Excerpt: The integration of Hollywood and the videogame industry continues with Stranglehold, which is basically a sequel to the John Woo movie Hard Boiled. Chow Yun-Fat reprises his role as Inspector Tequila, a no-nonsense Hong Kong cop in the mold of Dirty Harry. A notorious gang has kidnapped a fellow officer, and Tequila volunteers to accept their offer to negotiate his release even though he knows it is an obvious setup.
Excerpt: John Woo is traditionally known for his frantic, hyper kinetic, bullet-riddled filmmaking that has on occaision been referred to as a ballet of violence. In a departure from his usual activities, he's taken a step into gaming to produce the frantic, hyper kinetic, bullet-riddled Stranglehold. Stranglehold is the spiritual successor to Woo's Hard Boiled.
Conclusion: Stranglehold will make you believe that Hollywood directors can create good video games. John Woo's first video game will have you interested in its story, but you will mostly enjoy the game play. With only seven hours of game play on the easiest setting this game will have you playing it over and over again on the harder difficulty settings, especially if you want all those achievement points.
Excerpt: While I would refrain from calling
an original property, it’s still nice to see a game that likely already has a cult following without already being an established game franchise. A sort of spiritual successor to
, a popular Hong Kong Blood Opera directed by John Woo and starring Chow Yun-Fat,
is a promising third-person action/adventure game in development for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC and due out in mid to late 2006.
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.
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.
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 roundabout 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 the mechanics of Remedy's slow-motion, heavy-action franchise, which is a little ironic and mind-bending because Max Payne was itself a tribute to John Woo's brand of...
Pros: Guns, guns, guns!, Environments blow apart beautifully, Tequila's got a good number of effective moves and abilities, Solid voice acting, PS3 special edition includes <em>Hard Boiled</em>
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
Excerpt: John Woo films are not exactly known for their deep plot, but you certainly won't be falling asleep at one. The same can be said for the famous director's first foray into the computer game world with Stranglehold. Stranglehold follows the adventures of Officer Tequila, a Hong Kong cop that you might recognize from the movie Hard Boiled, which was one of the first films to put Woo on the map.
Conclusion: Though this game isn’t the premier shooter like Call of Duty, it still provides immersive worlds and a great test of John Woo’s world. Since action movies aren’t about substance, but the action itself, this game fits perfectly as a true sequel to the 1992 cult classic. Those gamers looking for something different from the norm, this is your chance to find out why this game has gotten so much media coverage and why John Woo is one of the world’s premier action...