Serious Sam 3: BFE is a prequel to the original indie fast action FPS and Game of the Year sensation - Serious Sam: The First Encounter!
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Release Date: Nov 22, 2011

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June 14

Serious Sam VR project announcement!

Dear serious bunch, we have great news for you!

Yesterday at E3 Expo in LA we announced new title in Serious Sam franchise - Serious Sam VR

It is due to be released this summer on Steam as Early Access.

Can you imagine seeing real Werebull running at you full speed and you have two shotguns in your hands? Well, that is how good it will be!

Check out the trailer and don't forget to follow the game on its Steam page for more news!

Just to be clear, Serious Sam VR is a fun separate side project, we are still working hard on Serious Sam 4 as our prime goal. Please be patient, it will be worth it!

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May 18

Serious Sam merchandise store is LIVE!!!

Admit it, you always wanted to dress up like Serious Sam. Never had the guts? Or simply a proper t-shirt?

WELL NOW YOU CAN! We proudly present you – Croteam Merchandise Store – ta dam!

Drink your morning coffie from the Serious cup and show your attitude with Serious bomb keychain! We have it all!

Go to and indulge yourself, you know you want it!

While at it, wake up a philosopher in you and grab some The Talos Principle goods too!

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“You've never seen anything like this before.”
A- – 1UP

“You get an awesome experience at an absurd value with Serious Sam 3: BFE.”
9/10 – Inside Gaming Daily/Machinima

“Serious Sam 3: BFE is a masterpiece of mayhem.”
9/10 – Dealspwn

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Featured DLC

The new DLC, Jewel of the Nile, is now available!

About This Game

Serious Sam 3: BFE is a first-person action shooter, 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.

Serving as a prequel to the original indie and Game of the Year sensation, Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam 3 takes place during the Earth’s final struggle against Mental’s invading legions of beasts and mercenaries.

Key Features

  • Frantic Arcade-Style Action – Hold down the trigger and lay waste to a never-ending onslaught of attackers or face being overrun by Mental’s savage beasts. No cover systems, no camping – it’s just you against them. All of them!
  • Fearsome Enemy Creatures – A new battalion of unforgettable minions including the rumbling Scrapjack and towering Khnum join the legendary Headless Kamikaze, Gnaar and Sirian Werebull to create the fiercest opposition you’ve ever had the pleasure of mowing down!
  • Spectacular Environments – Battle across the expansive battlefields of near-future Egypt bursting at the seams with total chaos. The shattered cities of tomorrow lined with the crumbling temples of an ancient world become your destructible playground!
  • Destructive Arsenal – Unleash Serious Sam’s arsenal of weapons including a scoped assault rifle, the double-barreled shotgun, the explosive automatic shotgun, the punishing minigun, and the almighty barrage of flaming cannonballs! Carry all of Sam’s weapons at once and switch between each gun on the fly for maximum firepower!
  • Brutal Melee Attacks – When the going get’s tough, the tough take matters into their own hands! Rip out the eye of a closing Gnaar, twist off the face of the hideous Scrapjack or snap the neck of an Arachnoid Hatchling for an instant kill!
  • Co-Op Multiplayer – Go to war against Mental’s horde with up to 16 players online and annihilate everything that moves across 12 single-player levels of mayhem in Standard Co-Op, Classic Co-Op, Coin-Op Co-Op, Beast Hunt and Team Beast Hunt mode.
  • Survival Singleplayer & Multiplayer – Try to survive alone (offline) against wave after wave of enemies with specially created levels in Survival mode or have your online friends join two teams, fighting both each other and enemies, in the relentless Team Survival mode!
  • Versus Multiplayer – Fight against each other or other teams in various multiplayer versus modes like Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Last Man Standing, Last Team Standing, Instant Kill and My Burden, along with Team Beast Hunt and Team Survival!
  • Split Screen Modes – Play local (offline) split screen co-op and multiplayer versus modes with up to four players on one screen! It even includes the support for multiple keyboards and mice!
  • Level Editor* – Create your own levels, MODs, textures and other content with the inclusion of the fully featured Serious Editor 3.5!
  • Steam Workshop – Submit your content creation or download new player-created content and modifications for Serious Sam 3!
  • Misc Game Options – 5 difficulty levels, quick-save, auto-save, multiple save slots, 3rd person view, co-op gameplay tweaking options, game controller support, localized with subtitles, parental blood & gore control including hippie mode, various color schemes, tons of advanced graphics options to tweak, cheats, console, Steam trading cards, achievements, leaderboards and cloud and much, much more!

    * This item is only available on PC

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP 32-bit (with service pack 2 or 3)
    • Processor: Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 7800/7900/8600 series, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 or 1800/X1900 series
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4GB free hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectX9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-core from Intel (i5/i7-series) or AMD (Phenom II) at 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 480/580 GTX, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5870/6970
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4GB free hard drive space
    • Sound: DirectX9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 6 GB
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce GT 120/9600M/320M, or ATI (AMD) Radeon HD 4670. Intel integrated GPUs are not supported.
    • Processor: Intel i3/i5 Quad Code 2.7+ GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 6 GB
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800/9800/260, or ATI (AMD) Radeon HD 4870
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11)
    • OpenGL: 2.1
    • Hard Drive: 4GB free hard drive space
    • Sound: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Quad-core from Intel (i5-series) or AMD (Phenom II) at 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 280/460 GTX, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 4870/5770 (Graphic drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11)
    • OpenGL: 2.1
    • Hard Drive: 4GB free hard drive space
    • Sound: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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25.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Sam needs to stop an invasion, as always...
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213.0 hrs
Posted: August 23
Back to real Sam after that ultra linear Sam 2 mess. It was fun but not SAM! BFE is a return to the Sam we all know and love. Great game play, great levels, great fighting all we can stand and more. Bring on Sam VR!
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9.9 hrs
Posted: August 23
I've always loved Serious Sam. Its a great evil brother to Duke Nukem. Such grit, much gore. The comedy is dry and hilarious, and the gameplay is pretty solid. Its a fuild shooter, but MAN can it be hard. Besides the difficulty, this game is a great one and I highly advise it. I give BFE an 8/10.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
11/9 IGN
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11.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
Hey There !

It wont be the best review ever, but I'll explain my point on view.

Before starting the REAL review, I play in "Serious" difficulty and I've played all the previous Serious Sam.

At the beggining the game was really fun and you had to use your brain sometimes (I said sometimes, you can still maintain left click and kill everything), but the more I play, the more I have to force myself ... I'm a little bittle after the middle of the game and I don't enjoy shooting at alien's face anymore. It's just ennemy waves after ennemy waves and you just keep dying and dying.

So, I'll end this little review by giving goods parts and bad parts

GOOD: Fun at the beggining, a good variety of monster and a lot of weapons. Good bossfights and a wonderfull story (I'm not trolling Kappa).

BAD: After 11-12h into the game, you'll do over and over the same kind of event which is just killing HUGE ennemy waves (it can be good, but over and over, you just feel annoyed). And in "Serious" difficulty, you really had to count every bullet that you shoot else you'll have trouble
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3.7 hrs
Posted: August 23
Apparently I can't play this because I have an outdated GPU, even though I can run games like Far Cry 3 on max settings.

EDIT: Ignore my hours, that was just from idling.
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7.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
Cool, when you come after school and play in Serious Sam 3: BFE. The game just calms nerves :)
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4.9 hrs
Posted: August 21
This one reminds me of the good ol' Serious Sam classics!
You can generally expect the game to have everything, that his predecessor had, but with some innovations, like sprinting, more modern weapon, new/remade monsters, characters and of course pretty decent graphics!
I think they really did it right this time, after what they presented with SS2...
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5.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
it's a slaughterfest game
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Serious Sam 3 is PC FPS at is finest
The difficulty levels are something like...

- Tourist = Whatever nowadays consolized FPS here
- Easy = Duke Nukem
- Normal = Doom
- Hard = Soul Series
- Serious = What Serious Sam series are mean to be
- Mental = ALT + F4, Unreal Tournament ( 99 - 2K4) with a zerg of bots on Masterful

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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Stop reading and just buy it. Worth every penny, amazing game. Love SS franchise!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
555.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Serious Sam 3: BFE follows the tradition of its predecessors, First Encounter and Second Encounter, very well.

All the elements of this series are there: the waves of aliens, the weapons and more importantly, the laughs. No other game has given me so many laugh-out-loud moments as Serious Sam: The Franchise.

Considering when the game was released, the graphics still look great. It does look great on a 3840x2160 monitor and the level of detail is impressive. There are several ‘eye candy’ vistas to be had.

Thanks, Croteam!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
♥♥♥♥ing INSANE game

kill kill kill kill kill kill and kill kill kill kill

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Take a few hours of your life and play this game. The endless violance, harsh language and extreme action makes you never regret the day you were born. Further more if you have the option to play with your friends i can guarantee that you will be jerking off simultaneously for each and every second you are playing this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
This game is like someone's memory of what it was like to play Duke Nukem 3D when they were 12 years old. They remember it being way more over the top, violent, profane, bizzare, and hilarious than it actually was. Like when your dad talks about a fish he caught and exagerates it's size by several magnitudes. When you see a half dozen men running at you across the desert, with their heads chopped off and bombs bolted to their hands, screaming at the top of their lungs as they prepare to kamikaze you, you will understand that this game is that fish, but it actually is just as big as your dad said it was.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
213.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Back to real Sam after that ultra linear Sam 2 mess. It was fun but not SAM! BFE is a return to the Sam we all know and love. Great game play, great levels, great fighting all we can stand and more. Bring on Sam VR!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
It's funny how this game which was inspired by Duke Nukem in the first place ends up being 100x better than Duke Nukem Forever. If anything, this game should have been the true sequel of Duke Nukem 3D.

Anyway this game is one of the best games in the modern fast paced style first person shooters, and I myself am a huge fan of old school shooters like Doom, Quake 3 Arena and Duke Nukem 3D. In a time when MOBA's, CoD clones and bland mixtures of both, I gotta congratulate CroTeam personally, they made a game that has that old school charm, that old school difficulty, that makes you rage but at the same time the game rewards you for a job well done, something that most modern games threw it away to appeal to a casual audience (well until Doom 2016 came out but that's another review). In other words, this game stands out from all the FPS garbage we have been fed upon ever since the release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. The replay value is certainly there, the secrets are well hidden. Once again, CroTeam, who were inspired by the fast paced old school shooters, they created a masterpiece.

I do recommend fully that you buy this game if you are into fast paced challenging first person shooters and at the same time tired of the bland modern CoD genre. Seriously, this game is worth every cent.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
WAY MORE fun than what i though i would have playing this game!
I dont remember how i got the game, i just had one friend calling me, "hey i see you have serious sam 3, wanna play?", i really had the game and MEH i decided to play it, and oh boy, it was fun, the game is really good, baamm that, boom this, pow pow, it is madness, i love the easter eggs, all blood and everything flying with the power of my op guns... it is fun with friends and alone, i dont have complains about anything, it's mostlikely one of the co-op games i played so far, and i really recommend it if you want a great cooperative expirence.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
A Paladin’s Steam Review: Serious Sam 3 BFE. Seriously Serious Savagery From Sam's Shotgun Shells.
  • Genre: FPS Large-Scale Linear Arena Shooter. Single, Co-Op & Multiplayer. Modding Support.
  • Developed & Published by: Croteam & Devolver Digital
  • Platform: Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • DRM: SteamWorks.
  • Business Model: Single Purchase + Expansion DLC
  • Copy Purchased by Myself
Read the full & unabridged review on A Paladin Without A Crusade

Overall Gameplay Thoughts
Serious Sam 3 BFG (as well as the rest of the entries) are all about Sam trying to save Earth from a never ending army of alien monsters led by a mysterious overlord named "Mental". The player is tasked with running through arena after arena where they must kill all the enemies in order to keep progressing. There's a variety of weapons to choose from including a sledgehammer, double-barreled shotgun, RPG launcher, alien laser weapon all the way up to a literal cannon. The challenge isn't the individual enemies themselves but the constant torrential downpour of them as they charge at you. Add enemies with ranged attacks, a giant open area where they can come at you from all sides and you've got a recipe for an intense experience of destruction and survival. The enemy AI is brain dead as they'll repeat the same attack patterns over and over again. What makes them dangerous the sheer number of them and how much they'll hurt if they land a shot. Most enemies are dangerous to touch, which makes using the hammer as you go later into the game a dicey affair. Not impossible and a hell of a lot of fun, but dicey. As such, you'll need to keep moving and strafing to the left or right to dodge their attacks. There are a range of enemies from yelling beheaded kamikazes and harpies to acid throwing giant spiders and two-legged mechanoids bristling with rocket launchers and lasers. When enemies are killed, there's an explosion of dust that will obfuscate the area behind them. The most aggravating enemy to me are the Kleers, these running skeleton chargers pack a punch and are difficult to avoid. So, not only do you have to keep your eyes peeled for the next enemies coming your way, you have to keep in mind any enemies you dodged/didn't kill and listen for any you may not have noticed coming your way. Fortunately for Sam, enemies telegraph themselves with loud sounds that are immediately distinguishable from the cacophony of weapons' firing. Which you'll need as some of these fights can last for a long time and it can be trying, if not exhilarating to keep up with everything.

Most weapons in the game for both Sam and the enemies are projectile weapons with a few hitscan weapons including the assault rifle. Nearly all the weapons are a joy to use, even the pistol with it's somewhat weak damage. My personal favorites are the XPML21 Rocket Launcher, SBC Cannon (because badasses love cannons) and XM-214-A Minigun. I'd say my only major complaint about the combat mechanics is that it's really stingy with ammo for the higher-end weapons while providing a ton of ammo for the shotgun. There are also some enemies that have hitscan weapons that I'm not a big fan of either.

I remain impressive that SS3 continues to hold up today when stacked up against the current kings of the FPS genre. The gameplay design may be simplistic at first glance, but there is a depth and purity to the chaos that helps it to remain enjoyable even five years after I started playing. Dodging and weaving through the hordes still hasn't gotten old. Even the graphics still hold up even if some minor objects in the environment look a bit questionable. And the badass soundtrack accents the action perfectly as well.

Narrative Talk
SS3 takes place before the events of Serious Sam: The First Encounter. Humanity is losing the war against Mental and has tasked Sam and his team with locating and protecting a scientist. This scientist believes that he has located an ancient artifact that may turn the tide of war in their favor. The Time Lock, a device that could send people back in time in order to assassinate Mental before the war ever started. What follows is a lengthy campaign where Sam has to locate the Time Lock and the generators to turn it on. Thus transporting him to the events of The First Encounter. The story is pretty simplistic with a lot of the dialogue being handled over a radio conversation with "Command" and in cutscenes. Characters don't go through any arcs, nothing really surprising happens, it's just a straight shot (with detours) to the goal of turning on the Time Lock. Certainly there's a underlying tension about how Earth is losing the war but it never really seems to get to Sam. Jewel of the Nile DLC's story is about turning on a third generator that's apparently required to turn the Time Lock on. So I guess we're supposed to assume that it was done off-screen during the main campaign. Serious Sam is an endearing character filled with one-liners and quips while maintaining a serious atmosphere about himself. He can be a bit simple at times but it's part of his charm. This seemingly invincible soldier can get the job done. He just needs a few guns and explosives.

PC Settings and Audio/Video
The extensive options that the game provides is impressive. If you want to tweak something about Serious Sam, it'll let you. The Serious Sam Engine 3.5 shows off impressive vistas, lighting and bloody gibs galore while you fight hundreds of monsters. This shooter takes place largely in Egypt. So, expect to see plenty of sand, deserts and pyramids. Though there's the occasional town and oasis to break things up. There's even some destructible terrain thrown in at times, though the levels are largely static. The game is very well optimized and I don't recall having any maddening issues such as crashing or bugs. Even more impressive is the support of up to 16 people in co-op and multiplayer. I've always wanted to get a LAN party like that setup just to see how crazy that would be. Alas, I've never had the chance. (16 co-op isn't restricted to LAN but it probably works the best over LAN rather than Internet).

Final Thoughts
Serious Sam 3: BFE remains one of my favorite FPSes to come back to every now and again. Both the base game and the expansion DLC: Jewel of the Nile are well worth playing through even if it's only for the single player content. The multiplayer community isn't worth joining but co-op definitely is if you can get some friends involved. I have no complaints with the campaign, it's nicely paced and lengthy enough with plenty of interesting combat sections. Same goes for the DLC, though the difficulty is definitely higher than the base game. I think that Serious Sam 3 is well worth picking up even after all of these years. Go get Serious Sam 3 and prepare for War!

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