Best hack and slash games for PC [2021 Guide]

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Darksiders II

We continue the small tradition of sequels in the list started by Devil May Cry with the sequel to the aforementioned Darksiders. It’s a bit hard to explain the synopsis without spoiling the first game, but the main idea is that War, the protagonist from the first game is in trouble.

This time around, you take on the role of Death, another one of the Four Horsemen, and War’s brother. You set out on a journey to save War and you have plenty of opportunities for epic battles along the way.

The game builds on what the original Darksiders had to offer, bringing more dynamic and more variety in the game.

You also get new toys and some sweet weapons you can use to demolish the hordes of enemies coming your way.

This is another Hack and Slash game with an intriguing story that might interest you. If not, the combat gameplay on its own is enough to pick up this game as well as its predecessor, if you’re looking for a good Hack and Slash game.


Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

At heart, the Metal Gear franchise is a tactical, stealth-based series which has you playing a silent, calculated and deadly protagonist. That’s why anyone that knows a little bit about the series but hasn’t heard about this game might be a little confused.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a spinoff to the original game series and it differs a whole lot from what fans have been used to up until its point.

This game follows a protagonist called Raiden, which is a Katana wielding cyborg. It is, of course, a Hack and Slash game, which makes it eligible for this list, but it is also one of the most interesting and unique Hack and Slash games out there, which is why it is actually featured on the list.

The thing that makes this game so different is the fact that it has a “free slicing blade mode” which lets the player slice through anything they want from cars to buildings and anything else they can find in the environment.

It is an extremely gory game, action-packed and full of cool moments throughout the adventure. It’s Hack and Slash at its finest but also with a personal touch which will make players specifically remember it and differentiate it from other games in the genre.


Grim Dawn

Grim Dawn is the answer for anybody looking for a really gritty looking game. It has all the elements you find in a game like Diablo and it incorporates RPG elements as well. It’s definitely a game worth playing if you’ve enjoyed the earlier Diablo games like Diablo 2 for instance.

This game definitely has a darker tone to it but the various Diablo-like elements such as picking a class and attributing skills to building up a character as you progress is very reminiscent of the aforementioned Blizzard game. The story in Grim Dawn is also very dark, so if you are generally into shadier narratives, this might be the game for you.

 


Vikings: Wolves of Midgard

This game also resembles Diablo a bit but only as far as the camera angle is concerned. With a top overview perspective, you are launched into the world of Vikings as you battle hordes of enemies to reach your destination and complete your quests.

If you are into norse mythology and love giving a proper beatdown to large packs of enemies ranging from beasts to monsters and giants, then this game might be your cup of tea. It has great graphics and little details such as the fact that you leave footprints in the snow, or that you start freezing after spending some time on snowy mountaintops bare-chested give it a really special feeling.

There are many such classy elements in this game and the overall experience is great. You can even get a friend to tag along in a co-op, 2-man adventure which makes things even more fun if you have a mate to go do Viking stuff with. You don’t have classes in the classical sense of the word, but more like orientations towards a certain specialization.

What that means is that you can choose what kind of weapon you start with and what you’re most proficient with at the very beginning, but as you progress you can level up and spend your points accordingly so that you can master the use of any weapon you want. That’s not only great for your first playthrough, but it also adds tons more replay value than if there were traditional classes in the game.


Bayonetta

Originally released for the last generation consoles, the game has made its way to PC as well, as a response to the insane demand for the game to be ported over to computers. The game is definitely in a league of its own, but it’s for each individual user to decide whether that’s a good or bad thing.

The game promises something different from the very beginning as the protagonist in this one is a female, rather than your typical male lead. The titular character, Bayonetta, suggest a long list of possibilities and tools to use in taking down your foes, which are many in number. Whether you’re looking at a tough boss battle or just another swarm of enemies, Bayonetta lets you play with your food, so to speak, as it offers a truly insane range of available ways in which you can dispose of them.

Not only do you have your melee weapon and gun alternation, but you also possess shape-shifting abilities thanks to your witch status. These let you take on a completely new form that is more vicious and deadly.

Bayonetta wears a 1-piece suit made of her own hair, which pretty much sets the tone for an edgy or rather extreme personality. Those who have played Bayonetta are equally intrigued and terrified when it comes to how complicated some of the advanced combos are in the game.


Path of Exile

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This game has a great advantage: it is a free-to-play game, and will not become a pay-to-win in the near future. If we got you interested in this game, let’s have a quick look at what experience does it offer to gamers.

This is a game set in a fantasy world with dark elements, which makes it comparable with Diablo. You have to build your character by constantly fighting and gaining loot. You can build an unlimited number of skills and customize your character to be defensive or offensive.

Another great in-game feature is creating and customizing your hideout. You just have to gain the trust of a Forsaken Master, and they will offer you a hideout as well as missions and quests where you will have the chance to harvest more loot.

You also have PvP tournaments and special dedicated events where you can win extra-prizes and put your skills and experience to a serious test by battling other POE gamers. We suggest you try this game and share with us your experience.


there you have it, these are the best Hack and Slash games you can play on PC. Regardless of whether you don’t spend that much time playing games or you just don’t like consoles, you definitely have a nice collection to dive into.

While all these games have some similar elements between them which bind them to the Hack and Slash genre, they all possess something unique and provide a lot of diversity among them as well. There are other games out there pertaining to the genre, but it’s safe to say that you’ll be having your hands full for quite some time with this selection of the best titles available on PC.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2017 and has been since revamped and updated with new games so our users would have a wider range of alternatives. We want to be sure that our list has the best items that will fit your needs.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2017 and was revamped and updated in February 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.