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Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

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  • Summary: Acclaimed action director John Woo presents Stranglehold, a stunning 3rd-person action adventure videogame and "spiritual sequel" to Woo's action masterpiece "Hard Boiled." Stranglehold redefines the action gaming experience with its acrobatic gunplay, thrilling cinematography, frenetic combat and incredible Massive Destructibility (Massive D). Chow Yun-Fat reprises his signature role as Inspector Tequila, pitting gamers as a take no-prisoners cop waging a personal war with Hong Kong crime lords. Tequila's loyalties to the force are tested when his ex-wife is kidnapped by the Russian mob in Chicago. Tequila struggles to balance his duty to uphold the law with doing what it takes to save his family. [Midway] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The controls for the PC translate quite well from the console, you can tell from the menu it’s a port and not a natively developed game.
  2. Plays like a John Woo movie. Although ”tequila time” is nothing new, it is still a great effect. Gameplay is solid and everything runs smoothly. Action tends to get a bit repetitive towards the end, however. [Oct 2007]
  3. 81
    There are plenty of "Oh my God" moments and just enough challenge to sustain anyone's interest from start to finish.
  4. Sure, Stranglehold isn't a perfect game - in fact, in many areas it's a bit duff. But even if the stupidity and brevity gets you down, I guarantee you won't have played a better representation of such utter, needless carnage. [Nov 2007, p.68]
  5. What this game is about is mayhem, destruction and style, all of which it has in bag loads. It doesn’t have the most original gameplay, nor is it the most sophisticated game of this type, but it is essentially an officially licensed John Woo game, doing what a lot of wannabe John Woo games have been doing for a few years now.
  6. If the imaginative approach of the Hong Kong levels could have reached Chicago. I'd be hoarse from cheering. As it is, I'm smiling with nostalgia for those days of four hours ago. [Oct 2007, p.80]
  7. 60
    And for the eight hours or so you'll spend playing through the story, it's reasonably entertaining. But with such unreliable environmental exploits, the game devolves into little more than a stylish, mindless, unusually destructive shooter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. ChrisF.
    Oct 8, 2007
    9
    Nice Graphics, nice Story, nice Action, NICE GAME.
  2. Mar 29, 2013
    8
    Stranglehold is great, great storyline really nice game-play not bad graphics. the graphics could use a bit more work but other than that this game is really fun and for sure worth the money and time. Expand
  3. Aug 4, 2013
    8
    John Woo u elementu, ovdje mnogo pucanja bez posebne priče sa par zanimljivih boseva,
    a mana je kratkoća te poneki
    bug................................ Expand
  4. Jun 17, 2012
    6
    Looks like than Max Payne series, but this game much better. The graphics, the sounds and the story is okay. This game building the slow motion effect. You can do a lot of wonderful motion and you can destroy a lot of things. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2012
    5
    The presentation of this game is pretty good. It tries to be cinematic with a moving story and it succeeds at that. However, the gameplay itself is really bland. It's more of an interactive movie than a game. The closest equivalent i can think of is Virtua Cop. You enter one area and then enemies pour out and you shoot and shoot until all of them die then you move forward and the same thing repeats until the end of the level. Yeah, it's fun to play one of these stages once in a while but a full game of this and I'm sick of it. Expand
  6. Jok`RdeMo
    Oct 10, 2007
    5
    Very nice graphics. Very weak gameplay - repetetive. So after 1h of playing it starts to get boring, but after 3h you just uninstall the game.
  7. SinD.
    Nov 6, 2007
    4
    Horrible super linear boring shooter. This gameplay is probably something better left to the old arcade machines. Uninstalled after 1 1/2 hours.

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