Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope has been on Steam Early Access since mid October. A few days ago the game received its first major update providing a few new difficulty options and co-op mode. Given the bulkiness and set up needed for VR, the ability to play alongside a friend is online only. But since the game supports both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, two different headsets can stand side by side, guns in hand.
For those unfamiliar, Serious Sam is a FPS series that’s been around since the early 2000s. The games are noticeably tongue-in-cheek and feature fast paced action like Doom. The tale of Sam also plays homage to the simplicity of narrative of early shooters. Basically you blast aliens to protect the world from an invasion from the evil overlord Mental. Serious Sam VR sets the latest adventure up as virtual ‘logs’ from our protagonist’s earlier adventures that you can relive for training purposes.
Gameplay ditches the walking aspect of FPSes and gets right down to the shooting. You can mow down your enemies with 10 different weapons (with dual wielding capabilities). The action looks intense and devs Croteam have added the difficulty levels of ‘tourist’ and ‘serious’. Two planets await you with 8 levels and two boss fights with more on the way.
Actually, for planned content the devs have a lot of content for the full release. They’re planning more: enemies, weapons, planets, bosses, power-ups. An upgradable skill tree and a shielding ability are also on the table. Croteam also want to give players ‘unannounced upgrades & features, depending on user feedback’.
The Early Access version is currently available on Steam for $39.99 USD. The consensus is that the length of the preview period will be 6 months but could go longer. The addition of co-op mode fits in perfectly with Serious Sam VR and I can’t wait to see what else comes to the crazy shooter.
A trailer for the new update is below: