Fans of TV shows like Game of Thrones set in the middle ages know how exciting a sword battle can be. The closest thing we have to experience this is VR Sword Games.
Virtual Reality has many uses and games that require physical interaction are on the top of this list. Melee combat is a great example of this.
Let’s look at some of the best Sword Games for VR.
Swords of Gargantua
While single-player sword games are super exciting just imagine how it will be to have a sword fight with your friend. Swords of Gargantua from Yomuneco support both single and multiplayer modes.
The game falls under the rogue-lite genre and is quite fast-paced. It mimics real-life sword fights with parrying, blocking, and attacking for up to 4 players. You can pick over 30 types of weapons and pass through 101 levels before you reach the boss fight with Gargantua.
The game requires a tethered VR headset or an untethered headset like the Oculus Quest. The game won’t work on mobile headsets like the one covered on our Xtreme VR Vue review.
Until You Fall
This new title from Schell Games will have you playing until you fall.
It’s a single-player game that doesn’t offer much choice of weapons as the previous game we looked at, but it does have a superb storyline. You get to pick between swords of different lengths and styles and have 1v1 duels with enemies.
Combat includes blocking, charging, and delivering powerful blows. The goal of the game is to play until you fall. So, you should try to get as far as possible with the health you have.
Shadow Legend VR
While both the above games have arcade-like gameplay this game has a proper storyline which will give you a medieval feeling.
You play as the Grandmaster of the Knights Templar and your goal is to save a fictional Kingdom named Anaria from the Lord Adaroth. It’s ideal for gamers who like a good storyline which gives context to the duels.
The RPG element is what excites me about this game. It’s currently available on both PlayStation and PC VR.
This anime-style game should have been named Gore instead of Gorn. The game isn’t as good as the 3 previous games and it’s almost like a cartoon.
However, the level of gore and blood is off the charts. The enemies look soft in terms of appearance, but they certainly put up a good fight. More than a sword fight game, this is a hack and slash game.
The game is available on Tethered and PlayStation VR headsets.
While all the games above will have you fighting against bots this game from E McNeill is a PvP game.
This game is quite technical compared to games like Gorn where it’s just slash and kill. Instead of picking players, you get to pick a character that will have preassigned weapons and other types of attacks.
What’s interesting about this is that the gameplay takes place in slow motion and every time you make contact your weapon breaks and to renew them you have to swing them behind your back.
You can choose between local or online play with the solo campaign have three leagues and several levels.
Blade and Sorcery
The gameplay has several followers so it's an early access title and is another medieval combat VR game.
Apart from sword fighting, this game has magic and ranged combat too. You can pick weapons, characters and put on your creative hat during combat.
It is available for both PC and PlayStation headsets.
How Can Swords be Improved in VR?
With the improvement of technology and features like Machine Learning moving into the gaming scene, VR sword games are about to get a lot more realistic.
Usually, enemies that fight against you are programmed to follow the same strikes but with Machine Learning in the scene, there are intelligent bots that are data-driven.
It’s difficult to say when this game will come out but there will soon be VR games that can predict user inputs and give a good fight.
While swordplay is still around not everyone has access to this tech. VR sword games are one of the best ways to use a VR headset and experience this exciting activity.