A BLOODY MASTERPIECE
Violence has become a trope in media today. From the increasingly gory television shows like The Walking Dead to torture porn films like the Saw franchise, violence is something we are inundated with on a daily basis. On top of this, filmmakers, game designers, and showrunners continue to push the envelope further and further with the end goal of making more money and seizing more attention. Sure, one can argue that a lot of these creators are just following their vision. However, most of the time it feels as though these artists are seeking attention, and controversy tends to be an easy way to attain this. Upon first glance, it may seem as though Dennaton Games’ is trying to get attention for their gruesome game. However, after a few scenes it becomes immediately clear that there is a lot more to Hotline Miami than its gory presentation. Like the first, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a gruesome and unsettling experience that demanded my attention from beginning to end.