One of the most brutally demanding PC games of the last few years, Hotline Miami is also one of the smartest and deepest. On its surface, it appears to be a simple run-and-gun tribute to old-school GTA; in reality, it’s anything but. Hotline Miami is actually an insanely nuanced stealth assassination game, tasking you with killing your way through building upon building of vicious, unmerciful, razor-sharp enemy AI who’ll be all over you with the one-hit kills the second they get a whiff of your presence.
You have the same insta-kill ability with each of your collectible weapons, from knife, to sword, to pipe, to brick, to pistol, to shotgun, to assault rifle and way, way more. But use the wrong tool in the wrong place--slash with an axe when you should've thrown it--and you’ll be dead before you even realize your error. And if you’re going to fire a gun, you’d better make sure you’re ready to take on everyone within earshot. With lightning fast, iterative gameplay and instant restarts removing the frustration, Hotline Miami is a demanding but zen-like experience, its core gameplay precise and intricate but also accommodating some insanely exhilarating improvisation. Oh, and play it with headphones on. The soundtrack is bloody incredible.
Release date: Summer