I'LL GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

The entire campaign can be played with sixteen allies, injecting another dose of madness into an already crowded battlefield. I’m of the mind that co-op play improves nearly every gaming experience, and Serious Sam 3 is no exception. The sound of several miniguns spinning up simultaneously is a sadistic sort of melody that you just have to hear. There’s also a survival mode, which is probably the most Serious Sammy part of the game.

The arenas – of which there are only two, sadly – are littered with ammo and weaponry. Enemies of all sorts spawn indefinitely and you must move your reticle over them and click until they go away. It’s far and away the most entertaining part of the whole package, and if the game ends up having decent legs, this mode will be the reason why.

There’s also a competitive multiplayer option that could not be more misguided. Serious Sam 3 shines when you’re frantically clicking hundreds of foes to death, feeling an oncoming finger cramp but ignoring it because you’re super extreme. One-on-one conflicts? Not so great. If that’s what you’re here for, I’d recommend checking out some of today’s more well-known shooters.

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