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  • Summary: A brutal conclusion to the gruesome saga, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number follows the escalating level of violence through multiple factions born from the events of the original game and driven by uncertain motivations. Step into the murderous mind of several distinct characters - each withA brutal conclusion to the gruesome saga, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number follows the escalating level of violence through multiple factions born from the events of the original game and driven by uncertain motivations. Step into the murderous mind of several distinct characters - each with their own motivations and methods of execution -- as storylines intersect and reality slips away into a haze of neon and carnage. Blistering combat, an unmistakable visual style, and a powerfully intense soundtrack will once again push you to the limit and questioning your own thirst for blood. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 67
  2. Negative: 4 out of 67
  1. Apr 11, 2015
    90
    This is not merely a sequel worth playing, it’s one worth consuming again and again until its every secret has been revealed.
  2. Mar 10, 2015
    90
    In almost every way, Hotline Miami 2 is a marked improvement on an already tremendous formula. This is a game that had me pumping my fists and laughing with joy throughout my time with it, and I was left despondent by the time it drew to a close.
  3. Mar 13, 2015
    85
    Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a great sequel. It innovates just enough to feel fresh but, unfortunately, takes a bit of player freedom away through its fixed characters.
  4. Mar 10, 2015
    80
    Hotline Miami 2 is indeed a fun and exciting action spectacle, but also a little disappointing successor of a great game.
  5. CD-Action
    Apr 30, 2015
    70
    It’s not that I regret those couple of hours I spent with Wrong Number, but for every advantage there’s a drawback, for every ‘I had fun’ there’s a ‘but’ and for every ‘wow!’ there’s a ‘meh’. [05/2015, p.50]
  6. Mar 11, 2015
    70
    Not as good as the original, Hotline Miami 2 delivers a flawed dose of the high speed ultra violence that's fun but not essential.
  7. Mar 12, 2015
    20
    The subtitle of Hotline Miami 2 should read "Wrong Decade."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 99
  2. Negative: 19 out of 99
  1. Mar 10, 2015
    10
    Even better then the first is the only way to describe this game!
    The gameplay is better the story is much more engaging then the first and
    Even better then the first is the only way to describe this game!
    The gameplay is better the story is much more engaging then the first and the music is absolutely astonishing!
    Buy it and buy it now you even get a mask for Payday 2 if you're into that!
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  2. Kx1
    Oct 29, 2018
    10
    The story of this game is simply amazing. Perfect combination of Lynch, Jacob's Ladder (?) and other obvious references like Drive, MiamiThe story of this game is simply amazing. Perfect combination of Lynch, Jacob's Ladder (?) and other obvious references like Drive, Miami Vice, early Tarantino stuff - You really need to dig deeper (lot of reviewers didn't) to understand this convoluted plot, but it is definately worth it. I would love to make a 'none-gore focused' movie out of this.

    Btw the gameplay is better than the first game as well in my opinions.
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  3. Mar 11, 2015
    9
    Alright, folks. Let's get real for a second. HM2 is buggy, ratchets up the difficulty to somewhat artificial levels, is all over the placeAlright, folks. Let's get real for a second. HM2 is buggy, ratchets up the difficulty to somewhat artificial levels, is all over the place from a narrative perspective, some of the characters simply feel like filler, not being able to always choose your mask is annoying, and window kills are EVERYWHERE! ...and despite all of which I just described, I **** love it. So let's dig in.

    Dennaton Games obviously realized that the sequel to one of the most lauded indie gems ever, would need to be bigger, better and even more over the top in regards to how you approach it. Some of it they succeeded at. Some of it sort of killed the frenetic pacing. That said, expanding the scope of the game was the right approach, and the split perspectives this time around, offers players with a variety of new faces with their own bits and pieces of what is looming in the background of the HM2 world.

    You have The Fans. A group of kids who were inspired by Jacket to go on their own killing sprees, and each one has a unique mechanic. Corey has a diveroll. Mark is a beast with machineguns. Tony destroys people with his fists. Alex and Ash are actually two characters in one, with one wielding a chainsaw, while the other backs her up with a gun. Their missions for me, were probably some of the best in the game, hands down.

    You have Jake. A fat redneck, following in Jacket's footsteps. Jake can throw anything and it's lethal.

    You have Evan, a writer who is desperately attempting to finish a novel about the events in Hotline Miami. You have to literally force him to kill, and he won't use guns, instead, he disables them when picked up.

    You have Pardo, a detective with a dark secret, chasing a serial killer.

    There's others, but I don't want to spoil it further for anyone simply wanting to know if the game is worth purchasing it or not. I'll summarize for you. This game is both frustrating and rewarding, infuriating and entertaining, has a killer soundtrack and offers an unforgettable experience. Once the level creator is released, and the bugs are fixed (already under way) the game will be a worthy successor and sequel to the original. It's completely worth purchasing and I recommend it to anyone seeking a rewarding challenge wholeheartedly!
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  4. Aug 18, 2015
    8
    Not as good as the first one, but still a good time nonetheless. The game also has a very good soundtrack, although you can't actually get itNot as good as the first one, but still a good time nonetheless. The game also has a very good soundtrack, although you can't actually get it from the game files any more; you have to buy the soundtrack separately. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2015
    7
    A step down from the first game, with less focus and some annoying level design getting in the way of the hypnotic, automated "flow" you couldA step down from the first game, with less focus and some annoying level design getting in the way of the hypnotic, automated "flow" you could get into in that game. But it remains a bitterly nihilistic story with a backdrop of ridiculously fast, challenging violence with the same kind of gratuitous style. Things get a lot more frustrating, but I simply could not stop myself from driving to the conclusion even if it wasn't exactly something I wanted to see.

    The game is a sensual feast that leaves me exhausted after a while, even more so than the first game, with a soundtrack that's even more driving and mesmerizing. The new characters add a lot of variety, but there are some serious balance issues going on and it detracts somewhat from the simplicity that made the first one so smooth. From tight, confined experience to broader and messier, there are still a lot of things here I enjoyed, but it's simply not as memorable as the first game and remains one for the fans who want a little more. Non-essential gaming but intriguing for the curious and adrenaline-addicted.
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  6. Mar 10, 2015
    5
    I'm not all that impressed. The game doesn't feel like a part 2. It feels as if you're still playing the original game. Things look the same,I'm not all that impressed. The game doesn't feel like a part 2. It feels as if you're still playing the original game. Things look the same, feel the same, work the same and in general, most things are the same. The few changes the game has, aren't for the better. It seems as if the AI is even worse this game and, to be honest: It already was the worst thing of the game in the original.

    Sometimes you can sneak up on opponents, without them even having the slightest possiblity of knowing; yet, they turn around and shoot you before you can even blink. On the other hand, it can also happen you shoot at them with a shotgun. Pieces of glass are flying through the air and yet they have no clue there is someone there. It was already much like this in the original but it feels as if this game does even worse.

    The soundtrack didn't get me pumped like the original did. Now, this is of course different for everyone but in my opinion, it isn't as good as the original was.

    The storyline... is... not that interesting either. Of course, the previous game had no real storyline. The whole idea was to show people games can be great without a good storyline. Yet, I was intrigued. The dark atmosphere; the feeling of someone losing their mind; it worked. Even though it didn't really make sense... it felt as if it did.

    This game, everything constantly changed. Then you were this guy, then you were this guy. The story is original, but... It just wasn't interesting to me,

    The only thing I really like about this game is it's difficulty. The first few levels are already harder than most of the levels in the original game. This definitely is nice, although it also has a lot to do with the terrible AI.

    I can't help but feel disappointed. A little scammed, even, because I think the original is actually better and that one was for free. Of course the game is still fun. The original was great, so it's not all that bad it's more of the same, but with a previous game like that, I expected more of this.
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  7. May 7, 2016
    0
    If you like being shot from the other side of your screen on each and every level feel free to buy this game. Not even the amazing soundtrackIf you like being shot from the other side of your screen on each and every level feel free to buy this game. Not even the amazing soundtrack and interesting storyline can save this horrific level design **** Expand

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