Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, in the end, is a poor sequel. Not because it is necessarily a bad game, but as it only reiterates what the first game did, but nowhere near as impactful. Critics agree that it's greatest crime is that it is too big, both in its actual level design and its ambitions.
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Hotline Miami 2 leaves me conflicted. There's lots to love here, but the structure makes it difficult to explore and exploit. It's still an absolute riot to play, and the urge to press on remains compulsive, despite the narrative hi-jinx. Its failings are never enough to truly spoil things - Hotline Miami 2 is definitely to be recommended. It's the sequel that everyone expected, perhaps. But I'm not sure it's the sequel the original truly deserved.