Classic over-the-top first person shooters is what developer Croteam is (mostly) all about with its Serious Sam franchise. Today, it released Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter, a virtual reality version of its hit 2002 PC game, which supports playing on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets.

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September 18, 2017

This game actually uses the new Serious Engine 2017 version, which has improved graphics compared to the 2002 original or the 2010 HD remake. It continues the storyline (such as it is) from Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter, with “Sam” using his big dual weapons against the hordes of huge alien monsters in three different locations and time zones. The VR versions of the game contains the same single-player campaign, which can also be played in online co-op, along with a number of multiplayer only maps and modes, and you can even play against non-VR PC players of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter.

The game can be played with touch controllers, but Croteam has also added a special translocator device for players so they can transport instantly to other locations on the fly so they don’t rush into enemies. The game is normally priced at $39.99 but for the launch week, it’s priced on Steam for just $29.99 until April 11, and you also get the Legend of the Beast DLC pack for free, which adds three more single-player maps, three more multiplayer maps and a survival map. You can save even more money if you bundle it with Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter and the virtual reality exclusive game Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope.

Croteam has no plans to stop launching VR versions of its games. Fans can expect to get a VR version of Serious Sam 3: BFG in the future, along with a VR version of its most recent original game, the first-person puzzle title The Talos Principle. It doesn’t have any guns at all, but it will make your mind stronger as you try to solve its many challenges.

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