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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 is full of raw brutality and skull crushing close combat as you find yourself outgunned and usingStep 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 is full of 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: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jul 24, 2013
    100
    And that, to me, is the essence of Hotline Miami: it's a game that does everything so perfectly, it even makes me love stuff I would normally hate. Which means that if we're talking about stuff you'd normally love — extreme violence, extreme difficulty, druggy music — then this right here could end up being your favorite game of all time.
  2. Jul 2, 2013
    90
    If you haven’t played Hotline Miami on PC yet, this is your perfect chance. One of the best indie games ever made is now available on Vita and PS3 for just €8 with cross-buy and cross-save. Great controls, a weird story and an epic soundtrack make this little gem a must-buy.
  3. Jul 11, 2013
    90
    Buy this one without hesitation, especially if you haven't played it before.
  4. Jun 26, 2013
    85
    If you've already played the PC version there isn't enough new to consider a second go - unless you really loved it - but it's an impressive port all the same and a fantastic coup for the PS Vita.
  5. Jul 18, 2013
    85
    Like a punch you didn't see coming, Hotline Miami will make you bleed and leave you enthralled with its violence, its responsive controls and, more than that, with its fun and frantic blood fest. A great port, expecially on PSVita.
  6. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    The Dennaton Games title is a fascinating and magnetic action game, which captures and enhances anyone who wants to explore the dramatic and angry perversions of its protagonist.
  7. Aug 31, 2013
    60
    Hotline Miami is a short and bittersweet mix of fast-paced violence and monotonous repetition, where stupendous AI and crazy amounts of randomness interrupt the experience on a regular basis. It’s stylish and mindless fun, but quite annoying nonetheless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. Jul 1, 2013
    10
    A high-style gloriously violent indie gem with challenging yet addictive gameplay with a killer soundtrack behind it and tons of unlockablesA high-style gloriously violent indie gem with challenging yet addictive gameplay with a killer soundtrack behind it and tons of unlockables to collect. Buy it now. Expand
  2. Dec 18, 2015
    10
    DAMN DAMN DAMN! SO glad i picked up this!

    Being a oldschool (and new school) player I cherish the great graphics and long gameplay of
    DAMN DAMN DAMN! SO glad i picked up this!

    Being a oldschool (and new school) player I cherish the great graphics and long gameplay of nowadays videogames, but as many have noted, they lack challenge and soul as well, this one has both and lots of style as well.

    Gameplay mechanics of this game surpass most of the AAA titles available today, and there is a tremendous rush of adrenaline, like dark souls is hard but in a way that you even laugh when you die and there comes the urge to try it again and again until you master it.
    Story is minimal but so well done! with a secret ending explaining things further more, is like a Lynch movie in the coherence department. The artstyle is beautiful with a strong neon 80´s influence.

    THE MUSIK!!! maybe the best thing along the gameplay, THATS HOW VIDEOGAME MUSIC HAS TO SOUND!
    Now videogame music sounds like straight from a movie, i love the electronic identity of old videogames, this one has many styles from many artists mostly 80s and late 90s with some electro, synth pop, techno, house influenced music thrown in, is a triumph and best soundtrack of the year no doubt!

    The 10 goes to every part of the game, its a shame how many games get good scores only because they look amazing, this one deserves every part of the 10, only flaw is that when is over you crave for more.
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  3. Dec 23, 2013
    10
    What makes this game so special is, that I never knew I even wanted to play a game like this, but I found myself utterly unable to put my vitaWhat makes this game so special is, that I never knew I even wanted to play a game like this, but I found myself utterly unable to put my vita down.
    The immediacy of the game play, the speed at which deaths can occur, both the player and the victims of his murderous rampage.
    An ultra violent, relentless assault on the senses, it comes at you with one of the best sound tracks ever put to video games, thumping base and electronic beats fill your ears (make sure you wear head phones for this) as you take what ever weapons you can lay your hands on to dispatch who ever stands in your way.
    A near dream like quality to the overall feel of the game add a layer of near psychotic desperation to everything, it is death, restart, death restart all in the blink of an eye. You are not some super power solider who can heal by hiding for a few seconds, you will die, you will die lots and you just keep going as the twisted story plays out before your eyes.
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  4. Dec 31, 2013
    9
    At first glance, I rolled my eyes when I saw the graphics since I’ve played plenty of “retro” type downloadable games only to be disappointed.At first glance, I rolled my eyes when I saw the graphics since I’ve played plenty of “retro” type downloadable games only to be disappointed. This one is actually pretty fun. There is definitely a learning curve and it will take some time to learn the “style” of the game like knowing the advantages/disadvantages of the various masks and weapons. There is a ton of trial and error to passing the level, which actually makes the game incredibly fun. Each level gets increasingly more difficult and there are plenty of unlockables. For the cost of a few bucks, it is definitely worth the cost. Expand
  5. Feb 20, 2016
    9
    This game is one of the best portable games of all time. The action is fast paced and fun but the game is more than just an a top down shootThis game is one of the best portable games of all time. The action is fast paced and fun but the game is more than just an a top down shoot em up because it requires thinking, you can not just walk up to the enemies, you have to stratagize and think out a plan. The story is also fantatastic (if you pay attention) and the lore is very deep when you look into it. It is best played on the vita in my opinion because the controls feel natural. The game is easy to learn and very difficult to master. The reason it does nit get a 10/10 is because it can feel repetitive and some levels like the hospital level are unfair. Expand
  6. Jul 1, 2013
    8
    Let me start out by saying I enjoy this game, and I never played the computer version. Also this game is EXTREMELY FUN! I don't understand theLet me start out by saying I enjoy this game, and I never played the computer version. Also this game is EXTREMELY FUN! I don't understand the story that much, but what i get is that you have to kill everybody in the house without dying. Now the people with shotguns are WAY to good, they get me every single time. It's frustrating, but fun. Also to get an A+ grade seems nearly impossible. That may be why I eventually give up on this game. They make it so hard, that it is frustrating. Also the $10 price is nice, and even though it is cross buy, I really don't see myself playing this too much on my ps3. It is best on the vita.

    PROS: great price, platinum trophy, cross buy and cross save, lots of replay value, fun gameplay
    CONS: Extremely hard to beat levels, also hard to get A+ grades which makes the platinum trophy extremely hard, and frustration makes you want to give up.
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  7. Jan 5, 2021
    3
    Don't buy this unless you like extremely hard annoying repetition I played up to chapter 10 I thought it would get better, it got worse.

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