Serious Sam 3: Before First Encounter is a Shooting game available on the PC. It can be played in Competitive Cooperative modes.
Serious Sam 3: Before First Encounter is a Shooting game. Shooting games present a world in which the character must shoot their way out of dangerous situations. They provide the player with an array of weapons tailored to specific tasks. This unavoidably involves a combination of fisticuffs and gun based fighting that dictates the violent nature of these experiences. Beneath this harsh exterior though is often an intricate tactile game - and this is usually what drives the player.
Serious Sam 3: Before First Encounter can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Serious Sam 3: Before First Encounter can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Serious Sam 3: Before First Encounter promises to take us back to a simpler time of gaming. Croteam are eager to keep the frantic and smooth feel of the original as Sam travels back to Egypt to the events that precede the first game.
Serious Sam was always a throw back. Even when first released the gameplay was reminiscent of a bygone era of frantic twitch action shooting at a time when gaming had moved towards pacing, cover and tactics. Serious Sam 3 hopes to continue that legacy for a new generation with dozens of onscreen enemies and smooth frenetic action.
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