Serious Sam 3: BFE

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Serious Sam 3: BFE
Serious Sam 3: BFE cover
Devolver Digital
Serious Engine 3.5
Release dates
Windows November 22, 2011
OS X April 23, 2012
Linux December 20, 2012
Serious Sam
Serious Sam: The First Encounter 2001
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter 2002
Serious Sam II 2005
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter 2009
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter 2010
Serious Sam Double D 2011
Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! 2011
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter 2011
Serious Sam 3: BFE 2011
Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter 2012
Serious Sam Classics: Revolution TBA
Serious Sam 4 2015

Key points

Excellent options menu
Steam Workshop support

General information

Official wiki
Serious Zone Community Forums
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


All versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
BFE Bonus Pack
Jewel of the Nile Additional campaign.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Console command men_bShowIntroCutscene[1]
  1. Run the game and open the console (~).
  2. Enter command men_bShowIntroCutscene=0


To use your installed mods, you must launch the moddable version of the game from your Steam library. While in the moddable version, achievements and leaderboards are disabled.
Serious Zone hosts a wide variety mods and maps for Serious Sam 3: BFE, in addition to other games in the series.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game advanced settings.
In-game advanced settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/41070/local/SeriousSam3.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/41070/
The save games for the moddable version are separate, however can moved over as they are compatible with each other.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
See 4k Ultra HD.
Field of view (FOV)
Slider, 60-120°.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Working using Borderless Gaming.[2]
If forced, main menu may have mouse-hud misalignment.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[3]

4K Ultra HD[edit]

Custom Resolution
This fix will also work for other resolutions such as 1920x1200, 2560x1440 and other resolutions.
  1. Open the config file in <path-to-game>/Content/SeriousSam3/Config/ using a text editor.
  2. you should find gfx_pixResWidth/height and gfx_pixLastGoodResHeight/Width
  3. Now type your custom resolution, example,
 gfx_pixLastGoodResHeight = 2160;
 gfx_pixLastGoodResWidth = 3840;
 gfx_pixLastGoodWinHeight = 2160;
 gfx_pixLastGoodWinWidth = 3840;
 gfx_pixResHeight = 2160;
 gfx_pixResWidth = 3840;
 gfx_pixWinHeight = 2160;
Now save and set config to "Read Only" in properties

Input settings[edit]

In-game general keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game general keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
In-game gamepad button map settings.
In-game gamepad button map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
See also Use lower mouse sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Works with hotplug. Unknown whether updated live
Controller hotplugging
Does not work in Split-screen. Switching to a different controller from the first can stop the menu from working.
Haptic feedback
Also allows changing the vibration strength

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output[4]
Includes inaudible speech, such as screaming and growling.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Simplified Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op, Versus
Split-screen. Supports multiple keyboard and mice.
LAN play
16 Co-op, Versus
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Dedicated Server software is available under Tools in the Steam client.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 27015
UDP (outbound) 27015

Issues fixed[edit]

Keyboard/mouse not working[edit]

Use the console
Some background programs like antivirus (specifically ZoneAlarm and F-Secure) are known to cause this.
  1. Open up the console with F1
  2. Type in inp_bRawInput=0

Use lower mouse sensitivity[edit]

Use the console
  1. Open up the console with F1
  2. Type in prj_fMouseSensitivity
  3. This will show you the current value that the mouse sensitivity is set to. It should be set to 1 by default, or 0.5 if you have put the slider bar all the way to the left in the options menu.
  4. Enter prj_fMouseSensitivity=0.2
  5. This should lower the sensitivity even further. Play around with the numbers to get something you feel comfortable with. You can put in numbers like 0.25 or 0.05.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 7
Processor (CPU) Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.0 GHz Quad-core from Intel (i5/i7-series) or AMD (Phenom II) at 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) nVidia GeForce 7800/7900/8600 series, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 or 1800/X1900 series nVidia GeForce 480/580 GTX, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5870/6970
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8, 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz Intel i3/i5 Quad Code 2.7+ GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) nVidia GeForce GT 120/9600M/320M, or ATI (AMD) Radeon HD 4670. Intel integrated GPUs are not supported. nVidia GeForce 8800/9800/260, or ATI (AMD) Radeon HD 4870
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 Ghz Quad-core from Intel (i5-series) or AMD (Phenom II) at 3.0 Ghz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11) nVidia GeForce 280/460 GTX, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 4870/5770 (Graphic drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11)


  2. Tested by EggheadDash
  3. New 120Hz Games Report
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up