The moment you start it up there’s not a single doubt that the people behind Kontrakt are fans of the highly-regarded and funky shooter Hotline Miami, but unfortunately that high bar also makes for a very tough act to follow. Granted, Kontrakt is more on the low-budget track, so perhaps you can expect for some lowering of expectations but even in some fundamental areas the play ends up being a bit wonky and lacking. For instance the smaller scale of the view you’re given and the overall look of the game can make busting through doors a challenge and there’s a very clumsy and inaccurate feel when you’re shooting at enemies that quickly gets frustrating. In many areas you can see the effort to replicate aspects of what made Hotline so great but in all of them there’s no mistaking the gap in the quality of the execution. As a budget also-ran perhaps you could have some fun with it but if you’ve played the best games in the space it’s tough to drop down in quality and not be a bit frustrated.
Justin Nation, Score: