Sorely lacking on PlayStation 5
Title: Serious Sam 4
Editor: Digital developer
Platforms: PlayStation 5 (reviewed on)
Release date: December 7, 2021
The Serious Sam series is a weird thing to me and honestly I never thought that a million years from now would still be around for a 4th game – especially after the oddly well-written Matt Hazard finally fell apart. . (For real, it was a satire of everything in the game world, JRPG characters using too much ellipses and forced twists. There was also Neil Patrick Harris as the main villain. Why did you all have it? slept on it?)
But that Serious Sam 4 will release on PS5 towards the end of 2021 is simply disconcerting. Not only that, the character was designed as an imitation of Duke Nukem which was purposefully designed as the antithesis of other games like Doom. It is like an imitation of an imitation. But it’s 2021, we’re in the worst possible timeline, and Serious Sam is still here. Seriously.
Dear reader, I want you to understand, I entered this game hoping to have a fun time. While I’ve never gotten into hyper-violent stuff, I really miss the days of linear FPS games where you battle demons and find weird secrets everywhere without having to worry about some added competitive multiplayer. This game has it all, but unfortunately it looks like most of them shipped through Wish.
The intro of the game delivers a strange monologue from the majority of the characters. Once Sam has a chance to force curses through the gravel in his throat, the camera dives down to the planet where the camera pans over a sea of enemies.
Now, before I show you, I want to remind you that Kingdom Hearts 2 was released in 2005 on PlayStation 2 and has beaten thousands of enemies much better than that. See what the game does on a PS5.
Do you see this? I thought my PS5 was going to come out of my cloak of anxiety again. It does not mean anything. Now, pair that with insanely long load times that rival Skyrim when it was first released and it raises a lot of questions about how they took coding “seriously”.
The weapon system is also a weird mess. Like I said, I don’t really play a lot of shooters but I understand them. So when I can’t hit anything with a sniper rifle, but shoot snipers from afar with just one shot, it raises questions. By the way, my primary sniper rifle throughout the game wasn’t the sniper rifle or anything with a scope. This was the handgun you use by default if you run out of ammo. Here I am, taking out ridiculously distant enemies with it. This pistol has more range than Henry Cavill.
The game sometimes has its fun parts, especially at the beginning. The cycle of this game is to introduce an enemy with a new mechanic, fight a group of them, introduce another enemy and fight them. Then you’ll fight a bunch of both at once. Whenever you fight a new enemy, you fight a bunch of them and then a swarm of whatever you’ve encountered so far. It’s an interesting gameplay loop for the first three or four houses in the game, but in Chapter 4 of this 15-chapter game, it gets old quickly.
Here is an example of chaos. In this video, I’m currently battling sharp zombies, screaming gentlemen with bombs, huge charging bull demons, slowly exploding acid-filled giants, vampires, things that launch energy attacks, and , at one point, I think a guy or two. There is a lot going on here.
And with every slow minute of the game, instead of swarming you with enemies, the game invades you with terrible dialogue. The script for this game is more staid than a house built off the Gulf Coast. Here is Sam placing a tag. Hope you like the bacon joke because he does it four more times.
Again, I wouldn’t have gone this far if I didn’t desperately want to have fun with this game but beyond the ridiculously dated graphics, character models that move like PS3 NPCs and horribly broken mechanics, Serious Sam 4 is not a game that I could seriously consider interesting.
Serious Sam 4 score (PS5): 4
A throwback to classic linear FPS gameplay gets lost under a bunch of broken mechanics, terrible dialogue, repeating villain designs, and some of the most boring environments I’ve ever seen. Serious Sam 4 is a remarkably dated game that should be reserved for the more “serious” of Serious Sam fans.
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