British developer Ninja Theory brought us some of the best hack and slash games in recent memory. But while it’s easy to remember Ninja Theory for some of its newest successes, the company has been around for quite some time (it started in the early 2000s and at the time, it was called Just Add Monsters) and with each subsequent release, Ninja Theory’s titles became better and better. Here are what I consider some of its most significant titles made to date.
5. Kung Fu Chaos
Kung Fu Chaos was developed by Just Add Monsters (the company later changed its name to Ninja Theory.) In this three-dimensional fighting game with party game elements, players control a few characters who are making a martial arts film. It’s worth pointing out that Kung Fu Chaos received average reviews and not a lot of people remember it, but these were formative years of the developer.
4. Disney Infinity 3.0
The toys to life genre appeals to a very specific audience, but the third entry in the Disney Infinity series refined the game and everything around it to such an extent, that anyone remotely interested feel in love with it. It’s worth mentioning that Ninja Theory was one of the companies that helped primary developer Avalanche Software, so the sandbox game isn’t entirely theirs. Despite its great quality, Disney recently announced that they were canceling the Infinity franchise and exit the publishing business altogether.
3. Heavenly Sword
This PlayStation 3 exclusive is probably remember for the fantastic visuals and lavish combat. The might have showcased the capabilities of the system, but there were some criticisms such as its short length and lack of online options. Despite these problems Heavenly Sword is an entertaining hack and slash game that can be enjoyed to this day.
This re-imagining of Chinese novel Journey to the West tells a similar story, but in a post-apocalyptic version of New York where former slave Monkey helps a woman named Trip reach her home. The third-person action game uses parkour-based combat to defeat the war machines that are trying to kill everyone who remains alive. Its vividly detailed world, stunning environments and vibrant combat make Enslaved a technical achievement like no other.
1. DmC: Devil May Cry
I feel like everything that Ninja Theory made before their re-imagining of Devil May Cry was crucial to the making of the reboot. The game follows Dante, a nephilim (half-angel, half-demon) who teams up with his brother Vergil and a young woman named Kat to try and kill Demon King Mundus who’s enslaving humanity. Arguably, the best part about the hack and slash game is the combat which allows you to combine attacks in an effortless and visually stunning manner.