Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
If you haven’t played the original Hotline Miami yet, then you’ve been missing out on one of the most fiendishly addictive top down shooters in recent memory, and one that was punctuated by what may well have been the best video game soundtrack of all time... until now.
While focusing on Hotline Miami 2’ s music before delving into the nuts and bolts of the game might seem a little backwards, it’s difficult to adequately explain just how awesome it is without resorting to all kinds of silly superlatives. So I’ll leave it at this: it’s a pumping electronic soundtrack perfectly suited to the on- screen carnage that’s almost certain to put you right into the heat of the moment and accentuate your experience. The gameplay here is much as it was in the original, with only a few alterations made to what was a winning formula to begin with. Players control the action using a standard twin- stick system, with the left stick controlling your movement, and the right controlling your aim. If you’re new to this kind of system it can be a little jarring at first, particularly since this is anything but a sophisticated title technically, but when it all comes together you’ll feel right at home. The biggest change over the original is the fact that many of the levels are so much grander in scope. They still look absolutely awful, but they dramatically change the gameplay dynamics, forcing players to be a lot more cautious in their approach lest they be gunned down from outside their field of view. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is every bit is disturbing as the original, with plenty of gore, an untold number of brutal slayings, sex and drug references throughout and a plot that’s more twisted than a French braid - but it’s a game for adults who like that kind of silly behaviour, and as such it’s not afraid to play its over the top nature up, and that doesn’t stop it being fantastic.