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Blade & Sorcery is one of the most popular Steam VR games of all time.
Built from the ground up for PC virtual reality headsets like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, Blade & Sorcery is a medieval/fantasy game where you use VR movement to intuitively take on your enemies in hand to hand combat.
The video game is by design a sandboxand is one of the only combat games out there where you have full and absolute intuitive VR controls. Not only that, the game also features physics-based combat dynamics that help you play it in literally whichever way you please.
Because of all this, Blade & Sorcery is also one of the most modded VR games of all time – just behind Minecraft and Skyrim. It sports an active community of modders looking to offer gamers anything they could possibly imagine.
Mods for the game usually fall into two categories: Megapack, which feature multiple weapons, maps, aesthetic & physics adjustments based around a central theme, and individual mods that attempt to add only one item, map or feature. We’ve denoted which are which (when it isn’t painfully obvious), so it’s clear from the outset what you’re getting yourself in for.
Mods can add an incredible amount to the game. If you’re looking to live a VR medieval fantasy, for instance, it may be time to find out how to install mods. If you get stuck with your .json and ‘streamingassets’, there are a great many tutorials on YouTube to get you started.
So, without further ado, here are the best mods out there today:
The Outer Rim (Megapack)
Blade & Sorcery features A LOT of Star Wars Mods, but none is more wide-reaching than The Outer Rim.
Kingo64 created The Outer Rim to be a “total conversion” mod which includes custom maps, outfits, AI features and, most importantly, in-game lightsabers and blasters. Even better, the mod builds on the sandbox nature of the vanilla game: the FAQ doesn’t quite tell you how to use the lightsabers and blasters, instead explaining that it’s “a fun little experiment on self discovery.”
Maps already released include the famous Mos Eisley region on Tatooine, Naboo, Felucia and inside the cloning facility at Kamino. There are more to come, too, including the Death Star, Kashyyyk, Mustafar and the Tantive IV.
Marvel Assembled (Megapack)
DukeGoliath’s Marvel Assembled Megapack features an incredible amount of melee and ranged weaponry from the Marvel Universe. In my opinion, it’s the best MCU themed expansion to Blade & Sorcery out there, and well worth a look.
The mod features equipment famously used by Deadpool, Captain America, Wolverine and Dr Strange. It’s truly a blast to finally get your hands on Adamantium Claws, Cap’s Shield, Blade’s Swords, Gambit’s Staff or Starlord’s Quad Blasters. The way to use these weapons varies, so probably best to bookmark the Nexusmods.com entry where Duke explains it.
Sadly, you won’t be suiting up in a Mark I, II, III, nor LXXXV Iron Man suit, as Tony Stark’s equipment hasn’t been added just yet. Hopefully, though, it won’t be too long ‘til you’re using repulsors, too.
Witchcraft and Wizardry (Harry Potter Megapack)
Rounding off the three franchise megapacks I’ve included on this list will be both a blast from the past and a ride on the Hogwarts Express.
Piepop101’s Witchcraft and Wizardry is a complete Harry Potter conversion mod. It features weapons, including a basic Wand capable of six spells and the Elder Wand which is capable of a LOT more. It also features the Sword of Gryffindor and the Golden Snitch, the latter of which acts as a kind of flying grenade. The mod also features the Nimbus 2000 and the Transylvanian Barb, allowing you to take to the skies in-game.
Not only that, the megapack features custom maps, too. These include the Quidditch Field and Diagon Alley (or is it “diagonally”?), as well as custom waves of AI to battle in them.
Sushin’s Medieval weapons megapack injects over one hundred realistic weapons of Medieval European origin into the game, all of which NPCs can also spawn in with.
These weapons are touted as being “vanilla lore friendly” and “generally historically accurate”, with custom damage properties and a massive variety. In fact, the mod advertises “weapons you want, and weapons you never knew you wanted, and they have all been meticulously crafted with as much detail as possible.”
If you fancy anything from jousting pikes and frying pans to Viking longswords, then Sushin’s mod may be worth a look…
…but Sushin wasn’t done there. They have, in collaboration with Davi3684, also created a weapons megapack which includes over ninety magic and fantasy weapons, some of which have “gameplay altering” effects.
This modpack includes an incredible variety of fantasy weapons ranging from being “ordinary to completely over the top”, so it’s well worth taking a look just for that. But most impressively, some of these weapons are imbued with magic, emitting everything from flames and dark energy.
Finally, and as per the majority of megapacks we’ve covered, the mod includes waves of NPCs that can also wield these fantastical weapons.
4K Lightsaber Pack (Weapon Mod)
LeoVanceMusic wants to expand this project out to be something on the same level as The Outer Rim, but for now his entry is just one of the most impressive Lightsaber mods out there.
The new mod features tens of famous lightsabers from the Star Wars Lore and Universe, including Kylo Ren’s, Luke Skywalker’s, Master Yoda’s and yes, that’s right, Darth Maul’s famous double-sided saber. But the mod also includes other new features and functionality, including a dynamic imbue mesh that disappears the imbue when the blade is retracted, but retains the imbuement for when it is released once again.
Fisher’s Pistols Pack (Weapon Mod)
SwordFisherL42’s Pistols Pack adds tons of custom built pistols from across the history of firearms, from gunpowder hipshooters to modern military sidearms.
Each pistol is completely unique with its own sounds, animations and custom behaviours. Better yet – you can customise things like ammo capacity, bullet force and recoil in the command console.
Okay, I get it. It may seem a little unfair to be shooting at enemies who are running at you with swords and maces. So the mod also includes waves of enemies equipped with pistols, too, to keep you on your toes.
Dark Chains: Telekinesis and Force Choke (Feature Mod)
Ebediam’s Dark Chains is a lightweight telekinesis mod that takes the concept of a sandbox and multiplies it by about a million: throwing around NPCs like ragdolls and ripping them open with your bare hands.
Dark Chains enables you to have a blast using your new-found telekinesis powers to move objects and enemies alike. It also works with every weapon, allowing you to enchant your other melee instruments with force-like abilities.
Katana Megapack (Weapons Mod)
Siilk’s Katana Megapack, while titled ‘megapack’, is really just a bunch of weapons mods wrapped in one – all of which are historically-inspired Japanese swords.
If you know anything about Katana or Japan’s military history, you’ll recognise weapons like Tanto, Dojuigiri, Shirasaya, Koto and Mokko Katana. Each of these weapons handles very well, particularly after a recent improvement update, as well as looking absolutely fantastic.
Now you can finally unveil your inner Ninja. Hey, you’re welcome.
Dismemberment (Feature Mod)
So, you’re playing a lot of Blade & Sorcery, but there’s one thing bugging you – you’ve not quite cracked how to dismember your foes consistently. You’re not alone. Dismemberment in the vanilla game is notoriously difficult, requiring a heavy weapon and the ability to do three things, absolutely perfectly and in sync: swing hard enough, hit the right point on the joint and come in at exactly the right angle.
That’s where Piepop101’s Dismemberment feature mod comes in. The mod makes it far easier to dismember your foes, effectively removing the need for absolute pinpoint accuracy. It also comes with 3 endless, no-armour waves to give you a space to try it out.
Slugga’s Combat Overhaul (Feature Mod)
Lots of those modding Blade & Sorcery intend to do one thing or another specifically, but Slugga’s Combat Overhaul is a bit different. Instead, Slugga includes a large collection of tweaks and adjustments to bring the realism and immersion factor “up to 11”.
Among the changes are an overhauled damage system, a new ragdoll physics system, reworked knockouts and a complete overhaul of in-game archery, including making arrow damage completely dynamic. These are just a few of the changes but, from reading the release notes, it’s clear this is the mod to go for if you’re just wanting something to tone up the game.
Infinity Gauntlet (Weapons Mod)
There are a lot of mods I could have included but ultimately didn’t. After all, the hardest choices require the strongest wills. But I just couldn’t finish this list without mentioning the mod that turns you into the Mad Titan himself, by handing you Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet.
The mod includes abilities for both triggers from each of the Gauntlet’s five six stones: Space, Reality, Soul, Time, and Mind. These include enlarging your enemies, “discombobulation”, revive and time freeze. And when you harness the power of all six stones, you can just snap your fingers and make the arena perfectly balanced… as all things should be.
This is one of the only mods that indulges in “gauntletry”, so it may seem a little… game breaking, maybe? Still, though. It’s a blast to play around with – and Blade & Sorcery is a sandbox, after all.