clearly not the case with Serious Sam 4, which is mired in a dated vision of the video game.
  72. Sep 24, 2020
    50
    Serious Sam 4 fails to capture the spirit of older games and somehow manages to feel like a step back for the series. While there is a Serious Sam game here, it's wrapped in a shell marred by consistent visual and audio glitches, ugly graphics, and some seriously dated game design.
  73. Sep 27, 2020
    40
    It seems that most of the game, though, is riddled with sloppily animated and questionably voice-acted cutscenes, and level design that doesn't play to the game's strengths. The good parts are too few and far between.
  74. Sep 25, 2020
    40
    Serious Sam is looking seriously tired, with a new sequel that makes only the most perfunctory attempt to doing anything new for the franchise or shooters in general.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 259 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 259
  1. Sep 25, 2020
    10
    I hate running backwards! Seriously, this is a huge improvement compared to the previous parts of the series.
  2. Sep 26, 2020
    10
    Великолепная игра, именно такая, какой она и должна быть, за вычетом багов. Сэм ровно такой же, каким был двадцать лет назад - мясной, немногоВеликолепная игра, именно такая, какой она и должна быть, за вычетом багов. Сэм ровно такой же, каким был двадцать лет назад - мясной, немного аляповатый, с глупыми сортирными шутками и тоннами пафоса. Эта игра делалась не для всех, и зайдёт далеко не всем. Почти наверняка современному зумеру эта игра покажется неинтересной, поскольку тут нет супер графона, нет "Глубокого проработанного сюжета" и прочего, что любит молодое поколение. Зато здесь есть здоровый прямоходящий, мать его, робот! В общем, если Вы фанат первой части, думаю, четвёртая должна Вам понравиться. Если же нет, ну... Эта игра не для всех. Ещё кое что, ставлю десятку игре не потому, что она действительно "О господи, это ШЕДЕВР 10 ИЗ 10", а потому, что в скором времени наверняка налетит множество зумеров, которые попробуют занизить рейтинг игры. Объективная оценка для ценителей Сэма - 7-8 баллов. Для остальных... Да хрен его знает. Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2020
    9
    Минусы:
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    Минусы:
    - оптимизация
    - кривая анимация ближнего боя
    - баги
    Плюсы:
    - музыка
    - Серьёзный Сэм
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    - крутые пушки
    - ОБЧР
    Итог: если закрыть глаза на дерьмовую оптимизацию и баги и вспомнить, что в Сэма играют ради геймплея и мяса, то у нас есть конкурент для дума.
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