Serious Sam 3: BFE

  • Great run and gun gameplay as players utilise 13 weapon types
  • Fantastic one liner focused dialogue that fits in the broader franchise
  • Not enough new enemy variety from past titles leaving a missed opportunity to expand the franchise and provide new challenges

Serious Sam 3: BFE seeks to deliver fast paced first person shooting that is akin to the early shooters that gave birth to the FPS genre decades ago. Released in 2011 the game was later brought to the next generation of consoles through the Series Sam Collection that contains several of the games within the franchise.


Serving as a prequel to the original Serious Sam game (The First Encounter) this edition in the franchise takes place before Sam’s previous adventures which keeps it accessible to new and returning players alike. Picking up the storyline as Sam Stone heads to Egypt with a team of Earth Defence troops to find Dr Stein players find themselves quickly entangled in a quest to save the human race. Said quest centres around the powerful Time-lock device that was recently unearthed and believed capable of transporting a person back in time to alter events and prevent the human races demise.

With the device dormant though much of your story focus is on tracking down a method to power it up while fighting against the alien army of Mental. Ultimately players will be seeking two distinct power sources that can generate the necessary and unique plasma energy to send Sam back in time. With Egypt having a wealth of hidden history that ties loosely into the real world locations like the Great Pyramid and Sphinx players will find themselves in a familiar location with over the top alien action surrounding them.


The focus of Serious Sam 3: BFE is similar to the previous titles with the Serious Sam name with players mowing down large hordes of enemies in mostly open settings. Enemies include a mixture of both melee and ranged attackers who have their own tactics to take down the player and thus require the player to have an awareness of their own surroundings and available counter weapons.

Your options for countering these tactics include a range of 13 weapons that include the likes of assault rifle, mini gun, rocket launcher and chainsaw which can all be carried at once for maximum carnage. Following the line of traditional shooters Serious Sam 3: BFE does not feature regenerative health, instead relying on pickups for both health and armour scattered throughout the levels. Additionally secret areas hide large stockpiles of the above along with some unique weapons which are only available in said areas to reward players exploring around every corner that the Egypt setting has to offer.


Other mechanics on offer in Serious Sam 3: BFE include basic puzzles that have players collecting keys, finding levers and uncovering environmental anomalies to advance the story. Sprinting and iron sights join the franchise for the first time to help modernise the title and contribute to the faster pace of gameplay that you can expect.


  • The next great instalment in the Serious Sam franchise where players fight against an alien invasion.
  • Explore Egypt as players try to power a strange device to go back in time and prevent an alien threat.
  • Return to traditional first person shooter game design with health pickups and fast action.
  • Tackle multiple enemy tactic types with over a dozen weapon variations.
  • Experience a story prequel to The First Encounter game in the Series Same franchise.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on . Read our update policy to learn more.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

Games Finder is a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review scores data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.
Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.