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This review is from: Hotline Miami [Online Game Code] (Software Download)
Hotline Miami is a slickly done top-down shooter that melds retro graphics and music with modern production values. The story is a psychedelic, convoluted psychological mystery that feels downright Lynchian. So why only 2 stars?
First of all, this is one of the poorest software releases I have ever seen. Out of the box (er, download) it throws runtime errors. It doesn't work with Steamworks. And for reasons I don't understand, the much-vaunted soundtrack DOESN'T PLAY. Sure, Hotline Miami is an indy game, but lots of independent games... work.
Combat is also a little flat. Every attack by you or enemies is an instant kill, which means EVERY fight comes down to twitch-pounding the attack key at just the right time, a fraction of a second before the nearest enemy does so. Every fight is the same, and after a short time combat becomes so wearying and dull that following the compelling story isn't a worthwhile incentive to keep playing.
In a world that contains such budget-priced wonders as Terraria, Bastion, Minecraft, and any number of others, there is just no good reason to waste time on this admittedly interesting failure.
The game has been patched and now works properly. I'm still not a fan, but I'll rate it up; it does what it should now. As touted, the soundtrack is pretty awesome- kind of fast new-wave house stuff that fits the action quite well.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2012 7:54:41 AM PST
That sucks that it's not working for you, the music is awesome. I have a really crappy laptop and the music works fine for me, though the game gets slowed down slightly sometimes. Have you tried restarting your computer after installing the game? After the first few levels it's actually an insanely fun game, you have to try it man.
Posted on Dec 31, 2012 7:02:21 AM PST
Steamworks sends the game straight to hell, but it tells you that.
Posted on Jan 5, 2013 10:07:57 AM PST
They've actually patched most of this. Controller support works too.
I bought it on amazon, use a controller, and activated on steam.
I have a really bad PC that I'm running it on too (psu just blew out), which is nice, because I can't run anything else that's not a casual game. I like Plants and Zombies and those hidden object games, but darn this game is a godsend for people with low end rigs.
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