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All Articles: Serious Sam 3: BFE
Welcome to yet another weekly PlayStation Store update. The PS4 sits out this week, but there’s still a few big offerings now available for the PS3 and Vita.
Almost first appearing on the PC in 2011 and on the Xbox 360 in 2012, old school FPS Serious Sam 3: BFE lands on the PS3. He is joined by In Harm’s Way, the third episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season 2.
And over on the Vita, Gearbox has brought Borderlands 2 to Sony’s handheld after winning more awards and releasing more downloadable content than any game in living memory on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. It’s joined by Soul Sacrifice Delta, an enhanced version of Keiji Inafune’s action RPG.
More details on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)
Today’s trio of additions to the Xbox Live Arcade couldn’t be more different.
First up, there’s Serious Sam: BFE (1200 Microsoft Points/$15), one of the wildest first person shooters on the PC, now available for the XBLA:
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. Brutally fast-paced action, massive shootouts, and thrilling cooperative play make for the most explosive Serious Sam game ever! Contains the full single-player and cooperative campaign modes.
Next up is Zombie Driver HD (800 Microsoft Points/$10), a top-down car combat game that pits a variety of vehicles against the lumbering undead:
Insane mix of cars, speed, explosions, blood and zombies! Fight through an epic narrative campaign or test yourself in the Slaughter and Blood Race modes. Engage huge bosses, save survivors, drive crazy vehicles such as a bulldozer, fire truck or even a tank and smash everything in your way. Take part in the Blood Race tournament – chase other cars and take them down without mercy on brutal racing tracks. Jump into the Slaughter mode and survive as long as possible on specially crafted arenas.
Finally, we’ve got Discovered, a Kinect-powered “original interactive film” that promises to give you a taste of stardom. Due to a sponsorship from Intel, Discovered is a free download on the XBLA:
Do you have what it takes to be a superstar? Get schooled by Chris Evans on the secrets of the action hero. Get styled and learn how to work the runway with Chanel Iman. Rock the party with Redfoo of LMFAO. Live video play puts you in the action: punch, jab, kick, jump — pose, smile — surf the crowd. Pass these celebrity tests and you’ll be slated for stardom. Share the custom movie poster of you and Evans, and your magazine cover shot, with your friends.
Serious Sam will make the Xbox Live Arcade a very serious place this Fall with two new releases.
First up is Croteam’s Serious Sam 3: BFE, which will feature the fast-paced brutal action the first person shooter series is known for and take advantage of XBLA’s online capabilities.
A revamped Serious Sam Double D XXL, a 2D sidescroller starring Sam, is also on its way. It’ll feature new missions, weapons, enemies, and a campaign cooperative mode.
Nathan Fouts, founder and Lead Designer at Mommy’s Best Games, said that his team has taken all of criticism concerning the repetitive nature of the shooting and the lack of depth in the original Serious Sam Double D to heart, and have incorporated more gameplay variety in the XBLA version.
Croteam has been doing serious work on the third game in the Serious Sam series since 2009. Today, they unveiled the first screenshots of their labor and announced that Serious Sam 3: BFE would be released on consoles and the PC this Summer. There’s no word yet on what the BFE stands for.
Serious Sam 3 will actually be a prequel to the first game in the series and it’ll tell the tale of how Sam Stone first became “Serious” battling Mental’s forces back in 22nd century Egypt. While the game is powered by a brand new engine and sports a more realistic look, Serious Sam 3 is still all about the boom… or in the words of Croteam: “No cover systems, no camping – it’s just you and them. All of them.”
But that’s not to say there won’t be a few new tricks up Sam’s sleeveless shirt. This time around Sam will be able to perform melee attacks and take on the campaign mode with 15 of his closest friends. A variety of Versus Modes and new enemies round out Serious Sam 3’s big package.
When asked about the sales prospects of Serious Sam 3, the game’s publisher, Devolver Digital was very excited: “Holy crap, I am going to make a boatload of cash of this game,” said Fork Parker, chief financial officer at Devolver Digital, the Serious Sam 3: BFE publisher. “I mean that’s what this is all about, right? If this thing comes out in the summer my wife is totally getting the tit job she’s been asking for.”
Serious Sam was originally created to fill the void left by the continuing delays of Duke Nukem Forever, so it’ll be very interesting to see the two titans of the “gratuitous gunplay” genre go head-to-head in the marketplace this year.
Check out the first screenshots of Serious Sam 3: BFE after the break. (more…)