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Hotline Miami

1 month ago

Feature: It wasn't all karaoke and killing

Games set in the 1980s don’t need to be painted in neon

I’ve never been myself, but if games have taught me anything about the 80s, it’s that they were wild. Big hair, big clothes, big music – it was all there. If you were to use Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a sole reference for the period, you’d assume that everyone was constantly walking around to the beat of their own pulsing, synth-infused soundtrack. When…

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7 months ago

Feature: The recon is on

What Works And Why: Unfair intel in stealth games

What Works And Why is a monthly column where Gunpoint and Heat Signature designer Tom Francis digs into the design of a game or mechanic and analyses what makes it good. Games about one player character against hundreds of enemies generally have to give you some kind of unfair advantage. In action games, it's usually resilience: getting shot in Call of Duty covers you in…

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1 year ago

Feature: Cheap games for the weekend

Best PC gaming deals of the week

Another week has gone by and with it came the news of Destiny 2, a Witcher TV show and a whole stack of new gaming deals to check out. Conveniently enough, I’m here to take a closer look at that last thing and it’s about the only thing that’s keeping me from playing more Prey. Without further hesitation, let’s go ahead and check out what’s…

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3 years ago

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Have You Played… Hotline Miami?

It seems so familiar now, with a sequel and several imitators behind it, but at the time Hotline Miami was so exciting. What a mix of things! A superb soundtrack, lightning-speed precise controls, a built-in rythym powering the action, a palpable sense of disorientation, breathlessly nasty violence and a throughline of rare subversion.

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Feature: Games for new and lapsed gamers.

The Beginner’s Guide: A Journey Through Genres

One day I'll write a Desert Island Discs about the games I'd keep with me until the end of days, given a choice of ten. It'll no doubt be a Desert Island Digital Downloads given the absence of physical media in my life. I live with the ghosts of entertainment. Rather than compiling the list of games I'd take to the Vault with me though,…

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Feature: Bestest Biffs

The 25 Best Action Games On PC

You probably like action games. But which ones should you like best?! We've narrowed it down to 25, and then put them in the unimpeachably correct order. Read on for details of the best action biff-zap-collect-me-do gaming you can stuff down your trousers.

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4 years ago

Hotline Miami 2 Gets Into The Sequential Art Business

It's difficult to accept that Hotline Miami - the sound of the future - was three long years ago. It's more difficult still to accept that there might not have been anything which put quite such a fire under me since. This foul-mouthed 'guide' is one of my favourite things I've ever published here, and I'd love to know how to commune again with the…

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Feature:

Have You Played… Hotline Miami?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The second game in this hyper-kinectic retro-violence series keeps making headlines for all the wrong reasons, and I'm not at all willing to make any sort of judgement about all that until I've played the thing. What I do want to do is…

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5 years ago

Hotline Trail Is The Complete Opposite Of Hotline Miami

Though the name might suggest a pulsating, acid-hazed version of Oregon Trail, that's not quite what I had in mind when I said "opposite." Shame, but Hotline Trail is nonetheless sublime in its simplicity. The infinite biker takes clear aesthetic inspiration from Hotline Miami (or perhaps the same sources as Hotline Miami), but its immediate vibe pulls an engine-roaring 180. Instead of ratcheting up the…

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6 years ago

Feature: The Real Next Generation

GDC 2013: A Worrisome, Hopeful Contradiction

RPS's own wayward ronin word master Cara Ellison, during a post-convention victory dinner, put it best: "GDC is where we first hear about all the stuff everyone will be talking about next year." Maybe it's a trend-setter, or maybe it's just a megaphone for gentle tickles of trends that are already in motion, but the point remains: GDC tends to be pretty indicative of where…

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Feature: Making music with M.O.O.N., Scattle and Prunty

Behind the sounds: Hotline Miami and FTL

Music man David Valjalo follows-up his exploration of the big-budget orchestral soundtracks in the mainstream games industry with a look at the other end of the scale - the super-low-budget, ultra-catchy, sometimes kitschy scores of indie darlings. He rounds up the men behind Hotline Miami, Sweden-based Dennis Wedin and Jonatan Soderstrom, two of the soundtrack artists they hand-picked, US artists M.O.O.N. and Scattle, and FTL…

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Controlled Elimination: Hotline Miami Gamepad Support

Hotline Miami now allows players to throttle their flatmates with controller cords. Either that or it's actually possible to play the game with a controller but that seems unlikely. That's not the only fix/addition that the update brings and there's also a native Mac version in the works. Important additions: new environmental graphics, a bonus stage unlocked when the campaign is finished, "more gore with…

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Feature: One man vs 14 (and a dog)

Hotline Miami: Me vs Level 4

Level 4 is not the hardest level of Dennaton's neon-hued orgy of sado-masochistic violence, and RPS' official Best In Show at Rezzed, Hotline Miami. Oh, not by a long shot. It's just the one that, once I finally beat it, made me feel like a god. I had a plan. I made that plan work. Every single action I took, every single movement I made,…

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Phoning It In: Hotline Miami

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…

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