Serious Sam Siberian Mayhem Review
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Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem Review

Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem Review

Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem is a new standalone expansion to Serious Sam 4. New guns, hordes of enemies, and vast stretches of Siberian tundra await players in this extra episode of Sam Stone’s story. While shorter in the sheer number of levels, the game still has tons of new content to explore that will provide fans of the franchise with hours or entertainment. If you are a fan of kicking some ass, Serious Sam is still for you.

Story

While the core “story” of Siberian Mayhem is the same as any Serious Sam game – shoot stuff and save the world – there are new cutscenes, characters, and events that add to the overall narrative of the game’s universe. The main goal of Sam Stone on this adventure is to hunt down and finally put an end to General Brand and his traitorous ways. Along the way, Sam will meet a collection of new characters who will help fight the coming hordes of bad guys and provide some slick new hardware for doing damage. While there are only five levels in the game, each is significant in scope and could take players hours to complete depending on the difficulty they choose.

Gameplay

If you like shooting bad guys, then Serious Sam has got you covered. The gameplay in Siberia is much like the base game but with a few added bells and whistles. From the start of each level, waves of the damned will start hunting Sam down and not stop until someone is dead. At times, there were so many enemies on screen it was hard to see anything except for gore and explosions.

Inbetween massive battles with literal armies are smaller sections of mild puzzles or travel on a new vehicle (with some added combat, of course.) Beyond the near-endless waves of enemies are several unique bosses complete with entertaining mechanics and badass soundtracks.

Overall the game can be quite challenging on the harder difficulties. The sheer number of enemies on screen can become overwhelming. For at least one moment in every level, Sam ended up sprinting away from a massive group of enemies while doing turning 180 jump shots, slowly whittling down the enemy’s numbers. One of the most exciting things about the game is the massive amount of diverse enemies and encounters in each level. However, the aggressive absurd amount of enemies present at one time can make even the most varied combat encounters feel repetitive.

Combat

At some point, I found myself shooting a vampire while running away from cyber zombies, and I thought to myself…..what is going on here?? A hell of a good time, that’s what. The enemy design is all over the place in the best ways and can at times make combat feel new and exciting with each monster spawn. Other times combat can feel quite repetitive. This is because when too many enemies are present on screen, Siberian Mayhem defaults into a really aggressive game of tag.

Sections of mounted combat help break up the monotony of endless hordes of enemies but ultimately lead back to the same “shoot everything until there is nothing left to shoot” gameplay loop. At the end of the day, shooting stuff in Serious Sam feels great, and that’s the most important thing.

Guns, Guns, and More Guns

Something the franchise has always done well is gun design, and this entry continues that theme. Every new weapon feels great to handle and has specific enemies or areas that feel designed just for them. At first, things start somewhat normal with standard shotguns, machines guns, and pistols. Quickly though, things start to get serious with the addition of mini-guns, a crossbow, and even a literal cannon.

Switching between weapons feels excellent and is necessary for specific situations. Sam can even dual-wield heavy weapons such as rocket launchers or mini-guns by levelling up. The weapons work well with the few vehicles present in the game and mounted combat areas help break up repetitiveness and showcase the expansive maps present in the game.

Graphics

One of the most surprising things about Siberian Mayhem was the game’s graphics and optimization. No matter how many enemies were on screen, the game never suffered performance drops. Each enemy was incredibly detailed and attacked with multiple unique animations no matter how many models were present at once. The human models in the game were somewhat different. During cutscenes, textures and details like logos or letters would take some time to render and were distracting at times. During gameplay, the human models looked better but still paled in comparison to their enemy counterparts.

Audio

The next time I work out, I’m putting on the Serious Sam soundtrack because the music kicks as much ass as the man Sam Stone himself. While some gamers may find the constant electric guitar and double peddle drumkit annoying, more often than not, the music was right on track with what was going on in-game. Bosses had unique badass themes that still fit with the game world but help to make encounters feel memorable and impactful. Corny dialogue is common throughout the game, but that is almost a staple of the franchise at this point, and I think this entry does an excellent job in keeping the spirit and story of Serious Sam alive.

Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem Review

Pros

  • Big Fun Guns
  • Well Optimized
  • Many Unique Enemies
Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem Review

Cons

  • Can Feel Repetitive
  • Texture Problems in Cutscenes
Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem Review
  • 80%
    GAMEPLAY - 80%
  • 85%
    GRAPHICS - 85%
  • 85%
    AUDIO - 85%
83%

Summary

Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem is more of the time tested Serious Sam formula. Shoot a lot of bad guys with some really big guns and maybe save the world while doing so. At times the combat difficulty or the massive number of enemies can make the game feel challenging or repetitive, but that can be easily fixed by adjusting the difficulty. The game is shorter than a typical full-length title, but for the price, it is an excellent choice for anyone looking to shake up their current gaming habits. Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem feels like an old-school computer game with the polish of a modern title, and the result is a game that’s enjoyable for new and returning fans of the franchise.

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Logan Manfredi

Written by Logan Manfredi