Pubblicata: 19 dicembre
Hotline Miami is not just an old school game .
It's also a piece of art . Despite I'm not a fan of excessive violence , I absolutely loved that game , for various reasons .
First thing first , the gameplay . The most important part of anygame . Here it's simple : View from above , mouse to aim and shoot , key to move . Simple ? Not really , because the game is EXTREMELY difficult - even a bit Try'n'die at some moments (at my third hour of playing , I had 901 deaths . Duh .) It's up to you to choose wether to go full melee and try not to be spotted or to go loud - which is ultra dangerous , though rewarding in term of combos if you manage to kill many ennemies quickly . Note that the weapons have extremely limited ammo - 6 shotgun bursts and you have to drop it , for exemple . There are also various element that might surprise you : windows through you can shoot -and mostly get shot- , events , etc . Any stage has it difficulties , but to make the thing more diversified , there are a lot of mask with different effects on the gameplay : One will make door stomping fatal to ennemies , one will give you more ammo ... It's up to you to discover .
Second thing , the scenario and ambiance . It's like a psychological thriller happening in Miami , covered in shadows from the very begining , and staying obscure even though it brightens over the time . The more the game progress and the more ... Well , I'm not gonna spoil , but it's worth a try . This kind of scenery in a place like 80's Miami feels quite disturbing - though unique in a certain way .
Third thing that diserves to be noted is the amazing OST . No less than 9 artists composed the tracks of the game , mostly 80's techno and some few tracks of psychedelic music . And it's just a pleasure for the ears that manages to fit with the bloodbathes you're going to generate .
There's a lot of secrets to unlock , different ways to finish the mission depending the mask you take , and the score system will might you try even harder to do the perfect run . So in term of replayability , the game is good .
To make short : Don't hesitate , buy it .