Croteam is finally giving us a sequel to Serious Sam that does not require a VR headset

Cal Jeffrey

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The Serious Sam franchise is finally getting a true sequel. It has been seven years since Serious Sam 3: BFE launched. While we have seen several SS titles since then, (heck, we saw four in 2017 alone), none have carried the Serious Sam 4 moniker. The four 2017 titles were all ports of the first three games to VR with the fourth, Serious Sam: The Last Hope, also being a VR-only title. Croteam did not hand TLH the SS4 title, so even the developers did not consider it a true sequel.

On Thursday Croteam revealed that Serious Sam 4 is finally in the works by throwing us an introductory teaser/trailer. The game, subtitled “Planet Badass,” will feature the usual over-the-top gibbing and humorous yet exciting and hectic gameplay that we have come to know since the first Serious Sam launched way back in 2001.

The trailer shows Sam riding his motorcycle down a stretch of highway minding his own business and enjoying the beautiful countryside and butterflies. Of course, this is Serious Sam so we know that can’t last very long, and indeed, here comes a Beheaded Kamikaze out of nowhere, which Sam dispatches casually in a shower of blood and body parts. As he continues on the camera pulls back to show hordes of baddies swarming the highway. The trailer fades out finishing with a “See you at E3” message.

Serious Sam 3 did not get rave reviews. TechSpot gave it a metascore of 75. While I felt the game was too short, I did find it fun and enjoyable. Hopefully, Croteam can improve the reception for this installment by addressing some of the gripes that critics had about SS3.

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass does not have a release date yet, but Croteam is planning a big reveal at E3 2018, which is in just a couple months.

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EClyde

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Serious Sam looked great and could have been fun but there were too many waves of monsters. Got boring for me
 

psycros

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SS3 had almost no resemblance to the previous games. It tried to be, well...a bit too serious. There were some fairly empty and excessively convoluted levels. Out went the crazy areas of reverse gravity and whatnot, replaced by generic leftovers from CoD and BF. It just didn't feel like a proper Sam game to me and my buddies.
 

EClyde

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Why do I always feel like screaming when watching Serious Sam clips? It's so weird.
Guys don't scream except in movies and TV commercials. They do that so guys will think it's OK to be feminine
 

Morphine Child

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I really liked first SS/Second Encounter... easily one of the best games of that time. Second one was weird, boring garbage for me and third one had some fun moments, but they were too far in between to make it a really good game.

I reeeeally hope they go back to their roots with fourth one, ditch stupid realism attempts and give us proper old school Sam experience.
 

Capaill

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Why do I always feel like screaming when watching Serious Sam clips? It's so weird.
Guys don't scream except in movies and TV commercials. They do that so guys will think it's OK to be feminine
I'm not sure if a guy screaming with no head (which is a mystery in itself) and a flaming cannonball in each hand is particularly feminine but whatever! That scene from the first Serious Sam where you first encounter them was great. One guy? Piece of cake. Uhh, why does it sound like there's a lot more of them behind the hill?
 

BadThad

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Serious Sam looked great and could have been fun but there were too many waves of monsters. Got boring for me

Well, that's the point of the game.....killing hordes of stuff!

I can't wait until it comes back, hopefully with the coop mode again.
 

EClyde

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I'm not sure if a guy screaming with no head (which is a mystery in itself) and a flaming cannonball in each hand is particularly feminine but whatever! That scene from the first Serious Sam where you first encounter them was great. One guy? Piece of cake. Uhh, why does it sound like there's a lot more of them behind the hill?
Missed it by a mile
 

Abraka

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Serious Sam has a type of humor that is hard to find in other games. I'm still smiling, minutes after this very short trailer has ended. I'm serious.