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List Rules Vote up your favorite hack and slash games ever.

For this list we're ranking the best hack and slash games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated hack and slash games are ordered by your votes, so only the greatest hack and slash games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these hack and slash games are considered the best of the best This list includes all challenging hack and slash games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new hack and slash games.

Examples of games on this list: God of War, Diablo II and more. This list answers the questions, "What are the best hack and slash games?" and "What is the greatest hack and slash game of all time?"
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Devil May Cry 4 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2007 Devil May Cry 4 is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom in 2008 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows platforms. The game is the fourth ...more

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Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awake... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2005 Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, released in Japan as Devil May Cry 3, is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom, released in 2005 for the PlayStation ...more

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God of War III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2010 God of War III is a third-person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Released for the PlayStation 3 console on March 16, ...more

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God of War II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2007 God of War II is a third person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. First released for the PlayStation 2 console on March ...more

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Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2001 Devil May Cry is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom, released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2. While the game primarily focuses on swordfighting, the ...more

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Darksiders II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2012 Darksiders II is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ. It is the sequel to Darksiders and was released in August 2012 for Microsoft ...more

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Bayonetta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2009 Bayonetta is a third-person beat'em up for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, developed by Platinum Games in cooperation with publisher Sega. The game was originally released in Japan in ...more

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Darksiders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2010 Darksiders is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ. The game takes its inspiration from the apocalypse, with the player taking the role of ...more

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God of War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2005 God of War is a third-person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. First released on March 22, 2005, for the PlayStation 2 ...more

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2013 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an action hack and slash video game developed by Platinum Games and produced by Kojima Productions, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. ...more

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DmC: Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2013 DmC: Devil May Cry is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed by Ninja Theory and published by Capcom for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It is the fifth ...more

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Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2000 Diablo II is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 2000 for Windows and Mac OS computers. The game, with its ...more

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Prince of Persia: The Two Thro... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2005 Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Ubisoft Montreal. It was released in December, 2005 in North America for the Xbox, Microsoft ...more

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Prince of Persia: Warrior With... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2004 Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is an action-adventure historical video game and sequel to Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Warrior Within was developed and published by Ubisoft, and ...more

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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
1996 Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996. Set in the fictional Kingdom of Khanduras, ...more

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Dante's Inferno is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2010 Dante's Inferno is a 2010 action-adventure video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The game was also released on the ...more

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God of War: Ghost of Sparta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2010 God of War: Ghost of Sparta is a third person action-adventure video game developed by Ready at Dawn and Santa Monica Studio, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was first released ...more

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Diablo III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2012 Diablo III is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the third installment in the Diablo franchise and was released in the Americas, Europe, ...more

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Ninja Gaiden II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Ninja Gaiden II is an action-adventure video game developed by Team Ninja and published by Microsoft Corporation. It is the sequel to the 2004 title Ninja Gaiden and was released worldwide for ...more

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a third-person action-adventure puzzle-platform video game published by Ubisoft. It was released on November 21, 2003 and is a reboot of the landmark video ...more

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Bayonetta 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
DemonKnight94 added Bayonetta 2 is an action-adventure hack 'n' slash video game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Nintendo for Wii U and Nintendo Switch. It is the sequel to the 2009 game Bayonetta, and ...more

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2008 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a LucasArts action-adventure video game and part of the The Force Unleashed project. It was initially developed for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, and ...more

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2011 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Polish studio CD Projekt RED for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, OS X and Linux. The game was ...more

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2012 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a single-player action role-playing video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 developed by Big Huge Games and 38 Studios, who together with ...more

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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2002 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is a 2001 action role-playing/hack and slash video game developed by Snowblind Studios for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, by High Voltage Software for GameCube, and by ...more

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Torchlight is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2009 Torchlight is an action role-playing game developed by Runic Games and published by Perfect World, released for Windows in October 2009. The fantasy-themed game is set in the fictional town of ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 action/hack and slash video game developed by EA Redwood Shores for the PlayStation 2 and Windows, by Hypnos Entertainment for the ...more

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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2007 The Witcher is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by CD Projekt RED and published by Atari, Inc. The game is based on the book series of the same name by Polish author ...more

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Onimusha 3: Demon Siege is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2004 Onimusha 3: Demon Siege, released in Japan and Europe as Onimusha 3, is an action-adventure game developed and published by Capcom. It is the third game of the Onimusha series and was released ...more

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Severance: Blade of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Severance: Blade of Darkness 2001 Severance: Blade of Darkness is a 2001 3D third-person PC action role-playing game with an accent on close-quarter, hand-to-hand combat. It was created by Spanish developer Rebel Act Studios and ...more

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Dynasty Warriors 4 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2003 Dynasty Warriors 4 is a hack and slash video game and the fourth installment in the popular Dynasty Warriors series. Dynasty Warriors 4 was developed by Omega Force and published by Koei. The ...more

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
TimTima added 1999 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is an action-adventure game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos Interactive. It was released for the PlayStation and Microsoft Windows in 1999 and ...more

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God of War: Chains of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2008 God of War: Chains of Olympus is a third-person action-adventure video game developed by Ready at Dawn and Santa Monica Studio, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was first ...more

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Ashes Remain added 2010 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a video game in the Castlevania series developed by MercurySteam and Kojima Productions and published by Konami. Lords of Shadow was released in late 2010 for the ...more

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Ninja Gaiden: Black is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time

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Titan Quest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2006 Titan Quest is an action role playing hack and slash video game developed by Iron Lore Entertainment. It was released worldwide by THQ on June 26, 2006. The game was released on Steam, along ...more

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Golden Axe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
1989 Golden Axe is a side-scrolling, beat 'em up, hack and slash arcade video game released in 1989 by Sega for the System 16-B arcade hardware. It is the first game in the Golden Axe series. Makoto ...more

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Rune: Halls of Valhalla is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2001 Rune: Halls of Valhalla is a multiplayer-only expansion to the video game Rune. It features new characters, new maps, and new game modes.

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Dynasty Warriors 5 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2005 Dynasty Warriors 5 is a hack and slash video game set in China and the fifth installment in the Dynasty Warriors series, developed by Omega Force and published by Koei. The game was released on ...more

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, stylized as Ninja Gaiden Σ2, is an enhanced port of the 2008 Xbox 360 video game Ninja Gaiden II, and developed by Team Ninja exclusively for the PlayStation 3. It includes ...more

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BloodRayne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2002 BloodRayne is an action hack and slash video game and the first game in the BloodRayne series. In addition to a sequel, BloodRayne 2, Bloodrayne inspired a series of films and self-contained ...more

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Diablo: Hellfire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
1997 Diablo: Hellfire is an expansion pack that Sierra On-Line produced for the video game Diablo. It was released in 1997 and developed by Synergistic Software, a Sierra division. Hellfire is the ...more

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God of War: Ascension is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Son Goku added 2013 God of War: Ascension is a third person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game was first released on March 12, 2013, ...more

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Warriors Orochi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2007 Warriors Orochi is a beat 'em up video game for PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360, developed by Koei and Omega Force. It is a crossover of two of Koei's popular video game series, Dynasty Warriors and ...more

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Ninja Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
1992 Ninja Gaiden is a side-scrolling, hack & slash, platform-action video game developed by SIMS and released by Sega for the Master System in 1992, with license from Tecmo. This video game ...more

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Devil May Cry 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2003 Devil May Cry 2 is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom in 2003. The game is a sequel to Devil May Cry. Set in modern times, in the fictional city of ...more

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Castlevania: Curse of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2005 Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, known in Japan as Akumajō Dracula: Yami no Juin, is a console video game developed by Konami for the Xbox and PlayStation 2. Despite that it was released for Xbox ...more

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Legacy of Kain: Defiance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
TimTima added 2003 Legacy of Kain: Defiance is an action-adventure game developed by Crystal Dynamics and Nixxes Software BV, and published by Eidos. It is the fifth game in the Legacy of Kain series. It was ...more

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Torchlight 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
martin-prokop added 2012 Torchlight II is an action role-playing game developed by Runic Games, released on September 20, 2012. It is the sequel to Runic's 2009 ARPG, Torchlight, and features peer-to-peer multiplayer ...more