A Hack and Slash game resembles a ThirdPersonShooter, but instead of blasting away enemies with a gun, the main hero of the game wields more primitive, close range melee weaponry. This genre resembles a third-person AdventureGame whereby the hero has a goal to accomplish. But the ''real'' goal of the mission level is just to kill as many enemies as possible.

To increase the hero's casualty potential, the setting may include hero serving in an army. Most of the enemies encountered on the field will be one-hit-and-they're-dead grunt soldiers, but occasionally, tougher bosses will show up, usually [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking officers and generals]].

Since randomly killing large groups of enemies can become boring, most Hack and Slash games will often incorporate other genres into their gameplay. For example, the game may include a multi and single-player FightingGame mode wherein players can pick characters from the game and have them square up against each other in a tournament setting. They can also incorporate story modes which provide more of an AdventureGame feel.

Meanwhile, RolePlayingGames with a Hack and Slash component have been around since ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'' and it is a mainstay of many WideOpenSandbox games.

ActionAdventure games can have levels that are purely Hack and Slash built into them to mix up the game play a little -- and oftentimes, just to help the gameplayer relieve a bit of stress.

A related genre can be found in the BeatEmUp, where the action is more oriented towards punching, kicking, headbutting, and so forth.

Not to be confused with the comic ''Comicbook/HackSlash'', ThoseTwoBadGuys from ''{{ReBoot}}'', crappy slash fic writers, or Music/GunsNRoses
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!!Games in this genre include:
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* ''VideoGame/AlphaMan''
* ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns''
* ''VideoGame/AssassinBlue''
* ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI Assassin's Creed]]'' (partly)
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGateDarkAlliance''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta2}}''
* ''VideoGame/BladeStormTheHundredYearsWar''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
* ''VideoGame/ChaosLegion'', though the hero can't change weapons
* ''VideoGame/CrescentPaleMist''
* ''CrimsonSea''
* ''VideoGame/{{Croixleur}}''
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno''
* ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}''
* ''Darkspore''
* ''DeadMeetsLead'' is a TopDownView version.
* ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}''
* ''Videogame/DeathSpank''
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''
** ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC Devil May Cry]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''
* ''VideoGame/DiabloII''
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''
* ''VideoGame/DieByTheSword''
* ''Franchise/{{Drakengard}}'' (with mixes of [[SimulationGame Flight Sim]])
** ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''
** ''Vidoegame/{{Drakengard 2}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard 3}}''
** ''VideoGame/NieR''
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown''
* ''DungeonExplorer''
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': ''Tower of Doom'' and ''Shadow Over Mystara''
* ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail''
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''
** ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors''
** ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi''
** ''WarriorsLegendsOfTroy''
** ''DynastyWarriorsGundam''
** ''[[VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage]]''
** ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' (Yes, a ''Franchise/LegendofZelda'' SpinOff.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}''
** ''VideoGame/FableI''
** ''VideoGame/FableII''
** ''VideoGame/FableIII''
* ''VideoGame/{{FATE}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Genji}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Genocide}}''; its sequel incorporates some platforming elements.
* ''VideoGame/GetMedieval''
* ''VideoGame/GinormoSword''
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''
* ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe''
* ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword''
* ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'' (fighter only, other classes play like a FirstPersonShooter)
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami''
* ''VideoGame/HuntedTheDemonsForge''
* ''{{I-Ninja}}''
* ''VideoGame/JediKnightDarkForcesII''
** ''VideoGame/JediKnightIIJediOutcast''
** ''VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy''
* ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead'', a SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}''
* ''VideoGame/KingdomUnderFireTheCrusaders''
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfDragons''
* ''VideoGame/KnightsContract''
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheRound''
* ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu''
* ''VideoGame/LordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers''
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'': SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld''
* ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'', which may also be considered a ThirdPersonShooter with emphasis on the spell system.
* ''VideoGame/MagicRampage''
* ''VideoGame/MagicSwordHeroicFantasy''
* ''VideoGame/{{Malicious}}''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' (yes, [[Franchise/MetalGear you read]] [[GenreShift that right.]])
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade''
* ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm3'': The Hack and Slash-styled gameplay of the ''Ultimate Ninja Impact'' game for the PlayStationPortable has been carried over to this game for story battles.
* ''VideoGame/NinetyNineNights''
* ''VideoGame/NinjaBlade''
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''
** ''VideoGame/YaibaNinjaGaidenZ'' a SpinOff of the series.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''
** ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle''
* ''VideoGame/{{Onechanbara}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Onimusha}}''
* ''VideoGame/OtogiMythOfDemons''
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia''
** ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008 Prince of Persia (2008)]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/RiseOfTheKasai Mark of Kri and Rise of the Kasai]]'' are a mix of this and a StealthBasedGame.
* ''VideoGame/RisingZanTheSamuraiGunman''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rune}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rygar}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Sacred}}''
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''
* ''VideoGame/SenranKagura''
* ''VideoGame/SeveranceBladeOfDarkness''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shank}}''
* ''Franchise/ShiningSeries''
** ''VideoGame/ShiningSoul''
** ''Shining Soul II''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}''
* ''VideoGame/SolomonsKeep'' (more like Cast and Blast, as you use a wizard)
* ''VideoGame/SwordsOfDestiny''
* ''VideoGame/TheSwordOfEtheria''
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries''
* ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight II}}''
* The Swordplay Showdown mode in ''VideoGame/WiiSportsResort''.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''
** ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings''
* ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''
* ''VideoGame/UndeadKnights''
* ''VideoGame/UntoldLegends''
* ''VideoGame/VikingBattleForAsgard''
* ''{{Vindictus}}''
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic''
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana''
* ''VideoGame/XBlades'' (Russian made and is considered by many to be a PantyFighter)
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