Hack and Slash Games

In their most basic form, hack and slash genre games are action titles that emphasize weapons-based combat over that of fists or guns. Originally developing out of a descriptor used for role-playing games that were more action-oriented than other, hack and slash games today still emphasize action over turn-based combat but are not solely relegated to the realm of RPGs.

Indeed, hack and slash games can be as varied as the Devil May Cry series, Bayonetta, and even the Musou classic Dynasty Warriors series.

Borrowing elements from multiple genres, hack and slash titles take a little bit from role-playing games, action games, and fighting games with the amount from each determined by what the game is trying to achieve.

Similar to beat’em up games that emphasize martial arts as the primary way of defeating opponents, hack and slash games can be as simple as repetitive button presses that generate combos to as complex as fighting games with moves to memorize.

For example, the Soul Calibur series would never be called a hack and slash game though it involves weapons and fighting. Then again, the arcade classic Dungeons and Dragons by Capcom could ostensibly be called a hack and slash title because it emphasizes weapons-based combat as does Sega’s classic Golden Axe.

In general, hack and slash highlights a title’s action-oriented gameplay structure more than anything else with the addition of weaponry being a distinguishing though not sufficiently defining factor.

Amalgamating a range of genres, hack and slash as a descriptor is gaming shorthand for lots of action with tons of cool weapons in its most basic form.

Nioh: Complete Edition / 仁王

Nioh: Complete Edition / 仁王

Nioh is a downloadable action hack and slash with RPG elements that was released exclusively on the PS4 on the 7th February 2017, but was kater brought to the PC, which happened on the 7th November ...

Diablo II

Diablo II

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Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

When Capcom dropped Dragon’s Dogma on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012, few people expected that the house of Mega Man would turn in such an awesome hack and slash role-playing game that ...

Warriors Orochi 4

Warriors Orochi 4

Warriors Orochi 4 is a downloadable hack and slash action game from the developers over at Koei Tecmo and Omega Force, the same team behind games such as Samurai Warriors and the Dead or Alive ...

NieR: Automata

NieR: Automata

NieR: Automata is a downloadable open-world, hack and slash/character action game from Platinum Games and was originally released on the 23rd February 2018 on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Platinum ...

MU Legend

MU Legend

MU Legend is a next-generation action MMORPG, a PC title released on Steam on the 7th August 2018. The team behind the game are known as Webzen, the guys who were also behind the original MU Online, ...

Diablo 3

Diablo 3

Diablo 3 is a hack and slash, dungeon crawler by Blizzard Entertainment released in 2012. It belongs to the impressive lineage of Diablo games and despite its release some time ago, its stream of ...

Path of Exile

Path of Exile

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