Addiction, difficulties, and fun? It must be Hotline Miami!

By: James Reid

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If you ever wanted a game that is fast-paced, confusing, eminently difficult, yet extremely addicting and fun, then Hotline Miami is the game for you. Hotline Miami is 2D top-down action game released by Dennaton Games in October 2012. The game is available for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, PC, Mac, and Linux.

For starters, the story in this game makes almost no sense—but that only contributes to the fun and lore of this game. The story seems simple at first but as the game progresses, it gets crazier and crazier until it really doesn’t any sense at all. However, the story does an exceptional job at keeping the player invested and intrigued, and even presents an alternate ending for those who have found all of the collectables in the game. People love to attempt to figure out unordinary and complex storylines in games and Hotline Miami is no exception to that—having lead to many fan-made theories and analyses of the game.

Next up is the game play, which is both frustrating yet addictive and not in the Flappy Bird kind of way. The game play is consistent in that every chapter features multiple stages where you go into a building, have to fight a floor of enemies using a combination of melee weapons, guns, and your own fists to do so. The game, however, does not ever feel repetitive. By adding in twists in the chapter’s layouts, the wide range of weapons to use, and the different unlockable masks you can wear to gain new and unique attributes, there’s always a new way to approach each stage. The game can be very frustrating. For instance, if you die, you need to restart from the beginning of the stage with no check point. However, it’s addicting and entertaining to try to create and execute a strategy to beat each stage.

Finally, for those who are looking to get their money’s worth, game-time wise, you will not be disappointed! Although the game is fairly short and can be completed in less than 5 hours on the first run, it does have a lot of replay value. The game not only has different masks and weapons you can unlock by replaying and exploring levels, but it also has collectable puzzle pieces that add an alternate ending to the game. There are many other additions, including Trophies and Achievements, adding to the overall content of the game. For the $10 price tag—or lower if on sale—it is definitely worth the money and worth checking out.

Score: 8/10

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