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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Hands-On Preview – Pounding, Brutal

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is one of those games that I’m really, really looking forward to. It’s the follow-up to a title that caught me completely offguard, and it promises more of that great brutal gameplay and a brand new, pounding soundtrack.

The future’s looking bright for this sequel. I had time to check it out at PAX East. I played a single stage, one that the PR handler next to me said was “f***ing sweet” right before he cranked up the speakers next to the display.

It was sweet. It was hard. I found myself dying once, twice, three times, four times and more as a crowd of onlookers gathered behind me while waiting for a chance to take a crack.

Hotline Miami 2 - Screen 2

The soundtrack was blaring, the vibrant visuals were swirling in front of me, and that’s when something funny happened: the group behind me started getting into my play.

As I smashed through a door and took out five enemies with few shotgun blasts, a chorus of “ooohhhhhhs!!!” rang out behind me.

“That’s it!”


“Oh, man!”

Hotline Miami 2 - Screen 5

For anyone who’s played Hotline Miami, the visual language of learning through repetition is blatantly obvious. Hotline Miami fans understand that figuring out how to clear each room of villains takes practice, patience and a whole lot of death.

The people behind me were watching me learn the ins-and-outs of the single stage in front of me. They were there when I got blown to bits over a stupid mistake, and they were there when I cleared whole floors of bad guys.

The level was “f***ing sweet,” and the music was too. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number looks fantastic so far, and it currently stands as one of my favorite previews from the show.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is currently slated to release in the third quarter of this year for the PC, PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PlayStation 3 platforms. We’ll have more on this killer as it comes.

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...