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  • Summary: Humanity is under siege as the full force of Mental's hordes spread across the world, ravaging what remains of a broken and beaten civilization. The last remaining resistance to the invasion is the Earth Defense Force led by Sam "Serious" Stone and his heavily-armed squad of misfitHumanity is under siege as the full force of Mental's hordes spread across the world, ravaging what remains of a broken and beaten civilization. The last remaining resistance to the invasion is the Earth Defense Force led by Sam "Serious" Stone and his heavily-armed squad of misfit commandos.

    Croteam returns with a high-powered prequel to the Serious Sam series that scales up chaos to unprecedented levels. The classic Serious Sam formula is revamped by putting an unstoppable arsenal up against an unimaginable number of enemies that requires players to circle-strafe and backpedal-blast their way out of impossible situations.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Dec 28, 2021
    80
    For those who want a brutally raw retro-styled shooter where constant carnage is the order of the day, Serious Sam 4 will sate the bloodlust of even the most maniacal gamers. Not only that, but it’s genuinely funny and well-written, and the trials and tragedies Sam experiences tugged at my jaded heartstrings far more than I expected them to. Many would not enjoy Serious Sam 4 because gunning down endless waves of slavering aliens and mutants becomes brutally relentless – but if you’re a hardcore shooter purist, that’s exactly what you’re looking for.
  2. 80
    I'm not the world's biggest fan of shooters, but I have a soft spot for Serious Sam. It's partly because it exists to make fun of the rest of the genre, and do so in a colourful, easy-going way such that it's the equivalent of a Sunday morning cartoon. It's also all-action, but in the right way. I find more realistic shooters stressful when I'm being swamped from all sides, but Serious Sam does such a great job with the power fantasy that you'll look at a screen filled with 100 ugly beasties... and wish they had brought friends. I enjoyed getting re-acquainted with Serious Sam earlier in the year with the collection. With Serious Sam 4 I have a game that should have done better on the PlayStation 5 hardware, but is a new favourite shooter anyway.
  3. Dec 8, 2021
    70
    Stick Serious Sam 4 in performance mode, then, and while your experience won’t be perfect on PS5, you’ll still have a bloody good time. It’s perhaps the humour and simple premise of the game that will be more divisive; some will love it for its daft one-liners and balls-to-the-wall action, others may find it too repetitive and macho. If you like the idea of butchering an entire army of monsters ranging from vampires to reptilian demons that throw green balls of energy at you, however, then be sure to give it a go.
  4. Dec 20, 2021
    65
    Playing Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass can be fun. It’s also clear that the franchise is at a crossroads. It wants to steal from other AAA shooters, to have believable characters, NPCs, and a story. At the same time, it goes all-in with a lame-joke cracking juvenile in a man suit and gameplay that is rote, lacks creativity and is repetitive. Long load times and framerate issues don’t help, either. Twenty years on, Sam isn’t edgy, goofy or ironic. Sam’s schtick, and the gameplay that goes with him, are seriously due for a makeover.
  5. 60
    Serious Sam 4 is exactly what you'd expect from a Serious Sam game but not what we've come to expect from a PS5 game. It's a simple but action-packed FPS that is full of enemies and carnage but it hasn't been ported across very well.
  6. Dec 13, 2021
    60
    While fitfully fun and well designed, Sam 4 disappoints as both a sequel and a next-gen product. While it wasn’t particularly optimised on PC it still represents a low for PS5 performance. A compromised port of a game that’s only slightly above average in the first place. A serious shame.
  7. Dec 9, 2021
    40
    A return to classic linear FPS gameplay is lost beneath a pile of broken mechanics, terrible dialogue, repetitive villain design, and some of the most boring environments I’ve ever seen. Serious Sam 4 is a remarkably dated game that should be reserved for the most “serious” of Serious Sam fans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 23, 2021
    10
    My personal favourite shooter game, had a lot of fun playing it! Thanks to the Croteam for this awesome game!
  2. Dec 12, 2021
    10
    One of the best shooters I played! I heard this game had major performance issues on PC, but my PS5 experience has been smooth for the mostOne of the best shooters I played! I heard this game had major performance issues on PC, but my PS5 experience has been smooth for the most part, it runs at 60 frames per second with few minor dips here and there, but nothing major, it also looks like an eye candy after you turned the saturation all the way up in the options menu.
    Overall, I honestly love this game as much as Doom Eternal, both are similar and different at the time, but going against hundreds of enemies at the same time in a first person view video game is very unique to Serious Sam, as I never seen any other game able do that before, and it's extremely fun for me to kill them with all the amazing meaty sounding weapons this game provides. I hope/wish the developers will keep supporting and adding new things to the game because it's really very special and extremely fun. 10/10.
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  3. Jan 11, 2022
    9
    Best shooter on PS5 so far. Really, buy this instead of latest CoD and Battlefield
    Pros:
    - Battles - Tons of different weapons - Atmosphere -
    Best shooter on PS5 so far. Really, buy this instead of latest CoD and Battlefield
    Pros:
    - Battles
    - Tons of different weapons
    - Atmosphere
    - Dialogs
    - Price
    Cons:
    - Animation in some moments
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