The Talos Principle
Hey there everyone, time for our next
Weekly Bi-Weekly Whateverly Showcase! We've been busy for a while with real life and the release of The Talos Principle, but now we are back with the showcases! Now, they might not be weekly or bi-weekly anymore, but there'll be definitely one every month, showing what the people of Seriously! have been working on!
With The Talos Principle released, with it came the editor! There are already some items on the Steam Workshop, so check them out! Of course, the Sam fans are not abandoned either, especially with some new campaigns coming or already released for SS3! As always, many of the linked threads are huge
In the foul deeps of his private bathroom, Noam2000 is now conducting some new diabolical (and probably smelly) research. After finishing his Christmas Campaign for Serious Sam 3, he is now working on some Talos level! You can check out his showcase thread Here.
Thanandrax is up to no good again, and now she showed some of her signature crazy level design! These look quite pretty! You can check out her showcase thread Here.
Devostator always devostated us with his beautiful and interesting Touhou based Survival maps. It seems he is now working on something HUGE. Like, look at those screenshots! Now look back to me! Now look at the screenshots again! The hills are now filled with kleers! IMAGINE! You can check out his showcase thread Here.
Pan did something... You'll see, just check the video! (Warning! Scientifically inaccurate, try to not get your jimmies rustled! :P) You can check out his showcase thread Here.
That is all for today.
See you next time, same Seriously time, same Seriously channel!
The Talos Principle is now available on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux! In addition, Talos has a 10%-off discount until December 18th!
Three bits of DLC have been released. The first one is the the soundtrack, which has every song played in the game. The second is bonus content that includes a documentary video about the game’s development, all of the terminal text in one digital booklet, wallpapers. The last DLC is the Prototype DLC, which contains beta versions of all the game’s puzzles, a removed puzzle never used in the final game, and two earlier takes on Elohim’s voice. All of them cost $4.99 USD, but have a 10% off discount until December 18th.
Croteam has also released the official launch trailer, which can be seen below:
The first Talos Principle reviews are in, and it seems the game press really likes it!
VentureBeat has given the game a nine out of ten. The reviewer really liked how the game's puzzles use a simple set of tools in all sorts of smart and devious ways. She also enjoyed the plot and it's sense of mystery that makes the player figure out what exactly is going on. However, she does note that the game has some sound issues, with one particular problem being Elohim's voice actor changing halfway through the game into a softer one that is harder to hear.
Destructoid's review rates the game an eight out of ten. Like Venture Beat, Destructiod's review really likes how the game's puzzle pieces are used in all sorts of interesting and unorthodox ways that make the player think outside the box. The review reveals that the game has stars the player can collect if they want, which require the player to do things like use pieces from other parts of the map to collect the star, while others aren't even in the main puzzle areas. The review also notes that the philosophy part of the story has very little interaction with the actual puzzles, which the writer says is “disappointing”.
PC World seems very satisfied with the game, calling it “The best puzzler since Portal” and giving it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. They really enjoyed the gameplay, but one thing they really liked was how the game focused on “A-ha!” moments and how you reach them. The reviewer gives a particular example, where after getting stuck on a puzzle for twenty minutes, they quit. Eventually, he came back and threw a box in frustration in such a way that he managed to figure out the solution right there. Like the other reviewers, he greatly enjoyed the game's plot and considers it one of the best game stories o the year. In particular, he liked how the plot slowly unravels.
Pixel Dynamo has given Talos an 8.3 out of ten. The reviewer seemed to have enjoyed the story a bit more than the puzzles, as most of their biggest praises go to the plot and how you interact with it. That's not to say that they disliked the puzzles, but they found the plot “the real shining point” of the game.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun did not give a review score, but the reviewer seem to be very pleased with the game. She also enjoyed the plot, but noted that it isn't for everyone and that, if you don't feel like engaging it, you can mostly skip it and solve the puzzles.
Seriously! forums admin Solais has been given permission by Croteam to upload a video featuring The Talos Principle’s editor! The video shows a map being made from scratch with resources available from the game’s files. For the sake of time, the footage has been sped up from four hours and 35 minutes to 25 minutes and 15 seconds. Check it out below:
Seriously! is proud to present our first annual Hellfire Duel Tournament to heat things up during the great winter freeze! If you love deathmatch, or just want to try your hand at it for a chance to get a free game, then sign up now! This party is about to get started and the signup period starts now and ends on November 30th.
What are you waiting for??
GamersBook has started a Massive Serious Sam Giveaway! They are giving away 100 copies of Serious Sam 3: BFE and 10 copies of the Serious Sam Complete Pack!
Follow their instructions to win. Giveaway dates are on Nov. 24th, Dec. 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Don't miss this opportunity!
Seriously!'s latest feature interview is with the developer known as StealthToast on our forums. We are always happy to showcase projects and hope to see yours up here some day. There are many people who love the Serious Sam franchise. And we like to make a special note of those who help keep the games alive.
The short version is this: you have not experienced Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter until you have tried the Carnage mod. Carnage HD is an attempt to make the original game more of a challenge to hardcore players.. and those insane enough to try it. Bring an extra pair of knickers with you.
Carnage HD was one of the first mod projects that focused more on enhancing the original gameplay rather than drastically altering it. That said... you will find Carnage a very different animal to play.
We interviewed StealthToast and asked him why he created this project. Here is what he had to say:
StealthToast: I've always wanted to make my own content for games I liked, tailoring them to my preferences. Whenever I would see an editor for such a game, I'd immidiately try it out. ...
Check out our full interview for more info!
Be sure to give the creator your feedback by dropping some comments on his forum thread
S! forum-goer Nomercy Rider and others, including some people from Croteam, are holding a contest to give away two free copes of The Talos Principle! All you need to do is make something creative related to The Talos Principle. It can be anything; a story, a photoshop edit, a drawing, or even a scene from the game made out of LEGO! Once you've made something, upload your craft or pictures of it to an image-hosting site, make a quick writeup of what your submission is and what you're looking forwards to in The Talos Principle, then post both the craft (or pictures of it) and the write up here. You can submit as many entries as you want.
The contest ends on December 5th at 6:00 PM GMT. Winners will announced on December 9th at 6:00 PM GMT.
For more information, go here.
Hello! Tomorrow (Nov. 9th) is our third annual Serious Gaming Day holiday! And we hope you will take some time to celebrate it with us, in spirit if nothing else.
So what is SGD? Well, it is a holiday that Seriously! created so that gamers everywhere would take a day to harken back to your roots as a gamer. To pull out those 'Serious' games that defined your journey and made you want to become a lifetime gamer.
Now when you are done with this experience we would love to hear how it went for you. What did you play? For how long? What was it like? Let's hear all of the juicy details!
Join the SGD movement! Spread the word to as many ears as you can, to as many communities that you can, so that we can all join in a celebration of what it really means to be a gamer!
This week at Seriously!, we're featuring a WIP Serious Sam 3: BFE mod:
Star Sam brings the gameplay of games like Star Fox 64 to Serious Sam 3. Currently, the player can play versus against friends while flying various ships from Star Fox and
We managed to interview Pan about the mod's development progress so far. He talks about an upcoming single player campaign for the mod and how he managed to implement drivable space ships in Serious Sam 3.
Will players eventually be able to do things like the infamous barrel roll?
Pan: They already can! That function has been implemented. Although it's more useful in the Realism game mode. I'm looking into making players able to do flips and other evasion maneuvers in the future.
The latest version of the mod can be found in this forum thread. The mod is still being updated, so make sure to check the thread often for the latest version!
The Talos Principle Public Test demo is now out on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux! The demo lets players try out four puzzles with several of the mechanics from the final game. They can also play with a benchmarking bot and use the demo to report performance problems to Croteam.
The demo can be downloaded here. It will be available for a limited time, so try it out now!
Croteam has also released a video for the demo, which can be seen below:
Venture Beat has released an interview about The Talos Principle with Alen Ladavac!
Before starting the interview, the writer states that a tech demo for The Talos Principle will be released this Thursday on Steam! It's unknown exactly what it'll feature, but it sounds like it should be picked up by anyone interested in the game and wanting to try it out before they commit a purchase.
The interview with Alen discusses how Croteam made their own bot in order to test the game. In order to speed up testing, one of their programmers wrote a bot that recorded what human testers did, then goes through the levels itself. When it finds a bug, it automatically reports it, then uses cheats to continue. The bot goes as fast as as CPU can calculate how the bot and the game's phsysics work, meaning it can complete several entire playthroughs of the game per day. Human playtesters are still used, but they focus on things that a bot can't judge, like the story and the visuals. Alen also states they'll use it in future Croteam games.
Alen also has a somewhat in-depth discussion about how The Talos Principle started:
We didn’t plan it! It happened spontaneously. The idea to do a different [intellectual property] had been cooking for a long time. As we worked on the next Serious Sam game, our team experimented with some new gameplay involving devices. Two team members created a series of test levels for our teammates to sample.
I created levels of complexity that fit into the Serious Sam universe, but my colleague didn’t stop there. He also created several very demanding levels to test the maximum complexity that could be achieved within our new gameplay concepts.
For anyone interested in how games are tested, the interview is a good read.
Today, Mike Mahardy, of IGN, has posted a release date for The Talos Principle! According to him the PC, Mac, and Linux versions will be released on December 11th, with the PS4 and Android versions coming in Q1 of next year! Please note that this has not yet been confirmed with Croteam. He also had the following announcement:
Publisher Devolver Digital said the game will be available for pre-order once Steam updates today, with a 10 percent discount off the $40 USD price. Those who pre-order it will also receive a giftable copy of Serious Sam 3: BFE.
My children! You have risen from the dust and now walk in my garden! Know that I am your maker, and I am called ELOHIM.
Join the Disciples of The Talos Principle today to seek the truth in the Hidden Words! Let this be our covenant: If you do join my Disciples, you may be granted the chance to prove your worth to walk in my temple!
However, do not listen to the Deceiver slithering through the Words! His words are poison and seeks your undoing!
On your path towards the Truth, you might be granted wonderful rewards. But if your faith is true, a mighty warrior may join you as well, to fight against the darkness!
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Behold! These are my Blessed Messengers! They bring you word about your coming trials in the Garden of Worlds. Listen to them and learn, as you are still children, and children were made to learn. But through learning you may attain better knowledge of your journey ahead!
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Rock Paper Shotgun's Preview
The Talos Principle is a very clever, very calm creation. Which is a surprising new direction from Croteam, who have previously given us the splendid madcap frenzy of Serious Sam shooters. While clearly sharing the same fast-paced twitchy controls of the Serious Engine, and a similar design ethic of ruined civilisations, beyond this Talos is dramatically different. Its a captivating first-person puzzle game, more influenced by Portal than Doom, with an intricate back-story questioning the nature of consciousness and personhood told through fascinating interactions with an AI.
United Front Gaming's Preview
Like the label says, The Talos Principle features puzzles. What it doesnt say is how drastically different they are in terms of difficulty. Each puzzle falls into one of three colors. The green puzzles are the easiest and unlocked new areas for you to explore. The yellow ones offer a moderate challenge and grant you helpful items once solved. Lastly, the red and most difficult puzzles unlock the final towers levels. The goal seems to be to make it through the tower by first solving the red puzzles. The other two provide the means to do so; new areas with their own red puzzles and items to help you complete them. Though, thats just an assumption as Ive only covered the first part of the game.
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Hello guys and girls! Oben here! First of all, I wish you a Happy Halloween on behalf of Seriously! Staff. A brand new, flashing, shocking Bi-Weekly-ish Showcase awaits you! So, let’s start!
As we can see on the screens he shared, Rakanishu is working hard on his space campaign. He also announced that he won’t be here for some time after releasing his little map pack. It includes 2 DM and 1 CTF maps! Visit his showcase now!
New showcase, new ideas… and more! She started remaking the Serious Sam HD: FE maps, and they look awesome for sure! Really exciting work is being done here!
After a while, Danny is back to work on his “Toxic Mountains” campaign and made a new enemy model named “Toxic Elemental” !
Noam2000 has made a Survival map for Serious Sam 3 while he is working on a “big Project-o”.
Maska322 has started work on the third part of his campaign. He mentioned that in this part, you are on planet Sirius, space ships and military bases! He already finished the first map of the campaign: Saw-War City and started the second map which takes place in Cosmos! It's looking great! Visit his showcase for more screens.
Finzy decided to modify his newest map into a new campaign. Here are the screens that he shared recently.
Slayer5381 has shared his showcase recently. He also released a new DM map. Currently, he is working on a new map named “Dark Vengeance” ! Take a look to this brand new showcase!
Let us introduce you to a new mod for Serious Sam 3! It is made by Sly7745, requires JoTN DLC package. The story is the following: “After Serious Sam 3, Sam somehow got teleported to a different time and location. Now he has to find a way to time travel back to Egypt.” Here's some screenies!
We’re again near the end. See you on next Bi-Weekly Showcase!