Serious Sam Vr The First Encounter” has been released for early access with full movement abilities. This game is the first game they ever created and they are still working on it, impressive. First came the High Definition version, now it’s the Virtual Reality version. Seems that Croteam wants to make this game shine for eternity.
Visuals and Gameplay
Let’s start with who Serious Sam is. Serious Sam is a character created in 2001 for Serious Sam The First Encounter. He is a bold guy with a serious attitude. He likes to make jokes about the creatures he slaughters. This angry and aggressive fella kinda likes to create carnage by using any weapon he encounters. When you play this, you will see enough blood and gore to satisfy your urge to destroy something. If you have such urges, we would suggest you play the whole Serious Sam series or make an appointment with a psychologist. This game was created for killing though you may roam freely in the world as well.
Serious Sam Vr The First Encounter offers us the same game experience we had with better visuals. When playing, you will be shocked by how much a game can change in terms of graphics. They made pleasant changes. For the ones who didn’t play the game’s earlier version, this game contains ancient Egypt structures and surroundings. Although this game takes place in ancient Egypt, we couldn’t find enough relation between creatures within the game and the concept we are playing in. It seems that the main theme to game’s story is aliens and time traveling.
Controls and Motion Sickness
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. I mean that’s not the exact word for it but when you try to change something there is always a drawback. Croteam made the game with full locomotion but it created the issue of motion sickness. This game has thorny problems with motion; even if you are using the teleportation mode, there is no escape from motion sickness. There may be people who are susceptible to motion sickness and my advice for them is to think twice if you are about to buy this game.
The creators of Serious Sam VR made some mistakes like choosing grip button to function as the jumping button. This game has nothing to do with HTC Vive’s motion capturing capabilities as well. The thing is it’s just more realistic and you just need to turn your head to see enemies coming from behind you. That’s all they added to this game. If you’re waiting on a full-scale virtual reality gaming experience – sorry lads but this game lacks that ability.
Creatures and Concept
Since this is the first game’s virtual version there is no need to say that the concept and creatures stay same. It’s possible to say that those creatures we slay in every minute of the game are made poorly and designed in a really bad fashion but they are the original monsters of the first game. Changing the creatures and weapons could be a wise decision but seems like they didn’t want to make this game different to the original.
The main concept is having the pleasure of killing your enemies without even thinking and creating the biggest mess possible. Solving where to go and how to go is another issue in this game. You will encounter huge enemies and swarms of harpies as well. The creature sounds and music is not the best and you really get the retro feeling when you kill a monster by the sounds they make when they die. Ambiance and surrounding has had a good impact on Serious Sam. When you roam in the sands or temples, you find yourself enjoying the view of a pyramid or a catacomb. They always design the surroundings with a serious attitude.
To sum up, Serious Sam VR The First Encounter was a great way to improve Crytek’s first game and if you are a fan of the Serious Sam series, just go try the game. If you are not a fan of the series, I recommend you play other games. If you are interested in the origin of the story, the VR version of this game is more playable than other versions right now. Those who want to be inside of the carnage, this game is your game! One last note: If you have a weak stomach this experience could be very painful for you.
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Title: Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter
Genre: Violent, Gore, Action, Indie, Early Access
Developer: Croteam VR
Publisher: Devolver Digital, Croteam