Butcher is a living relic, a callback to the days when being gritty and macabre was a goal unto itself. But make no mistake: beneath that gruff exterior is a thoughtfully crafted game . The allure of an ultraviolent indulgence might be enough to get some in the door, but the visuals are so pixelated and the audio so compressed that Butcher never feels excessive.
Butcher is not an innovative title by any means, but that is also kind of the point. It’s an unapologetic love letter to the early violent shooters from a couple decades ago but is looking at them from a platforming perspective instead of a first-person one.