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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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PSP (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

300: March to Glory is a 3D action game based on the Warner Bros. box office smash as well as...

300: Rise of an Empire iPad Front Cover iTunes release

Browser (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

300: Rise of an Empire is a free promotional game for 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel to the...

8Bit Hero Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2016)

Ages of Mages: The Last Keeper Windows Front Cover
Akane Linux Front Cover

Linux (2018), Windows (2018), Macintosh (2018) and Nintendo Switch (2019)

Alexander: The Heroes Hour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In Alexander: The Heroes Hour the player takes the role of three elite soldiers aligned to Alexander the Great: Megacles...

Alice: Madness Returns Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The events of Alice: Madness Returns begin where the previous game America McGee's Alice left off: desperately struggling with her...

Ancient Evil Windows Front Cover

Windows (2019)

Ancient Evil is a 2D hack & slash game where the player must fight their way through an abandoned cathedral...

Palm OS (2000)

Ancient Red is an action RPG like Diablo and similar titles with the difference that it was designed for Palm-based...

Anonymous ME Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

Apple Slash Windows Front Cover

Windows (2020)

Apple II (1981) and TRS-80 (1981)

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Artax Android Front Cover

Android (2020) and Oculus Go (2020)

Asgard's Wrath Windows Front Cover 1st version

Windows (2019)

AshenForest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2020)

Assault Spy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2018)

Astral Chain Nintendo Switch Front Cover 1st version

Nintendo Switch (2019)

Asura Linux Front Cover 1st version

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

Asura's Wrath Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

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Attack on Titan Windows Front Cover

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

Attack on Titan 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2018), PS Vita (2018), PlayStation 4 (2018), Xbox One (2018) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

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Windows (2019), PlayStation 4 (2019), Xbox One (2019), Nintendo Switch (2019) and Stadia (2019)

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AVP: Evolution iPad Front Cover iTunes release

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Aztez Linux Front Cover

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

Bayonetta Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2020), Xbox One (2020) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

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

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