Crimen Mercenary Tales Review: VR swordfighting and stories

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If you are looking for a VR game that combines action, humor, and storytelling, you might want to check out Crimen Mercenary Tales. This game lets you experience eight different adventures from the perspective of eight mercenaries, each with their own personality and style. You will slash, shoot, and stab your way through various historical settings, while listening to the narrators’ witty and hilarious commentary.


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Crimen Stats

Crimen Mercenary Tales is a VR game developed by Carbon Studio. It was released on the 25th of May 2023 for the Pico 4 and Quest headsets. In September it came to PCVR. The game is inspired by comic books and Slavic folklore, and features a colorful and cartoonish art style.

Rating on Oculus store4.4/5
Rating on Pico store4.7/5
Release DateMay 25, 2023
GenreAction, Adventure
Time to beat main story5 Hours
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Crimen Gameplay

The gameplay of Crimen Mercenary Tales is simple but fun. You will use your motion controllers to wield various weapons, such as swords, axes, daggers, pistols, and muskets. You can also throw objects, such as bottles, knives, or even chickens, at your enemies. The game is not very realistic or physics-based, but rather focuses on arcade-style slashing and shooting. The combat is fast-paced and satisfying, especially when you land a headshot.


The game consists of eight chapters, each telling a different story of a mercenary. You will switch between the roles of the narrator and the protagonist, depending on the scene. The narrator will tell the story to a group of listeners in a tavern or a campfire, while the protagonist will act out the story in VR. The stories are full of humor, easter eggs, and pop-culture references, and often break the fourth wall. The listeners will also react to the story, sometimes questioning its validity or adding their own remarks.

Is Crimen a good workout?

Crimen has a light to moderate fitness intensity, you will differently be swinging your arms around during the longer sword fighting moments and you may work up a sweat when surrounded by enemies. The game also features, much to my annoyance, climbing. Where you will have your arms above your head for extended periods of time. According to my Pico 4 tracking system I burnt approximately 104 calories in a 30 minutes while playing Crimen. If you’re looking for a sword fighting game that really tests your fitness ability you might want to check out Until you fall.


Audience score

Crimen Mercenary Tales has received mostly positive reviews from players on Oculus. The game currently has 4.4/5 stars out of 91 reviews. Players praised the game’s humor, voice acting, graphics, and variety. Some of the negative points mentioned by players were the short length of the game (about 4-5 hours), the lack of difficulty options, and some minor bugs and glitches.


The game does a good job of immersing you in its world and its characters. The graphics are bright and vibrant, and the environments are detailed and diverse. You will visit locations such as a castle siege, a pirate ship, a haunted forest, and a snowy mountain. The sound effects and music are also well-done, with authentic sounds of weapons and explosions, and catchy Slavic folk tunes.


The voice acting is one of the best aspects of the game. The actors deliver their lines with enthusiasm and emotion, and bring the characters to life. The dialogues are witty and funny, and often make fun of clich├ęs and tropes.


The game has some replayability value, as you can replay the chapters to find all the hidden easter eggs or references. However, the game does not have any branching paths or choices that affect the outcome of the story. The game also does not have any multiplayer or co-op modes. So once I was done with the game I didn’t really feel a need to go back.

Is Crimen VR worth it?

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Crimen Mercenary Tales is a VR game that offers a unique blend of action and comedy. It is not a very long or complex game, but it is a very enjoyable one. If you are looking for a VR game that will make you laugh and have fun while slashing your enemies in historical settings, you should give Crimen Mercenary Tales a try.

Price: $14.99

Operating System: Pico, Steam, Quest

Editor's Rating:


  • Surprising fun combat
  • Great storytelling
  • Funny


  • Low replayability
  • Short campaign