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10:15 AM on 07.08.2014

Serious Sam devs ditching guns for a mysterious puzzler (with lasers)

The Talos Principle was revealed at E3, from which Darren Nakamura got a nice preview of the game. The latest from Croteam (Serious Sam) seems more Portal than shotgun eviscerator and will be available this yea...

Steven Hansen




The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers photo
The Talos Principle explores philosophy and lasers
by Darren Nakamura

Nestled in a parking lot across the street from the convention center in Los Angeles was Devolver Digital's phalanx of air conditioned campers. The publisher had a good mixture of highly anticipated titles like Hotline Miami 2 and Broforce, and more recently announced titles. The Talos Principle is one such game, and as usual, Devolver knows how to curate good content.

Though it is being developed by Croteam, which is probably best known for its over-the-top first-person shooter series Serious Sam, The Talos Principle has more in common with Portal. Its first-person puzzle platforming is not built off the most mindblowing ideas, but it is only part of the focus. The rest is on a deeply philosophical narrative, courtesy of Tom Jubert, who delivered a fantastic story in my favorite game from 2013: The Swapper.

Suffice it to say, I left the camper with fairly high expectations for this.

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1:30 PM on 04.30.2014

Serious Sam Classics: Revolution out now on Early Access

It's time to get serious. Or stoic. Actually, if Serious Sam is your thing, you might even want to get excited. A team of fans (with Croteam's blessing, no less) has launched Serious Sam Classics: Revolution on Steam, an ite...

Brittany Vincent

9:14 AM on 11.06.2012

Croteam dev hates Windows 8, calls it a 'walled garden'

A number of game developers have already shared their less-than-positive views on Windows 8, slamming Microsoft's new interest in ruling the PC gaming market through proprietary services. Croteam's chief technical offer ...

Jim Sterling

7:30 PM on 10.17.2012

Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile DLC and franchise sale

If you were salivating at the chance to play more Serious Sam 3, then your wait is over. The Jewel of the Nile DLC is now out for Croteam's old-school FPS, consisting of three new levels as the titular hero travels to the&nbs...

Alasdair Duncan

12:30 PM on 10.12.2012

Rich Knuckles announces Serious Sam 3: BFE coming to XBLA

That's right, Serious Sam 3: BFE is finally making its way to Xbox Live Arcade, and it's launching in less than a week, no less. The single-player and co-op parts will be available for 1200 Microsoft Points, while the multip...

Brett Zeidler

7:30 PM on 07.24.2012

A Linux version is next for Serious Sam 3: BFE

The latest update on Valve's interest in bringing Left 4 Dead 2 and Steam over to Ubuntu was a spot of bright news for Linux users, and there's more where that came from. Croteam and Devolver Digital have announced that Serio...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 05.16.2012

Live show: Serious Sam giveaway on Mash Tactics

It's about to get all super serious on Mash Tactics today! King Foom is going balls to the wall in Serious Sam 3: BFE multiplayer. On top of that, we have a bunch of codes for the Serious Sam Complete Pack on Steam, courtesy ...

Bill Zoeker

5:00 PM on 12.07.2011

Serious Sam 3 DRM = Immortal Pink Scorpion

Despite Serious Sam 3 promising to fight piracy simply by being an awesome game, it turns out that developer Croteam has snuck some DRM in there. Fortunately, it's the best kind of DRM -- the kind that only affects illegal c...

Jim Sterling



Review: Serious Sam 3: BFE photo
Review: Serious Sam 3: BFE
by Jim Sterling

As games become increasingly complex and try to explore new, innovative ideas, the market is ripe for a game that takes us back to square one. Despite our lofty ideals and desire to treat videogames as art, there's still a base hunger for reckless destruction and wanton violence, the kind that has permeated our entertainment since time immemorial. 

Enter Serious Sam 3: BFE, a game that saw an opportunity and took it. In a generation full of military shooters and quirky gimmicks, "Serious" Sam Stone knows exactly what you need, and is more than happy to deliver. 

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5:00 PM on 11.24.2011

Serious Sam 3: BFE update kills game saves (Update)

[Update: The Croteam member who confirmed the issue has said that the studio may be able to fix everything. A new patch will arrive tomorrow that will attempt to rescue both old and new saves. Fingers crossed!] A small update...

Jim Sterling





10:00 AM on 11.22.2011

Your Serious Sam 3: BFE launch trailer is here

Sick of turgid military shooters and po-faced space marines? Do you just want to shoot a lot of things while a mentally stunted meathead laughs in the face of violence? Well, Serious Sam 3: BFE is ready and waiting.  Th...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 11.17.2011

New Serious Sam 3 trailer contains a lot of blood

Remember when Croteam's Serious Sam 3: BFE was hit with a delay? I know, we all cried a little inside at the fact that we wouldn't be able to rip out the eyes of Sam's enemies with nothing but our bear hands, or get to ...

Harry Monogenis

11:30 AM on 10.31.2011

Serious Sam 3: BFE gets its arsenal out in new trailer

Here's a new trailer for Serious Sam 3: BFE, showing off the juicy selection of weapons that Sam Stone will use to make mincemeat of Mental's ugly thralls. From assault rifles to lazer guns, you'll have plenty to play with.  The game's shaping along nicely from what I've played of it, and I expect a diamond in the rough. Who's looking forward to this one?

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 09.30.2011

Serious Sam 3: BFE pushed back to November 22

Serious Sam 3: BFE has been hit with a delay, missing its October 18 launch date to instead come out on November 22. Croteam says it wanted to polish things up before revealing the final product.  "The team wants to take...

Jim Sterling



Fantastic Arcade: Serious Sam 3 may be the best one yet photo
Fantastic Arcade: Serious Sam 3 may be the best one yet
by Allistair Pinsof

[All this week, I'll be bringing game coverage from indie game festival Fantastic Arcade in Austin, TX. Be sure to check Flixist for my coverage of film festival companion Fantastic Fest.]

A Serious Sam 3 preview seems largely pointless. Yet, here I am. What a rebel!

As Jim Sterling said in his E3 preview, Croteam’s latest has all the silly enemies and weapons you want. It’s shaping up to be every bit as good as past entries. That’s all you can hope to hear. Except, I’m going to go one further and say it’s shaping up to be best one yet. Where previous Serious Sams felt like a placeholder for a new Doom (one that plays like the original Doom, that is), Serious Sam 3:BFE feels like the logical progression of the '90s-style, arena-based FPS.

I will care substantially less about a new Doom after this comes out. Read on to find out why.

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