Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a retro styled top down beat ‘em up and shot ‘em up murder simulator. The first one was a hit and had excellent music to boot.
On each level your objective is to murder everyone using the weapons you start with and any you can pick up. There are a range of weapons from knives and machetes to shotguns and machine guns. You move around using the keyboard and the use mouse to direct your attacks and character direction. You’re also able to lock on to enemies which is an excellent way to kill long distance opponents who you can only see from certain places.
The game is addictive and frustratingly difficult. You will die repeatedly. The frustrating part is how easily you die, if an enemy has a gun you have to shoot first and quickly otherwise you’ll be straight back the beginning. Dogs are even more annoying, they move incredibly quickly and have your throat torn out before you even notice them. The game is amazingly addictive, perhaps something to do with the short amount of time required to complete a mission successfully driving you to give it ‘one more try’.
Like the previous Hotline Miami, you can choose a mask at the start of some missions which have different pros and cons. One mask gave me two characters, one with a chainsaw and one with a gun which in practice was very difficult to control. Another mask gave me a character dual wielding sub machine guns, which was a lot of fun.
The graphics are a very retro styled and colourful. The audio is good. Hotline Miami has excellent music, music I still listen to till this day and Hotline Miami 2 has not disappointed in this department.
I experienced a bug with the controls getting messed up and have to delete my controls file every time I start the game to reset them back to default (Thanks http://pcgamingwiki.com!). Sometimes enemies won’t seem to react properly to hearing gunshots, a bunch of guys will come running from another room but the guy closest to you doesn’t seem to notice.
Hotline Miami 2 isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you enjoyed the first or are the type of person to enjoy equal measures of risk, reward, luck and frustration then you’ll like this! Recommended.