The Hong Kong Massacre, a single-player top-down shooter developed and published by Vreski for Microsoft Windows and PS4 in 2019, will be released to Nintendo Switch by Untold Tales on December 26.
The game is inspired by classic John Woo gun fu action films, like A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hard Boiled. It also borrows from games like Hotline Miami, a top-down shooter developed by Dennaton Games and published by Devolver Digital in 2012 for Microsoft Windows, and Max Payne, a neo-noir third-person shooter developed by Remedy Entertainment and released in 2001.
The Hong Kong Massacre is set in 1992 in Hong Kong and follows a former police detective seeking revenge against the Triad, a Chinese organized crime syndicate, for the death of his partner. Praised for its stylish design and brutal action, the game, revealed through a series of conversations and cutscenes, features 35 levels. At the start of each level, players can select one of four guns, a pistol, rifle, SMG or shotgun. In order to advance to the next level, the must wipe out their enemies.
Like in most Hong Kong action films, the shootouts take place in locations such as abandoned buildings, kitchens, back alleys, rooftops and vacant restaurants. Although players will be killed after one shot, the game features slow-motion dodge mechanics that allow players to evade bullets as well as weapon upgrades and 360-degree shooting.
In its overview of the game, Nintendo says, “Blast your way through the streets of Hong Kong in a fast-paced, top-down shooter. Inspired by classic action movies, The Hong Kong Massacre places you at the center of a hard-boiled revenge story, filled with brutal, cinematic shootouts and vivid underworld locations.”
The reveal trailer shows that the game on Switch will closely resemble the PS4/PC versions. Listed at $20, The Hong Kong Massacre can be preordered for $16. In addition, by signing up for the Untold Tales Newsletter through the game’s website, players can obtain a free digital copy of the game’s soundtrack by Portland-based Professor Kliq.
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