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The Backlog - Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Written by: Tom Blaich


The first Hotline Miami game is one of those rare titles that is almost universally liked. It is an ultra-smooth, ultra-violent hack-and-slash crime game. Each level functions almost like a puzzle. You have a defined toolset, and you have to make it through the gauntlet of vicious enemies without dying. In many ways, Wrong Number is a very similar game. You choose your mask, and with it a special ability, and then you have to clear out the level, dodging bullets and stabbing dogs.

If they had stopped here, they could have just made a basic sequel, and it would have been a very good game. It wouldn’t have the originality of the first, but it would still be satisfying to have a whole new set of deadly problems to solve while that fantastic electronic soundtrack thumped along in the background.