Looks can be deceiving. Never judge a book by its cover. Never confuse a baseball bat with a shotgun.
All of these sayings apply to Dennaton Games savage, yet brutally addictive Hotline Miami. Especially that last one.
Indeed, if you were to take a passing glance at thing, you would think that you had somehow passively ingested LSD and that you were watching somebody was playing a de-make of the original GTA on their Amstrad. Yet, such an impression invariably turns out to be false when you actually play it; as The Gaming Vault did at this year’s Eurogamer Expo.
The most succinct way to describe the basic premise of Hotline Miami is that its essentially a Joe Pesci simulator. No, not the clownish dork seen in Home Alone and such like, but instead the Goodfella who would splatter your grey matter across your bedroom walls if you called him a clown, or if he thought he was merely there to amuse you in some way.