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Top hack and slash Steam PC games worth playing
By Sam Jones - 7th Mar 2019Games
Plenty of hacking...and slashing too!
Games that fall into the hack and slash category often guarantee a thrilling experience, with a variety of enemies and plenty of opportunities to cut them down to size.
The first emergence of hack and slash games came in the late 1980s, when critics started using this genre reference for games such as Golden Axe, a beat 'em up with an emphasis on weapon-based combat.
Players are praised for getting their virtual hands dirty, running into danger to slay demonic creatures, robots and other challenging foes with skill and aggression. These type of games are frenzied, furious and pretty addictive once you've mastered a character's abilities - but above all, they're fun to play!
Here, we've highlighted our top pick of hack and slash Steam PC games worth playing.
Devil May Cry 5
The latest installment in the DMC series, and by far one of the most impressive looking. Boasting photorealistic graphics thanks to the RE Engine, hack and slash action-adventure Devil May Cry 5 brings back the same chaotic demon-slaying action with new and returning heroes.
A strange 'Demon Tree' has emerged in Red Grave City, and with it spawns a new army of devilish creatures. Reprise the role of Devil May Cry 4's Nero, a young demon hunter tasked with slicing and dicing these demonic beasts back to hell. After being violently stripped of his powerful devil arm, Nero must rely on his partner Nico - a self-professed weapons artist - to create powerful mechanical Devil Breaker arms, each with their own unique powers to take down enemies.
Devil May Cry wouldn't be the same without Dante, the original demon hunter of the franchise. Returning with his stylish swagger and white hair, players will get to brutally destroy demons with Dante's trusty sword and dual pistols, Ebony & Ivory, as well as the Cavaliere R - Dante's motorcycle that splits into two chainsaw-esque blades!
In addition, a brand-new protagonist has entered the fray, known as 'V'. With a unique fighting style that blends both offense and defense - V can control spirit-like animals in combat before stepping in to finish his enemies with his majestic cane weapon.
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE
Enter exciting new territory for the Metal Gear franchise with an all-new action experience with hack and slash METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE. Play as Raiden (Metal Gear Solid 2 – Sons of Liberty) – a child soldier transformed into a half-human, half-cyborg ninja who uses his High-Frequency katana blade to cut through anything that stands in his vengeful path.
Players will follow Raiden’s journey as he confronts the private military company Desperado Enforcement – going up against heavily armored cyborgs, robotic Raptors and even a Metal Gear Ray.
Enter Blade Mode to cut your enemies down to size in slow motion and steal stored parts inside their robotic bodies - you can even try your look at cutting a watermelon in hundreds of pieces!
Arriving on Steam PC with gorgeous 1080p 60fps graphics, jump into a cult classic with Bayonetta - regarded as one of the greatest PC ports of a console game of all time with incredibly frantic and fluid gameplay.
If you've never played Bayonetta before, the PC is simply the only place to truly experience one of the most universally acclaimed character action games of all time. The last survivor of an ancient witch clan who keep the balance between light, dark and chaos.
Witness over-the-top action in extreme environments resulting in continuous high levels of tension and excitement – Bayonetta pushes the genre into new realms of intensity. Unleash gruesome torture attacks such as the Iron Maiden, Guillotine and more to finish off enemies and send them to hell.
Book of Demons
Witness hack and slash distilled to its purest form with Book of Demons. In this deck-building hybrid, gamers will embark on many fantasy quests, with everything from slaying the armies of darkness in dungeons below the Old Cathedral to saving the terror-stricken Paperverse from the clutches of the Archdemon himself.
Relive a classic universal tale of good and evil, and saving the world from total destruction and ultimate devilry. Never explore the same dungeon twice with procedurally generated levels.
With over 70 kinds of creatures waiting to be slain, players will go up against scorpions, snake archers, mad goat men and many more!
Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition
Enjoy an artistic hack and slash experience with Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition. Featuring some seriously stylish action from renowned designer SUDA51, this exclusive version for PC sees players slicing, dicing, and shooting as the suave executioner Mondo Zappa.
This edition also includes a new difficulty mode called 'Nightmare Mode', where enemies can only be defeated using the following attacks - adrenaline burst, dodge burst and headshots, so the gameplay requires far more skill and tactics.
Players will not be able to use the Final Judgement finisher (QTE mode) to defeat enemies!
Unleash your inner warrior and relive the critically-acclaimed action-adventure Onimusha: Warlords like never before. Players will experience the enhanced version of one of Capcom's best-selling, action-adventures - as you follow the story of skilled samurai Samanosuke Akechi.
Join Samanosuke and female ninja Kaede as they fight their way through demons and evil forces behind the kidnapping of Princess Yuki, of the Saitō clan. Progress further to unlock elemental weapons - Raizan, Enryuu and Shippuu - and perform powerful magical attacks to take down foes.
Collect you fallen enemy's souls using Samanosuke 's demon gauntlet and use them for weapon upgrades (red), as well as recovering health (yellow) and magic (blue).
ZONE OF THE ENDERS THE 2nd RUNNER : M∀RS
Embracing Steam 4K and VR support, futuristic hack and slash ZONE OF THE ENDERS THE 2nd RUNNER : M∀RS sees players enter Orbital Frame JEHUTY's cockpit and venture through the Martian skies like never before. Prepare to take down the BAHRAM military organization, who plan to use new 'Mech robot technology to overthrow Mars and Earth.
Return of a classic in remastered form, and fight in intense close-quarter combat with some of the BAHRAM army's toughest soldiers.