Serious Sam 3 is an incredible game, a relic from a time when having a sore hand meant you did well. But before you buy it, you need to know what exactly you’re looking for. The campaign is short but a blast to replay, especially with fifteen friends. Adversarial multiplayer is way off the mark. Survival mode, the best part of the game, only has two maps. However, one year from now when you decide to boot up Serious Sam 3 with a few friends, survival mode is the reason you’ll be doing it.

If your first console was an Xbox 360, it’s possible that your shooter diet consists entirely of mega-popular shooters like Call of Duty and Halo. For you folks, I could not recommend this game more. It’s not a better game than Battlefield 3, and it doesn’t have the features of Modern Warfare 3, but it is one of gaming’s greatest history lessons – one that I urge you to experience. Just make sure you prepare by lifting some weights with a tiny, finger-sized dumbbell.

Wow. That really should have been a pre-order bonus.  

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