Serious Sam 3: BFE (Before First Encounter) is a video game developed by Croteam and was released in November 2011. This video game is the eighth installment of the Serious Sam series of games developed by Croteam. This video game features a first person shooter type of game genre where players engage in ranged weapons combat with enemies in a first person perspective. Serious Sam 3: BFE has two gaming modes. The single player mode allows the player to play the game’s story or play the survival game type where players need to defend themselves from waves of attacking enemies. The game’s multiplayer mode can host both offline and online games. Online games are played using a split screen and have several types: Standard Cooperative, Classic Cooperative, Coin-Op Cooperative, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Last Man Standing, My Burden, Capture the Flag, and Insta-Kill.
In Serious Sam 3: BFE, the players take control of the game’s main protagonist, Serious Sam. Serious Sam is a well-known hero in Earth’s struggle against Mental, an alien who intends to wipe out intelligent races in the galaxy. Serious Sam 3: BFE features an action-oriented gameplay where players can use a variety of ranged weapons such as the minigun, rocket launcher, assault rifles, and a cannon. The game provides 13 weapon types and 5 of them have a manual reload. The game also provides a melee weapon in the form of a sledgehammer and randomly scattered power ups and health packs used to heal the character’s injuries. Serious Sam 3: BFE features a linear gameplay and does not have puzzles that the players need to solve. However, players are still required to find keys, pull levers, and search for environmental anomalies in order to progress to another level.