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Hotline Miami

12 months ago

Digital discounts abound this week at Humble, GOG, Fanatical, and more

As an assortment of Halloween sale events grind to a halt now that we're officially in November (the month of Black Friday deals), a few more rise up to bridge the gap. So here's a handy-dandy look at a bunch of them. Are you sitting comfortably?

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2 years ago

Hot​​​​       line   Mi      ami: Mr Shifty out today

“Top-down puncher Hotline Miami had brutality and baseball bats, but you know what it didn’t have? Teleportation.” ↑ That is how I imagine most videogames are created. Just one man in a tie who is approached by developers like an oracle and who says: "do X but with Y." Mr Shifty [official site] is about smashing through crowds of people while using a blink-like teleporting…

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GOG Connect: More DRM-Free Games For Steam Owners

GOG Connect is a pleasant little scheme from the DRM-free digital distributor, letting people who own certain games on Steam get GOG versions too for free. Now it's back. GOG today launched another round of GOG Connect, with another seventeen games for Steamers to redeem. Because, y'know, it's nice to have a DRM-free backup without buying a game twice. The lineup this time includes Hotline…

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3 years ago

Half A Year Later, Hotline Miami 2 Level Editor Inbound

The chance to make your own Hotline Miami 2 [official site] murder-mazes has been a long time coming - it was "pretty close to completion" seven months ago - but now it's had a release date stuck to it. Well, a beta release date. Folk have been making their own Hotline Miami 2 maps via a half-shut back door for ages, but come December 10…

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12 Is Better Than 6 Hits Kickstarter Goal (Updated)

Update: So, it did hit its Kickstarter goal with days to spare, and now a bunch of people have pulled their funding and so it's back under its target again. Huh! That's odd. Original story: 12 Is Better Than 6 [official site] is a beautifully hand-drawn, gun-toting, poncho-sporting undertaking into what seems like the perpetually acrimonious world of the wicky-wicky-Wild West. Although grossly different visually,…

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Half-Line Miami: A Top-Down Arcadey Approach To Half-Life 2

I have just booted up Half-Line Miami [official site] - a mashup of Hotline Miami and Half-Life as created by student Thomas Kole. As someone who has never really played Half-Life 2 or Hotline Miami (I did about one level of Hotline Miami at a demo booth one time and apparently own it on this here PC - who knew? As for the Half-Life games,…

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Jackets Off: Hotline Miami Making-Of Docu Gets Personal

Ah man, this one's pretty good. A while back the producers at ComplexTV flew out to London to interview the reclusive developers of Hotline Miami [official site]. You can watch the results below: A just-about 30 minute-long documentary telling the tale of how two Swedish hipsters created one of the greatest indie games of all time. One of the guys cries in it, so you know it's good.

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4 years ago

Gamer’s Edition Lets Indies Design And Ship CEs

I've been a fan of lovely game-related tat in oversized boxes for some time, so here's a thing that's cool to me. RPS allies Gamer Network have announced a service for helping independent developers to create AAA-tier collector's editions called Gamer's Edition [official website]. They're partnering up with Idea Planet Collectibles to allow devs and their fans to set the specifications and then crowdfund a one-off…

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Payday 2: Hotline Miami Announced, Is Exciting To Imagine

This makes sense. Co-operative bank robbery manshoot Payday 2 is getting a new piece of DLC which is themed around the propulsive, topdown, ultra-violent manbeat Hotline Miami. It's called Payday 2: Hotline Miami, and there's a live-action trailer below which contains little detail, followed by some further sentences which contain similarly little detail.

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Mother Russia Bleeds Is Hotline Miami Meets Beats Final Fight

I'm not sure if Mother Russia Bleeds will set the world on fire, but it sure looks cool. It's a beat-'em-up that I can verify with utmost certainty contains Russia and sloshing, spattering gallons of blood. Maybe there are mothers as well, but I can't say for sure just yet. What I do know is that this one looks stylish as all get-out and violent…

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5 years ago

LA Cops Fuses Hotline Miami, Syndicate, Beastie Boys

Oh my god, it's a mirage, I'm telling you all it's sabotage. Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" is apparently a big inspiration for LA Cops' overall attitude/look, but I'm even more pleased that it describes the top-down shooter strategy's moment-to-moment gameplay. Inspired by Hotline Miami's gore-spattered thrills and (classic) Syndicate's cold strategizing, this one puts you in control of two hard-boiled eggs law enforcement professionals at any given…

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Forkstarter: Devolver Digital Just Plain Ask For Your Money

I think I might be very easy to please. A simple parody, a few jokes, an old music video, some great games made cheap. It's Forkstarter, in which Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker pitches to gamers as to why they should "contribute to the phenomenal wealth of Mr. Parker and usher in a new age of extravagant spending and unmitigated opulence the likes of which…

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Insanity: 30 Games From Hotline, KRZ, More Devs For $15

This is probably the most exciting game-related anything I've seen in months. And yes, as the headline suggests, it's entirely bonkers. Remember Zineth developer Arcane Kids' Tribes-meets-Tony-Hawk thing Perfect Stride? Well, it's just one of 30+ games (23 of which are already finished and playable) that'll immediately be yours if you hand LA Game Space a pithy 15 of your bacteria-and-filth-ridden Human Dollars. Experimental Game…

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Hotline Miami 2: Multiplayer? No. Map Editor? Hopefully!

BOOM. Stop. BOOM. Stop. BOOM. Stop. That was the entirety of my Hotline Miami fan fiction. Do you like it? Personally, I think it falls apart a bit in the third act, but I suppose I am my own harshest critic. The reason I mention it, though, is that I imagine there'd be quite a few more BOOMs in the mix if multiplayer were part…

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Goodness: Humble Bundle 8 Has Hotline Miami, Proteus

You know, I never really thought about it before, but I think Proteus and Hotline Miami are videogame inverses. One's about languidly strolling around a neon-bubblegum dreamscape paradise while the other's about blink-and-you'll-be-on-the-receiving-end-of-it murder in an entirely different kind of neon-bubblegum dreamscape "paradise". They are one anther's bizarro twin, eternally opposed but forever intertwined. Also, they're in the latest Humble Indie Bundle together, which is…

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6 years ago

HOTLINE MIAMI 2

I dove back down Hotline Miami's blood-slick Slip 'n' Slide of utterly blissful brutality this weekend, and now it's all I can think about. It's a testament to the sheer refinement of its systems, I think, that it can so thoroughly hook me time and time again. But nothing is perfect - not even when it's really, really close. So Cactus and co are charging…

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Hanging On The Telephone: Hotline Miami DLC Planned

Part of me objects to the very concept of expanding Hotline Miami - "IT IS A PURE AND PERFECT SHINING DIAMOND OF FLOW, CONTROL, MOOD AND BRUTALITY LEAVE IT ALONE" - but most of me just wants to play some more Hotline Miami. Devs Dennaton have quietly revealed that DLC for the game of fluid murder is in the works, as well as ongoing patching…

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Hotline Miami Aids Pirates Instead Of Murdering Them

If you can't beat 'em, well... that's not actually a phrase that exists in the world of Hotline Miami. It's either beat (with a colorful assortment of bats, drills, pipes, and katanas) or be beaten black and blue and red and neon pink. There is, as Yoda says - presumably as a result of some LSD-induced hallucination - no try. Hotline Miami's creators, however, are…

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