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: 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.
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!
Excerpt: That's the sort of response you'll have playing Hotline Miami, along with a series of four-letter words as the game's unnamed antihero gets shot, sliced, bludgeoned and ripped apart. It's the type of experience where one mistake results in deadly consequences, all because you failed to note the tiniest detail that quickly brought about the character's demise.
Pros: Plenty of gore packed into a retro-flavored package, simple controls, utilizing different masks, intense gameplay.