Action games are loved by many. After all, who doesn’t love to cause carnage, especially if it’s action with style? The hack & slash genre is responsible for some of the best titles ever. These range from adrenaline-pumping to slow, methodical combat experiences.
2022 also has some solid options on consoles and PC. These are some of the year’s most hyped releases that fans have been waiting for with bated breath.
Some are brand new installments in acclaimed AAA series, while others are more unique experiences from indie studios.
Check out the most hyped hack & slash games coming later in 2022
5) No more heroes 3
Set after the events of the second entry, No More Heroes 3 puts players back in the shoes of hit man Travis Touchdown, filled with his signature humor and pop culture references.
After the events in the background, an alien prince called FU is back on Earth to wreak havoc. He has brought along some buddies, known to be some of the most feared creatures in the galaxy.
Travis and his partners Shinobu and Bad Girl must take down FU and his team to prevent their world domination plans.
Fans will engage in fast-paced Beam Katana battles, outside of which Travis can participate in quirky mini-games. Each of FU’s minions will also spar against Travis in uniquely designed and action-packed boss battles.
Although No More Heroes 3 has already been out for Nintendo Switch since last year, the latest entry in designer Suda51’s over-the-top hack & sash series will be multiplating soon.
Announced a little over a week ago by publisher XSEED Games, the game is coming to PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX|S and PC later in 2022.
4) Trek to Yomi
After outsiders destroy his village, warrior Hiroki must bring justice to his people by punishing those responsible. This black and white side scroller takes place during Japan’s Edo era.
It has slower melee combat, with a focus on countering and fast/slow strike attacks. Players will explore various locales and set pieces while encountering soldiers and samurai.
Fans of old samurai Japanese movies and gaming experiences like Sony’s Ghost of Tsushima should keep an eye on this one. The game is under development at Flying Wild Hog.
The same studio is responsible for the rebooted Shadow Warrior games and the upcoming Evil Dead. Dear publisher Devolver Digital will publish this, so the quality is guaranteed.
Trek to Yomi is scheduled for release on PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX|S and PC in May 2022.
3) Warhammer 40K: Darktide
Following the success of the Vermintide first-person hack & slash spin-offs, the Warhammer 40K series is getting a new entry.
Called Darktide, the upcoming sci-fi game takes place after Vermintide’s melee against hordes of evil. This time, however, fans have access to dedicated weapons as well.
The Swedish developer Fatshark is once again handling the project. Darktide is once again a co-op experience for four players.
Similar to the two Vermimtide offerings, players will move from area to area on a map, completing objectives and taking down hordes of enemies as one of several different characters.
It will be released on PC, XB1 and XSX|S on September 13, 2022.
2) Bayonetta 3
The highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s Bayonetta 2 on Wii U is nearing launch. After a cryptically revealing trailer, the upcoming Platinum Games title finally got new footage six months ago. A mysterious new enemy is on the rise, and everyone’s favorite Umbran witch must reveal her intentions.
Bayonetta 3’s gameplay looks to be further expanded on its predecessors, with Bayonetta even able to control her hellish monster summons in Kaiju-esque battles.
Other than that, signature features like DMC-inspired weapon-driven combat are retained, as is the time-slowing Witch Time ability. Courtesy of Nintendo funding the project again, Bayonetta 3 will be released exclusively on the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2022.
1) God of War: Ragnarok
Taking place after the acclaimed 2017 PS4 exclusive, Ragnarok takes Kratos and Atreus on a bigger journey than the first. Developer Santa Monica Studios is going all out to deliver the finale in fan-favorite Kratos’ Norse adventure.
Ragnarok, the winter-filled doomsday is approaching, so Kratos, the fearsome warrior and father of young Atreus, must try to prevent the end of time.
Following the gameplay changes introduced by the prequel, Ragnarok will feature new environments, expanded combat against new enemies and a deeper narrative.
It’s undoubtedly the biggest title on this list to watch out for. God of War: Ragnarok will be released for the PS4 and PS5 consoles exclusively later in 2022.