I feel like lately I’ve been on a downward slump with games. After Bioshock: Infinite (yes, I keep bringing that game up because it’s GREAT!) I haven’t found many new releases that have caught my eye. Besides, we’re in that weird downtime between new generations and while I anxiously await my Playstation 4 pre-order, I need something to play in the in-between, or my life just doesn’t feel complete.
I might have just insulted myself with that title.
But really, I was not expecting the kind of story that Hotline Miami brings to the table. When I got into the game, my first thought was, “top down, violent beat-em up that has puzzle like qualities and is stylistically ripped from the 80s? Cool.” Actually, my real thought was probably just “wow, beating up these dudes is oddly validating,” but you get the point.