Healthline contributor Nancy Schimelpfening strapped on a VR headset and tried the brand new health recreation “Supernatural” to search out out if it’s a worthy exercise that’s well worth the worth.
Once I noticed the advertisements for “Supernatural” on Fb, I used to be intrigued.
I’ve been utilizing the Oculus Rift, and later the Oculus Quest, for a couple of years now.
Specifically, I actually get pleasure from video games like “Beat Saber,” which have allowed me to stay energetic at residence throughout the pandemic.
Nonetheless, whereas these video games are enjoyable, I’ve by no means felt that they actually lived as much as the potential that VR health has. For instance, whereas “Beat Saber” does use the 360-degree rotation that’s obtainable with the Quest, there are solely restricted ranges the place it’s used.
Would “Supernatural” do a greater job? And would it not be well worth the comparatively hefty worth of admission?
Since they had been providing a free trial membership for the primary 30 days, I made a decision to test it out.
Think about opening your eyes and discovering your self standing on the Nice Wall of China (or one of many many different scenic places which can be featured within the recreation).
Nonetheless, earlier than you may absolutely course of the incredible vista that surrounds you, pairs of black and white targets start to drift towards you.
An train coach speaks in your ear, encouraging you to swing at them with the corresponding black and white bats that you just maintain in your fingers.
A rousing sound monitor consisting of musical hits that and love performs within the background.
Quickly, you’re sweating and respiratory arduous as you spin round 360 levels, squatting and swinging in time with the music.
That is the VR health recreation “Supernatural.”
No evaluate of “Supernatural” goes to be full with out evaluating it to what’s arguably the reigning king of VR health video games: “Beat Saber.”
How they’re related
“Supernatural” is most frequently in comparison with “Beat Saber” as a result of they share most of the similar mechanics:
- Each contain utilizing objects to strike targets as they arrive towards you.
- Each present various patterns of targets choreographed to music to get you shifting your physique in several methods.
- Each have you ever stepping facet to facet and squatting with a purpose to keep away from obstacles.
- Each permit you to rotate 360 levels in area.
That is the place the similarities finish, nonetheless.
How they’re totally different
Whereas there are lots of similarities between “Supernatural” and “Beat Saber,” it’s straightforward to see how they differ after we break down a few of their particular person options and examine them face to face.
Whenever you purchase the essential “Beat Saber” recreation, you obtain a restricted sound monitor of digital music. They’re all very catchy and I did come to like them; nonetheless, none of them had been music that I had beforehand heard, which initially took away from my enjoyment of the sport.
Sadly, the restricted variety of songs will get boring fairly shortly. The builders do periodically launch new music enlargement packs, that includes artists like Think about Dragons and BTS. Nonetheless, every pack comes at an extra price. Additionally, there’s no assure I’ll even have an interest within the featured artist.
“Supernatural” may be very totally different although.
It options high hits from at present and previous a long time. Most are songs which can be very acquainted to me, and even those that aren’t are ones that I get pleasure from straight away. I feel that’s to be anticipated when the listing is curated primarily based on what’s well-liked.
Up to now, as I end up my 30-day trial, I’ve not repeated any music. I’m unsure how massive their choice is at this level, however it’s clearly massive sufficient to maintain issues contemporary.
The nice collection of music that they supply is part of why it’s dearer, however it fixes two large complaints that I had with “Beat Saber”: stale music and music that I didn’t essentially like.
There’s a lot to say about how “Supernatural” will get you shifting in higher and alternative ways from “Beat Saber.”
One large distinction is that you’ll be able to make higher use of the truth that you may flip 360 levels.
When “Beat Saber” first got here out, it was designed to work greatest with the Oculus Rift. So, for probably the most half, it’s performed dealing with ahead. Whereas they’ve added 360-degree motion to some ranges, it’s primarily been added to the harder ones. For those who haven’t but mastered these, you’re out of luck.
“Supernatural,” however, makes full use of your means to rotate in each single exercise.
One other actually smart way that it means that you can transfer is there are much more squats, lunges, and twisting motions in its exercises than are present in “Beat Saber.”
Principally, the place “Beat Saber” appears to pay attention extra on creating advanced patterns that you just grasp by means of repetition, Supernatural is extra about getting you shifting in ways in which improve your power and health.
With “Supernatural” I discover myself working up a sweat and feeling stronger over time. This didn’t occur after I was taking part in “Beat Saber.”
One factor that “Supernatural” has that basically provides worth is its use of actual trainers to guide every exercise.
In a time when going out to an train class isn’t all the time attainable resulting from considerations about COVID-19, this can be a actual bonus.
Throughout my exercises, I’ve discovered myself pushing just a bit bit tougher or feeling just a bit bit stronger due to one thing that the coach was saying.
Regardless that I do know it’s not a dwell class, the truth that it’s VR offers it that really feel of being there with an actual coach.
I discover myself wanting ahead to figuring out with the trainers that I like the perfect, virtually as if they’re actually visiting my residence.
This really feel of being there with an individual to information and encourage you is completely lacking from “Beat Saber.”
One other nice motivator is their use of gorgeous background surroundings.
Every music is about to a distinct 360-degree backdrop of a location someplace around the globe, for instance, the Nice Pyramid of Giza or the moais of Easter Island.
Out of your place on a platform floating above the scene, you may flip in each route to view your breathtaking location.
Actually, my solely criticism about this function is that I don’t have fairly sufficient time to go searching in awe earlier than the following portion of the exercise begins.
One further function that I discovered motivating was the best way the sport will be linked to my Apple Watch and a sensible cellphone app to observe my coronary heart fee and different in-game statistics. Having the ability to see and examine these numbers offers me suggestions that retains me desirous to do higher every time.
“Supernatural” and “Beat Saber” additionally differ fairly a bit in worth, which can be a sticking level for many individuals.
The essential model of “Beat Saber” is a one-time $29.99 charge, with the elective music enlargement packs ranging in price from $6.99 to $14.99 and particular person songs costing $1.99.
“Supernatural,” however, is a subscription-based service that can set you again $19 per thirty days. Nonetheless, you will get a decreased worth of just below $15 per thirty days in case you go for an annual subscription at $179.
Once I first began the free trial, I wished to not prefer it. For the price of the annual membership, I might in all probability buy a primary membership at one of many large field gyms. Or I might merely maintain utilizing “Beat Saber,” which I already owned.
Nonetheless, I’ve to confess that I’m now hooked. I discover myself wanting ahead to figuring out in a means I by no means did earlier than. It doesn’t really feel like a chore.
Once I’m shifting together with the music and absorbing the beautiful surroundings, I really feel highly effective, motivated, and open to new prospects.
It’s one thing concerning the visible and auditory magnificence mixed with the phantasm of being there with a pleasant, energetic coach that simply makes me be ok with placing on my headset and turning into immersed in that world.
I really feel like the usage of actual trainers and the provision of recent music and exercises every day provides worth to the membership that may’t be present in “Beat Saber.”
Lastly, it helps realizing that I don’t have to fret about COVID-19 or another germs that is likely to be lurking in a health club.
I’ve determined that, for me, it’s completely price it.
I’d advocate that anybody who’s serious about VR health ought to at the very least give it a take a look at. With the free 30-day trial, you actually can’t go incorrect.
For those who like “Beat Saber,” you’ll in all probability love “Supernatural.”