Blade & Sorcery has been a strong showcase for VR, but it has a drawback: its PC-only nature has meant occasionally tripping over wires while you fight your fantasy battles. Thankfully, that won’t be an issue for long. Warpfrog has unveiled Blade & Sorcery: Nomad, a stand-alone game coming to the Oculus Quest 2 on November 4th for $20. The basic concept remains the same — it’s a “sandbox” brawler with immersive swordplay and magic — but the developers are taking advantage of the freedom that comes with a stand-alone headset.
The familiar Sandbox mode is now fine-tuned for room-scale VR. There’s also a Dungeons mode that challenges you to fight through “semi-procedurally generated” chambers. In 2022, there will also be a mode with progression that rewards frequent play.
This probably won’t get you to spring for a Quest 2 by itself. It might tip the balance if you were already curious about titles like GTA: San Andreas, though, and it may serve as a good introduction to what VR can do. If nothing else, it shows what’s possible when you aren’t tied to a computer.
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