Serious Sam 'Warfighter-Fighter' campaign offers free games to people who criticise military cover shooters

Devolver Digital, the team behind Serious Sam 3: BFE, are launching an attack on modern cover shooters - and offering a free copy of their game to 100 gamers who join their plight. In a rather personal attack on Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Devolver's official website has this to say:

It seems that the hashtag in question isn't only intended for criticism of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, although the tweets on it are mainly aimed at that one game. Not that EA is probably concerned by the attack: Medal of Honor: Warfighter is sitting pretty at the top of the UK all-formats chart at this very moment. Anything selling better than FIFA at this time of year is doing very well indeed.

And we feel we should point out there's no gulf in quality between the two games (pictured above). In fact, both Serious Sam 3: BFE and Medal of Honor: Warfighter scored 3/5 stars at review. Still, as an exercise in publicity, however underhanded, it obviously worked. You are, after all, reading these words. Hmmm.




  • chazzyman - October 30, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    I like Serious Sam a lot more than any military shooter of this generation so I support this completely! Also I want SS4!
  • DCaff - October 30, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    I don't know why everyone is hating on MOH. I love medal of honor. The single player is very fun and movielike, and the multiplayer is addicting, the leveling is amazing, and the classes are well balanced and fun. Most people who are hating on it havnt played it or they are a COD fanboy. I prefer MOH to COD anyday and I play it all(gears of war, cod, moh, halo..etc. So in closing, don't hate on medal of honor or believe anything till you play it. The ign review gave it a 4.0 but everything they complained about happened before the patch or it is a problem that cod has, but cod will get 9 or 10...retarted
  • JarkayColt - October 30, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Why must things always be the case of one or the other? Neither of these are remotely comparable. Also, some people LIKE cover shooters. It's not as if Warfighter is hurting anything by existing. Hell, on any given day I think I'd rather have neither of them, but that just goes to show how stupid the whole thing sounds. In anything, there's just too many shooters in general, cover mechanics be damned.
  • Travia220 - October 30, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    The problem with your statement is that every Publisher wants to make cover based shooters now to be the next Call of Duty. So people who enjoy games like Serious Sam and arena shooters like Quake are basically kicked to the curb. Although there are most certainly to many shooters this day in age. The entire genre is so saturated. This just goes back to publishers not wanting to take risks on new IP's. Although a return to older shooters can add a breath of fresh air to a very stagnant market that wants to be the next Call of Duty. Here is to hoping Id Software gives us a proper Doom 4 and not a corridor shooter with cover based mechanics.
  • JarkayColt - October 30, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    When you put it like that, you do have a very good point. Call of Duty wannabes are fairly rife and leave little breathing space for more classic takes on the genre. And yeah, a certain risk averse mindset seems to have creeped in because of a shifting market. But all the same I feel this 'campaign' against Warfighter and the similar is pretty unwarranted. The quality of a game should speak for itself. If you have to belittle your contemporaries just to get noticed chances are you're just an uninteresting relic. All it needs is somebody with guts to try and evolve or reinvent the current state of the norm rather than relying on the tried and tested. It should hopefully just be natural progression though.
  • Aarononymous - October 30, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    You guys do realize CoD isn't a cover-based shooter in the strict sense? The gameplay involves a lot of hiding behind stuff but there isn't actually a cover system in the game's mechanics, a la Gears of War.
  • JarkayColt - October 30, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    True, you are correct. But the above statement from Devolver specifically mentions "military shooter[s] where cover is king" which is an umbrella which of course contains the likes of CoD and Battlefield, for the exact reason you mentioned. They involve shooting stuff whilst, optimally, seeking cover. There's no sticky wall-hugging but it's still cover-based in the loosest sense. I'd very often find myself crouching behind something for an extended period in those games, which I think is the point that's trying to be highlighted.
  • thomas1980 - October 30, 2012 7:06 a.m.

    Oh the irony. They complain about stagnant military shooters, while releasing a game based on archaic and dumb game design from the 80-90s with such brilliant tactics as circle strafing and walking backwards while firing. Seriously, there is more thought and clever game design in modern military shooters than a game based on ye olde days mechanics. Although this isn't a defence of Warfighter, more the other modern military shooters he implies.
  • Travia220 - October 30, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    Hardly any "Clever" game design in cover shooters. Lets see: "Go down Corridor, high behind wall, pew pew, take damage, sit behind wall" That's the gist of Cover Based shooters. Not to say Serious Sam has ever been clever on mechanics but it definitely offers more movement on the battlefield. Which in itself is far more mechanics than pretty much any cover based shooter. Serious Sam can also pose some difficulty with it's mechanics such as no Health Regen and mass swarms of enemies. Cover Based shooting is a devolution of the genre and offers absolutely nothing to improve upon what was created 15-20 years ago. Unfortunately the Console Crowd gets their bottle and have ruined an entire genre because of how simplistic console games need to be made.
  • thomas1980 - October 30, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    What a crock of shit. Modern military shooters have far more thought put into them than the likes of SS. They often feature vastly different gameplay styles, sneaking/stealth, driving, piloting, drone control, target marking, escort/protection. You know gameplay that is more than one note "shoot shit that runs at you" They also do this at the same time as at least trying to provide an interesting story (not always successful, but still more depth than brainless frag-fest) Cover based shooters are not a devolution, they are a evolution for people who grew up and wanted more than mindless pointing at shit to make it dead. Try circle strafing around enemies in modern cover shooters and see how long you last in this supposedly dumbed down genre. Instead you are forced to use real world tactics, such as taking appropriate cover and flanking manoeuvres. It is laughable that you think Serious Sam is a more complex game than modern military shooters. Its a dumb game with simple mechanics and it largely one note. Its fine to enjoy that style of gameplay, but don't try and make out its superior in some way.
  • Travia220 - October 30, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    What's a crock of shit is that you believe that Modern Day Cover Shooters force you to use "real world tactics." Are you so deluded you believe any modern FPS forces you to use anything remotely close to real world tactics? ArmA might be the closest thing you get to "Real World Tactics" and that game is far from it. ArmA is a game with depth compared to shit like Medal of Honor and Call of Duty, your so called "Deep Cover Shooters." Freedom of movement on the battlefield does offer a much richer experience over being funneled down corridors with walls that let you hide behind them that give you infinitely more survivability. Neither game is particularly deep but I'd put SS as a more difficult and complex shooter. Driving and Piloting in cover based shooters is typically scripted heavily so you aren't doing much anyway. You are still being funneled down a hallway and still lacking freedom of movement. It's not exactly a deep experience there. Most of the things you've mentioned mechanic wise are not thing introduced or created by Cover Based Shooters and were in abundance in FPS games long before. What they did introduce was heavily scriptes scenes, HP Regen and Walls of Invulnerability to keep the idiot gamer happy and the console crowd. Metro 2033 is a good example of a modern FPS done right. That is the perfect example of the evolution for Single Player FPS Games. Let's not get into the discussion of Multiplayer, because Cover Based Shooters have a skill cap as deep as a puddle of water in comparison to older shooters. Cover Based Shooters are a definite devolution for the multiplayer scene.
  • thomas1980 - October 30, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    Seriously WTF???? Using cover and flanking are not tactics used in the real world? Explosives used for breaching operations are not used in the real world? Using grenades to flush out entrenched enemies isn't a real world tactic? Using smoke grenades to provide visual cover not real world tactics? Seriously your talking out your arse and have not actual basis to anything you say other than you prefer mindless running about shooting waves of brainless enemies. I'm not saying modern military shooters are super deep, but when compared to shallow shit like Serious Sam, they are far deeper, with more varied gameplay, story, pacing etc. You keep blaming consoles for changes that are made because most people prefer them, you pc fanboyism will not allow you to see anything else. Console games aren't as complex as serious Sam, really? Grow up.
  • Child Of Death - October 30, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    I like cover shooters but hell I'll say some shit about them to get a free game lol
  • Elitepwnsface - October 30, 2012 5:32 a.m.

    I find cover shooters to be boring, and in truth they end up being a shorter experience for the most part. I love games like doom 3, quake 3, Fear 1, Resistance 1 and half life games. Games that have a health pack system.
  • taokaka - October 30, 2012 5:05 a.m.

    Serious Sam's PR team deserve a round of applause for just being so goddamn awesome.
  • bass88 - October 30, 2012 4:34 a.m.

    I think they're only doing to build awareness of proper shooters. I'm fucking tired of cover shooters (they're boring - very boring) so I endorse this petty campaign.

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