Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope – An Early Look at the Shoot ‘em Up Action
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope brings some serious shoot ‘em up action to the HTC Vive through Steam as an Early Access title. The wave-based shooter features two worlds with eight total missions in its current early access state and can be purchased for $39.99. However, it is currently 20% off, bringing the price down to $31.99.
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope lets players stand in the shoes of legendary hero, Sam Stone, as they get to experience simulation battles that take place during his time as captain of the Battlecruiser Saratoga. As mentioned, there are currently two worlds (simulations) to play with a total of four stages per world. Each world also contains an exciting conclusion with a boss fight at the end of the final stage.
Thankfully there is some great firepower for players to select from when engaging not only the massive bosses, but the hordes of aliens that come flying their way from multiple directions. Players begin with a pistol, but during each stage they’ll earn credits to purchase new weapons. This includes an assault rifle, shotgun, minigun, rocket launcher, and more. Each weapon looks great in the player’s hands and provides a nice powerful feeling for them when it comes to taking out the approaching alien scum.
There are multiple levels of difficulty that makes the game very challenging. I decided to give hard difficulty a shot during my live stream of the game, but unfortunately only lasted a couple of stages before switching back to normal. The live stream video can be found below, which features all eight stages currently available in the game.
While the weapons are fun to shoot and the difficulty provides a tough challenge, it’s the enemies and their habits that make the game a lot of fun to play. Sure, the weapons play a big part in the fun when it comes to laying down fire upon the alien masses, but the enemies do more than just approach the player until they get within biting distance.
Many enemies toss projectiles that players must shoot down before they impact them, and during the height of missions is when this becomes most difficult. Not only must players shoot oncoming projectiles from different angles, but they must also shoot hordes of aliens approaching at their feet at the same time. Many of these high frequency situations require a machine gun for unloading against everything, otherwise they’ll get run over and be forced to start over again. This is when the game becomes a lot of fun, especially when players have a minigun in each hand and are simply spraying and praying, hoping they hit everything.
Each stage also provides something a little different to give the game a slight change of pace. This includes adding new and unique enemies, having a stage set in the dark, and having a moving platform on another stage. Having a decent change of pace from stage to stage is very important in games like this, especially since at its core it’s all basically the same type of format of standing still while shooting all enemies in sight.
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope is off to a rockin’ start, and you can thank some of the music featured in the game for that. I definitely look forward to diving into more simulations that hopefully continue to keep up a good change of pace and provide a number of unique surprises along the way. I also hope to see some type of competitive leaderboard in the future to make replaying stages even more fun. There’s certainly plenty to look forward to, for sure, and I can’t wait to see what comes next for Early Access players.