I like hurting people: Hotline Miami on the Vita is just as good, and disturbing, as the original
Hotline Miami is out now for the PlayStation 3 and Vita, and $10 gets you the game on both platforms. You can play on your PlayStation 3, save your game, and pick up right when you left off on the Vita. The game's short, intense levels, where you basically have to move from room to room and kill everyone you see, are a solid fit for portable devices. Don't worry too much about dying, the game restarts the level instantly, and you get to try again.
There is a tiny bit of new content, including a mask that adds an old-school film vibe and changes the color palette to black and white except for blood. You can also lock onto enemies with the touch screen and there are leaderboads for each level. Aside from those few additions, this is basically the same game that became an unlikely hit on the PC. If you've finished that title, and don't really care to revisit it and improve your scores, there's going to be very little to get you interested in this new console version.
Still, using the dual analog sticks to move and aim feels great, although you have to remove your hand from the controls and drag the screen if you want to look around the level. The pacing of the game is absolutely perfect if you're traveling or if you just want a quick dose of the old ultra-violence, and the Vita's large screen shows off the graphics very well.
It's a good fit, and I've had a brilliant time kicking in the face of my targets while my wife sleeps peacefully next to me in bed.
This is the sort of thing the Vita needs: Great games that use the hardware well while allowing for brief, intense sessions of gaming. I got nothing else to say, this is worth your $10.