Make Your Exercises Enjoyable in Blade and Sorcery
One of VR’s standout achievements in hand-to-hand combat so far has been Blade and Sorcery. While tons of full, story-driven titles have featured impressive physics and combat systems of their own, no other game has managed to match the physicality of Blade and Sorcery. Many titles think that weakly striking the arm with a sword is enough to justify the death of an enemy. This is far from here. Though just a combat simulator, the awesome modders of the world have turned it into something completely different. Whether you’re into Star Wars battles, Game of Thrones weapon sets, flying around with Iron Man blasters, or defeating enemies with samurai weapons, the modding world of Blade and Sorcery has it all. Not only do these mods help make the game more fun, they can also turn your gameplay sessions into a workout. These workouts are not for the faint of heart. Blade and Sorcery is one of the most violent and brutal VR games out there, and this workout is going to feature some pretty bloody scenes. Proceed accordingly
Sharp AI sword and shield
Many VR games have sword and shield mechanics, but Blade and Sorcery is the only one that really has a sense of physics and weight. In this training, you’ll equip a one-handed sword and shield and compete against the toughest waves of the sharp AI mod. This mod alters the AI in the game so that it becomes far more aggressive than the jogging and AI that the normal game normally uses. As your new aggressive opponents approach you, you need to limit yourself to one defense and then attack the mentality. You can use your shield to repel incoming attacks. Strictly use horizontal and vertical sword swings after the distraction. These punch and attack mechanics work your triceps, forearms, and biceps depending on where you’re blocking. You can choose an endless mode with sharp AI and play that way until you get tired.
It has been a dream of Star Wars fans for years to feel what it is like to wield a lightsaber in real life. The outer rim does just that. While wielding your lightsaber, you also have access to a force that you can pull and push. Our training begins here. With weighted gloves on, enter a weaponless arena and start a round. Only use the force, push and pull mechanics for fighting. You’ll toss groups of enemies around like some sort of killer conductor, and you’ll find that the movements you use to pick up and knock down opponents are the same as bicep curls and pulldown exercises that work your entire upper body. It’s a violent way to burn muscle, but hey, throw on your best Darth Vader impression and use the Star Wars Battles mod to complete the scene with music too. By the time you do this workout, you’ve got it turned on the dark side.
The hammer swing workout
No mods are required for this game, but there are also some awesome hammer weapons available for mods such as: B. Game of Thrones, Marvel etc. The basis for this training is the use of the sweep function of these blunt weapons. You see, when you attack an enemy’s legs with a blade, you just cut them through. All you have to do is sweep them off their feet with a hammer and prepare them for the fatal blow. That’s the move we’re going to make here. When an enemy approaches, hold the hammer with two hands and swing in a golf club motion to knock an enemy off their feet. Once you’re down, swing the hammer up and over your head and chop it down to finish them off. A brutal visual feast, but this is a great way to get your core involved in blade and wizardry, and exercise your arms and legs when you want to jump into your final punch.
The Avengers training
Yes, you’re not limited to just medieval weapons and Star Wars in Blade and Sorcery. Marvel comes to play too. I’ll break down how each mod works for you.
This nifty little mod gives you Captain America’s iconic shield to fight with and the ability to recall it after throwing it. There are two ways to get a great workout with the shield. The first is through hand-to-hand combat. Equipping the shield allows you to hit anyone in your path and cause damage to your fists with the other hand. We’re going to use both of them here to get our sweats going. We’ll alternate shield punches with our punches for a full round against one of the many group options. The swinging motion with the shield is similar to chest flies with dumbbells, where both your chest and arms are exercised and your other arm mainly hits and grabs. When you’re done with that, switch the shield to your other arm and do the same for you to get a balanced exercise
This one is pretty simple, but still effective. In order for the Iron Man suit to work for you, you need to keep your hands outward from your body to shoot enemies. We’re going to use this to create an exercise by holding both hands in front of your body and then bending and pushing them in and out again. Think about what a close-grip bench press looks like and this is where you will get the idea. Feel free to use the enemy groups to fight that you would like as basically none of them are suitable for you and your futuristic weapons.
Put on the claws of Marvel’s most beloved superhero and you will not only feel power like you’ve never felt in VR, but some damn good arm workout afterwards. How this works is while using the claws, always keep your hands up in defense mode, just like you would a boxer. Keep your attacks structured with straight butts, overcuts, and crosses. Not a wild blow like a madman that you might feel compelled to do. During the fight, you’ll also pump your arms to use the game’s natural locomotion mechanics to run. In this way, we will get a full sense of the super speed and strength that Wolverine possesses and we will feel it.
This one is pretty self explanatory, but this mod turns Blade and Sorcery into a fighting club. It adds multiple waves of unarmed enemies, changes melee sounds as well as damage and offers a perfectly realized representation of VR melee combat. With the sharp AI installed too, the enemies will come quickly and furiously and while you can block them, the blows will come from all sides. For this training we will only box. Hands up anytime covering your face, and since Blade and Sorcery takes physics seriously, you really need to hit to do the damage it takes to knockouts. You can also pick up your enemies and throw them into each other. If you’ve always wanted to be Bruce Lee, this is the mod that makes it possible.
The Pace AI Mod is similar to the Sharp AI, with the big difference in how enemies try to attack you. The pace AI causes enemies to chase their blows on yours and also to attack them in groups instead of waiting for their turn as usual. This means that you’d better prepare yourself to parry a lot. I’ve found this to work best with two-handed swords as you really feel a good burn in your shoulders after about 15 minutes. It can also result in a solid workout for your legs as many of those follow-up attacks the enemies are now performing can be crouched, skipped, or dodged by hopping back and forth. Pace AI can also be used in combination with any of the above mods and can increase the physical limit that you are pushed to during your playtime.
Blade and Sorcery is available on Steam and Oculus and features some of the best fighting and most physically demanding gameplay. At the same time, you can live out famous battles and try out legendary weapons that you have dreamed of for years. These are just a few of the mods that can help make your workouts more fun and intense, but there are still hundreds out there for you to explore.
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