Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter hits Steam Early Access

The original game hits virtual reality with 16-player co-op.


Serious Sam: The First Encounter was a cool tribute to the fast-paced FPS genre when it was released back in 2001. The series moved forward with other titles, and has even has a VR title in Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope. Now, Croteam has brought the original game to virtual reality and Steam Early Access.

The game, which is selling at a 10% discount now at $35.99, has all of the original wepons and levels, but now sipports 16-player co-op in VR. Here is the complete list of features that launched with the EA version:


  • Serious Locomotion - Explore the levels using trackpad movement (if you are brave enough), go with safer built-in teleportation system and move quickly to avoid charging enemies with the help of Sam's personal translocator device or tweak and adjust the way you move through the VR space to best suit you playing style with using our own Serious Warp locomotion. 
  • Double the Gun, Double the Fun – Let go of the keyboard and gun down enemies, one weapon in each hand, or dual-wield them, quadrupling your stopping power. Combine different guns or just grab two of the same, but whatever your style, remember: Mental must be stopped! 
  • Old School, New Engine – Hordes of enemies and non-stop action set against the expansive and visually stunning backdrop of ancient Egypt - all powered by the latest Serious Engine 2017 to create one of the most impressive VR experiences yet! 


  • Levels - Serious Sam is sent back through time to ancient Egypt to battle, explore and seek wisdom in 15 huge Egypt levels that also have over 80 secrets hidden and waiting to be discovered, in what is considered to be one of the most visually enjoyable VR experiences! 
  • Weapons - Play with a classic arsenal of 10 serious weapons including Colt, Chainsaw (!), Shotgun, Minigun and Cannon! 
  • Enemies - Go head to head against various enemies, including Sirian Werebull now charging at you in VR, while hearing Beheaded Kamikaze scream somewhere near by. 
  • THE Boss - Witness being VR stamped by almighty warlock giant Ugh-Zan III, who somehow managed to sneak behind you! 
  • Difficulty Settings - Choose between 5 difficulty settings to satisfy everyone, from FPS beginner and all the way to serious players! 


  • Up to 16 Players - Plunge into chaos with up to 16 players in various cooperative and versus modes, some playable in campaign levels, some in unique versus levels and some also in teams! 
  • Classic Co-Op - Plunge into chaos with up to 16 players in 15-level cooperative campaign mode, which is also fully customized like choosing difficulty, increasing enemies strength per player, turning on friendly fire or infinite ammo, setting respawn credits and much, much more! 
  • Coin-Op Co-Op - Play entire co-op campaign levels in classic 80's arcade style with limited lives! 
  • Beast Hunt and Team Beast Hunt - Compete against other players, or teams in Team Beast Hunt, hunting down various enemies to see who can get the best score at the end of each campaign level! 
  • Survival and Team Survival - Alone or with other team members, try to stay alive as long as you can against endless enemy attacks in specially designed survival map! 
  • Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch - Watch all hell break loose against other players or teams in classic deathmatch style! 
  • My Burden - Get highest score from collecting the points by holding the item, while others chase you to get hold of that item! 
  • Last Man Standing and Last Team Standing - Playing with only one life against each other, or as part of a team, try to be the last one alive! 
  • Capture the Flag - Grab a flag from other teams' base and bring it to your base for a score, while also defending your own flag! 
  • Instant Kill - One shot and you are gone!

Future releases will add Steam Workshop Support and various VR tweaks and upgrades

PC system requirements are:


  • OS: Windows 7 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 - 4590 equivalent 
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: AMD R9 290 or NVIDIA GTX 970 
  • DirectX: Version 11 
  • Storage: 10 GB available space 
  • Additional Notes: HTC Vive VR headset plus hand controllers


  • OS: Windows 10 64bit 
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6800 equivalent 
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: AMD Fury or NVIDIA GTX 1070 
  • DirectX: Version 11 
  • Storage: 10 GB available space 
  • Additional Notes: HTC Vive VR headset plus hand controllers

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