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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... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Capcom)
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 II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)
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Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2001 (Capcom)
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Devil May Cry 4 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (Valve Corporation)
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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Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2000 (Blizzard North)
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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Bayonetta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2009 (Platinum Games)
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God of War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)
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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (Blizzard North)
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Darksiders II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2012 (Vigil Games)
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The Witcher 2: Assassins... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2011 (CD Projekt RED)
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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
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Bayonetta 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
DemonKnight94 added Released: 2018 (PlatinumGames)
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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God of War: Ghost of Spa... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (Ready at Dawn)
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Star Wars: The Force Unl... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Aspyr)
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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reck... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2012 (38 Studios)
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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alli... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2002 (Magic Pockets)
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God of War: Ascension is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
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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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God of War: Chains of Ol... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Ready at Dawn)
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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Castlevania: Lords of Sh... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Ashes Remain added Released: 2010 (Kojima Productions)
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Devil May Cry 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2019 (Capcom)
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Legacy of Kain: Soul Rea... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
TimTima added Released: 1999 (Crystal Dynamics)
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Torchlight 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
martin-prokop added Released: 2012 (Runic Games)
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Dynasty Warriors 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hack and Slash Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (Omega Force)
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