One fast look at The Hong Kong Bloodbath, and also you’d be forgiven for pondering that Hotline Miami has been given the Legend of Zelda Area World therapy. On face worth, the 2 video games are remarkably comparable, with the identical birds-eye viewpoint and absurdly over-the-top violence proper from the beginning. The Hong Kong Bloodbath is an entirely totally different expertise, although, favouring a slower, extra methodical strategy to its bloody violence. It’s additionally, we’re unhappy to say, not fairly pretty much as good as its direct inspiration.
Set throughout varied ranges together with rain-drenched rooftops and run-down condo blocks, your aim is to easily wipe out each gun-toting enemy within the neighborhood. Initially of the sport, you’re kitted out with a pair of handguns, however by progressing by means of the degrees and performing effectively, you’ll be able to subsequently unlock a shotgun, an uzi, and a rifle. Every weapon can then be upgraded, boosting their clip dimension, fireplace charge, and extra. Every part within the recreation prices stars, that are rewarded for finishing particular duties in every stage, like finishing it inside a sure timeframe or attaining a 100% hit charge.
The gameplay itself feels – at the very least initially – similar to Hotline Miami. You progress and shoot with fundamental twin-stick controls, and when you’re out of ammo, you’ll be able to decide up the weapons of your downed enemies, although sadly there are not any melee weapons accessible. The principle draw right here is the flexibility to each decelerate time and dodge enemy fireplace with the shoulder buttons. Making an attempt to get by means of the degrees with out slowing down time is sort of suicidal, however by combining this mechanic with the flexibility to dodge enemy fireplace, the issue turns into much more digestible. It additionally appears to be like fairly cool; like your very personal miniature model of The Matrix.
That mentioned, it’s nonetheless an extremely powerful recreation. Dodging works for essentially the most half, however if you happen to get your self right into a state of affairs the place two or three enemies are firing at you on the identical time, likelihood is you’ll find yourself dodging proper into the trail of one other bullet. Until you handle to dive behind a wall, or a bit of furnishings, the chances are always stacked towards you. To exacerbate this, the enemies are all endowed with sharp senses and pinpoint accuracy, so it’s subsequent to inconceivable to sneak up on any of them with out being noticed.
Graphically, the sport is technically first rate, although the body charge may have been bumped up a bit extra. From an inventive perspective, the environments and characters are all a bit ‘samey’, mixing collectively from one stage to the subsequent, with little variation. It’s a disgrace, as a result of Hong Kong is undoubtedly a visually hanging metropolis, however the buildings showcased in The Hong Kong Bloodbath may have been plucked from actually any city on the planet.