Excerpt: Rhetorical question: Why are all these room service carts just lying around? With John Woo's famous name prominently displayed on the box cover coupled with the game's cool-looking slow-motion, bullet ballet-style gameplay, Stranglehold has a tremendous amount of "curb appeal," as they say in the real estate business. Translation: It makes a terrific first impression. The idea of doing a sequel to Woo's 'Hard Boiled' not as a film but as a videogame is an intriguing one.
Excerpt: Some games go out of their way to try and push the envelope of gaming - either technologically or as a form of art - and some just use the available technology and mould it to fit their goal of providing a package of mindless fun. Stranglehold is firmly standing in the latter camp, where content and fun drives the development and the technical details are secondary to the game.
Summary: A spiritual sequel to Woo's action masterpiece, Hard Boiled, Stranglehold allows gamers to play a John Woo-directed action blockbuster movie. Dual-wielding and stunt-laden gunplay combined with massive destructible environments ensures that Stranglehold will be a true tour-de-force.
Conclusion: Playing this game has brought happiness into my home and my workplace. Now I can shoot 400 people a day and no one will make me fill the paperwork (I hope the guys at the post office don't play this game). I don't think Stranglehold will survive more than a year in our memories but I'm pretty sure I'll be installing it at least a couple more times in the next six months.