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  • Summary: Step into the neon-soaked underground of 1980s Miami as bizarre messages on your answering machine seem to be urging you to commit terrible acts of violence - but will you obey? Hotline Miami overflows with raw brutality and skull crushing close combat as you find yourself outgunned andStep into the neon-soaked underground of 1980s Miami as bizarre messages on your answering machine seem to be urging you to commit terrible acts of violence - but will you obey? Hotline Miami overflows with raw brutality and skull crushing close combat as you find yourself outgunned and using your wits to choreograph your way through impossible situations. An unmistakable visual style, a driving soundtrack, and a surreal plot that will have you question your own thirst for blood. Bash and blast through over 20 multiscreen levels with 35 unique weapons and collect 25 game-altering masks in one of the darkest and most unusual independent games on the scene. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
  1. Dec 2, 2012
    100
    Hotline Miami is proof that it is possible to create a fresh and addictive action game, even with the game's emphasis on retro. At the same time it evokes truly human feelings the modern-day shooters die trying to deliver.
  2. Nov 2, 2012
    90
    It's a puzzle game and a strategy game as much as an action game, then, and like Rockstar's Manhunt, it will sicken you even as it provides its murky thrills.
  3. Hyper Magazine
    Dec 17, 2012
    90
    A drug-induced coma of violence, strategy, death and rebirth. [Jan 2013, p.67]
  4. Nov 9, 2012
    87
    For all the careful planning that might go in a stickup, it all usually comes down to clutching out impromptu, split second shootouts. Sometimes these quirks manifest as incompetent A.I. behavior or exploitative gameplay, but for the most part, it all congeals in a remarkably tense and satisfying experience with depth to go with its style.
  5. Oct 28, 2012
    85
    Let's just say it: Hotline Miami isn't for everyone. It's brutal, bloody and extraordinarily unforgiving. Thanks to Hotline Miami, the 8-bit top-down shooter genre gets put in the spotlight again after Retro City Rampage. It deserves the attention. Well, if you can stomach countless retries and a dozen smashed skulls.
  6. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    Those looking for a challenge in planning, reflexes and dexterity – and those with the intestinal fortitude to witness the scads of gruesome deaths that result – will be well served by Hotline Miami.
  7. Nov 23, 2012
    30
    I wonder if the developers themselves knew what exactly they were trying to create. Is it a stealth game? a tactical strategy? a top-down arcade? Kitschy, bold artwork is only there to cover up the lack of cohesive ideas, and crude execution.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 291
  1. Nov 5, 2014
    10
    Really really fun game, good mechanics and music. I love the idea of the masks. If you haven't checked this game out yet do so!

    The game is
    Really really fun game, good mechanics and music. I love the idea of the masks. If you haven't checked this game out yet do so!

    The game is brutally hard, if your not into that there is no way to make it easier but this is the intention.
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  2. Dec 22, 2012
    10
    this kind of games are the only ones that I really enjoy. Difficult, different to the rest of games and with adult content. The graphics andthis kind of games are the only ones that I really enjoy. Difficult, different to the rest of games and with adult content. The graphics and animations are awesome so as the faces (love the beard dude). I have no doubt that this is the goty of 2012, not those **** unlimited franchises that are all years the same game. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    INDIE GAME OF THE YEAR FTW, Great music soundtrack, Brilliantine gritty knife throwing game play, engading and interesting story, AN ORIGINALINDIE GAME OF THE YEAR FTW, Great music soundtrack, Brilliantine gritty knife throwing game play, engading and interesting story, AN ORIGINAL CONCEPT DIFFIDENTLY WORTH ALL YOUR MONEYS Expand
  4. Jun 13, 2015
    9
    While it being a good game, it was very difficult, to the point where I just ragequit. That's the game's point, though. A MUST HAVE! If youWhile it being a good game, it was very difficult, to the point where I just ragequit. That's the game's point, though. A MUST HAVE! If you don't want this game, you should at least try it before jumping to a conclusion that some guy on youtube said it was hard, so it's obviously hard. That's probably just that guy. At least try the game. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2013
    8
    Bought this game on sale for a few dollars. Wasn't really expecting much, but I had read some good things. Anyway...sooooooo much fun and veryBought this game on sale for a few dollars. Wasn't really expecting much, but I had read some good things. Anyway...sooooooo much fun and very challenging. Love it. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2014
    8
    Origin
    Hotline Miami is one of many in a wave of indie games that has risen to new gaming heights thanks to vociferous support from its
    Origin
    Hotline Miami is one of many in a wave of indie games that has risen to new gaming heights thanks to vociferous support from its community and general all round brilliance. Unlike most indie games though, it had an art style befitting of the date and setting - 1989 - that just gelled perfectly with the in-game antics and of course, engrossing soundtrack. A 2D, top down, violent, shooter, head f***, Hotline was designed by just 2 people (Jonatan Söderström & Dennis Wedin) and has since spawned various merchandise including artworks, figurines, outfits, masks and in more recently, a DLC collaboration with PAYDAY2 and later this year, the sequel - Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, which I was lucky enough to play a level of it at EuroGamer, London.. there was some guy playing it before me, couldn't get past the level... heh heh heh

    Gameplay & Story
    The beginning of each level is reason enough to believe how insane the game can be. You chose and don a mask of many - each with their own specific trait - e.g. my favourite, Don Juan, a horse head mask, has the ability to kill enemies by opening a door on them. Add to that, a rooster, owl, pig, mole, a load of other common variety animals! The significance? Hell if I know.. but 3 of the masks are worn by some random people who occasionally show up in your apartment and indulge in random conversation - from explanations, accusations and plain and simple hostility. After each level, you retreat to your apartment where you await a phone-call telling you something along the lines of 'I need some laundry picked up' or 'kids kicked a football through my window' - code for drugs and murder usually.

    Using a standard Xbox controller, Hotline has a fairly tough initiation into the game. One analogue stick to move, the other circling your character for aiming, triggers for shooting & throwing discarded weaponry, bumpers for scouting the map along with various other standard buttons to finish kills and grab goods. What makes it so addictive? the rush, the speed of the levels - risk and rash decisions are met with rewards - paraphrasing from the loading screen advice - the more you rack up multi-kills and get creative with your exterminations, the more points you get - which in turn applies to your grade at the end of each level (an A+, F- basis). I tend to go back and try and improve my scores afterwards, to unlock more masks, secrets etc, but also to find and use more weapons - Pipes, knives, shotguns and machine-guns are commonplace, but as you delve deeper into the murky underbelly of Miami, you'll encounter rifles, pool cues, katanas and drills.. What are you fighting? The Ruskies of course! all wielding a variety of different objects designed to take you out in one, along with a battalion of guard dogs that patrol the hallways.

    Soundtrack
    The 23 music tracks alone take over a whopping hour and a half of your head-bobbing, shoulder jiving pleasure. From several different artists, Sun Araw, M|O|O|N, Perturbator, Jasper Byrne, Scattle, Elliott Berlin, Eirik Suhrke, CoConuts, El Huervo & Shelby Cinca - some of which, career's took off after the success of HM and have returned for a second offering in the games sequel. But what is that makes the soundtrack stand out so much? Matched only by the brutal nature of the game itself, the drum loops, bass lines and other miscellaneous funk provide an extremely satisfying mood for caving in Russian Mafia skull. It manages to get the blood pumping and fuel your desire for bloodshed - virtually that is :p. Upon listening only, it may seem like a repetitive throwback to the late 80s with it's techno beats, however it is the accompaniment with this game that makes it a perfect fit.

    Overall
    It will put off most people with its combination of retro design/graphics and ultra-violence. Give it a chance however, you'll likely end up a cold, hard killer, fixated on spilling some red pixels. You don't need to be that skilled with a controller either, once you've got it down anyway. HM is often on sale too, around the £1.50 mark - so it's hardly gunna break the bank! You'll also find it on the Playstation store for PS3&4. The concept of the game is a simple one, but the way it is executed - colour, music, gameplay, - just makes for all round awesome fun. Waiting for no.2: Wrong Number
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  7. Mar 27, 2017
    0
    Encore une petite merde indé avec ses graphismes hideux, sa jouabilité bancale et son opportunisme néo-rétro pour appâter les rétronsEncore une petite merde indé avec ses graphismes hideux, sa jouabilité bancale et son opportunisme néo-rétro pour appâter les rétrons refoulés. C'est l'un des ambassadeurs -rien de nouveau ici- de la lutte des classes : d'un côté les méchantes multinationales impérialistes et leurs Triple A, de l'autre les sous-merdes indés écologogoles roulées sous les aisselles dans une étable. Trop rebelles que vous êtes à jouer -ou tenter de jouer pour suivre le troupeau gauchobobo- à un sous-produit qui pollue les yeux et les oreilles ! Expand

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