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The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time  

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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 3: Dante's Awake... is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Bayonetta is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Devil May Cry 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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God of War is listed (or ranked) 5 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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God of War III is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Bayonetta 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
DemonKnight94 added 2018
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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Ninja Gaiden II is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
Darksiders II is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Prince of Persia: Warrior With... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
2004

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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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DmC: Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Darksiders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Jan 05 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: Ghost of Sparta is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Prince of Persia: The Two Thro... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Diablo III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
May 15 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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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Dante's Inferno is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is listed (or ranked) 25 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