Serious Sam 3 previewed, sounds like a worthy sequel

Amid the buzz about upcoming releases like Battlefield 3, Rage, and Skyrim, it’s easy to forget that another classic PC game series is about to get a new chapter: Serious Sam 3. The guys at Rock, Paper, Shotgun got a chance to play a pre-release version of the new Serious Sam game, and they’ve come away quite impressed, by the looks of it.

According to RPS’s preview, Croteam hasn’t forgotten its roots. The game reportedly starts off slow, hinting that it might take after the on-rails, hand-holding shooters we’ve all become familiar with, but it soon diverges into something Serious Sam fans can be truly happy about: trying not to die while fighting dozens of enemies converging from all directions in wide, "agoraphobia-inducing" levels. RPS says circle-strafing to dodge attacks isn’t enough—"even when engaged in the world’s most elaborate . . . Möbius-strafe, you’re still getting pelted by bullets and desperately worrying about how the only health you can see is on the other side of them all."

The game has gotten a graphical update, too, although that’s been obvious since the first screenshots appeared. The levels are still huge, and the engine still shows enemies on the horizon without distance fog or any other tricks. However, the cartoony appearance of the monsters from the first games has given way to "a shiny, visceral awfulness that makes exploding them into gibbage that bit more satisfying."

I’ve gotta say, I’m definitely looking forward to this one. Shooters are definitely stuck in a rut these days, with un-challenging combat and hand holding going, er, hand in hand. Serious Sam 3 should be a nice break from the status quo. Now, if only more developers tried something new once in a while…

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    • ShadowEyez
    • 8 years ago

    Seriously cool 🙂

    • CaptTomato
    • 8 years ago

    For me to care about this type of game in 2011….I need…

    Good GFX
    Good range of punchy guns
    a reason to play for more than an hr or 2

      • Krogoth
      • 8 years ago

      Looks like SS3 will fit all of that criteria.

    • donkeycrock
    • 8 years ago

    I loved the the old games, My only complaint is that they need a better way of doing co-op. They need to have a penalty for your death.

    It would be nice if they could add medic revival. And if your entire team dies, you have to start the level over.

    Other wise it’s mouse1 + s the entire game.

    • Myrmecophagavir
    • 8 years ago

    ‘The cartoony appearance of the monsters from the first games has given way to “a shiny, visceral awfulness…'”

    This bothers me. The art direction of the earlier games made them stand out nicely, and for me made the worlds more fun to explore. I’m not keen on the plasticky shine in the current shots:


      • cegras
      • 8 years ago

      At least it isn’t UE3 “everything is wet”.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 8 years ago

      +1 SS:SE was my favorite.

      • Meadows
      • 8 years ago

      SS2 was the best, and not just because of the art.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 8 years ago

      It looks like they are going for a GI Joe action figure look. Which seems reasonable.

    • ludi
    • 8 years ago

    Bought and played all three previous titles as they came out, some of the only games that I ever paid for at the launch price. Then played them again, and again.

    Two words: BRING IT.

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 8 years ago

    Best thing about Sam was the team LAN game. It was great in the first but lacking in the second. I hope they gave some effort in this area. The other great thing about the games was the price…I seem to remember $14.99 and $9.99. I hope they go retro on that too.

      • I.S.T.
      • 8 years ago

      Price that low ain’t gonna happen. Art assets with this quality/workmanship cost way too much for that. =\

        • indeego
        • 8 years ago

        I bought the full suite for $4.99 on a sale recently.

    • just brew it!
    • 8 years ago

    Crap! I just might need to start gaming again when this thing hits!

    That means I’ll probably need to cobble together a Windows box with a modern graphics card… or at least upgrade the graphics card in my current box and set it up to dual-boot. (I’ve been running Windows exclusively in VMs for a couple of years now, since I generally prefer Linux as a desktop OS and haven’t been gaming.)

    Any word on system requirements for it to run smoothly?

    • VinnyC
    • 8 years ago

    It’s been on my Steam wishlist forever now…

    • albundy
    • 8 years ago

    worthy like seriously worthy?

    • Silus
    • 8 years ago

    It’s on my day one buy list ever since it was announced! Still no word on actual release date. They said “Summer 2011”, but I’m not getting my hopes up on getting it before the Summer ends…

      • AGerbilWithAFootInTheGrav
      • 8 years ago

      end of summer or not… this is the game to get this year for me

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