Phoning It In: Hotline Miami

Dialling to...meat you. To make you into meat. Meat's a verb now.

If Drive, the ultra-stylish Ryan Gosling biopic, had been set in Vice City and starred a psychopath, it might well have looked like Hotline Miami. Cactus, creator of many weird and wonderful things, is working on the game with graphic artist Dennis Wedin and it looks brilliantly deranged. Devolver Digital clearly think so as well as they’re publishing the top-down carnage simulator.

Hotline Miami is a gritty homage to the 80s, with a storyline as bizarre as it is emotional.

The debut trailer is gritty, 80s and bizarre. Perhaps curiosity and mild discomfort are emotions? Let’s see.

I tend to enjoy Cactus’ work and this could be a properly ambitiously surreal murder simulator of the sort I always hoped he had in him. I reckon that trailer is exactly how Grand Theft Auto the first looked to the Daily Mail when it was released.

Since I’ve mentioned Drive, this is obligatory.

I chose this particular Youtube clip because I didn’t want to inflict out of sequence clips on people who might not have seen the film. If everyone makes it clear that they’ve seen it already, maybe next time you won’t have to look at Gustave Eiffel’s erection.


  1. Cooper says:

    Yay. Cactus.

  2. El Stevo says:

    I’ve been listening to the Drive soundtrack pretty much on loop for the last week, since watching the film.

  3. drlemon says:

    There’s not much i have to say about this, so…


  4. Ultra Superior says:


  5. RobF says:

    This is so good too.

  6. wiper says:

    Ah, Drive. A wonderful soundtrack, currently available for cheaps on Amazon! If you’re American, that is. If not, even with the fakiest of American addresses, it won’t allow you to buy it, as I found to my sadness.

    (for USians who’re curious, it’s available here for $2.99)

  7. Chaz says:

    Reminds me a bit of Dreamweb on the Amiga.

    • noom says:

      Hmm. Glad I’m not the only one that made that connection. Though I didn’t know Dreamweb was released on the Amiga. I played it on PC. Loved that game. Put your shades on at the start and never take them off, despite there being approximately zero sunlight at any point.

  8. Hoaxfish says:

    I watched the trailer while naked, it seems the appropriate thing to do when Cactus is involved.

    Kavinsky – Nightcall is the other favourite from Drive.

    • malkav11 says:

      A Real Hero is certainly a fine song and plays more in the movie than Nightcall, but Nightcall is immediately what I think of when I think of Drive. It’s so, so good.

  9. Shazbut says:

    “If Drive, the ultra-stylish Ryan Gosling biopic, had been set in Vice City and starred a psychopath…”

    He was a psychopath. Also it wasn’t a biopic, unless I’m missing something, which I certainly seem to be when it comes to that film.

  10. freduardo says:

    Mmm, Drive. This game looks interesting, though I hope they also get the story stuff right. The only reason the ol’ ultraviolence in Drive worked so well is because it stood out in stark contrast to the childish humanity of the protagonist. Making the main character a full-on psychopath might be missing the point, though it all depends on how they do it. Still intrigued.

    • Marijn says:

      Uh, you DO know that this game isn’t actually related to Drive in any way, shape or form, right? That’s just one of Adam’s weird tangents.

  11. Junon says:

    Going just off of the trailer, I’m interested for the soundtrack alone. Synths are meant to glow.

    • Gabbo says:

      This, oh so much this. The game looks like it could be interesting but that soundtrack is aural ambrosia.

  12. Stevostin says:

    I am not in that kind of game but somehow I want that one.

  13. Lewie Procter says:

    “If Drive…starred a psychopath”

    Pretty sure it did.

    Edit: Oh, someone already said that.

    • TariqOne says:

      Not to nitpick, but I think under the most common use of the language, in order for Drive to “star” a psychopath, Gosling the actor would need to be a antisocial maniac. Seems like a nice enough kid.

      I’d also take issue with the notion that Drive’s protagonist was a psychopath, but then we’re just arguing interpretations of art and who’s got time to be that pretentious?

      • Demiath says:

        Count me in as a proponent of the view that the Drive protagonist is, like, totally a psychopath. Life is way too short not to be pretentious about things.

  14. kud13 says:

    This looks A LOT like GTA 2.

    that is a good thing.

  15. Kresh says:

    So, can anyone explain why there is an HD version of the “trailer?” It certainly wasn’t for the graphics. Maybe the music?

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      Apparently the sound gets better as well if you increase the image quality, so that’s very well possible.

  16. The Random One says:

    Looks like what Shadows of the Damned and Spec Ops: The Line tried to do, only a million times cheaper, smarter by the same amount, and yet somehow even less subtle.

  17. Dances to Podcasts says:

    Because of the fonts I kept reading the score popup as ‘boopte’. Boopte!