Hack-and-slash games are some of the most fun action titles to try out, with the very act of slicing through the opposition and dealing with extremely challenging boss fights a blast when executed correctly. The fast and frenetic nature of hack-and-slash games can be quite difficult to keep up with, but most games do a good job of making things as accessible and engaging as possible.
That said, not all hack-and-slash titles are easy to get through. There are certain games that can be incredibly challenging, almost unfair to many players. While lowering the difficulty is always an option, learning the mechanics of the game and striving to perform at the highest level in combat ends up being a bit of a blast in the tough hack-and-slash games that follow.
The latest title from Supergiant Games is also their most popular, with Hades selling tons of copies and establishing itself as one of the best modern hack-and-slash titles out there. It uses its roguelite setting to great effect, telling a compelling story without feeling disconnected from the soul of the game.
Hades can be as easy or difficult as players want. The game is quite challenging until the players lose Hades for the first time, after which certain modifiers can be put in place that change everything from boss encounters to the level design itself.
9/10 Dead cells
Dead cells is a great roguelike that more people need to check out. The combat is tough and the level design is great, making for an engaging time as players slowly progress through this imaginative title.
Although the plagiarism controversy is what caused more and more people to check out this game, there is no doubt that Dead cells stands on its own merits as a fairly engaging title. Fans love going through each successive difficulty stage and seeing what other tricks this game can pull up its sleeve.
PlatinumGames is known as one of the best developers of hack-and-slash titles out there, and for good reason. While they’ve had their share of duds, games like that Bayonetta has done a great job of keeping the publisher’s reputation afloat.
Bayonettais a game where skillful combat is directly necessary to get through most encounters. Enemies punish bad timing and repetitive moves, and players are also ranked fairly strictly based on their overall combat performance.
7/10 Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5 is the latest title in a series of tough hack-and-slash games. Not only does the title serve as a return to form for the series, but it doesn’t compromise when it comes to the challenging nature of the combat system.
As a result, Devil May Cry 5 becomes one of the best modern hack-and-slash titles out there. Players must be on top of their game if they want to have the highest score in each encounter.
Another hit from PlatinumGames comes in the form of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. This game expanded on Raiden’s story while introducing fantastic hack-and-slash combat that Metal Gear series had never seen.
The end result is a magical experience where players slice and dice through enemies, ripping out their spines with clean cuts to heal themselves. Suffice it to say that the game is highly entertaining and quite challenging to boot, with both regular enemies and bosses that are very tough to deal with.
5/10 Nioh 2
Nioh 2 is a great sequel that builds on pretty much everything that was done well in the first game. The combat has been refined quite a bit to give a more natural and smooth flow.
Recovering stamina with timed button presses before unleashing a flurry of combos never ceases to be engaging. Of course, this high-risk, high-reward mechanic can prove quite difficult to pull off at times, leaving players on the back foot when their player character is too tired to try any fancy moves.
4/10 Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden is easily one of the hardest games from sixth generation consoles. All three games in the series are quite brutal and will force players to fully understand and use the tools of the battle system.
Given the challenging nature of the original 2D Ninja Gaiden titles, it is easy to see why the 3D titles also chose to prioritize difficulty in such a way. This trilogy has seen a re-release on modern hardware, allowing players to experience this challenging game for themselves.
3/10 Dark souls
Dark souls is a game that needs no introduction. This monumental title put FromSoftware to shame and proved that there was a market for hardcore games that could be quite profitable.
The story of the chosen undead as they fought tooth and nail to either light the first flame or let it burn out makes for a great time. The game’s story and history are hidden in clever item descriptions and player interactions, adding to the mystery of a world where everything and everyone wants to kill the player.
2/10 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the more unique games released by FromSoftware. Instead of the build diversity and combat variety seen in previous games, Sekiro forcing players to adapt to a particular combat system that relied heavily on deflections and one-hit kills.
As a result, the combat system of this game ends up being pretty good if the players follow it. This can take some getting used to, but players who grasp the battle system Sekiro will have an amazing time slashing and slashing enemies.
A game that takes inspiration from Victorian and Gothic themes along with some Lovecraftian magic, Bloodborne is a great game that fans of the studio will absolutely love. The fact that it has remained a PS4 exclusive feels like an outright crime.
BloodborneThe incredible combat and fantastic atmosphere make it arguably the best PS4 exclusive of all time. The game is a masterpiece and is considered by many to be Miyazaki’s magnum opus for obvious reasons.
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