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Broken Edge Review: VR Sword fighting just got better

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Broken Edge is a VR game that lets you duel with swords in a fantasy setting. You can choose from different characters, each with their own weapons and fighting styles, and challenge other players online or AI opponents in single player mode. The game has just been enhanced for Meta Quest 3, which allows you to use mixed reality features and fight in your own living room. In this review, I will evaluate the game based on the following criteria: gameplay, fitness intensity, audience score, immersion, replayability, to ultimately answer, is Broken Edge worth it?

Verdict

8.3
Gameplay:
9
Audience Score:
8.5
Fitness Intesnity:
8
Immersion:
8.5
Replayability:
7.5

Broken Edge Stats

Rating on Oculus store4.2/5
Rating on Steam Store9/10
Release Date18 Nov, 2022
GenreAction, Fighting
Time to beat main story3 Hours+
ReplayabilityVery High
Oculus Steam

Gameplay of Broken Edge

The gameplay of Broken Edge is based on realistic sword fighting mechanics. You can swing your sword freely and block incoming attacks with your weapon or your body. You can also use special abilities that are unique to each character, such as throwing knives, pulling out a shield as a knight or dual wielding katana’s.

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The game requires skill and strategy to master the timing, distance, and angle of your strikes and parries. The game also features a weapon durability system that makes your sword break – hence the name broken edge. This adds an element of risk and reward to the combat, as you have to balance between damaging your opponent and preserving your weapon. This also adds a layer of difficulty to the game and people wanting a simple hack and slash should look elsewhere – Maybe something like Until You Fall.

Fitness Intensity

Broken Edge is a game that will make you sweat. The game requires you to move around a lot, dodge attacks, and swing your sword with force and precision. AR supports means you can take it to the next level, and swing hard without worrying about smashing your controller (or hand) on the wall. At this point, most headsets have the ability to track calories burned each. I used this game during my 10,000 calorie VR challenge on day 4 and found it an easy way to rack up some calories without actually feeling like you’re working out. The video for that is below.

Audience Score

Broken Edge has received mostly positive reviews from players and critics alike. Many players praise the game for its realistic and immersive sword fighting mechanics, its variety of characters and weapons, its mixed reality features, and its fitness benefits. But some players criticize the game for its high learning curve and difficulty, and its limited player base and matchmaking options. The game currently has a 4.2/5 stars rating on the Meta Quest store and 9/10 on Steam.

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Immersion

Broken Edge is a game that aims to immerse you in the world of sword fighting. The game uses highly-vibrant cartoon graphics and sound effects to create a fun atmospheric environment. The game also uses haptic feedback and 3D audio to enhance the sensation of wielding a sword and clashing with your opponent. The game’s mixed reality feature adds another layer of immersion by letting you fight in your own living room.

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Replayability

Broken Edge is a game that offers a lot of replay value for fans of sword fighting. The game has a single player campaign that lets you play as every character and learn their skills. The game also has a multiplayer mode that lets you compete with other players online. The game has a ranking system that tracks your wins and losses and assigns you a skill level (Elo).

Is Broken Edge worth it?

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Overall
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Broken Edge is a game that will appeal to true fans of sword fighting who are looking for a realistic and immersive VR experience. The game offers a lot of fun and challenge for those who are willing to invest time and effort into mastering its mechanics, its a must have for new Quest 3 owners. However, the game also suffers from some problems that may frustrate or disappoint some players who are looking for a more casual or polished VR game.

Price: 10

Operating System: Quest, PCVR

Editor's Rating:
8.3

Pros

  • Realistic and immersive sword fighting mechanics
  • Variety of characters and weapons with unique abilities
  • Mixed reality feature that lets you fight in your own living room
  • Great workout

Cons

  • High learning curve and difficulty
  • Limited player base and matchmaking options