At the Digital Devolver Booth, I played a short 15 minute demo of Hotline Miami 2, the sequel to the popular 2D top-down game. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, plans on cranking up the violence and action, while serving as the final chapter to the series.
The short demo I played had me in a business office walking up numerous floors as I try to survive endless waves of enemies with shotguns, pistols and bats. As I walked through the office, I made short work of two guys with shots to their face and knocked another out by throwing my gun. I then walked up and performed one of many execution moves and curb stomped his face. The game is colorful just like the original, and the controls are more responsive than the first game.
My glory didn’t last long as I got my stomach blown apart by a stray shotgun blast. After many failed attempts, I finally cleared the floor, found the briefcase I was searching for, and cleared the level (finally without dying!). The mission is straight forward and can be frustrating at times, but it’s part of the charm of this simple, yet, gory and blood filled game. As for the controls, they are fairly simple, much like the orginal: use the mouse to point in different directions and then shoot/attack. The space bar allows you to throw your weapon to knockout your enemies for a more subtle and silent approach.
In Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, the events will take place before and after Hotline Miami, as Jacket killing members of the Russian mob for the mysterious group known as the Janitors. The game will be told through different perspectives such as The Pig Butcher, a serial killer; The Fans; and The Detective.
Anyone who enjoyed Hotline Miami will find the thrills of the first game continuing into the sequel. Expect bloody gore, massive shootouts and quick death. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, will release in 2014 on PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4 and PS Vita.