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 .
Summary: 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! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Summary: On the PlayStation 3, Hotline Miami delivers an unforgettable adventure starring an obedient serial killer. Unfortunately, this home console port feels too loose and pulling off certain moves can be painful. It's occasionally infuriating, but that doesn't keep Hotline Miami from being one of the most exciting games to hit the PlayStation 3 in a long time! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
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.
Conclusion: Thus Hotline Miami is a total – perhaps uncomfortably comprehensive – look back at retro gaming. It encompasses the audiovisual elements, the neon graphics and low-rez music, and the joyous bloodiness of early shooters. But at the same time it also encompasses how dehumanising and routine the old games were – how the violence was immature and gratuitous and just a way of dressing up limited gameplay mechanics with visceral feedback to actions.
Excerpt: Hotline Miami doesn’t make excuses for what it is, but through wise use of both action and puzzle elements, it manages to make you feel that even when you lose, you don’t want to stop playing.
Pros: Addictive gameplay, tough but fair
Cons: A bit lacking in extra modes once the main game is done
Conclusion: Concept: A fast-paced, top-down action game set in the dark heart of the criminal underworld with tons of style and repetitive gameplay
Graphics: Hotline’s 8-bit inspired design has more visual style than Don Johnson from Miami Vice
Sound: The off-kilter digital synth does a phenomenal job of setting the mood for the eerie tone
Playability: Clunky controls and cheap deaths make playing through many of Hotline’s levels a chore
Entertainment: Finishing each level is highly...
Excerpt: Hotline Miami is a game built on death. Most games are, sure, but not quite on this scale. A top-down sort-of shooter with a very retro sense of style, it puts you in the shoes of a masked hitman at the tail end of the 80s. Each level starts you in a building packed with armed thugs and gives you one simple objective: Everything inside must die. What follows is messy to say the least.