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POSTED 12/7/13


HOTLINE MIAMI

Devolver Digital



Bang! You’re dead.

Bang! You’re dead.

Bang! You’re dead.

Bang! You’re dead.

Bang! You’re dead.

Bang! You’re dead.

Bang! You’re dead.

Bang! You’re dead.

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Imagine Quentin Tarantino sitting down at his Commodore 64 and punching out a videogame. Due to a complete space time continuum meltdown, he’s got Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive playing in the background (on VHS, messing with that time thing even more) while his thoughts turn to Gauntlet and Elevator Action – erm, the latter if it was top-down and had stairs instead of lifts.

That’s kinda Hotline Miami, with oodles of gore, extra dollops of really fucked-up and more pixelated chiptuney faberoonieness than you could poke a SID chip-sporting Amstrad at.

You’re the ovine in-game equivalent of Ryan Gosling. Listen to answering machine, absorb increasingly full-on messages equating to one goal: jump into funky ’80s sports car, motor stylishly to venue and eradicate all life. The splattier the better.

At your disposal is an increasingly murdertational array of weaponry, from bludgeontastic baseball bats and pool cues through to an NRA-member’s wet dream boomstick cavalcade. Or hell, just use your fists or knock out opposing peeps with doors. This is where strategy comes in. Or stragety if you’re Bugs Bunny.

Run silent, run deep and you won’t attract much attention. Assail targets with all guns blazing and you’ll attract more attention than a naked Heather Locklear impersonating Madonna at a Top Gun screening during a Duran Duran concert. These targetesque types are amazingly adept at being accurate, so one slip and you’re dead. Uh-huh – cue complete level restart. Advantage-doling masks help a bit. The operative word being “a bit”. Which is two words. Or a letter and a word. Like, you know, whatever!

This wonderfully ultraviolent throwback to videogames’ days of relative innocence is ace – providing you possess a modicum of patience. If you’re more Riggs than Murtaugh then your brain will quickly pop.

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