Excerpt: Hotline: Miami is Dennaton Games’ first stab at the gaming world and while the stab may not be a big one, it certainly leaves players remembering the wound. The game features a pixelated “retro” style which is all too common among indie developers. However, this could quite possibly the first game in which the style has any right to be there. It’s filled to the brim with 80’s charm from its music, right down to its weapon choices.
Excerpt: I still remember the moment I fell in love with Hotline Miami . Early in the game, after completing your first hit, your unnamed character hits his knees and throws up in the back of an alley, presumably because of the carnage he's just witnessed. It was here that the game showed that underneath the loads of violence and retro style, Hotline Miami has heart.
Conclusion: Each level in Hotline Miami begins with a choice – which rubber animal mask will you wear? Pixelated, haunting renditions of a variety of animals are represented. Dog, insects, donkeys. Which would you prefer? It’s a powerful and completely cosmetic decision that blends simple, fast action mechanics and surrealist narrative to an incredible accumulation.
Excerpt: Hotline: Miami turned out to be one of the most pleasurable indie game surprises of last year, and while people are getting plenty excited about the just-announced sequel, the porting of the game to new platforms is getting even more people into this fantastic, bloody action game. Hotline: Miami on the PS Vita uses some fairly tight controls to deliver the same solid experience PC gamers have already enjoyed, and the console's high-res screen delivers all of the bright...
Summary: Putting it bluntly, right up front, 'Hotline Miami' is a true enigma of a game, representing simultaneously both the best of indie game design and the worst. Released in late 2012, the game became a quiet hit through digital distribution. The appeal to most was simple: laced with a hyperkinetic 16-bit inspired retro design, 'Hotline Miami' offered a stripped down, top-down view, ultra-violent beat-em-up borrowing heavily in tone and theme from a number of films and...
Excerpt: It's no question that the indie game movement is growing at a rapid pace. New indie games come out nearly every day, even if you never even hear about most of them. Those that get passed over tend to feature a striking visual style or a unique game mechanic but ultimately offer shallow gameplay. Once in a while, though, an indie game comes along that promises the total package - a rich experience that fuses style and substance in a refreshing way.
Excerpt: I should feel worse about all this. I've sliced throats with broken bottles, beaten in heads with golfclubs, and cut through all sorts of blood, guts and tissue to eviscerate fat guys with a shotgun. I've murdered dogs, and gouged out eyeballs. I've thrown knives through windows and sprayed a sprinkler of hot lead into rooms full of goons. I've killed so very, very many people.
Review: Hotline Miami brings its neon decadence to PSN
1 January 2013
Excerpt: When Hotline Miami launched for the PC last year, it quickly garnered critical acclaim for its challenging action-stealth gameplay, richly colored pixelated art style, and magnificent soundtrack. The game was a true spectacle, mixing a bunch of outstanding elements together to create a wonderful package of delightfully disturbing themes and brutally violent imagery.
Summary: It’s tough to say if Hotline Miami is worth the money. I certainly loved it and wouldn’t feel ripped off if I paid the $10 cost out of my own pocket, but the presence of frustrating boss-battles and lack of configuration options really turned me off. We’d pillory a AAA developer for such oversights; should we give an indie dev a pass simply because of his or hers “indie” status? You’ll make your own decision about that, but I’m going to say yes, it is worth the money.