Hack and Slash


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.

  • 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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God of War III PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010) and PlayStation 4 (2015)

The Ghost of Sparta returns in this final chapter of the God of War trilogy. Continuing right after the events...

Grim Dawn Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016)

Guilty Gear 2: Overture Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016) and Xbox 360 (2008)

This game picks up the story five years after the events from Guilty Gear. The player takes control of the...

Heavenly Sword PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

Nariko is a young woman whose clan has sworn to protect a legendary hero's weapon (called the Heavenly Sword) from...

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017) and PlayStation 4 (2017)

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice draws inspiration from Celtic and Norse mythology to tell the story of Senua, a young woman and...

Hero of Sparta PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2009), Symbian (2010), PlayStation 3 (2009), iPhone (2008), Nintendo DSi (2010), Android (2010) and webOS (2010)

Hidden Dragon Legend PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2017)

Hyper Knights Linux Front Cover

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

Immortal Planet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

Implosion Nintendo Switch Front Cover

Nintendo Switch (2017)

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Extended Edition PlayStation 4 Front Cover
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II Macintosh Front Cover
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013) and Xbox One (2015)

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is an action role-playing game where one plays as the son of the legendary...

Inferno Climber Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016)

The Initial Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

Iron Blade iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2017), Android (2017), iPad (2017) and Windows Apps (2017)

Kritika Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

LEGO Bionicle: Mask of Creation iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2015), Android (2015) and iPad (2015)

Mask of Creation is a melee combat game based on the 2015 characters and story of LEGO BIONICLE's second generation....

LEGO Harry Potter Collection PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2016)

This compilation includes: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

Let It Die PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2016)

Lollipop Chainsaw Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Lollipop Chainsaw is a hack and slash action game with gameplay resembling No More Heroes series, featuring a zombie-slaying cheerleader...

Lords of the Fallen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Lords of the Fallen is an action RPG set in a fantasy universe where no sins are forgotten and the...

Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom Windows Front Cover
Mausoleum of the Medusa Linux Front Cover

Arcade (2002)

Mazan: Flash of The Blade is first-person perspective sword fighting game in which the player uses a motion sensor controlled...

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