HOTLINE MIAMI

By Alec Meer on October 12th, 2012 at 3:00 pm.

HOTLINE MIAMI

HOTLINE MIAMI

IT IS OUT ON OCTOBER 23. YOU CAN PREORDER IT NOW FOR LIKE SIX QUID.

IT LOOKS LIKE THIS

THIS TRAILER IS NSFW, AND NOT FOR YOUNG

YOU’RE GONNA DIE

And wear something fancy, won’t you?

New fat bloke then, eh?

All being well, I shall be wotting my thinks all over this muddy-funstser in the near future. If you thought the year had reached its apex now Dishonored and XCOM are with us, then you thought wrong, sunshine.

And oh my word, I just realised they’ve actually put my (deliberately) abysmally-Photoshopped Game of The Show trophy on their website. If anyone buys the game as a result of seeing that horror, I’ll eat my pants.

(I keep a pair of pants made of shortcrust pastry just in case of such events).

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  1. Lambchops says:

    It’s going to happen again isn’t it? And so soon after Dark Souls as well. Despite a nagging suspicion that it isn’t for me I’m going to listen to the weight of people saying how great it is and think I at least have to try it then I’m not going to enjoy it and leave it sitting on the shelf (well, the metaphorical digital shelf, anyway).

    I just bloody know it’s going to happen, no self restraint me.

    Alternatively I might buy it and think it’s really good, it has been known to happen too!

    • mrwonko says:

      Don’t worry, you’ll be able to try it for free! A demo is coming, possibly even before release (depending on how busy the developers are with last minute fixes). (Shit, I sound like a PR person. I’m just really hyped for this. :D)

    • Synesthesia says:

      you left dark souls sitting in the shelf? The heresy! What kind of build were you making before you ran away with you face buried in your hands, tears trickling down?

      • Phantoon says:

        I actually fell victim to apathy, myself.

      • derbefrier says:

        lol I always tell people to go for high strength, endurance builds for the first time through. you can wear most heavy armor so you can take a hit and the added endurance mean you can block more than a couple attacks before getting slapped around like a bitch. Hell on my dude now at SL 120 with 50 strength and around 40 endurance plusr a minor in faith theres nothing in the game I cant just stand there and laugh at PvE wise. PvP wise people need to learn to stand still so i can one shot them with my big slow club. bunch of monkeys constantly trying to lag stab me

      • Lambchops says:

        To be honest distraction by FTL was a factor too!

        I was going for agility and dodging ability rather than brute strength and the ability to soak a bit more damage but considering how often I was letting myself get hit this was probably an error.

        Anyway, a demo for Hotline Miami sounds like just the ticket, the ability to make up my mind for free is always is appreciated.

  2. Hoaxfish says:

    This Goddamn music

  3. 1Life0Continues says:

    I like some of the ‘critical’ reaction to this game.

    Some quotes (with corrected spelling, because I like my IQ)

    “This looks like crap.”
    “Why did they make this piece of sh*t? It’s not the 1990′s anymore.”
    “It looks like a sh***y GTA1 clone. No sale.”

    And other insightful comments.

    This looks both fun and frustrating. Like a 16bit, real-time version of Frozen Synapse without the horrible wubwub soundtrack (which is about all I hated about FS to be fair) but all of the hair-pulling. I might pick it up if I’m feeling particularly masochistic.

    • SanguineAngel says:

      hahah GTA 1 was my favourite GTA by far

    • emotionengine says:

      Ahem! Frozen Synapse’s music =/= “wubwub”. (I just can’t bear to see that term – as silly as it is – carelessly thrown around, sorry.)

      • lordcooper says:

        This comment is wubwub

      • Dys Does Dakka says:

        Just logged in to say that.

        Monsieur OP is certainly allowed to not like FS’ soundtrack -and I’m allowed to think he’s a tasteless oaf for it-, but it is by NO stretch of the definition a “wubwub”/brostep soundtrack.

    • jayc4life says:

      The soundtrack is one of the things I loved the most about Frozen Synapse. It still gets played fairly regularly on my iPod. It certainly wasn’t dubstep, because if it was, I’d loathe it with a fiery passion.

    • 1Life0Continues says:

      Okay. I apologise for the ‘wubwub’ comment. It was wrong of me to transplant the ‘wubwub’ sounds in ‘Welcome to Markov Geist’ across the whole album.

      Still, I’m not a fan of the music, even though it fits the game quite well I suppose. I tend to just mute it and throw on some MDM or folk metal.

      But the music is ancillary to the game anyway.

  4. MistyMike says:

    Looks like somebody tried to remake Dreamweb, only without the adventure game bits

    • DrScuttles says:

      As a wee laddie, I used to love Dreamweb. But then I also liked Nightbreed: The Interactive Movie.
      Dreamweb will always remain, in my mind at least, a bleakly atmospheric classic soaked in both style and substance. Pity that each infrequent replay reminds me how flawed a game it really is.

    • Dominic White says:

      I think Dreamweb forgot it’s own adventure game bits. The solution to two thirds of the puzzles was ‘Use Gun On X’, where ‘X’ is most commonly ‘Man’.

      • MistyMike says:

        But on some occasions the player also had to shoot electronic panels, turrets, doors etc. so there was some variety in the ‘puzzles’!

  5. jackthename says:

    That is a disturbing trailer. Now I want to question the role of violence in videogames and I LIKE violent video games. But not gore-porn. Luckily, the game itself looks gamey and actiony and not full of staring bloody corpses…

    • Donjo says:

      I quite like the 80′s cocaine lunatic greed is good nightmare aesthetic. I hope it has that disturbing visceral edge they’re presenting.

    • The Random One says:

      This is the opposite of gore porn.

    • cspkg says:

      This is gore porn, IMHO. Not my cup of tea, but to each his own, I guess. I can see the appeal of the *perfect* plan, but I don’t buy in, for one second, to the violence of it all (even if it is cartoony and OTT).

  6. kwyjibo says:

    Fucking love that trailer, found myself laughing along to it in excitement.

    No way it would have got past the ASA. Thank you internet.

  7. Kestrel says:

    Best trailer ever.

  8. Ian says:

    WARFACE.

  9. DickSocrates says:

    RPS has a strong relationship with Eurogamer. The whole Rezzed thing, being British etc. Probably other stuff I don’t know about. Denaton also seem to have some kind of relationship with Eurogamer, probably based on all the favourable press they get from them.

    Eurogamer is affiliated (somehow; owner?) with Get Games Go. From Get Games Go, it has been possible to pre-order Hotline Miami for about 3 weeks.

    If you pre-order from Get Games Go you get a bonus map based on the Eurogamer Expo venue, where Hotline Miami was shown a couple of weeks ago. The same show where RPS awarded Hotline Miami with the Rezzed Indiecade game of the show.

    Buying the game from GGG gets you a Steam Code.
    It’s also available from Gog. I don’t know what you get but I heard there is some different bonus stuff.

    So, in this article, RPS links directly to the Steam page. No mention of GGG, no mention of the Eurogamer bonus level.

    *scratches head*

    • mrwonko says:

      Shh! Only cool people who do their research (like us) get that!

      Fun fact: When I preordered on get Games Go it was cheaper than it would’ve been on Steam (in €) as well. So much win.

    • LickingABeluga says:

      But it does mention shortcrust pastry…

    • elfbarf says:

      I wish I would’ve known about this; I pre-ordered on Steam last night so I guess I’ll be missing out on all of the bonus stuff. This is precisely why retailer-specific pre-order DLC is a terrible concept.

      I’m surprised that they’d pull something like this with an indie game; it’s normally limited to AAA games.

      • LTK says:

        Why don’t you just cancel your pre-order if you want to get it from somewhere else?

        • elfbarf says:

          I wasn’t aware that you could cancel a Steam pre-order; I guess I’ll look into it.

      • Tiax says:

        You can easily cancel a pre-order and get a refund (as long as the game hasn’t been released yet) with a simple mail.

        That’s what I did after realising that the Steam version didn’t included the bonus map.

    • HothMonster says:

      The background ad they had up here for quite some time did link to GGG. So I guess it is doubly odd they didn’t mention it seeing as they were apparently throwing money at them at some point. Probably because something something Steam lovers something something DRM cartel.

      • elfbarf says:

        I was watching a stream of someone from Devolver Digital last night which led to me pre-ordering it. If I remember correctly, he mostly talked about it being available on Steam though I believe he may have mentioned GOG at one point (I’m sure he didn’t mention GGG).

        Hell, even the guy on Hotline Miami’s twitter account is telling people to buy it on Steam.

        • HothMonster says:

          The have mentioned the GetGames preorder a few times on twitter. I can’t figure out how to link to a tweet but on the 8th he has 4 different tweets mention all the places to buy and mentions the pre-order bonus. I was in and out of that stream and definitely heard mention of the pre-order level and where to get it, someone asked about it while he was in the menu screen and someone else brought it up in chat at least once.

          But they could be more blatant about it and I am surprised they are not since getgames was selling pre-orders at least a week before everyone else. Probably has something to do with the no steam no sale mentality a lot of people have, so they push steam more. Though it really doesn’t look like they are pushing steam much more than any other retailer.

          And I see he just told you on twitter that it will be available for all at some point.

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      It was the one-armed man, in the conservatory, with the carrot sticks.

  10. Bilbo1981 says:

    After being bored into a state of rigor mortis by X (watching pain dry) Com I really need some fun and boy does this look like it’s gonna be a whole lotta fun!

    Gotta love the 80s for totally over the top violence and great synth soundtracks.

    Apparently the main inspiration for the game has come from the movie Drive which I’d reccomend to anyone who enjoys this kind of stuff :)

    • wodin says:

      What that turn based cover shooter? The game thats difficult because they restrict you i.e can’t carry a grenade if you have a medkit rather than being difficult because you have a wealth of options and equipment and stances and other tactical loveliness, the game that could have been more complex (Combat 2.0) and the old XCom players loved it but the lead designer thought it was to complex for the modern game audience etc etc? The game that has no real LOS and you can shoot through Cars and walls and various other things? What that XCom..it bored you!? Shocking.

      (Having said all that it isn’t a bad game, it’s a good one. Though it doesn’t deserve the hype and praise it’s getting. As a tactical wargame nut I find some issues unforgivable in a tactical game like the awful LOS).

      BTW. This looks cool though, however someone was moaning about the graphics in Cubeworld..now this is old school graphics that for me have no real charm. Still it’s the gameplay thats what counts.

      • Machinations says:

        My Classic Ironman game (second one, after losing the first) save file corrupted; and I just got two top level PSI operatives and was pretty much at endgame. I was disappointed.

        A full playthrough has given me time to assess the game on it’s merits, and while still happy with my purchase, there are a large number of issues that could certainly stand some improving ; and some rather annoying bugs, especially with LOS.

  11. qrter says:

    I will be looking foward to the inevitable gaming diary.

  12. Muzman says:

    This seems even more likely to turn my stomach and give me a thousand yard stare than Spec Ops.

  13. SonicTitan says:

    That’s an incredible trailer; the edge on this game is razor sharp.

    It’s interesting to me that no one has mentioned the obvious Cronenberg influences; Cosmopolis, Videodrome, maybe even The Fly. If Cronenberg makes films about man’s relationship with violence and television, then this is a game about our relationship with violence and video games.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      I saw more of a grindhouse/torture porn influence there.

    • qrter says:

      I love Cronenberg’s work, and I have no idea why you’d think of him in regards to this game (or its trailer).

  14. caddyB says:

    Uh oh, I think their website crashed.
    This can only be a good thing, I guess.

  15. ffordesoon says:

    I love the way this game looks. It’s like Loaded and Reloaded as I remember them rather than how they actually were.

    I love the aesthetic, too. Coked-up Eighties grindhouse fever dream as hallucinated by Suda 51. Love.

    (Incidentally, Suda 51 would probably sell more copies of his games if he put “as hallucinated by” on the cover.)

  16. Hodge says:

    Will we get a diary of the making of the shortcrust pastry pants?

  17. Lokik says:

    The top down perspective and violence reminds me of the old Finnish Tapan kaikki (“I Kill Everyone”) freeware DOS games which all Finnish 90s PC gamer kids should remember. Definitely going to check this one out.