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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.

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