Summary: Pointing a gun and firing comes easy in videogames. Ethics and morals never factor in during those moments of decision and there certainly isn’t any remorse. These are virtual bullets reserved for virtual enemies, after all. This thoughtless violence has become central to many game narratives as of late, including Dishonored , Spec Ops: The Line , and now Hotline Miami .
Excerpt: , a retro top-down action production that pays homage to the mindless insanity of yesteryear. The main character is almost as faceless as the hordes of enemies he dispatches in grisly 8-bit bloody fashion. The story is absurd; apparently, the guy gets these strange messages on his answering machine asking him to embark on mass murder sprees. So he goes and does it. Why? What are his motives? No idea.
Excerpt: I would like to apologize up front, but I do not like Hotline Miami . I know that's an unpopular opinion, but having just finished it I can't really think of that much good to say about it, at least not enough to balance out the things I didn't enjoy. I'd like to think that maybe I'm just not the target audience for such a hyper-violent game, but I've never had a problem with even the most violent games that, say, Rockstar has put out.
Conclusion: On the PS Vita, Hotline Miami delivers an unforgettable adventure starring an obedient serial killer. The controls are tight and the system's touchscreen makes all the difference. It's occasionally infuriating, but that doesn't keep Hotline Miami from being one of the most exciting games to hit the PS Vita in a long time!
Conclusion: At the end of the day, Hotline Miami's simple, quick gameplay, though frustrating, is kept fresh by the level design and unique fighting style it delivers. It's definitely deeper than your average action game, and not as straightforward as it appears.
Excerpt: The thing that I love most about indie games is that you rarely know what to expect. These studios are the incubators for innovation in our industry. That is definitely the case with Hotline Miami, a game that takes 2D sprites and combines it with the core combat system of old-school Grand Theft Auto. Of course violence is not the appeal: Hotline only uses it to advance a story, combining it masterfully with strategic gameplay elements.