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Christ this game is hard
Im only on the first floor of level 3 (Decadence?) and I just keep getting plowed. Any tips and tricks?
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Fire Walk With Me Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:11pm 
Stop overthinking it and act like a crazed killer. Go in fast and start bashing. You'll fail a lot but that is what the game is about. hence the game tip: don't be afraid to die.
urbanriot Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:25pm 
The tips are helpful... use doors to your advantage, lure enemies towards you and bash their skulls in when they come around the corner, run into a room and just start swinging, etc. I'm a big fan of the small knife and just rushing a room and slashing everyone.
Fire Walk With Me Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:29pm 
Small Knife is great. If I'm having trouble with a level I don ye olde Wolf Mask...which the OP doesn't have yet.
Monsieur Hon Hon Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:37pm 
throwing your weapon is a good way of disableling an enemy
you can kill when unarmed if you press space on someone,
hold to constantly swing
use them doors, doors are OP experiment with them
stabwolf Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:40pm 
use melee weapons more than guns, as they are quicker and less likely to draw attention. once you've died enough on a level, you begin to pick up the patterns of enemies and you should use that to your advantage. also, the other guy is totally right: DO NOT over think the game. i noticed that i played best when i really just threw caution to the wind and just plowed through certain sections without a second thought. 9 times out of 10, you will die whenever you do that, but its the 10th time when it all comes together. it is possible to be safe and take out a single enemy at a time, but after a while, it becomes tedious.

also, take advantage of the shift key when aiming! it really does help alot and it helps you to focus around on your environment as well, so you won't get killed in a cheap way by some ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ behind some glass panels.

the game really does reward brazen behavior! the trick is to be one pixel ahead of your enemy. i kinda psych myself up and focus on which person to take out next. the second i lag and dont pay attention to who im trying to kill or where i'm going-BOOM, i'm dead.
stabwolf Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:43pm 
also, be prepared mentally for the few boss bottles; they are simultaneously the hardest AND easiest battles in the entire game. they are beyond cheap, enough to smash your mouse and keyboard against your desk, BUT they are also the most easy to figure out pattern-wise. just remember: one step ahead of the AI. the enemy is fast, but your mind is faster. you just have to get your fingers to cooperate.
see my problem isnt that im overthinking or anything, or trying to go slowly...i rush in, smash, kill, throw, etc. My problem is freakin guys with guns that I cant even reach before they turn around and pop me in one shot
Fire Walk With Me Nov 27, 2012 @ 8:41pm 
For every guy with a gun there is usually a wall where he cant see you or he is a few steps behind your last obvious kill.
For example on Full House (chapter 5) on the 2nd floor you bash the guy taking a wizz, instantly go out the door to break the melee guys neck and then conveniently there is a wall on the right to hide behind while the moving gun guard makes his way towards a bloody end. Be fast and relentless!
Fire Walk With Me Nov 27, 2012 @ 8:43pm 
Also: dont forget sometimes it is smarter to throw a gun, knock the guy down and bash him rather than blast him - bringing the entire house on your head. glhf, Hotline was the best indie game I played all year outside of Torchlight 2.
urbanriot Nov 27, 2012 @ 9:18pm 
Despite what we've all been saying about rushing in and being fast, sometimes you have to wait and see the path the guards take... and then rush in from behind... a few levels have some tricks too.

Also the insides of some buildings have glass so guards can see between rooms... !
stabwolf Nov 27, 2012 @ 9:23pm 
another helpful trick is to lure them towards you. it is cheap to wait behind a door way or a wall, but when you got 20 dudes in a room and more than half are packing and can shoot you from a mile away, your survival instincts kick in and you gotta get down and dirty. luring them is great if you have a knife or other fast swinging melee weapon because you can take out a whole swarm of them if you time it just right. use yourself as bait and they will come running. you just gotta be prepared.
Get Better.
Melody Burst Nov 27, 2012 @ 10:36pm 
Just keep trying. You'll get there! This game is 90% mental! Soon, you'll change your mindset. I started timid, and afraid to open the next door, but now I berzerk in and kill everything! Doors and throwing weapons are your friend. A good strategy is to take out everyone you can closely, and leave the far away ones for the end of the floor, where you blast them with bullets! And remember, guns are only a last resort. Also, throw knives! They can sometimes kill dudes instantly! (Also, always keep a good pipe/bat/melee for dogs!)
All it takes is adrenaline. I'm currently at level 10, and I'm really good at this game.
Last edited by SkillerPenguin | C. Lauret; Nov 28, 2012 @ 1:27pm
HUGE GIANT RAT Nov 28, 2012 @ 1:17pm 
Melee, look around, try and go for big groups first and avoid black people at all costs ( not rasit they just ♥♥♥♥ me up) :P
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Date Posted: Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:02pm
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