Hotline Miami is one of the best games on the PlayStation 4. There is no doubt about it. There is no other indie game I have played recently that had everything down to a science. Hotline Miami is challenging, delivers on its story, and has a great and upbeat soundtrack to accompany the game. In the top-down shooter, you play as Jacket. You wake up in your house in Miami in 1989 to a ringing phone. You are given some instructions, and then you are off to your car and on your way to the brawl.
The game has a superb art style that compliments the wild action that is heavily featured. Bright colors and loud techno music fill the environment as you clear the floor of enemies using anything at your disposal. Hotline Miami is extremely challenging at times, and it takes some real skill to pull through the full experience.
Hotline Miami feels like a natural fit on the PlayStation 4. The addition of being able to look ahead with the DualShock 4’s new touch pad was a nice addition, along with the light bar on the back of the controller changing colors along with the background of the game. The only thing that I personally was not a fan of was the auto-aim system which was added to the PlayStation 4 version of the game. I originally played the game on the PC, and felt no need for the system. So, I played Hotline Miami on the PlayStation 4 without it. I felt that it wasn’t really necessary, and after experimenting with it a little, I found myself getting killed more because of it, due to the fact that I didn’t have full control of where I was aiming.
Overall, Hotline Miami is a game that truly stands out on the PlayStation 4 console. The environments and music add a lot to the game, and the inclusion of the features that are capable with the DualShock 4, such as the light bar changing and the touch pad, were also welcome. Hotline Miami is not an experience to be missed. If you haven’t picked the game up yet, you should. If you already owned the game on PlayStation 3 or PSVita, you can download Hotline Miami at no extra charge on your PlayStation 4. This game is definitely worth picking up at its low price of $9.99.