My history with the Serious Sam series dates back to 2001 when the first game was released on PC. I’ve been waiting for a few years for the Serious Sam collection to be released on PS4. After digging into the game, does this new release respond to hype, or is it better for me to never take off my rosy glasses?
The Serious Sam collection consists of three games and two DLCs. Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam 3: BFE, The Legend of the Beast and Jewel of the Nile expansion packs. Like the re-release Ron Jeremy, it’s packed a lot.
The main character, Sam “Serious” Stone, appears on an old pickup truck full of whiskey and fireworks and is a cousin of a Doomguy redneck who promises a fun night. He drops an interesting one-liner like an 80’s action star and almost fulfills that promise.
The first two games are very similar. Serious Sam HD: First Encounter sends back the most powerful alien defenders on Earth to ancient Egypt, eliminating evil forces. Serious Sam HD: Second Encounter is inspired by Central America. Both games have a minimal story and run through temples and large arenas, but the second game has more green with some upgrades such as additional weapons. It also slows down the game while switching weapons. I appreciate this, but when 40 enemies are approaching you, the switching mechanism should be faster and easier.
Gameplay is where you fall in love or scream and escape. Played in first or third person, this is an arcade shooter that forces you to straf and shoot the screen-filled bad guys at once. In the first two games, there are some small spaces inside, but the outdoor arena stretches out to give you plenty of operating space. Enemies teleport to levels in front of and behind you, and the only way to stay alive is to keep moving and shoot constantly.
After all these years, even if I don’t remember my skills, playing these levels is really exciting. Difficulty settings range from game journalists (just kidding) to mental, so you can fine-tune the level of your challenge.
Serious Sam: BFE is a big departure from the other two and I’m a bit at odds with it. With the purpose of the mission and the actual story with other characters, Sam tells a lot of things I didn’t always like. It adds a reload mechanism that feels very unnecessary after other games. When playing as a third person, melee mechanics look clunky and slow.
On the other hand, it’s a much better looking and sounding game, and the new structure serves more purposes. The overall feel of the game is still good after the start, and there are still huge battles, gusset explosions, and an open arena with only general explosions that I love from the first two games and series in general.
All three games look pretty good. I played on PS5 and these games look better than older PCs. I still want to run like these games, but there are no software updates to get older. On PS4, there is a slight decrease in visual quality and a slightly longer load time. Both consoles have a very long load time and you can take action immediately. If you want to play this, don’t worry about waiting for the PS5.
The sounds still feel like old sounds and much hasn’t been done to change them. In this case, I’m happy with it. I want an old sound effect. The music still swells for battle and fades into the background between the music-influenced battles of the first two games taken from the Egyptian and Central American environment. Heavy rock riffs dominate the third game, which isn’t bad either.
As a package, the Serious Sam collection is excellent. Keeping the magic of the original game intact, the console works better than ever. The first two games have a special combination of gameplay mayhem that always talks to me, but the third game has grown to you and is definitely better. If you haven’t played them, it’s a treat. And if you’re a repeater, you’ll have all the fun to remember, even if the reaction time is different than before.
Serious Sam Collection PS5, PS4 Review
Game title: Serious Sam Collection
Game description: Shooter, action adventure
- Overall-great- 8/10
The Serious Sam collection is a great opportunity for fans of the series to relive the explosive and fast-paced gameplay that the series offers. The first and second games are absolute classics, but changes in the third game may require some tweaking. It works well and can prove that great gameplay is still great after almost 20 years.
- Simplified Shoot-The gameplay that moves everything is great
- Improve visuals without changing the feel or sound
- It’s great that you don’t have to pull out an old console or move it to your PC to play these games
- The third game grows on you, but some changes don’t make it better.
- Weapon switching can be slow and cumbersome
Review Disclaimer: This review was performed using a copy of the game provided by the publisher. Read the review policy for more information.
Review using PS5.
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After receiving the NES at an early age, Jason eventually fell in love with video games. This addiction has grown to include PC games and has been enhanced with the launch of the PS2. Since then, he’s been plagued by epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never getting better, but he couldn’t stop. He keeps playing the game (poorly) and shares his passion for them with those who listen.