October 24, 2011 9:00 AM | Michael Rose
Vlambeer's Serious Sam: The Random Encounter launches today on Steam for a measly $5. As far as I'm aware, it's the first game from Vlambeer that has a price tag. It's also totally worth of it too.
"We don't have a clue about JRPGs," say the Vlambeer guys on the official website for the game. "Seems like we ended up with a game about running backwards and shooting hundreds of enemies in the face with heavy weaponry. Explosions." Indeed, they really did take a first-person shooter franchise and make an RPG spin-off for it, having never made an RPG before - and fair play to them, it's brilliant.
You explore a series of grid-based levels, with random battles occuring and big bosses to defeat. Play consists of a combination of turn-based and action-based fights, as you pick your weapons, and then control the characters to take down the oncoming hordes. Five seconds later the action pauses, and you choose your weapons again, and continue. It's seriously clever and fun stuff, and easily worth the $5 tag.
Make sure you grab this one from Steam later today.