Hotline Miami

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Developed by Dennaton Games, composed of Jonatan Söderström and Dennis Wedin and published by Devolver Digital and was released in 2012 for PC, 2013 for OS X, PS3, PSVita and Linux, 2014 for PS4 and 2015 for Android. So why am I not adding an introduction? Because it makes more sense than this game. If you want drugs, ultraviolence, NES Hardness, a strange fondness of 80’s Miami and a story David Lynch would be proud of, then stay tuned.

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Plot? What plot, plot doesn’t matter, you play as a silent protagonist named Jacket who gets phone calls asking him to kill people, there are three masked people and whatever they say doesn’t matter, there’s a bit where you save a woman but that doesn’t matter because she dies anyway, there is no rhyme or reason to this and it’s up to you to figure out what this story is about and why you do these killings.

So for most of the chapters you start by waking up in your apartment and you pick up the phone to do an ambiguous job, just doing errands, though it’s a metaphor for ‘go to a building and KILL EVERYONE. When going to a level, you will pick a mask, whilst the default mask is a chicken; other masks you can unlock will give you special abilities. So you go around killing mobsters and what not…before they kill you. I think the enemy AI is smarter than any enemy from a AAA game because if they see you, they will kill you, if they have a gun and they see you, they will shoot you, but you can outsmart them by using melée weapons and guns, you can either stealth your way through levels or gun them down relentlessly, you have it your way and it makes for a different game experience.

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This game is relentlessly difficult…BUT you can beat it, I manage to, but mostly all you do is just kill people, you are mostly in a room killing people, but if you die; you restart from the beginning of the room, it’s one of the most trial and error games I’ve ever played and I played Mirror’s Edge. I recommend playing this in short bursts because repetition can happen and because I did this, I enjoy the game more, but because of the trial and error style gameplay, it can get very stressful, you really need to take breaks when playing this.

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The graphics have a dirty, vibrant and pixel art, my favourite type of art. The game is really violent, there will be pixelated blood and gore but I guess no one would complain about it since the gore looks ambiguous and cartoony but realistic enough that it feels artsy. The music is great; it fits so well with the game, though I wish I could talk more about it because it’s not to my palette. The gameplay is very responsive, especially on the Vita and I barely use the Vita, it’s the best port.

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Overall, this game is strange, violent but a fantastic experience, it’s one of those games where you have to turn off your brain because if you want a game with a coherent story, go somewhere else because this is a drug trip in my opinion and if you’ve seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, drug trips never makes sense. This is for gamers who will try anything easy and hard and I guess casuals can play this but in short bursts but it can be difficult but not impossible to beat.

You can get it on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Android.

Rating: Cocaine/Chicken Mask/4.5/5/HAKUNA F****** MOTATA

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