April 22, 2015
Hotline Miami 2 has made me appreciate the Dark Souls series in a whole new light. I used to stare in disbelief at people throwing themselves at a particularly slow and gruesome meat grinder over and over again, unable to understand the self inflicted punishment. Compress that loop down to seconds instead of quarters of hours, and you get my experience with this sequel to the indie hit from 2012. It’s unfortunate that their ambitious narrative fails to make any sense, as that core hyper-violent gun-toting puzzle-solving loop is still as thrilling as it was before. Just be warned that the difficulty level starts high and ends somewhere in the upper levels of the stratosphere.