“Do you like hurting other people?”
I’ve mentioned before that there’s just something refreshing about a game where the developer rather than using gory, blood-packed gameplay in a moderate, context based situation, just goes all out, and creates something violent for the sake of violence. After all, we as a species are definitely prone to causing damage to others for no conceivable reason, whether we’d like to admit that or not. I think it’s important we at least attempt to find an appropriate outlet for that at sometimes blinding desire to harm other people. And with video games becoming more, and more realistic, I think we have ourselves a pretty spectacular blood spattered scape goat.
Hotline Miami is a title where you go on a homicidal rampage, and are rewarded for doing so, but the developer can describe their upcoming indie darling vastly better than I can:
“Step into the neon-soaked underground of 1980s Miami as bizarre messages on your answering machine seem to be urging you to commit terrible acts of violence — but will you obey? Hotline Miami overflows with raw brutality and skull crushing close combat as you find yourself outgunned and using your wits to choreograph your way through impossible situations. An unmistakable visual style, a driving soundtrack, and a surreal plot that will have you question your own thirst for blood. Bash and blast through over 20 multiscreen levels with 35 unique weapons and collect 25 game-altering masks in one of the darkest and most unusual independent games on the scene.”
Keep your eyes on FUG for future information about Hotline Miami.