With a rocking game title like The Hong Kong Massacre, you kinda know what’s coming your way. Think John Wick, think trails of dead bodies, huge arsenals of weaponry and brutal action. If this is your bag then get excited, and welcome to the blood bath that is The Hong Kong Massacre.
The Hong Kong Massacre is a twin-stick shooter that’s viewed from above. You play as a former police detective bent on justice. You’re on an interesting death wish, as one hit from your enemies means it’s game over. Yep, it’s not an easy or fast progressing game by any means, but trust me, Hong Kong Massacre will have you gripped from the start. It’s a game that’s near impossible to put down once you enter its gripping action. Ok, the one kill and your dead rule may seem a bit harsh, but it works so well. It pushes you into scanning each area like a hawk, it makes every single movement a critical one, and increases the tension tenfold.
Each level fires out a string of different paths to take, whichever way you tackle it there is sure to be someone lying in wait ready to put a bullet between your eyes. Whether it be a lone gunman or multiply goons, once spotted they act damn fast. It’s your task to survey the upcoming situation and take out each gunman before they take shots at you. Helping you succeed is a rather fancy slow-motion and dive/dodge mechanic. As every shot is lethal, this action is your lifeline. It can’t be used continually though, it comes with a recharge bar so use it just at the right moment to get you out of harm’s way. Another great feature The Hong Kong Massacre has is the ability to smash through walls. Who needs doors anyway?
This crime-riddled city offers a host of different situations to play in. While each section and scenario does become a bit samey, there’s still enough varied opportunities to keep you interested. There’s also a host of different fire power to pick up and shoot. From slow loading shotguns to quick firing machine guns, you’re never out of luck.
Looks wise it’s a treat. Effects of shattering glass, blown up doors and bullets ripping through the air look impressive. The detail is spot on too, so whether it’s tiled blood-soaked flooring in the washrooms or blurry strip show street lighting outside, devs Vreski have nailed it.
The Hong Kong Massacre is really down to if you can stomach constant restarts and repeated death. It may not be a game for everyone, but what it does, it does so well. Any fan of Hotline Miami should be clambering to the PlayStation Store and downloading this quicker than you can say ‘duck motherf*ucker.’ The Hong Kong Massacre delivers a riveting blood bath of a game every time.
Lizard Rating 8.5/10