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I’m sure you all read my review of Hotline Miami, when it was originally released on the PC last Fall, but with the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita launch happening today I wanted to do a sort of mini-review / preview of this new version to see how the neon violence holds up as it jumps from your monitor to your TV.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of playing Hotline Miami yet, it is a stylized, modern pixel art, version of the old top-down shooters from a previous era in video games. Set in the movie version of 1980′s Miami, filled with white suits, palm trees, and cocaine, Hotline Miami defies classification by asking you to solve the puzzle of each level with fast paced gunplay. Donning your choice of animal masks that bestow bonus abilities, you’ll act on a series of messages on your answering asking you to head to buildings full of armed thugs.
The version of Hotline Miami that will be hitting the Playstation Store on June 25th will be a Cross-Buy title, allowing players to play on the Playstation 3 and on the Playstation Vita. A few new features come along with this version including Trophy support, leaderboards that note which mask you used, “Russel” an exclusive mask that switches the action to black and white, and touch lock-on controls (if you’re playing on the PS Vita).
Hotline Miami doesn’t have the easiest control scheme to get the hang of, but the controls do translate well to the PS3 controller and still allow for all of the same functionality. I was worried about not having a mouse for some of the controls, like the free look mode, but Dennaton have handled things gracefully.
I had originally planned to play the Playstation 3 version of Hotline Miami for a short time, just to get the feel of how it played since I had finished it a few times on the PC, but the addictive action and strange story sucked me right back in and a few hours had passed without me even noticing.