g1 Community's Top 10 Hack and Slash Games!!

Posted on September 6, 2012 - 12:30pm by g1 Features

Hey g1s! I'm me, g1 2200 and I'm back to present another g1 Community List. The Top 10 Hack and Slash Games, was a highly demanded Community List. However, there is one problem and that issue lies in the topic itself, "Hack and Slash" genre. So for weeks, we discussed and debated which games are considered Hack and Slash and which games should be accepted. We're mainly going off this Wiki page. Remember, Hack and Slash and Beat 'em Ups could almost be considered the same genre.

I got some good news, the last g1 Community List has achieved over 10,000 views! So thanks for all the support!

I would like to thank g1 Metaking64x, for making the awesome blog banner and thumbnail for this blog!

Before we start, let me introduce each g1 that is taking part in this top 10:

 

Fox

"Gunslinger Fox is a Screwattack Administrator. While he doesn't own any firearms, he does have a samurai sword which qualifies him to contribute to this list."

Vaughngief

"Hey, everyone! My real name is Matt, but I'm mainly know as Vaughngief on here. If it isn't obvious, I'm a huge fan of fighting games, but that doesn't mean I can dedicate myself to other genres, with hack n' slash being one of them. Besides video games being a life long hobby of mine I'm also comic book reader and am currently majoring in film."

darkvapor

"Im darkvapor and I like video games and stuff and want to make games some day. I am also a co host of RANDUMB, the g1 podcast that has no roolz."

Kaibaman41

"Hello I'm Kaibaman41, besides writing blogs for ScrewAttack I also make Video Game Let's Plays or Walkthroughs(which ever you prefer to call it) I've been around on the site sense 2009 when the Mega Man Fan Film came out. In the old designs I didn't make blogs much until late 2011-the beginning of 2012."

Solafien

"Solafien has been a G1 since 2009 and tends to come and go like the wind. He writes a comic with his wife, G1 Magpie, and reviews for games old and new. He's into fighting games, RPG's and long walks on the beach. Also very much so into anime, don't forget that."

NODlike

"I am NODlike, and I started gaming around age 5."

TheEnglishman

"Hi, I'm a guy from the UK who plays games. I also do other things but that's probably the most relevant for this site."

darkhyrulelord

"I am the true conqueror of games and I am the ultimate KING OF EVIL! MWAHAHAHAAA!!!"

MaximusPrime

"My name is MaximusPrime but you can just call me Max :) HackNSlash is by far my top 2 best genre in gaming, the other being fighters. Anyway I am a very easy going guy who likes to make people laugh and feel good about themselves. I enjoy dancing and playing the violin while I'm not gaming. So hit me up if ya wanna talk :D"

SpoonMan Abrams X

"Also known as the Overlord of Shenanigans and Deacon of Le' Pie, The SpoonMan can regularly be found on the ScrewAttack Forums and g1 After Dark, usually partaking in (or perpetuating) some form of shenanigry and/or malarky."

 

Without further ado, the Honorable Mentions!

 

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Warhammer 40k: Space Marines

 

SpoonMan Abrams X 

 
 

"This is a game I only recently played, but in my opinion no other game quite captures the spirit of the Hack 'n Slash genre. You take command of your trio of Ultramarines as Captain Titus, and your goal is to slaughter the ranks of the Space Orks and Agents of Chaos. Sure you get some guns and even a oversized hammer, but it's your Chainsword and Power Axe that are the best weapons to use. This game is mindless slaughtering at it's finest."

 

Warriors Orochi

MaximusPrime 

 
 

 "What do you get when you take a bunch warriors from china and japan and put them together. Well you get this awesome piece of underrated gem. It takes everything awesome from its mother series and makes it better. Instead of using just one warrior you can switch out between 3, in the 3rd installment of the series there are a total of 120 character to play as, all unique from the next. What more can I say, I mean it does everything right as a hack n slash game, along with a different story from the series it draws from. Instead of a story based on historical events it has its own original story about a demon name Orochi, snake in Japanese, fuses the two worlds of Feudal Japan and Ancient China and the warriors must defeat him to find a way out. The endless amount of fun you can have is unimaginable countless character combinations, tons of stages, thousands of enemies to kill."

 

King of Dragons

Fox

 
 

"My personal favorite hack and slash game. If I need a quick fix I can pop this in any day of week and enjoy it. There are a lot of levels but they are short and sweet, so it does a good job of mixing up the environments and enemies. Also the gold you collect isn’t just worth points, it is used to level up and bosses often award you with new weapons. But these just act as small rewards to keep you going and never take the focus away from combat.

Much like the later D+D arcade games by Capcom, King of Dragons lets you select from different characters; the fighter, cleric, dwarf, elf, and mage. This adds a ton of replay value since they all play a bit differently, such as the Cleric levels up quickest and has the most health. My personal favorite is the mage though. He starts off as the weakest character, but if you still with him his staff becomes a medieval flamethrower. If you want some melee action, this is required playing."

 

Shank

NODlike

 
 

"This is a lot of weight to put behind a downloadable game, but it is one of the high points of my PS+ membership. The counter kills are my favorite, especially kicking a baseball bat through someone’s head, and the Survival mode keeps me playing it."

 

SpoonMan Abrams X

 
 

 "The story of one man, left for dead, on a quest to exact vengeance on the man who tried to kill him and took his girlfriend away... and it only gets more gory from there. This game is a lot of fun and crazy messy action."

 

Dynasty Warriors

darkvapor

 
 

" You can take out armies in one foul swoop. even though they release them so often, they are one of the funnest hacknslashes out there."

MaximusPrime

 
 

 "here are two types of hack n slash, games like DMC and Ninja Gaiden where you uses intricate combos to dispatch the enemies, and there are games like Dynasty Warriors which is pretty much One Vs One Hundred. Honestly Ii like these types of games more cause you are pretty much dominating most of the time. The first game I ever bought for the PS2 was in fact Dynasty Warriors 3. It not only got me hooked but hooked into its historical background which was based off The Romance of The Three Kingdoms. Like most Warriors games, you pick a character and them go out onto the battlefield and wreck house. This game is just full of awesome, unique characters, addictive combat, pretty decent story since it was based off a historical book."

Favourite Games: Between Dynasty Warriors 4 and Dynasty Warriors 7 XD

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10

 

 

10. MadWorld and Castlevania
Points: 16

It's a tie between MadWorld and the 3D Castlevania games.

Vaughngief

Points given to this entry: 8
 

 "Everyone knows this one; MadWorld is a very, very, very violent game. Besides that though, the games combat took great advantage of the Wii's motion control and with that, created some of the most mutilating and hilarious finishers ever! Regardless though of how much fun it was to finish off a enemy in MadWorld the actual fighting getting there was fun too. It's always handy to have a chainsaw built into your arm while being able to slam a caution sign through some thugs face. It doesn't hurt at all either when the main character is voiced by Steve Blum."

darkhyrulelord

 Points given to this entry: 8
 

 "It's a fun little Wii game that was certainly worth the ten bucks. While it's one of those games that isn't lengthy at all, the experience will still me memorable nonetheless. The story is about this guy named Jack who tries to get to the top of this crazy (and I do mean crazy....since people will get brutally injured) game show by taking out a series of foes and bosses across the city. You get points and multipliers by doing crazy stunts and the art style is certainly unique despite it only being black, white, and lots of red. The bosses are definitely the high point of the game, being ridiculously over the top as well. Additionally, the Black Baron is awesome.

It's not higher for me though since the game is very short and many of the stages can get repetitive quickly."

 

NODlike 

 Points given to this entry: 7
 

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

 "The hack ‘n’ slash Castlevania games are a fine edition to the franchise, but this one is my personal favorite. The ability to make your own weapons as the Devil Forge Master from dropped elements added a new quest dimension to the game, which for me resulted in a lot of back-tracking."

darkhyrulelord

 Points given to this entry: 9
 

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

 "It definitely is the longest Hack n' Slash game I've played (around 30 or less). While it is very different from many of the past Castlevania titles, it doesn't mean that it's bad at all. Given, it does a have a few flaws, but it's still a game that I believe should be played for the ending alone. Tons of enemies to fight, puzzles to solve, gothic scenery to go through, and massive boss fights are great for a Hack n' Slash.

Main problem as a Hack n' Slash game is that it can feel button mashy, but most Hack n' Slash games are like that so....it's not that big of a deal in that regard."

 

 

9. Gauntlet
Points: 17

Fox

 Points given to this entry: 8
 

 " Where hack and slash began. Gauntlet threw you and your friends into an endless gauntlet of monsters to hack apart. “Warrior needs food” is engrained in the ears of gamers everywhere.

But it didn’t stop at there. Gauntlet Legends and Dark Legacy proved that the old hack and slash formula was still enough to steal quarters of a new generation."

 

SpoonMan Abrams X

 Points given to this entry: 9
 

 "What started as one of the earliest dungeon crawlers turned into one of the best co-op games the Hack 'n Slash has to offer. Gauntlet Legends game gave me and my friends countless hours of fun over the summers, as well as the various sequels and other counter parts. Nothing is more fun then taking on the Evil Wizard's horde of minions with 3 buddies by your side."

 

 

8. Fable
Points: 18

 darkvapor

 Points given to this entry: 8
 

 "Best Hack n Slash to be considered an Xbox exclusive(came out on pc but ohwell) Ive only played up to the 2nd one but i have heard the third is a bit off, so i have no hate for it."

TheEnglishman

 Points given to this entry: 10
 

 "Although Fable is often accused of not living up to it's potential, I've always felt the series does an impressive job none the less. Having played all the games in the main series, I've enjoyed most of the experience around the world of Albion. The games have some impressive looking lands and creatures. It means that it's all the more fun to smack them down with swords, guns or magic. The series has generally developed well too, with the slightly dodgy original game evolving into the superior 2 and 3. The simple hack and slash fun is the main reason for it's continued success and I hope, once the game's developers have finished messing around with Kinect, they go back to the main series."

 

 

7. Castle Crashers
Points: 18

Fox

 Points given to this entry: 9
 

"A love letter to classic hack and slash. Ever wanted to fight dragons with a carp or a giant lollipop? Maybe not, but if you were so inclined this game lets you."

darkvapor

 Points given to this entry: 1
 

 "One of the funnest downloadable titles to play with either yourself or with friends. The art style in the game is goofy and awesome."

 

SpoonMan Abrams X

 Points given to this entry: 8
 

 "Nearly single handedly helping to reignite the side scrolling Beat 'em up & Hack 'n Slash genres, Castle Crashers remains one of the best games of the genre, if not one of the most fun games of all time."

 

 

6. Devil May Cry
Points: 20

Fox

 Points given to this entry: 1
 

 "Devil May Cry was groundbreaking. It took 3D action to a whole new level and did it all with style. One of the first games I picked up when I got a PS2 was Devil May Cry along with Metal Gear Solid 2 and Silent Hill 2. Out of those DMC got most of my attention and that is saying a lot considering how much I loved the original MGS and Silent Hill."

darkvapor

 Points given to this entry: 6
 

 "Pretty much the most iconic hack n slash games to come out. tons o fun and has a neat story as well. I'm looking forward to the new one even though people hate Dante's new look, but what can ya do."

Solafien

 Points given to this entry: 7
 

 "I've always loved devil may cry, it's another one of those hard hack and slash games, much like Ninja Gaiden, but not as hard. My favorite in the series was Dmc3, if only for the combat system. So sexy. It made it possible to combo between weapons without having to go to another menu. Such as a sword to ice nunchaku back to sword combo. Mastering these was very rewarding and fulfilling. And you have to appreciate the over the top cut scenes and story."

MaximusPrime

 Points given to this entry: 6
 

 

"Oh man DMC, this game makes you feel like such a badass. I mean come on who doesn’t wanna play as a badass white haired guy with a giant blade and twin guns. The gameplay is amazing, with fluid awesome stringing combos, you can pretty much do any move and feel like an instant badass. Rocking rock inspired music help accompany you on your kickass journey. Did I mention you feel like a badass."

Favorite Game: Devil May Cry 4

 

 

5. Onimusha
Points: 21

darkvapor 

Points given to this entry: 9
 

 "One of my favorite PS2 games, The boss battle literally kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and the combat was excellent. The story is pretty cool as well. It is one of the best hack n slash games I've ever played and i hope they bring it back to make more entries."

Kaibaman41

 Points given to this entry: 10
 

 "Most of the Onimusha games are hack and slash games where you play as Samanosuke Akechi and in in the last Hack and Slash installment Soki in Onimusha Dawn of Dreams. The series used real life people and for the most part during real life events in a fictional setting with Supernatural aspects which was a unique spin in the hack and slash genre. This series was made by Capcom with director Jun Takeuchi and Producer Keiji Inafune of Mega Man fame. A series I recommend on playing if you haven't all ready."

MaximusPrime

 Points given to this entry: 2
 

 "Oh man Onimusha, I mean how can you go wrong with a samurai killing demons. It is set during the Warring States Period of Feudal Japan but gives it a fantastical twist, adding in demons and souls and other mystical things. An interesting element is the ability for the protagonist to absorb Genma or souls of the enemies. You can use the souls to upgrade weapons, abilities, character attributes etc. The story itself is decent for a Hack n Slash. Most of the games focuses on taking down the evil Demon King Oda Nobunaga. But hey who actually plays a hack n slash for the story, don't you just want to kill everything!!!"

Favorite Game: Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams

 

 

4. Golden Axe
Points: 22

 

Fox

 Points given to this entry: 6
 

 "he land has been overtaken by the evil Death Adder. What is a dwarf to do? Well if your name is Gilius Thunderhead you grab an axe as big as you and start cutting evil down."

 

darkvapor

 Points given to this entry: 4
 

 "I remember going to the movie theater and always trying to play this game. You hack n slash everything through the whole game and can even ride weird platypus ostrich type animals which is always fun."

NODlike

 Points given to this entry: 5
 

 "Run around with weapons as big as your character, ride on dragons and cockatrice (es?) and stomp thieving elves. What else do you need? Maybe a couple of friends? Ok."

SpoonMan Abrams X 

 Points given to this entry: 7
 

 "Considered the “original” Hack 'n Slash game, Golden Axe was one of the most fun and original games back in it's day. With selectable characters, upgradeable spells, and some fun & challenging gameplay, this game remains a classic and to this day is one of the definitive games of the genre. Also, giant turtles."

 

 

3. Bayonetta
Points: 26

 

Vaughngief

 Points given to this entry: 9
 

 "Hands down one of the best new hack n' slash titles to come out of this generation of games! The combat, style, characters, bosses, level design, and everything was just amazing! This was one of the few games I actually went out of my way to complete 100% just because I wanted to milk everything I could out of it. This was just the start of Platinum Studios fantastic titles and I can only hope for a sequel. Also, the games loading screen was revolutionary and every hack n' slash game should pick up on it."

Solafien

 Points given to this entry: 9
 

 " I did not expect to like Bayonetta as much as I did. But once I bought my copy when it released, it was everything I could have asked for. Flowing combat, Plethora of weapons. Tons of enemies and epic boss fights against Angels. I've played through this game about 3 times, just because of how much fun you can have with it. There are also these special attacks you can perform from building up your magic meter that let you do crazy things like summon a guillotine out of nowhere and cutting off the head of an angel.Not only that, but the more you play, the more unlockables you can unlock, including more weapons! SCORE!"

TheEnglishman

 Points given to this entry: 8
 

 "There's a lot to love about Bayonetta. A completely original, if slightly muddled, story proves entertaining, there's plenty of memorable characters and great presentation in both sound and visuals. What really sets it apart though is it's combat system. One minute Bayonetta's attacking with her fists, then a sword, then her gun...shoe...things, before a giant magical boot smashes them out of nowhere. It's gloriously fun, and challenging too as well. Whilst I don't have quite the same level of admiration as some people for it, Bayonetta certainly deserves recognition."

 

 

2. Ninja Gaiden
Points: 36

 

Vaughngief

 Points given to this entry: 10
 

 "While the Ninja Gaiden series hasn't had the best of luck recently, there is no denying the fact it was one of the games that popularized the entire genre of hack n' slash games back in the early 2000's. To be honest none of the characters, but Ryu are interesting and only serve as plot devices. While this may turn off a lot of people towards the game you can't ignore the superb game play and in my opinion that's what is most important in a hack n' slash style game."

Favorite Game: Ninja Gaiden Black

"I'll be honest, I have only a handful of original Xbox games, but I can proudly say among that handful of games is Ninja Gaiden Black. To me this game has the best of everything the series has to offer, especially the weapons. My friends and I spent countless hours trying to beat Master Ninja mode together and after weeks of investing time we did! In celebration we ordered a extra large pizza and started up the game again, but only using the Lunar Staff."

darkvapor

 Points given to this entry: 7
 

 "It is known for its difficulty, but it has awesome gameplay as well. It is an overall awesome game series. And ninjas. Ninjas. Ninjas. Ninjas."

Solafien

 Points given to this entry: 10
 

 " When I tried to think of hack 'n slash games for this list, The first thing I could think of was the Ninja Gaiden series. More specifically, Ninja Gaiden 2 (The reboot, not the NES title <_<.) Not only is Ninja Gaiden 2 harder than the first Ninja Gaiden, but it introduced limb dismemberment as a gameplay mechanic. Hack and slash in the most literal sense. This series is incredibly fun, especially if you're the kind of person looking for challenging video games. The bosses are tough, the normal enemies will destroy you if you let your guard down, but when you get past a checkpoint or level, you feel like a genuine badass. There's also this wind cutter Ninpo that pretty much just cuts everybody up that's surrounding you. If that's not hack and slash, I dunno what is."

MaximusPrime

Points given to this entry: 8
 

 

"I've always dreamt of being a super badass ninja, not the stealth kind but the one that can slash someone to bits in a few swings. Ninja Gaiden allows me to fulfill that dream of mine. Such an excellent hack n slash, what can I say, amazing design, addicting but hard gameplay. Although the series have been regarded as one of the hardest games ever, it doesn’t make you THAT frustrated. When you fail you always want to come back and try again because of the awesome fighting system where you dismember your foes. Sure the bosses really have no rhythm or puzzling combo you have to follow, but hell who cares just take out your ninjato and go to town on them."

Favorite Game: Ninja Gaiden 2

SpoonMan Abrams X

 Points given to this entry: 1
 

 "One of the longest running series of “Hack 'n Slash”, this game is as difficult as it is classic (be it the old sidescrollers on the NES or the new 3D style on the Xbox), but once you do beat it, it is so very rewarding"

 

 

 

 

 

Number 1 is...

 

 

 

 

 

1. God of War
Points: 47

 

darkvapor

Points given to this entry: 10
 

 "ZEUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! Playing these games make you feel like you can do anything. Kratos kills gods and takes out armies of mythical creatures. Everything about it screams badass and manly. It is number 1 because it is awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. oh and squaresquaresquaresquaresquare:p"

Kaibaman41

 Points given to this entry: 8
 

 "What hasn't been said about this series? You play as Spartan Warrior Kratos, a Demi God who is the son of Zeus God of Thunder and Brother to his Demi God Brother Hercules and Human Brother Deimos. The God of War series has told the story of the God's constantly betraying and manipulating Kratos even to when he was a kid. Kratos is one of the greatest Anti Heroes to comes from Video Games where you can understand why he is as angry as he is towards The Gods of Olympus. It will be interesting what story God of War Ascension will bring."

Favorite Game: God of War 2

Favorite Music:

Brothers of Blood

Rage of Sparta

Solafien

 Points given to this entry: 6
 

 "God of war is a great game. But never stood out to me as one of the best in the hack and slash genre, I dunno, it always felt very stiff, and I could never find much use for the weapons aside from the blades of chaos/Athena. The puzzles always felt a little insulting to me, or rather, the levers. But one thing this series does better than the rest? Boss fights. Going toe to toe with all the Greek gods was incredibly fun, I will always remember ripping out Hades soul with his own weapon..."

NODlike

Points given to this entry: 8
 

 "This might be a little high since I haven’t actually played it. I have only watched my brother play it, but with the new collection out now, I will be picking it up to play first-hand."

darkhyrulelord

 Points given to this entry: 10
 

 "The original trilogy I felt reset the pedigree for the Hack n' Slash genre as it had lots of ridiculous guys to fight, a powerhouse to play as, orbs to collect, weapons to use, and bosses that can fill up the screen and sometimes are even GODS. Lots of the areas in the game have lots of variety and Lords of Shadow definitely took some key elements from the God of War games for sure. I urge you to check out the God of War games if you can, but you can definitely skip out on the PSP titles."

SpoonMan Abrams X

 Points given to this entry: 5
 

"Quite possibly the definitive “Hack 'n Slash” games, God of War defined the 3D side of the genre. Awesome action with a incredible story to boot, following Kratos as he takes on the gods and other deities of ancient Greece. So much gruesome & awesome action."

 

 

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This concludes our g1 Community's Top 10 Hack and Slash Games!!

I would like to thank g1s Fox, Vaughngief, darkvapor, Kaibaman41, Solafien, NODlike, TheEnglishman, darkhyrulelord, MaximusPrime and the SpoonMan Abrams X for contributing to this month's g1 Community List!

Want to be apart of the next list? I'll be making a blog post next week about it, so keep an eye out for that.

Well, untill next time g1s!

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