As a fan of Jonas Kyratzes' work, I did a double-take when I saw his name at E3, during the trailer for Croteam's The Talos Principle. The Lands of Dream co-creator, along with talented fellow writer Tom Jubert (The Swapper, FTL, Penumbra), and of course developers Croteam, are making a philosophical first-person puzzler and "metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in an inevitably doomed world". As this hour-and-a-bit Let's Play of the beta version reveals, it's a metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in an inevitably doomed world involving droney robots, security cameras, QR codes and jamming devices. Also a beautiful Mediterranean ruined world.
You can't keep a serious man down. You can try: firing out jokes at his ears, hoping he'll crease up in diaphragmatic agony. It won't work, as he's simply too serious. For Serious Sam, it's an understandable affectation—likely cultivated from the mass culling of headless bomb-men. And so, rather than leave him to his own devices, a group of fans have gone about retooling his first two adventures. Serious Sam Classics: Revolution is the result, giving Sam advanced graphics shader support, 64-bit compatibility and full Steamworks integration. The game is now available on Steam Early Access, and is free to all owners of both classic games.
The Humble Bundle continues to crank out the deals on a seemingly daily basis. Yesterday, Humble Indie Bundle 9 landed, and today the Humble Weekly Sale has arrived with a deal on some classic shooters like Shadow Warrior, Serious Sam, and Duke Nukem 3D. Paying more than $6.00 will also get you 2011’s flashy-but-troubled sci-fi shooter Hard Reset and the all-time classic System Shock 2.
No cover. All man. So reads Serious Sam 3: BFE’s macho tagline. Those other shooters you’ve been playing? The ones that let you hide behind things? You were playing a coward. You had formless voxels where your bump-mapped man-genitals should have been. Serious Sam despises you and your modern FPS standards, in a fun way that’s sometimes difficult to appreciate as intentionally ironic.
As with the previous games, this is an FPS that prides itself on bedlam and ultraviolent, large-scale carnage versus tens of thousands of streaming, screaming monsters. It’s defiantly old-school PC in tone.
Often have I turned my face toward a deaf heaven and cried, "Why can't Serious Sam be a turn-based RPG?"
Apparently, it can. In a shocking turn of events, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, from indie developer Vlambeer, follows Sam into something that looks a lot like an SNES-era JRPG. To judge from the trailer above, however, The Random Encounter has one big advantage over its predecessors: it knows exactly how ridiculous it is.
The Steam page promises turn-based battles, "serious strategy," and a "challenge mode" in which players battle endless waves of enemies until they are overcome and sent to leaderboard Valhalla. I'd love to tell you more, but words fail when faced with something like this.
You can get Serious Sam: The Random Encounter via Steam.
In July, we blew the lid off Flying Wild Hog's cyberpunk-soaked love letter to shooters of yore, Hard Reset. But—after picking the lid shrapnel out of our charred flesh—we realized something: this isn't a typical game release. Big-budget PC exclusive? No multiplayer? Nothing about crying behind cover 70 percent of the time? We asked, and Flying Wild Hog founder Klaudiusz Zych answered. Read on for Zych's thoughts about Call of Duty, Deus Ex, phoned-in multiplayer, PC leaving consoles in the dust, and plenty more.
Every week, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. This week, WE GET SERIOUS! (But not with Sam)
Nitro Family, or to give it its true name, NITRO FAMILY!, is one of Those games. You know the ones. They're the games you play on demo discs or similar, just the once, from some budget label or obscure shareware company, instantly quit out of because they're crap, and uninstall, never to think of again. Except! Years later, you're in the bath or walking through town when suddenly you think "Wait, did that actually exist, or did I just dream it?" It seems like a distant dream. Surely, no game that bizarre, that strange, that... that stupid could ever really have existed, right? I'm almost sure that NITRO FAMILY! did though, even if after several hours of playing it, I still feel the need to go back and check.
I just checked. Yep, NITRO FAMILY! exists, and in a nutshell, it's Serious Sam, only METAL.
Too bad that metal is shititanium.
The debut trailer for Serious Sam 3: BFE is out, and it's... well it's very Serious Sam. There are hordes of monsters. They mostly run straight at you. You shoot them. Some of them are giant. Most of them die quickly, but there are always more. There's really not much more to say, Serious Sam has always been about old fashioned shooter fun and that's what you get here.
Serious Sam 3: BFE is due out 'this summer'. No-one actually knows what the 'BFE' stands for yet, what do you think readers?