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.
Summary: Life is fleeting. Don't take it for granted, because you never know when it will end. At least, that's my takeaway from Hotline Miami. With a quick and painfully brutal death around every corner, it's important to savor the little time you have on this planet. After shocking PC owners with its graphic violence and addictive gameplay, Hotline Miami has finally landed on a home console.
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.
Summary: Hotline Miami is a top-down shooter where you murder everybody you see. You require nothing more than an answering machine message and an address to butcher each and every soul within the game's pixelated, 2D walls. But you're never given a reason for your psychotic actions--the focus is on the joy of murder.
Pros: Outstanding soundtrack, Entrancing visual design, Levels are tough but fair, Gloriously violent
Cons: Awkward controls impede the action, Boss battles can be frustrating