So, we have had control support ready since launch, although not fully polished. The reason we took it out was that players need updated drivers for the controller to work correctly, the ones that come pre-packed with your controller don't work.
If you would like to try out the game with your Xbox 360 Controller, here's how to do it:
1) Update your drivers here (make sure you get the right ones for your OS!): http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/xbox-360-controller-for-windows#support
2) Put a file named "xbox2" (no file extension!) in your game directory ( Steam\steamapps\common\hotline_miami\ )
3) Make sure your controller is plugged in and calibrated correctly!
4) Now you're ready to launch the game. The controller should be working by the time you reach the start menu (not the steam dialog).
To disable the controller, simply remove the "xbox2" file from your directory and restart the game!
The tutorial doesn't display the correct keys in the current build and you will not be able to re-configure the controls.
Correct controller setup is as follows:
-Start or A to select.
-Back to return or pause the game.
-Left stick to move.
-Right stick to aim.
-Right trigger to shoot.
-Left trigger or right shoulder to pick up.
-A to do a ground kill.
-Press right stick to lock on to nearest enemy.
-Start or A to advance dialogue.
There are some minor annoyances with the controls currently that we will do our best to smooth out. Feedback is very welcome and will help us get everything right!
PS. If your controller is not plugged in correctly before launching the game or the game cannot find it for some reason, you will experience massive slow down.