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    Posted on October 19, 2015

    Gauntlet stays on the list, but its inability to stand the test of time brings it down to number ten. When beat ‘em ups were all the rage, Golden Axe was the first hack and slasher on the scene. A Barbarian, an Amazon and their pet Dwarf are looking for the warrior Death Adder. Via a giant turtle and gargantuan eagle, the heroes hack, slash, and bash their way to Death Adder and his weapon of inappropriate metal: the Golden Axe. The fights are satisfying and the little gnomes that take your potions are frustratingly hilarious. It was a good adventure back when things were simple and new, and it's not just nostalgia making us all teary-eyed.8. Rune (PC)Human Head Studios 2000Rune was an unexpected melee hit on the PC market. Ragnar, the Viking hero of our tale, is the sole survivor of a massacre brought by Loki to destroy the Runestones. Like all who suffer survivor’s guilt, Ragnar descends into the underworld to fight the armies of various Norse gods. Rune would be farther up the list of "Best Hack and Slash Co-op Clash of Kings games of All Time" if it weren’t for one nagging fact: It doesn't offer co-op. At least it wasn’t until some enterprising community members fixed corrected that error. The co-op mod was a big success even a year after the initial retail release. Still, you don’t win points after the buzzer, and if ain't an official patch it just doesn't count. So Rune sits at the back of the longship at number eight.7. Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords Adventures (Gamecube/Gameboy Advanced)Nintendo 2004Gauntlet was released a year before the original Legend of Zelda in 1986. Anyone who played Zelda cried out for a two-Clash of Kings player mode. Actually, it was the friend behind them watching them play that cried out. It took Shigeru Miyamoto almost twenty years to dry our eyes with the Four Swords Adventures. Your basic elf meets girl, girl meets evil wizard, elf meets mystic cloning sword. With up to four Clash of Kings players, Four Swords meets the criteria for the top five. On the surface it’s a great way to get four friends together, and with a badly placed bomb or two, it’s a great way to lose three of them. The innovation behind Four Swords is also its most stymieing quality. It required not only four friends, but four friends with four GBAs. A lot of product crossover with only marginal gameplay improvement. In the end, the full Four Swords experience would cost $450 minus the Clash of Kings gamecube.

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