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Sidescrolling Doomlike Butcher out today

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Transhuman Design's Butcher is an ultraviolent shooter that draws on Doom and Quake, swapping their first-person gibbing for side-on carnage in an industrial 2D world. I mentioned it back in August, and it's out today, on Steam, GOG (opens in new tab) and the Humble Store (opens in new tab).

If you're familiar with id Software's oeuvre, you probably have a fair idea of the amount of blood involved, and you're absolutely wrong: triple, no, quadruple for the blood-soaked Butcher. Plasma aside, there are plenty of wonderful little animations on display in this new trailer, though that should be no surprise if you've played Transhuman's other games, including King Arthur's Gold.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.