Serious Sam 3: BFE griefs pirates

Croteam's latest run-and-gun shooter implements giant invincible pink scorpion-spawning DRM.

Serious Sam's sabbatical ended late last month with the release of Serious Sam 3: BFE. The game brought back the series' familiarly frantic shooting gameplay, but it also delivered something not quite so expected: scorpion-based digital rights management.

See what we're doing here?

Instead of rendering the game unplayable, pirated copies of Serious Sam 3: BFE spawn an immortal giant pink scorpion near the opening of the game. As reported by The Dark Side Of Gaming, the deadly enemy will appear and endlessly pursue all who load up nefariously copied versions of the game. Because it can't be killed, the level can't be cleared, effectively bringing the game to a halt.

A Croteam representative confirmed the scorpion creature's purpose for GameSpot, saying, "Yes. It follows you around until you're dead."

Delivering DRM in a more playful package is not unique to Serious Sam 3. The recently released Take On Helicopters by Bohemia Interactive also employed a game-altering scheme that caused extreme blurring of game visuals on pirated copies of the game.

Serious Sam 3: BFE brings the straightforward action of the first games back in a modernized package. Sam's latest encounter sees the return of the series' signature adversaries like the Headless Kamikaze and Gnaar, as well as new opponents going by names like Scrapjack and Khnum.

For more on Croteam's latest shooter, check out GameSpot's review of Serious Sam 3: BFE.

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46 comments
eduard_ivanov
eduard_ivanov

I shouldn't be saying this here but i'm a pirate because i can't afford the games,but @Hurvl has a point the devs deserve the money

Hurvl
Hurvl

I hope pirates stay Kleer of this game, because the devs deserve their money and I would hate it if pirating made them back out of doing a Serious Sam 4.

Konviktion
Konviktion

This must be one of the smartest counter-measure against pirating.

mihael88
mihael88

ahahahah proud to be croat xD

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

They'll obviously find a way around this but you gotta give them credit, a "playful"/less insulting version of DRM... that's also pretty damn hilarious. Plus, I didn't even know a new Sam was coming out but now I might actually get this. Props.

leviathan_wing
leviathan_wing

too bad there is already a workaround. the more piracy becomes prevalent the more of these types of things will show up. as for the excuse of make it gud or ill steal it. ever heard of that game witcher 2? it must really suxxors because that game is getting pirated at a far higher rate than its being bought. also pinto are pretty crappy cars, why dont thieves steal them instead of higher end cars?

xerxes5678
xerxes5678

That's hilarious. Of course there's already an "unofficial" patch that "fixes" the "glitch". Still, A for effort Croteam.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

using the excuse the game is crap, so I am going to pirate the the game is a bunch of crock. Pirates will pirate any game even triple AAA games. I wonder when one gets caught will that be the excuse they give.

JGoWild
JGoWild

Here's the reality. If the game is really really good, people WILL buy the game no matter what. Yes, I admit I downloaded the leaked version of Skyrim. And you know what I did after that? I went out and bought it, not just for PC but also for X360. BTW, most piracy happens in countries where legit copies are either too expensive compared to the economy of the country or down right cannot be bought because retailers don't sell it, whether that is justified or not is a whole another argument to be discussed. This whole "There's too much piracy in the industry" propaganda is getting old. If you say it's not a propaganda, then how come Industry sales records are broken every year. Don't tell me that those millions of pirated copies could have been sold. That's what proponents of anti piracy say, don't they? But do you really think that if there was no piracy at all or was very miniscule, million or couple of millions more copies will sell of a said game. So called "Potential buyer" is the one who tries the game first.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

That is actually very brilliant, this is how you fight piracy......make the game unplayable for thieves.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

@PeterDuck sadly, it doesn't work like that, you can't enter the next area until all monsters are dead, and since you can't kill him you're stucked in the first level

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

That is awesome. Too bad, as revealed below, it failed.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Thats smart of them but who even want this game????

deathtrooper31
deathtrooper31

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godsend1989
godsend1989

You can kill the scorpion now, waste of time.

supertom221
supertom221

@liam82517 truer words have never been said. most pirates want to see if the game is actually worth their money. Hardcore pirates won't buy the game anyway, it's an iron rule. Also, people seem to forget the PS2 & Wii. If ANYONE thinks the PS2 & Wii sold so much because they were that good, they are just that much of an idiots.

supertom221
supertom221

@CptRexKramer Very similiar, but not the same. Dark Souls did it for people who played before release. That isn't only pointed at pirates. It only happens if you logged online with it, and the creatures summoned were Black Phantom versions of the normal monsters. BP versions are much more cruel and powerful than the usual monsters, which are already hard enough, so it made the game near impossible to play. NEARLY. the could still be beaten if you are a gaming god :P What SS3:BFE did is much cheaper. they just summoned a giant scorpion and gave it godly properties, to make sure you never get through. It's pretty smart, really. I mean, crackers can change Launcher properties no matter how much Companies try to stop it, but to change the process game itself? Brilliant. This method can be beaten however with some modding and saves, though.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Heh heh heh... that's funny. I love it when this kind of DRM is implemented in a game. Didn't Bandai / From Software throw a loop in 'Dark Souls' for those that pirated said game? A creature that could not be killed? That's just great! ;)

liam82517
liam82517

Beating piracy is easy. make games people will pay for. simples. There will always be people that want free stuff, but most people that dl a game will buy that game if its good enough. A study done showed that people that dl music actually bought more music than those that didnt. They say piracy is killing the industry yet more and more money is made every year with sales records being smashed on a yearly basis. Its time to stop with the propaganda and just admit that piracy isnt as bad as its made out to be, and that drm is nothing more than pain in the bum to those that buy a legit copy.

Hevion
Hevion

nice try but useless. you cant stop piracy. but at least they did not make a drm that ruined the game for the buyer while the pirate still got around it.

sidh9u5
sidh9u5

why not use god mode cheat?

brain20035
brain20035

That's Effin' Hilarious!!! Way to go Croteam

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Geez, GameSpot! Don't give us any relevant screenshots or anything!! ...What's the sarcasm emoticon? Anyway, it would be interesting to be confronted by a pirate in an illegal copy of a game or Mr Resetti in a pirated copy of a Nintendo game. I can just picture that mole popping up and lecturing you about how developers need to make money and stuff.

Evenios
Evenios

this news actually might increase the games pirating

Raiden627
Raiden627

its already been bypassed, why is this news?

fphatman
fphatman

@MW2ismygame I doubt it would really matter if they did, they'd get a small taste of what the games like, kind of like they would from a demo and if they actually like it enough that they want the full experience they'll have to buy it. Or wait until someone finds a way to bypass the pink scorpion

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

is it me or do you think more people will pirate this just to check it out ?

Lhomity
Lhomity

I wonder how many curious folks will pirate this just to check out the scorpion. Sounds lulzy.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Hahahahah,a good one,while at lasted at least,pirates can chew through anything,as always... Anyway,will get my hands on this game eventually,I know its not the best around,but seems like some good fun,also its made by Croteam,my country's only notable developer,and they deserve some of my money...

DrKill09
DrKill09

I don't care either way. This crap is not Serious Sam. Where are the exaggerated character models and cartoony graphics?

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

Didn't Dark Souls have something like this?

gustavoleite
gustavoleite

well...if BF3 or any other game had this kind of protectionn, it would`t change anything in piracy... this protection isn`t better than others

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

Pretty damn cool. So now pirates have nothing to complain about. Of course, I don't imagine many pirates trying to get this game anyway. Now if only games like BF3 had this kind of programming.

agpickle
agpickle

I wish all devs had this attitude about drm.

mortis1982
mortis1982

Pretty damn funny.... Go Croteam!!