BUTCHER is a lightning fast 2D sidescroller that will for sure put your reflexes and trigger-finger to the test. The enemies are fast and vicious, especially on the higher difficulty levels. If you don’t keep moving quickly enough you can get mowed down in seconds, as I found out the hard way. On the PC there was no easy mode, originally. It was only added in at a later date as DLC. Fortunately for the lesser skilled gamers out there, the console versions come with the Casual mode built in. Fun fact: it’s described in the menu as “I Cry When I Die” Mode. However, you will not be able to find any of the collectible skulls that are hidden throughout the games various levels, so be warned.
As with any shooter, you have a selection of weaponry to choose from. You start off the game with the shotgun (my personal favorite) and a chainsaw for when you run out of ammo. As you progress you will find such classics implements of destructions as a flamethrower, an assault rifle, a grenade launcher, and a railgun. Each one has their own benefits and drawbacks. The shotgun, for example, doesn’t have the same range as the assault rifle but it does pack more of a wallop. The game strikes a nice balance with the ammo pickups: ammo is just scarce enough where you will have to switch between your weapons often enough that it encourages you to be more adaptable. The environment is also a vicious weapon to be used against the humans. There are lava pits, piranha-filled waters, deadly traps, and last but not least, meat hooks. You have the ability to kick, so booting humans to their grisly doom is a viable option. I found it a little difficult to kick around guys on the harder difficulties, however, as they can deal a bunch of damage to you by the time you get close enough to them. Now that we know what we’re using, how about the levels we’ll be umm, “decorating”?
So when all's said and done and the screams have died down, BUTCHER more than lives up to the classic games that inspired it. It's a blood-soaked rock n’ roll ultra-violent no holds barred slaughter fest where the fast survive and the slow get kicked into meat hooks and lava pits. While the game itself is not quite lengthy, there is plenty of replayability to be had for people who enjoy finding all the collectibles and clearing every level of difficulty. BUTCHER’s style of gameplay lends itself quite well to the speedrunning crowd due to the inclusion of speedrun-based achievements, and even a speedrun practice mode. If you're looking for a solid game to blow off some steam by pulverizing your enemies mercilessly, BUTCHER is well worth the price of admission.
*Note: A Copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 7.5/10
+Gratuitously violent and addictive gameplay
-A little on the short side