Samurai Sword VR: A satisfying slice of samurai swording on the HTC Vive

Studying the way of the warrior courtesy of Samurai Sword on the HTC Vive. This is more of an expanded slice-em-up tech demo that a game per-se, but it is still very pleasurable to slice everything.

Calories/hour: 287
Distance: 1256m
Average calories: 101 (range 95-120)

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Steam Curator site – essential HTC Vive games and applications:
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/27241299/

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Cowbots vs Aliens – An epic virtual reality showdown

Throughout the aeons, cowbots and aliens have fought in epic Wild-West showdowns. How does this game compare to other VR shooters?

The answer is: Not especially well. And the core reason is that this game relies on online multiplayer, yet there are too few people online to play with, and so most gaming time is spent with bots. The graphics are rather sparse too.
Nevertheless, the concept is funny and it has the barebones structure of a potentially fantastic game.

Calories/hour: 204
Distance travelled: 684
Average HR: 92 (range 77-119)

Find all the Virtual Reality reviews here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkYBGegM5dQmeqL5SlZ19NOXFUlT9qBgM

Steam Curator site – essential HTC Vive games and applications:
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/27241299/

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Holodance: Dancing with Dragons in Virtual Reality!

Rhythm-based VR fitness games are ubiquitous, but each one seems to have its own niche feature. Holodance has dragons.

No seriously, it’s also very good. The rhythm mechanic rivals other VR rhythm fitness games: Audioshield, Beats Fever and Soundboxing.
Calories/hour: 348
Distance travelled: 2145m
Average HR: 97 (range 80-134)

Find all the Virtual Reality reviews here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkYBGegM5dQmeqL5SlZ19NOXFUlT9qBgM

Steam Curator site – essential HTC Vive games and applications:
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/2724129

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Sairento: VR Ninja Skills with bullet-time.

This is a very ambitious game, with certain elements that can only be described as pure joy (the slow-motion/bullet-time). Mechanics for both sword and gun components are richly satisfying, and it compares well to Raw Data from Survios.

Nevertheless, it is a resources hog, and my graphics card perhaps wasn’t powerful enough to play it for sustained periods without stalling.

Calories/hour: 248
Distance travelled: 985
Average HR: 92 (range 71-108)

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Dead Hungry VR: Burger van for zombies! | HTC Vive Virtual Reality Lets Play and Review (Doctor Yak)

Flipping burgers for a horde of ravenous zombies is as intense as it sounds! But they want more, so you have to get the french fries, tempura prawns, pizzas and soft drinks ready as well. This is a fun, if slightly stressful, calorie burner for the HTC Vive!

Fitness info –
Calories/hour: 409
Distance travelled: 2874m
Average HR: 98 (range 81-135)

Find all the Virtual Reality reviews here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkYBGegM5dQmeqL5SlZ19NOXFUlT9qBgM

Steam Curator site – essential HTC Vive games and applications:
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/27241299/

 

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N’Golo Kante – The unsung hero we can’t stop singing about

The compact dynamo’s double tally of the Football Writers’ Association and Premier League Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year (that’s a mouthful to say) is probably the least controversial duo of individual awards one can imagine. Capping this off with the PFA Fan’s Player of the Year should only be a formality, barring a global brainwashing or apocalypse scenario.

It can sometimes be difficult to explain him to people who don’t watch football. If you like comics then think of him as “Multiple Man” from Marvel’s lesser followed X-teams. The only time you might see one of him is right at the beginning of the game. Afterwards you might struggle to see fewer than six of him on the pitch at once.

It’s always fun to throw about some stats:

1st highest back-to-back Premier league titles with different clubs (Leicester 2016, Chelsea 2017)
2nd highest tackler in the league this season (114)
6th highest passer in the league this season (2011 passes)
5th highest interceptions in the league this season (79)
0 Career Red Cards 

Who would have thought that the wealthy Premier League’s first genuine challenge to the Messi-Ronaldo hegemony of La Liga is a small Frenchman of Malian descent who you could be forgiven for initially calling a workhorse, just once…

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