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  • Summary: BUTCHER is a fast-paced 2D shooter and a blood-soaked love letter to the cult classics of the genre. As a cyborg programmed to eradicate the last remnants of humanity, your sole purpose is to… well... annihilate anything that moves. So grab your weapon of choice (from chainsaws, to shotguns,BUTCHER is a fast-paced 2D shooter and a blood-soaked love letter to the cult classics of the genre. As a cyborg programmed to eradicate the last remnants of humanity, your sole purpose is to… well... annihilate anything that moves. So grab your weapon of choice (from chainsaws, to shotguns, to grenade launchers) and kill your way through underground hideouts, post-apocalyptic cities, jungles, and more. And if you're feeling creative, there are plenty of other ways to end your enemies' misery – hooks, lava pits, saws... no death will ever be the same again. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. 80
    Butcher is violent, fun, frantic, crazy…etc. It’s short, but a good play for the value. There are a good amount of options available, and it’s definitely got heart (granted, it’s dripping in blood). If you’re into the Doom series, or you’ve played other games like Quake, this game is definitively in that vein.
  2. Oct 10, 2017
    80
    Butcher commits to it's ultraviolent nihilistic aesthetic completely and if you’ve the stomach for it, it’s a hell of a ride. Every piece from the fast-paced movement and gunplay to the thick atmosphere of the levels and music combines to form an immensely challenging action game where every death just begs you to take another stab. If you have a nihilistic bone in your body and an appetite for fast-paced challenging action - Butcher will satisfy.
  3. Nov 7, 2017
    80
    BUTCHER is an incredibly slick and deliciously violent twin stick shooter that's found a perfect home on the Nintendo Switch. It's mobile friendly, thanks to the minute levels, and it runs like a dream on the hybrid console. If you're expecting something a little different, BUTCHER isn't it. But there's no way in hell you'll be disappointed with what's on offer here. It's a twin stick shooter to die for.
  4. Oct 16, 2017
    65
    Butcher is a grotesque love-letter to older shooters with addictive gameplay, plenty of different difficulty settings and disturbing imagery. However, it doesn’t have enough to offer as the content falls short leading to an incredibly unsatisfying conclusion.
  5. Oct 13, 2017
    64
    BUTCHER draws on the supremacy of the old glories of the shooter to put together a bloody, uncompromising and immediate 2D indie in all its underlying mechanics.
  6. Nov 6, 2017
    60
    Butcher is an overall fun and competent side-scroller with appealing looks. Pity that it quickly feels somewhat repetitive and doesn't offer enough variety to ensure a more sustainable lifespan but this doesn't stand in the way of making Butcher a fun experience.
  7. Oct 17, 2017
    50
    From the moment you boot Butcher up, it’s clear that it is a thoroughly focused game, for better or for worse. As an action game, Butcher features solid mechanics, but its focus on difficulty could easily turn players off completely or limit them only to its less rewarding casual mode. The design aesthetic is similarly executed, presenting a violent and dark atmosphere that will entrance some, while repulsing others. The end result is a game that many gamers would likely be able to find some enjoyment in, but only a certain type of player will likely be able to look past it’s handful of faults, unapologetic difficulty, and esoteric aesthetic to fully enjoy it.

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  1. Oct 27, 2017
    7
    Butcher is good hyper-violent fun. When you kill enemies, sometimes they explode into guts and entrails and attach themselves to walls /Butcher is good hyper-violent fun. When you kill enemies, sometimes they explode into guts and entrails and attach themselves to walls / ceilings. You can hear them screaming, as they dangle from their intestines. If that sounds like a party, then you're probably going to enjoy this game. But, be warned, it's brutally difficult.

    It's another twin-stick shooter. There are too many of these games coming out on Switch, but Butcher is a bit different because it's side-scrolling rather than top-down.

    There is no awful plot that you have to wade through, thank God. I'm really sick of enduring these half-ass video game plots they keep churning out along with otherwise decent games.

    Like I said, it's very hard. I can't imagine trying to beat this game on the highest difficulty setting, and - usually - I go straight for the deep end with games. With Butcher, I don't have the motivation because it's not exactly difficult in a good way. Some levels are insanely difficult, to the point of being frustrating. And, the boss of the game (on anything but the easiest difficulty setting) is just stupid.

    I couldn't be bothered beating the game, after getting to the end. The boss isn't well designed. It's some giant generic machine thing that flies around the screen. To kill it, you have to run around the screen, blasting it with an arsenal of weaponry. To kill you, it just has to touch you... At this point in my life, I've finished enough of these types of bosses. I don't have anything to prove to myself by enduring relentlessly, beyond the fun barrier.

    I don't like the game enough to bother collecting the secrets, but I do appreciate how well-placed they are. So, if "Metroidvania" treasure hunting is something that appeals to you, you'll probably enjoy racking your brain trying to find the various secret paths scattered throughout the game.

    Butcher reminds me - in terms of tastelessness - of Duke Nukem, Postal and Doom. It's a nostalgic throwback to the gory days of video game history... I had fun playing it, but it's far from perfect.

    (AUD$15 is good price for this game.)
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