Hack and Slash

Description

Games with hack and slash gameplay focus on combat with hand-to-hand weapons as opposed to guns, even though the presence of guns as additional weapons does not exclude the use of the genre. It is predominately used in action role-playing games and action games with RPG elements.

Limitations
  • Beat 'em ups / Brawlers (think Streets of Rage) and Fighting games (think Street Fighter) have their own, specific genre and do not use this one.

  • Hack and slash games are often played from an bird's-eye or behind view because there is strategy to the combat. Typically, side-scrolling 2D platformers do not receive this genre because of the straightforward combat, unless there is an extensive amount of depth to the mechanics.

  • Popular examples of games using Hack and slash gameplay are the Diablo games, the Devil May Cry series and the God of War games.

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Asura Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017) and Macintosh (2017)

Attack on Titan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), PlayStation 3 (2016), PS Vita (2016), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Bayonetta Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii U (2014)

Bayonetta is an action game created by Hideki Kamiya. After 500 years of sleep, a witch named Bayonetta awakes and...

Bayonetta 2 Wii U Front Cover 1st version

Wii U (2014)

Bayonetta 2 is the sequel to Bayonetta. You play as Bayonetta, an Umbran Witch who is out to rescue her...

Blade & Bones PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Bloodborne PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2015)

Bloodborne is an action RPG that builds on the mechanics of the developer's earlier games Demon's Souls and the Dark...

Brut@l Windows Front Cover
Clan of Champions Windows Front Cover
Crawl Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017), PlayStation 4 (2017) and Xbox One (2017)

Darksiders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Darksiders has players take on the role of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who has been...

Darksiders II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Darksiders II is an action-adventure game and the sequel to Darksiders. It takes place parallel to the first game where...

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), Wii U (2017), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition is a remastered version of the 2010 game Darksiders, similar to Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition as a...

Dark Souls Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Long ago, before humans existed, the world was ruled by dragons. However, when humans came along, the dragons were all...

Dark Souls II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

Once upon a time, the Kingdom of Drangleic was a majestic, thriving land. However, mysterious events led to the exile...

Dark Souls III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

In the Kingdom of Lothric, the pilgrims go on their journey towards certain death... And then the Fire fades. The...

Demon's Souls PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

In the land of Boletaria, the Old King Allant wakened the Old One, a terrible demon that was sealed away...

Devil May Cry PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Legend has it that 2000 years ago in the depths of hell, a demon rebelled against the devil, waging a...

Devil May Cry 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Devil May Cry 2 is the sequel to Devil May Cry and once again casts you as Dante, the demon...

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Dante returns in this prequel to the first Devil May Cry. The story focuses on Dante's back story, mainly on...

Devil May Cry 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Devil May Cry 4 is the second sequel to the original Devil May Cry game. This time the player gets...

Diablo Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

Long ago a secret war raged between Heaven and Hell, each using humanity as its pawns. While the Prime Evils...

Diablo II Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Knowing well that Diablo's spirit could never be truly destroyed, the hero of Tristram made the noblest sacrifice of all:...

Diablo III Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Diablo III is the third instalment in Blizzard's franchise. The plot is set twenty years after the events of Diablo...

DmC: Devil May Cry Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

DmC: Devil May Cry is the fifth game in the hack-and-slash third-person action series and the first not largely developed...

Drakengard 3 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014)

In earlier times, the world was ravaged by endless war and conflict. The fighting only ceased when five sisters with...

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