@lundy86_4: that makes no sense, is he crazy?
Hack and slash or hack and slay (H&S or HnS; also can be stylized in a hyphenated form as in hack-and-slash, or with a contracted conjunction as in hack 'n' slay) refers to a type of gameplay that emphasizes combat.
The term "hack and slash" was originally used to describe a play style in tabletop role-playing games, carrying over from there to MUDs, MMORPGs, and role-playing video games. In arcade- and console-style action video games, the term has a different usage, specifically implying a focus on real-time combat with hand-to-hand weapons as opposed to guns or fists.
So, yeah, hack n slash has a focus on combat but it's not limited to physical only.
I think hack n slash is not even a genre, but more a type of combat. You can have hack n slash in multiple genre of games.
Sooo... You're proving my point? HnS utilize guns as well. Your quote actually stipulates hand-to-hand as opposed to swords, which tormentos updated within the next quote. Furthermore, it stipulates "weapon-based" within the "Action-Games" segment. All that being said, guns are utilized in HnS games... Unequivocally. As I said, both Bayonetta and the DmC series utilize guns heavily.