Slashing and Hacking the Hack n Slash Games

Jimmy James 70 Says: the hack n slash is a tried and true genre with a long history and a prominent future. So why do hack n slash games get slashed and hacked by the critics?

This article takes a look at the history of hack n slash games, examines how the genre is evolving, and provides a couple of brief reviews of 2008 releases.

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CrAppleton3394d ago

Yeah.. I'll have to say that hack n slash games aren't my favorite.. but they are fun none the less..

bgrundman3394d ago

Games like Heavenly Sword and Devil May Cry were games that I didn't want to end... unfortunately for Heavenly Sword, it was over in a single play through.

Cwalat3394d ago (Edited 3394d ago )

For me,

God of war
Devil May Cry

some of the best series ever created... IMO...

it can be very deep for ppl who are hardcore...
as myself, i think it's just ppl who don't like the repetetive aspect... but then again, FPS are more repetetive than Hack and Slash game... if you think about it, shooting.. moving.. shooting.. moving... shooting.. moving..


bgrundman3394d ago

That is a very good point. I had never thought of it that way before.

CrAppleton3394d ago

That's true.. those are some good examples

Neco5123394d ago

i love this type of game, its nice to see others who appreciate them as much as i do

CrAppleton3394d ago

Yeah.. I suppose there are alot of people who like these types of games

Bill3394d ago

Heavenly Sword was one of the first awe-inspiring games showcased for the PS3. In terms of gameplay and graphic power, it is widely considered one of the better games, for any console, this generation.

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JimmyJames703394d ago

I'll play a hack n slash game, but really just as filler between an FPS or an RPG. It's kinda like eating dessert after a big meal.

bgrundman3394d ago

That is a very good example! I have felt the same way about this genre, but the trick it is to play it in bursts. That way you don't get burnt out.

CrAppleton3394d ago

I guess even Assassins Creed could be considered Hack n Slash? I really liked that one

bgrundman3394d ago

I wouldn't say that Assassins Creed it was a hack in slash, but it was as repetitive as one!

Neco5123394d ago

i guess that could be one, almost anyways, it was a fun game though

bgrundman3394d ago

Honestly, I didn't care for it at all. I beat it, but it was a meh. I couldn't figure out what all the fuss is about.

himdeel3394d ago

...I'll add that HS was an good game that was too short and AC was a good game that was too long due to repetition.

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bgrundman3394d ago

They are good mindless games once and a while.

CrAppleton3394d ago

True.. they are a nice diversion

Neco5123394d ago

ya they really are great games

bgrundman3394d ago

Which game is better Devil May Cry 4 or Heavenly Sword?

CrAppleton3394d ago

DMC.. I've been a long time fan.. So I'll have to stick with it here too

Faztkiller3394d ago

Heavenly Sword IMO
Never have liked DMC

Assumedkilla3394d ago (Edited 3394d ago )

DMC4 is a lot better than Heavenly Sword. The only thing really good about HS were the graphics. It was a button smasher, no skill required. It felt like a "kill everything in this room then go to the next room and do the same" type of game. On top of that it only lasted 3 or 4 hours, which is crazy short. HS is only so high profile because it was marketed to be so, it's nowhere near Gow, DMC, or Ninja Gaiden in quality.

Faztkiller3394d ago

never liked ninja gaiden
GOW is the best by far
not saying dmc and ninja gaiden are not good they just not for me
and i like heavenly sword better because i had alot of fun playing it and had no fun playing Dmc

Gue13394d ago (Edited 3394d ago )

DMC has a better battle system but Heavenly Sword has better story and graphics... What do you prefer?

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CrAppleton3394d ago

Hack n Slash has seemed to of found its self a nice home on the PS3

bgrundman3394d ago

Well the PS brand has traditionally had alot of support for the genre, so developers naturally gravitate towards it more.

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