The Hong Kong Massacre is a game that will leave you with vivid memories. The awesome stunts you pulled off, the impossible feats you were able to achieve, and the crazy killing sprees will all stick in your mind. It is a game that perfectly executes on a vision and offers some of the most gratifying few hours you can find in gaming today.
The Hong Kong Massacre is an intense and spectacular shoot-’em-up with a stylish slow-motion hook. While some corners have been cut in terms of its presentation and boss fights, those issues are easy to overlook when the core gunplay is so fiercely challenging, unashamedly violent, and relentlessly enjoyable.
There's no need for this game to be as good as Hotline Miami. It's a great addition to the genre. Hotline Miami is indeed a masterpiece and has a depth that The Hong Kong Massacre lacks. But it is a great game nonetheless. The slow motion is a great gimmick that almost kills the gameplay. Once you get the hang of it the game gets too easy. So much that the middle part of the game feels repetitive. Only in the last part of the game the difficulty increases (the number of enemies and the challenging angles you need to use to kill them) and the fun is back. You lack the visibility you have in Hotline Miami, since you cannot move the map around you at all and the environment can be confusing at times but I guess it was intended this way as part of the difficulty. All in all a great game.
At a first glance The Hong Kong Massacre
appears to be nothing more than a Hotline
Miami clone. However, beneath
its samey exterior the game
differentiates itself with some
quirky mechanics that make
it a real blast to play. [Issue#160, p.89]
The Hong Kong Massacre's inspiration is clear, but unfortunately, it doesn't have the gameplay, the personality, or the energy to stand alongside it. The slow-mo shooting can be fun, but with tough enemies and a janky dodge manoeuvre, you'll more often than not be frustrated by death after death. With a little more polish, it could've been an entertaining romp, but as it stands, redeeming qualities are few and far between.
The story is nonexistent however the action is addictive. This game is two levels above Hotline Miami with the dodge and slow down time mechanics. The trophies involve being able to beat this game without using these mechanics which seems almost impossible.
If you liked Hotline Miami then you’ll love this game. It’s great at what it is trying to be. Just a fun and addictive game, while at the same time admittedly frustrating.
I created an account just to review this game. Firstly, I loved Hotline Miami 1 and 2. Very difficult but very rewarding and quirky. The best way to describe it, and I'm stealing from another interview is "Hong Kong Massacre is the younger brother of Hotline Miami, who is really really good looking ". The game is fun but lacks the polish of Hotline Miami. Looks nice though. Lot of weird clipping issues.
The Hong Kong Massacre is like Hotline Miami but in a more grounded realistic setting. It is fast, bloody and often difficult. You kill with one bullet and got killed by one single gun shot. You can upgrade your guns which helps you to get a better rating for previous levels, so you can upgrade them even more. Level design is really nice, you have multiple options to master it and the music always drives you to new heights.
An unique shooter experience but prepare to die. Often. Very often.
Story is pretty much non-existing and hit detection of the shotgun sometimes a pain in the ... I had to lower the score from 9 to 7.
Just replay Hotline Miami. This game plays like a Great Value version of that anyway. The only issue is they devs forgot to make it fluid, fun, or even interesting. It has that lazy barebones feeling that other indies such as Skater XL also have. Not worth any amount of money, maybe worth looking at if you find it on a subscription service but at the end of the day, it's just not fun.
SummaryInspired by classic action movies, The Hong Kong Massacre places you at the centre of a hard-boiled revenge story, filled with brutal, cinematic shootouts and vivid underworld locations. Take on the role of a former police detective bent on exacting vengeance for his partner's murder and use of a mixture of raw firepower, slow-motion and...