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  • Why would the U.S. surrender after the nuclear strike on San Francisco? Wouldn't the logical reaction dictate that they would detect the launch prior to the missile striking the city and launch a retaliatory second strike in response?
    • If they had been surprised by the missile (for whatever reason), surrendering immediately would prevent any more bombs from being dropped and potentially save the other major U.S. cities. In contrast, if they'd launched the retaliatory strike instead it would have pretty much guaranteed a nuclear holocaust just like the one that would later happen in 1991 Miami. My guess is that they figured it'd be better to lose the war than to lose the whole country.
  • In the missions where you play as The Soldier, you would expect him to pick-up an enemy gun after running out of ammo for his weapons. However, he is forced to search for the scarce ammo crate or use his knife even though using a fallen enemy's gun would give him a far better chance at survival. So... why doesn't he just pickup a fallen gun again?
    • Presumably because he's too patriotic against the Russian forces to use their weapons, stupid though it may be. There's also the fact that the rest of his squad is operating in the area even if you don't see them doing such outside of cutscenes, and there's documented incidents in real-life of friendly fire due to soldiers picking up enemy weapons and being mistaken for said enemy as a result.
  • Even though Dennaton Games announced this installment is the Grand Finale of the series, The Stinger shows a menu screen for Hotline Miami 3. Is this supposed to be a parody of cliffhangers or have they lied to the players by planning on making another game after all? Make up your minds!
    • I'm pretty sure they were being serious when they said it was the last one. Not really a whole lot more to go off of with a Nuclear Apocalypse.
      • Who knows? Hotline Miami 2 was originally intended to be just a plot-untangling DLC since they didn't think they could improve on the gameplay. Perhaps they realized while fleshing it out that there was something more to be explored. For instance, the Biker was most likely in the desert when the bombs dropped, so it's possible he didn't get nuked. I can imagine a potential storyline where seeing his country go up in flames motivates him to give those bastard Russians their just desserts. It's also not entirely out of the question to do an installment that's more arcade-style and less plot-focused.
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    • The stinger screen disappears in a flash after a few seconds. There was a sequel but it got blown up along with everything else.
  • Why do the Fans never go as a group? They always send one member at a time. The only time this is averted is in Deathwish, where they all go at once..... And split up again.
    • How many times did Jacket work with other people?
    • Considering how effective each of them are on their own (Or together in Alex & Ash's case), splitting up allows them to do more 'vigilante' work and be more effective as an organization.
    • It's likely to avoid friendly fire. Tony fights exclusively hand-to-hand, and in the comics Corey's weapon of choice is a ninja sword. They wouldn't last long if there was another dude firing his dual SMGs into the fray. Alex and Ash, being twins, can probably coordinate their attacks to avoid hitting each other.
    • Gameplay and Story Segregation. The comics show the Fans working together, but it wouldn't be very fun having to either babysit four NPC teammates in a Nintendo Hard, One-Hit Point Wonder game like this or having them all be invulnerable (like Ash is when you play as the swan siblings) and kill everybody for you.
  • The Biker and the Son both have a similar scar on their left cheek. Is there any significance to that?
    • For the Biker, it was most likely caused by Jacket. As for the Son, well, it seems to be just a cosmetic thing. He probably got it from a brutal fistfight against another mob boss.
  • Probably a futile question, but... Did Martin Brown actually die during shooting or not? He's on a talk show in the end (provided the Writer is not) just as the bombs drop.
    • I'm pretty sure that was just a rerun Richter was watching.
    • It could be that there's an actor named Martin Brown, but that we play as someone who only believes to be him, who hallucinated the film sets because the actual Brown was making a film about The Pig Butcherer.


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