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...
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.
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: Stranglehold isn't the sort of game that's going to set the shooter genre on fire. It's a more than competent take on an existing formula that has enough unique moments and overall challenge to succeed.
Pros: Guns, guns, guns!, Environments blow apart beautifully, Tequila's got a good number of effective moves and abilities, Solid voice acting.
Cons: Gameplay does fall into repetition after a while, Some of the dynamic portions of the environment are more trouble than they're worth, Short single-player mode, Multiplayer is weak, PC version has some crashing issues.
Summary: It would be very easy for the average person to take one look at Stranglehold and write it off as a Max Payne rip-off. That's because, in a sort of round about way, it is. Midway and John Woo's video game sequel to the director's classic Hong Kong action flick Hard Boiled borrows very liberally from...
Pros: Guns, guns, guns!, Environments blow apart beautifully, Tequila's got a good number of effective moves and abilities, Solid voice acting
Cons: Gameplay does fall into repetition after a while, Some of the dynamic portions of the environment are more trouble than they're worth, Short single-player mode, Multiplayer is weak, PC version has some crashing issues
Conclusion: A lot of cool stuff here, so how's Stranglehold shaping up visually? I think only two words are necessary here, quite impressively. Chow Yun-Fat's videogame counterpart has been modeled to virtual perfection, and that alone should make Hard Boiled fans rush to their nearest gaming store once the...
Excerpt: This remains my most anticipated title for 2007! John Woo's Stranglehold, the video game sequel to Hard Boiled, one of Mr. Woo's better films featuring Chow-Yun Fat as the tough as nails cop "Tequila".