If you’re a fan of hack and slash games, then you’re definitely in luck with this article. We’re unloading our personal best hacker and slasher list ever, for PC.
What games make the list? Keep reading to find out.
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
Hyper Light Drifter
The Witcher 3
Best Hack And Slash Games For PC:
Dynasty Warriors has long been one of the best hack and slash series of games, there’s not been that many standout games released for quite a while, let alone a good offering for PC. Xtreme Legends reverses that trend though, with a thoroughly enjoyable title that’s the best we’ve played since Dynasty Warriors 3.
It’s a great game that’s definitely worth a go if you’re feeling nostalgic, or if you’ve never taken the leap and tried out the games in the series. It’s an unmissable hack and slash series, so it’s well worth the investment.
We weren’t that hopeful about this game when it was released, we felt like it was an imitation of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare that would be at best an improved graphical experience.
However this game is much more, the combat is more seamless and there’s just more to do. Without so much of a learning curve.
It’s an enjoyable title that’s well worth giving a go if you’re into hack and slash games.
What can we say about this game? It’s probably one of the most insane hack and slash games we’ve ever played. While it won’t be for everyone if you’re a fan of the fast and frantic, a fan of insane combos and you’re interested in the most thrilling combat scenes than Bayonetta is for you.
It’s considered a classic and one of the best games in the genre, yet we’ve seen so many people pass up this title because it’s not got huge amounts of mainstream attention. It’d be a mistake to not at least try it.
This game is unbelievable, the series is unbelievable. When the Lord of the Rings films were being released, we were huge fans of The Two Towers and Return Of The King titles on PlayStation 2. We felt that this would be the end of the hack and slash fun from middle-earth.
However the Hobbit films re-invigorated the interest in J.R.R Tolkien’s world, and what we were left with was the Middle-Earth series.
This most recent game looks to improve on Shadow of Mordor, which is saying something since the combat was so enjoyable. With an open-world and RPG feel it’s much more than a typical hack and slash game. Totally unmissable for fans of the genre.
Metroidvania platformer with beautiful animation and soundtrack, check. This hack and slash title is unlike anything on the list so far, and it’s the kind of game that appeals to both a newer generation of gamers as well as the older generation.
Hollow Knight is utterly addictive, and there’s just something about the combat that puts it above other games that have tried to do the same thing. It’s deceptively simple, immediately enjoyable and utterly engrossing. We love it.
Diablo 3 may not be as ground-breaking as Diablo 2 but it’s still a fantastic game in this genre. As with most things Blizzard do, you can’t really fault it for execution.
Despite the fact it’s been out for such a long time, there’s still plenty of h&s gamers who have not tried this game, which is completely crazy, because it’s an experience you won’t forget. It’s easily one of the best games in this genre and only missed out on the top 5 due to games that are more recent offerings. If we’d been writing this list a few years ago, it’d of been close to the top of the list.
Grim Dawn is definitely inspired by Diablo 2 as well as many other old-school RPGs. This game has class systems like a lot of these kinds of hack and slash RPGs, but it also has a hybrid class system. This means that the combat is truly marvellous and unique every time you start the game fresh.
With the scale of the game there’s no telling how much replay value there is, but it’s one of our absolute favorites in the genre ever. It’s also what really brought us back to the hack and slash genre, so kudos.
Torchlight II is like a mix between the gameplay of Diablo 3 and Grim Dawn, with the graphics of LoL and DOTA. The only reason this beats Grim Dawn on this list, is because there is more emphasis on combat than the RPG like elements.
Both of these games are fantastic, but if you’re here purely for the hack and slash action then this game wins out.
Another atmospheric game that’s much more an indie offering, HLD is a truly unique and different approach to the Hack and Slash genre. It’s different in a lot of ways to other games on this list, and that’s probably why it’s such an intense experience.
Not only is it intense, but it’s addictive and hard to ‘put down’ once you get started. It may not be the biggest game in terms of gameplay, or time to completion, but it’s still fantastic and worth every cent. The combat is beautifully implemented, and the dashing between multiple enemies is just so much fun. It doesn’t take long to feel like you’re the god damn boss.
Well what can we say about this game that we haven’t already elsewhere, it’s one of the best games to have been released in the last few years, and while it’s so much more than just a simple hack and slash game it still definitely fits the genre for us.
The combat is right up there with some of the best, and all the common elements are there. Parrying, dodging and simply chaining a series of attacks to utterly crush your opponents defenses.
With so many different types of mobs in the game, it’s hard to get tired of the combat as well. Your strategy needs to evolve a bit depending on this, which is why it’s perhaps not a conventional hack and slash game, but it’s still well worth playing for any fan of the genre.
Some hack and slash games may have more open-world elements, others may have complex class systems, but none of them compare to Darksiders when it comes to all out hack and slash fun.
The storyline in this game isn’t exactly the draw, nor is it the graphics (although they are cool), it’s purely the combat. Everything feels, sounds and looks so seamless and it just makes an overall great game experience.
Darksiders integrates what makes so many of these games good, it has the casual feel, the easy learning curve and fast-paced combat. The makings of a classic hack and slash game is there in spades. Of course there have been sequels, but still we feel the original is the game that deserves the top spot for doing what so many games hadn’t dared to do for years – make it all about the combat.
Hack and slash games are various and often bleed into various different genres such as RPG, metroidvania and adventure. There’s no one size fits all, but we do sincerely hope that you found our best hack and slash list enjoyable and that you found a few new games to try out!