When people mention over the top comedic violence, the first game that comes to my mind is the Serious Sam series. Featuring aliens, ancient creatures and over the top weapons, the series made itself a landmark on the gaming landscape 15 years ago on March 21st, to celebrate the Serious Sam anniversary, the creators of Serious Sam, Croteam, is adding Steam trading cards to some of the games.
Released back in 2009 and 2010 respectively, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter saw improved graphics and even the addition of new multiplayer modes. For example, the Second Encounter features 16-player cooperative play in the campaign while also boasting Survival modes and beast hunt modes.
What’s probably most confusing is that you can still buy the original Serious Sam games on Steam, but only the HD versions will be getting the Steam trading cards this month. If you feel like you need to see what all the fuss is about then don’t worry, as until the 22nd March you can get the Serious Sam Complete Pack for 90% off. That’s a reduction from £69.99 to only £6.99!! The pack includes both the original games, the HD remakes and the second and third games in the series alongside a bunch of DLC for several of the games.
So many good games to play this weekend with the likes of the Borderlands and Dead Rising series on sale, adding Serious Sam to the mix seems to just invite a very long gaming session with your friends, wouldn’t you agree?
I don’t know about you but the first Serious Sam is currently one of my favorite games, mainly because it’s so good at stirring up my nostalgia. It’s been quite a few years since the game came out in 2001, but this does not mean that its developers and fans have forgotten about it. Actually, Croteam has just released the source code for Serious Engine v1.10, which was actually used to create the first two Serious Sam titles. Even though this engine is not as easy to set up when compared to Unreal or Unity, for example, its creators are confident that the gaming community will be able to make wonders with it without too much effort.
Croteam’s Vyacheslav Nikitenko has stated the following:
“Historically, this version of Serious Engine is very important for Croteam and for me personally. I created several mods for Serious Sam back in the day, before even starting the work on the source code, and it was a great tool for learning. And it’s even better today! Obviously, Serious Engine v1.10 won’t produce top-notch graphics, but the source code is very well commented, easy to modify, and there are lots of user generated mods out there. This version has everything you need to build your own game – or just experiment.”
The source code can be downloaded right here if you’re interested.
We still don’t know much about Serious Sam 4, as Croteam has only just begun writing the game’s story towards the end of 2015. However, the developers have decided to share a few things regarding the game’s engine and main features in order to allow us to get a better idea of what to expect from the final product. Sources indicate that the Serious Engine has received some impressive upgrades, which means that Serious Sam 4 will benefit from advanced features such as motion capture and photogrammetry. As for the story, it appears that it will be set before the events of Serious Sam 3, so it should definitely prove interesting.
Another thing worth pointing out is that the game will use some form of copy protection, maybe even something along the lines of the immortal scorpion that was implemented in Serious Sam 3. Just in case you don’t remember, Serious Sam 3 had a rather interesting form of DRM, which involved a giant invincible armoured scorpion that would hunt down players if they attempted to play a pirated copy of the game. In The Talos Principle, pirates would always get stuck in an elevator, which made the game impossible to play. Serious Sam 4 will also support the Vulkan API, and it will offer an incredibly high number of enemies present on-screen at the same time. Alen Ladavac from Croteam issued the following statement on Steam:
“We will support Vulkan. But we probably won’t be removing support for other APIs soon. SS4 certainly will not use the same version of engine as Talos does. It will use a _much_ improved version. Exact details will be revealed when SS4 is officially presented.”
Humble Weekly Bundle is keeping it going, no break for them this week. Bringing us a brand new bundle! This week the bundle is a Serious Sam Edition! Bringing us 8 games, 6 of which are for Steam! As always HumbleBundle.com and all of their sales, offer us an amazing event in which you as the consumer get to “Name Your Price”. This week will consist of the Serious Sam series, 6 games for your computer, 1 game for your android and a public test. This bundle has a retail value of about $100 though with you being able to name your price you are able to pay what you want, how you want. Giving you the ability to give all what you pay to the developers, to charity, or even as a humble tip.
Paying at least $1 dollar you will receive steam codes for the first 6 games. Beat the average and you will get all of the games in the list. Serious Sam 3: BFE has a retail value of $39.99. Let the bidding wars begin! Who will pay the most for their games?
If you are interested in more bundles like this one, check out their website every week www.humblebundle.com to check out new and exciting deals offered!
On a special note, all of the funds that go to the developer will be going towards the next game, Serious Sam 4, said to be “the craziest and greatest Serious Sam EVER!” Expected to be released in 2014