BUTCHER is a light hearted tale about fluffy rainbows, candy floss and marshmallows. Just kidding. You can guess by the name that BUTCHER is in fact a brutal, warped bloodbath. Killing swarms of enemies who are really, really trying to kill you is your gaming life for the next few hours. Welcome to the Slaughter…
In BUTCHER, levels are short, hectic, adrenaline filled blasts of unapologetic violence. The game is clearly heavily inspired by 90’s FPS titles and it certainly does them proud over the course of its 21 levels. There are 5 areas, with four levels each: Ironworks Facility, Old Military Base, Jungle Outpost, Volcano Research Station and The Last City. The game crescendos with an almighty boss fight with The Guardian. Each area presents new challenges. The game is drenched in this really cool almost industrial like aesthetic from the start. You start with just a shotgun and a chainsaw. As you progress the enemies get tougher, but luckily your arsenal does as well. Before you know it, you’ll be shooting away with grenade launchers, assault rifles, flamethrowers and rail guns. One really cool thing with Butcher is that weapon wise the game doesn’t go overboard. There’s enough to keep you interested, but not so much that you don’t have a clue what to pick next in the heat of the moment. As for the enemies themselves, these upgrade to a wide selection of trigger happy humans, helicopters, running dogs and so on.
The game throws you in at the deep end. It’s kill or be killed here. And it’s not just the enemies you have to worry about. Your environments start attacking you too. Moving saws, erupting lava…there’s even bloody fish attacking you here. But the game does give you a choice on difficulty. For full disclosure, I completed the game on Casual. There is also Hard, Harder, The Hardest and Impossible. As you go up the difficulties your health decreases and Medkits and Armour stop existing in your blood soaked vicinity. Yikes. But don’t be put off by its brutal difficulty tag line. BUTCHER is absolutely awesome. Even when you die you learn something for your next run. And because levels are quite short, the frustration of getting shot in the face is short lived, literally.
I had and am still having an absolute blast on BUTCHER. I actually loved it so much that I completed it in one go. On Casual, my game time clocked in at 1 hours 45 minutes. But let’s be fair, Casual doesn’t really count. So I’m going again on Hard. Make no bones about it, there is a ludicrous amount of replayability here. Different difficulties, collectibles in the form of skulls, leaderboards, speed runs and much more. It’s all so well put together. BUTCHER knows what it is and it doesn’t bother you with a 10 hour story. It doesn’t need to. It gives you a gun and a chainsaw, and sends you to the wolves with a smile on its disturbed, bloody face. And you won’t be able to help yourself, but to keep coming back for more.
BUTCHER is a brutal burst of blood soaked carnage. Enjoy.
Punk rating: 8/10