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GameSpace (Sep 24, 2020)
Sam Stone is back, and the folks at Croteam have made one hell of a fun FPS. Published by Devolver Digital, the Serious Sam games at their core are a string of firefights to kill the invading aliens. Sam and co. accomplish this in style while spout off one-liners, causing massive amounts of alien gore, and facing enemies around every corner. Serious Sam 4 is no different, if you’ve enjoyed the previous games, you are in for a fun ride with this one, literally in some levels.
GameSpew (Sep 24, 2020)
Is Serious Sam 4 the best game in the series yet? Quite possibly. I still prefer the Egyptian setting of Serious Sam: The First Encounter, but the action found in Serious Sam 4 is unrivalled. Trudging through city streets in the early hours of the game can be uninspiring at times, but it’s never dull. And once Serious Sam 4 opens up it becomes an absolute riot on a scale never-before witnessed. In fact, Serious Sam 4 is the first game to give me some next-gen feels. If you like blasting hordes of aliens in the face while listening to witty one-liners, this is an absolute must-have.
Hey Poor Player (Sep 24, 2020)
Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass is a return to form for fans of the franchise, with more than enough new mechanics and contents to keep the formula interesting and fresh. But does it come recommended? Well, sure. And I say this with more conviction than any of the prior titles. Serious Sam is niche, but it’s a niche that has gained a significant following in the last decade. If you’re any sort of fan of first-person shooters, then you’ll likely enjoy it. Just be willing to check your brain in at the door and expect it to be one of the most brutal yet satisfying grinds you’ll ever play.
powerup-gaming.com (Sep 24, 2020)
It may be a throwback to another era of gameplay and mechanics. It may not have the bells and whistles and feature creep of other modern shooters and it may be simple but it’s damned good. Running backwards while madly firing into a writhing mass of alien bodies is a rush that can’t be described and that’s what Serious Sam 4 is all about.
The Nerd Stash (Oct 06, 2020)
Serious Sam 4 hides a perfectly competent horde shooter game behind a handful of half-baked ideas that bog down the game quite a bit. Still, its simple-but-hard-to-master gameplay is always great for a quick burst of explosive fun. Time to grab some friends and get serious.
We Got This Covered (Sep 24, 2020)
Serious Sam 4 doesn't deviate from the other entries in the mainline series, and that's perfectly okay. The fourth installment looks and handles perfectly, though some players may succumb to the repetition before the campaign concludes. That said, it's still an absolute blast to play, and it should keep fans busy for quite some time.
A hetedik sor közepe (Oct 05, 2020)
9 évvel a népszerű FPS franchise előzménytörténete után visszatért Sam „Serious” Stone egy újabb határtalan mészárlás kedvéért. A mostani agymenés a gaming világot ezúttal sem váltja meg, de legalább hozza az elvárt szintet.
GameCrate (Oct 02, 2020)
Serious Sam 4 lives up to its original title of Planet Badass. It’s probably not the best game in the series — that honor goes to Serious Sam 3 — but it’s filled with enough thrills, laughs, and bullets to keep you hooked and coming back for more. Seriously, screw Mental.
GameStar (Germany) (Sep 24, 2020)
Trotz aller Lobhudelei dürfte das Teil aber in erster Linie langjährige Sam-Fans ansprechen. Spaßige Shooter mit 4er-Koop, großen Gegnermassen und spektakulären Kills und Explosionen gibt es reichlich, ein packendes Alleinstellungsmerkmal hat Serious Sam 4 nicht. So ist es immer noch ein sehr gutes Spiel, nur kein besonders originelles.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Sep 30, 2020)
Niets veranderen aan een winnend concept is prima wanner je meer van hetzelfde wil, maar wij hadden net wat meer verwacht van deze Serious Sam.
Impulse Gamer (Oct 04, 2020)
If you like the idea of running and gunning, feeling well and truly outnumbered but having a chance to defeat the odds then this could well be up your alley. If you require a bit more polish and seriousness (pun semi intended) in your game then this may be more down a dark path.
GameGrin (Oct 10, 2020)
Despite some (mostly successful) attempts to tweak the formula, this is, at its core, Serious Sam exactly how you remember it.
GamingTrend (Sep 24, 2020)
Serious Sam 4 has done seriously well for a series that hasn’t seen a mainline game in nearly 10 years. Croteam went all out on this one and has filled it to the brim with rewarding gameplay, hidden goodies, and a great soundtrack to boot. Unfortunately, there are a few kinks in this pipe, such as the sub-par story, weird character models and animations, and other gameplay bugs. But no doubt, you’ll only be interested in carving through hundreds, if not thousands, of enemies with a huge arsenal of skills, weapons, and gadgets, and that’s exactly what Serious Sam 4 has done so well.
TechRaptor (Sep 24, 2020)
Serious Sam 4 succeeds where it needs to, and fails where it's not really all that important. An unchanging series that is a must for fans.
The game is at its best when you're surviving waves of foes with a mate, but there's enough side-quests to keep things interesting. Turn off your brain and enjoy some silly chaotic fun.
God is a Geek (Sep 28, 2020)
Serious Sam 4 does what Serious Sam has always done: deliver short-lived cathartic thrills that manage to be fun despite its creaky engine and dated mechanics – but you have to wonder how long they can keep flogging the same horse.
Shacknews (Sep 24, 2020)
Serious Sam 4 is fun to play – and an even bigger joy if you bring co-op into the mix. If you’re a fan of the series, then you’re going to feel right at home. If you’ve never played a Serious Sam game, then just don’t go into it expecting the same level of narrative as story-driven games, because you aren’t going to find it here.
Serious Sam 4 is a no-brainer for fans of the series and is a game that fans of singleplayer/co-op shooters will likely enjoy too.
GameSpot (Sep 24, 2020)
Overall, Serious Sam 4 is a successful synthesis of the series' disparate identities, with humor to spare and jaw-dropping large-scale battles. But technical issues, tired tropes and a lack of gameplay variety make it just a solid foundation rather than a new pinnacle for Croteam.
WellPlayed (Sep 24, 2020)
Though flawed, this blast from the past manages to scratch an itch that is over a decade old.
E1M1 Magazine (Nov 17, 2020)
Adrenaline junkies and those who crave for manic, large-scale battles should not pass up on nabbing Serious Sam 4, though the technical issues that plague the game means that you should probably wait it out until enough patches are rolled out for the tightest experience. Underneath the shabby surface is a badass Sam game through and through with some very cool inclusions and relentless battles to take part in, whether solo or with a buddy.
PC Games (Germany) (Oct 10, 2020)
Wer mit Serious Sam noch nie etwas anfangen konnte, der wird auch mit Teil 4 seine Meinung nicht ändern. Sam Stone ist weiterhin die Manifestation des stupiden Actionhelden à la Rambo, der immer schießt und erst danach Fragen stellt. Der Humor bleibt genauso flach wie in den Vorgängern, die Story ist immer noch unsagbar dämlich und das Gameplay setzt weiterhin auf die schiere Menge an Gegnern. Wer diesen Humor nicht teilt und kein Interesse daran hat, nach einem langen Arbeitstag einfach nur ohne viel nachzudenken auf Monstermassen zu ballern, der wird hier definitiv nicht glücklich. Für all jene, die aber schon hastig die doppelläufige Shotgun rauskramen und wie ein enthaupteter Kamikaze "AAARRRHH" schreien: Ihr werdet auch mit Teil 4 eure Freude haben.
Malditos Nerds (Sep 24, 2020)
Un shooter con un estilo Ăşnico que apuesta a sus fortalezas pero se queda corto a la hora de evolucionar la fĂłrmula.
Gamereactor (Finland) (Oct 23, 2020)
Serious Sam 4 on hauska muistutus FPS-pelien menosta toista vuosikymmentä sitten. Reipas meno ja suoraviivainen ammuskelu jaksaa hetken lämmittää mieltä, mutta peli alkaa toistamaan itseään nopeasti. Pieni pelillinen modernisointi ja visuaalinen kasvojenkohotus olisivat tehneet hyvää kokonaisuudelle. Ei kuitenkaan käy kieltäminen, että hurjat vihollismassat ja valtavat vihollispomot ovat varsin ikimuistoisia tilanteita. Peli on oiva sukellus retroräiskintöjen aikaan, ja yleisesti toiminnantäytteisistä peleistä tykkääville kokemisen arvoinen, vaikka nimi ei mitään kertoisikaan.
Bit-Tech (Oct 22, 2020)
Ultimately, Serious Sam 4 is the B-movie of first-person shooters. Caught between the old and the new, it isn’t willing to go full, stylised retro like the spellbinding DUSK, but it also lacks the budget to follow Doom Eternal down the mainstream road. But B-movies can still be a lot of fun, and Serious Sam 4 is no different. It may be a little clunky, a little wonky. But if all you care about is blasting apart huge numbers of enemies with satisfying guns, Sam has once again got you covered.
4Players.de (Sep 25, 2020)
Serious Sam 4 ist keine Perle der Shooter-Geschichte. Wer sich mit dem übertrieben flachen Holzhammer-Humor, vielen kleinen Fehlern und der häufig vorherrschenden Fließbandabfertigung der Gegnermassen abfindet, wird zwischendurch jedoch solide Baller-Action alter Schule erleben. Das Oldschool-Prinzip wirkt zwar lange nicht so ausgefeilt und mitreißend wie in Doom Eternal oder so dynamisch wie der Schlagabtausch in Halo. Doch dank der Übermacht durchgeknallter Gegner wird man immerhin oft unter Druck gesetzt – und kann sich mit der knackigen Steuerung auch ordentlich zur Wehr setzen. Falls ihr euch für einen Kauf entscheidet, solltet ihr möglichst einen Freund überzeugen, denn im Koop wird es spürbar weniger monoton (sofern euch ein Bug nicht gerade wieder Waffen und Zielkreuz klaut). Eine Stadia-Fassung wurde übrigens ebenfalls veröffentlicht; die Umsetzungen für PS4 und Xbox One folgen 2021.
Way Too Many Games (Sep 24, 2020)
Honestly, it hurts me to have to give this game such a bashing, because I do enjoy the series. There are some good things about Serious Sam 4, and some fun moments. Unfortunately, it mostly feels uninspired in its overall design. However, what really kills the experience is the severe lack of polish and quality control presented here. This needs more time in the oven and that is why even if you’re a fan, I suggest you wait on more patches.
Metro.co.uk (Sep 25, 2020)
Serious Sam is looking seriously tired, with a new sequel that makes only the most perfunctory attempt to doing anything new for the franchise or shooters in general.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Sep 25, 2020)
Jag önskar att jag inte behövde ogilla Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass så mycket som jag faktiskt gör, men det går i dagsläget inte att göra något åt. Detta är ett sånt spel som är tänkt att kännas "kul" och framförallt "old school" men misslyckas fatalt med båda dessa avsikter och upplevs av mig istället bara som dåligt, tröttsamt och gammalt.

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