What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we’ll be offering our picks – based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 10 of the sale.
RPS Feature We gather here at the death of deals
The promised level editor for Hotline Miami 2 [official site] is “pretty close to completion”, developers Dennaton Games have explained in a a recent blog post. The editor looks to be pretty full-featured, allowing you to create anything from a single level to a full campaign with cutscenes.
RPS Feature Frazzled and baked
The publishers and developer of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number have responded to the game being refused classification in Australia saying they are “concerned and disappointed” by the Classification Board’s treatment of the game.
In a blog post the publisher Devolver and developer Dennaton contest several of the elements of the board’s report. First up is Midnight Animal – the movie set scene which the board described as a visual depiction of implied violence”. The company isn’t disputing the violence or that the scene exists but is pointing out that it’s not a compulsory part of the game.
RPS Feature Crossing The (Hot)Line?
Hotline Miami has played like a dream since day one, so Hotline Miami 2 is giving the blood red spotlight over to story. Between multiple characters and scenarios, a running meta-commentary on the series’ fans, and ruminations on The End, Dennaton clearly wants to make a statement with this one. The blink-and-you’re-mincemeat murder masterstroke has never been a thing of restraint, however, and it may well have finally crossed a line. As Cara pointed out in a recent preview for PC Gamer, the game nearly depicts violent sexual assault and then casually moves on without giving the event context or meaning. For many, it was a deeply troubling moment in an otherwise excellent demo – one that prompted more horror and revulsion than contemplation. I spoke with Dennaton’s Dennis Wedin about the scene’s purpose, plans to retool it, and the possibility of scrapping it altogether.
Hotline Miami 2 is a real thing with real dreams and real hopes and real (read: thankfully fictional) depictions of some really fucked up shit. But honestly, why should you believe me? So far, I’ve only been able to produce a burbling gore fountain of words and a psychedelic, extra-scrambly teaser. Where’s the meat? Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’m just making the whole thing up. But hah, joke’s on you because Eurogamer‘s produced nearly five minutes of gameplay footage, with commentary provided by an endlessly clucking man in a chicken mask. See? I can’t be crazy if everyone around me is even crazier. Watch the full thing after the break.
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 of the equation. And since some kind of divine sequel mandate writ large upon the holiest of Dorito bags demands that it show up in all games with numbers higher than two in their titles, I had to ask Dennaton’s Dennis Wedin if he and Cactus were feeling the pressure with Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. His response? Not even a little.
RPS Feature Do You Still Like Hurting Other People?
Yes, it’s happening.
Hotline Miami 2 is indeed very real, and the neon-slathered sequel made quite the appearance at E3 last week. Or rather, um, outside it. In a parking lot. Inside a trailer. It was an oddball setup even by E3 standards, but it got the job done. A brand new sparse, acoustic theme song drifted through the wheeled bullet’s chrome-y confines, mirroring the first’s but with a hint of somber resignation. Dennaton’s Dennis Wedin quickly explained why: Wrong Number is the second Hotline Miami, but also the last. It’s been a wild, psychadelic, gore-and-teeth-spattered ride for Cactus and himself, but all things must come to an end.
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 forward with a full-blown sequel. Will there be more breeds of dog? More types of dudes with cat-like shotgunning-your-face-off reflexes? Cats? Um, well, no one’s really sure yet. Oh, but it will have music! This has been – as we say in nigh-impenetrable videogame parlance – confirmed.