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
macOS (OS X) April 23, 2012
Linux December 20, 2012
Serious Sam 3: BFE guide at StrategyWiki
Serious Sam 3: BFE at Wikipedia
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 VR: The First Encounter 2017
Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter 2017
Serious Sam's Bogus Detour 2017
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope 2017
Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE 2017
Serious Sam Fusion 2017 TBA
Serious Sam Classics: Revolution TBA
Serious Sam 4 TBA

General information

Official wiki
Serious Zone Community Forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Includes Serious Sam Double D.[citation needed]
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
BFE Bonus Pack
macOS (OS X)
Jewel of the Nile Additional campaign.
macOS (OS X)

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 the 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.

No More Hitscan Enemies[edit]

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
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

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
Use Widescreen Fixer to set HUD width limit.
4K Ultra HD
See 4K Ultra HD.
Field of view (FOV)
Slider, 60-120°.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Working using Borderless Gaming.
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.[2]

4K Ultra HD[edit]

Custom Resolution[citation needed]
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;

4. 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
Also includes full built-in Steam Controller functionality.[3]
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Works with hotplug and updates live when switching from keyboard and controller.
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
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Controller API support
SCAPI actions are missing the crouch button. It needs to be bound using a legacy method to a keyboard key.

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

Use lower mouse sensitivity[edit]

Use the console[citation needed]
  1. Open 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, 11 Direct3D 9 support will be dropped in future updates.
OpenGL 2.0 OS X,Linux,Windows(via console)
Vulkan support
Vulkan support will be added in future updates.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Due to future updates planning to remove DX9 support, XP support will be likely lost with these updates.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, 7 8.1, 10
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
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8, 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz Intel Core 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)


  1. Intro movies need to be skippable - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. Sam 3 Update 233089
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up