Welcome to our Hotline Miami Collection review. Originally released back in 2012, Hotline Miami has been a hit for many gamers and has since spawned a sequel. Well, now both games have finally made it to Nintendo Switch in one blood-filled package.
- Hotline Miami Collection
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch (Collection), PC, Xbox One, PS4
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Dennaton Games
- Publisher: Devolver Digital
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: 19th August 2019
- Price: £22.49 (U.K), $24.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 16 (UK/EU), M (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Hotline Miami 1 and 2 are both top-down twin-stick shooters full of blood and gore. You take on the role of characters who have to attend ”events” usually filled with some pretty nasty dudes, even if you’re pretty nasty yourself. In these areas, you’ll clear out a few floors of guys.
Even with its top-down view, this collection manages to look impressive on the Switch both in docked mode and handheld mode. Not even a retro-style look complete with pixels could manage to make this game look old on modern hardware.
In both Hotline Miami games, death is around every corner and that death may be your death or someone else’s. In these games, the deaths are caused by you or somebody who’s seen you, yet the way the games handle their main purpose is amazing. You can’t just run into an area and start opening fire like some blood-crazed lunatic, no each person you kill takes a bit of careful planning where one false move could see you have your head blown off or body sliced in half. Every enemy or set of enemies needs to be treated like a puzzle.
A wide variety of weapons and your fists are at your disposal to help take out enemies. What you use is up to you although you’d be best assessing the situation, for example; a single guy walking around in a room on his own is best-taken care of using your fist or any melee object as this is silent and less likely to alert anyone in nearby rooms. A room full of guys is best dealt with by a gun such as a shotgun.
As well as your fists and weapons, you should be sure to make use of doors to take out enemies as they walk past. Opening a door as an enemy walks past is a quick and effective way to stun them temporarily, but be quick to kill them after because they’ll soon get back up.
It’s oddly satisfying to watch as you take out a room full of enemies, especially after you’ve attempted said room a hell of a lot. Something about the game just makes me want to keep playing, even if I have to die a couple of hundred times.
Both games feature a level of challenge which is caused by a few factors, such as the speed of enemies from being alerted to you, to killing you and the fact you only have one hit before you die. Thankfully the games go easy on you a little bit by not including overall lives and only sending you back to the beginning of a level’s section, rather than the very beginning of the level itself.
Both of the games are fairly similar in that you basically play as a killer through various challenging levels. Hotline Miami 2 brought a few improvements in over the first one such an improved aiming system and more protagonists to play as. The PC version of number 2 features a level editor, but unfortunately, this hasn’t made its way to the Switch. Out of the two games, however, I personally prefer the first one.
In conclusion, Hotline Miami Collection is still as good as it ever was as two separate games. The mindless violence on offer makes the games very fun to play and the added challenge of having to think each kill through only makes me want to keep playing no matter how many times I have died.
That concludes our Hotline Miami Collection review. To purchase the game on Nintendo Switch, check out the eShop links below.