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 November 9, 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 2 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 4: Planet Badass TBA
Serious Sam Classics: Revolution 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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Gold Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Bonus Content DLC Includes the games soundtrack (AAC, FLAC & WMA) and more
Part of the Gold Edition
macOS (OS X)
DLC_3 Models Includes one multiplayer model (Brett Sanderson)
macOS (OS X)
Sniper Scope for the Devestator
macOS (OS X)
Jewel of the Nile Additional campaign
Part of the Gold Edition
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
Approx. 477 MB available.

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 and 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
Some actions like Quick Save or Quick Load can not be remapped.
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
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
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 Input
Steam Input API support
SCAPI actions are missing the crouch button. It needs to be bound using a legacy method to a keyboard key.
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

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
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.


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 27015
UDP 27015
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking

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)
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio XAudio2, DirectSound, OpenAL
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 7 64-bit
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.0 GHz
Intel Quad Core 3.0 GHz (i5, i7)
AMD Phenom II 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
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480/580
ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5870/6970
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
Due to future updates planning to remove DX9 support, Windows XP support will be likely lost with these updates.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8, 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz Intel Quad Core 2.7 GHz (i3, i5)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 120/9600M/320M
ATI Radeon HD 4670
Nvidia GeForce 8800/9800/260
ATI Radeon HD 4870
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.8 GHz
Intel Quad Core i5 3.0 GHz
AMD Phenom II 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600/9600 GT
ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2600/3600
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 280/460
ATI/AMD Radeon HD 4870/5770
Other (Graphic drivers: Nvidia 310, AMD 12.11)