Review: Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami

Crime pays. In the form of entertainment that is, the entertainment you get from playing Hotline Miami. That is, of course, if you are not afraid of restarting a game, many, many times.

Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is a 2D top-down action video game about brutal, bloody murder.
You put on a mask, enter a building, kill everything in sight (including the dogs) and move on to the next floor until everything is dead, and you go back to your vehicle, leaving behind a building filled with corpses, blood on the floor, the walls, brains and intestines splattered all over the place. Now, this does sound extremely brutal, and it is, but given the retro style graphics, I think it sounds worse than it looks.

You can play Hotline Miami by running into a building and recklessly shooting and cutting your enemies up, or you can choose to go at it a bit more carefully, thinking about what you’re doing. However you choose play it, you will end up restarting the level several times by pressing the R-key. Hotline Miami is challenging, and some levels are simply so hard that you’ll end up restarting ten, twenty, thirty times before getting the job done.

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Hotline Miami Controls

You use the W, A, S, D keys to walk around, and you will use your mouse to aim your character into the right direction. This may take some getting used to, but it’s perfectly do-able. Use the Shift key to look further and the middle mouse button (scroll wheel) to lock onto an enemy. Click the middle mouse button again to unlock. When an enemy is knocked out, be sure to stand over him and use the space bar to finish him by bashing his head in or gauging his eyes out.
When you die, you use the R-key to restart the level on your current floor and have fun trying again, until you either make it or exit the game until your frustration fades away before you will want to get back in there to give it another go. And trust me, you will want to.

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Hotline Miami Graphics

Hotline Miami has a great visual style. The game is pixelated and 2D, with vividly colored graphics, giving you a late 80’s look & feel.

Hotline Miami Music

It’s nothing new that some games come with amazing soundtracks, and Hotline Miami is one of those games. The background music in certain levels caught my attention and interest immediately when playing the game.

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Hotline Miami Final Verdict

Rating: 9 out of 10Once you give Hotline Miami a try, it will suck you right in. The gameplay is as straight-forward as can be: kill everyone in the building, which sounds simple enough, but certain levels really take some clever stealth strategies in order to achieve your goal. I’ve never died and restarted as often in a game as I did in Hotline Miami, and although it gets frustrating, I always come back to try again. I have a lot of fun playing Hotline Miami and recommend everyone to give it a try. The visualization style may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and if it isn’t, don’t let it stop you from trying this game. There’s more to a game than good looking graphics, after all.