Hotline Miami

Developed by independent studio Dennaton Games, a brutal retro-style action game resembling the classic first installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. The action takes place during the 80s in the titular Miami. The main hero is a muscular ruffian who after receiving mysterious calls recorded on an answering machine commits a series of violent acts. Missions come down to murdering everyone in a given location. The protagonist can execute stealth attacks as well as engage in open combat. There are 35 types of firearms (pistols, shotguns, rifles) and weapons for close combat (knives, crowbars, baseball bats). The game also introduces special animal masks, which give the hero unique abilities. Even though the game features old-school graphics, it is filled with huge amounts of brutality, making it suitable only for adult players.

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PC / Windows
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Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami | PC

Hotline Miami release date for PC:

game language:
English

23 October 2012 | Worldwide

23 October 2012 | Europe

23 October 2012 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 1764 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.2 / 10 calculated out of 11 players' votes.  

PlayStation Vita
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Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami | PS Vita

Hotline Miami release date for PS Vita:

game language:
English

25 June 2013 | Worldwide

26 June 2013 | Europe PAL

25 June 2013 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.7 / 10 calculated out of 1021 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.7 / 10 calculated out of 59 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 3
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Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami | PS3

Hotline Miami release date for PS3:

game language:
English

25 June 2013 | Worldwide

26 June 2013 | Europe PAL

25 June 2013 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.5 / 10 calculated out of 895 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.5 / 10 calculated out of 63 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
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Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami | PS4

Hotline Miami release date for PS4:

game language:
English

19 August 2014 | Worldwide

20 August 2014 | Europe PAL

19 August 2014 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.6 / 10 calculated out of 450 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 4.1 / 10 calculated out of 121 players' votes.  

Android OS
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Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami | Android

Hotline Miami release date for Android:

game language:
English

27 May 2015 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size:
Game score 8.3 / 10 calculated out of 290 players' votes.  

Hotline Miami published on PC / Windows is created by a talented Swedish author of untypical independent games – Jonatan Söderström, also known as “Cactus” and a musician called Dennis Wedin from a band called Fuckin Warewolf ASSO. Together, as Dennation Games, they created a game which strongly resembles the first Grand Theft Auto.

Gameplay

The action takes place in Miami during the 80s. The plot revolves around mysterious calls recorded on the protagonist’s answering machine which convince him to committing violent murders. You are in control of a muscular thug who goes through over 20 multi-stage levels. His quests usually limits to murdering every opponent in a given location. The player needs to skilfully choose between stealth actions and open combat with large groups of enemies. As there is a huge number of armed opponents, you can choose from 35 types of weapons, like pistols, rifles, shotguns, knives, baseball bats, crossbars, and – as the last resort the protagonist’s fists. The fast pace of action imposes clever altering between firearms and melee weapons. Apart from that, the game features special animal masks – there are 25 of them, each granting unique abilities, which significantly change the nature of the gameplay. Every act of murder earns you points. Combat is extremely difficult, as the hero dies after just one shot. Therefore, the player needs to stay on high-alert all the time and figure out the way of eliminating enemies and not getting hit. Simple retro visuals strongly resemble those of the first GTA. The camera is set high above the head of the hero and the surroundings are seen from top-down perspective.

Technical aspects

The story is told by “talking heads” – a popular element in older productions – which perfectly fits 16-bit graphics. Animations are extremely brutal – the protagonist not only shoots enemies, but also can attack them with a baseball bat or a knife as well as boot them. Bullets tear opponents to pieces and floors, walls, ceilings, and dead bodies are soaked with blood. With its style, Hotline Miami for PC / Windows refers to 80s – Miami is bathed in neon lights and sharp colours. The soundtrack, which has already become cult among the fans of the franchise, is also worth mentioning: the songs provided by various artist combine modern electronic music with the classic vibe of the 80s.

Age Rating

age requirements: 18+

System requirements

Recommended: Pentium 4 1.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM (2 GB RAM - Vista/7), graphic card 128 MB (GeForce 6600 or better), 250 MB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7

Hotline Miami Cinematic trailer

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