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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
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Stranglehold is fun. It's fun in a "God hand" way. [Oct 2007, p.81]
  2. Like a true action-packed cinematic spectacle, Stranglehold delivers a number of spectacular moments that will not fail to dazzle hardcore fans of the genre.
  3. The promises of fully destructible environments and John Woo signature shootouts just seemed too good to be true. But Midway stepped up to the plate and proved all the skepticism dead wrong, producing one of the most viscerally appealing videogames to be released in years.
  4. Taken as a whole, Stranglehold is a well-made, but short and shallow gaming experience that ends up being best suited for a rental and not worth its asking price for anyone expecting a game with a lot of depth to it.
  5. Stranglehold is the poster child for the creation of a new category of very short, lower-priced games that hold together over their abbreviated length.
  6. Brainless shooters are one thing, but with an interesting storyline and the world of John Woo controllable in the palm of your hands, action fans should flock around this one as it offers much “bang” for the buck.
  7. 65
    Balletic it ain't. There are plenty of shoot-outs, though, but these see you jumping about like a loon while you wish they would just end. If anything should ever have 'Rental' stamped on it, then this is it. [Issue#159, p.72]

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  1. nathanfox
    Mar 14, 2007
    i have been waiting a long time and will be really ticked off if this game is rated M. it should sooo be rated T because it has been on my top to play list and the game i have been dieing to play. i saw a gameplay demo 4 it and it looked like a T game so im pretty confident.Please be T! i already love this game Expand
  2. bobchannle
    Mar 14, 2007
    this should tottaly be T or ill be pissed off. this looks so awsome and iv really been diying to play it and im not allowed to play M so yah. This has been on my top priority list to besieds sm3 and halo3. Me and all of my friends in japan have been waitin 4 this chance and have been dying to play this game that should totally be rated
    T and NOT M. i know im reapeating alot of stuff but thats how bad i have been wanting to play this game!!!!!!!!! I know that youre waisting time on my letter and satopped reading this half way through but i really loove this game an shoul completly be rated T.
  3. Nov 1, 2011
    Fun game, good plot, and its got Tequila! John Woo's film doesn't dissapoint. If you don't know what i'm talking about, then go google "Hardboiled" and watch it. A classic gun-fu type of film. This game is nothing less. Gives you god-like powers, with a life of course (you can't be God, there's only one). Pick it up and play, what can I say. Gameplay is good, at times iffy. But, for a game based off of a movie. Not bad, not even half bad. It's pretty damn cheap now so go grab a copy and play for days, its a good way to spend a weekend. Expand
  4. MasJ.
    Jan 21, 2008
    So fun, definitely worth the rental. Its the closest game I played to the feel of an action movie. Nice locations to play in and gameplay is good.
  5. PullTheTrigger
    Jul 11, 2008
    I rented Stranglehold a while back and the game was fairly decent. The game itself was pretty addicting, good old fashioned crazy shoot-outs. There were lots of explosions, which is always good for my destructive habits. Then you get to the cut-scenes, oh dear god, the cut-scenes. I have to give them credit for the authentic engrish of the main character, but other than that the voices seemed way off for the characters. It became a bit too difficult within time and well, it became a bit repetitive. All in all, I'd have to say this was only a rent for me. Expand
  6. M.K.
    Nov 4, 2007
    It could've been better. Overall inferior to max payne... Shoot first, think later gameplay... The opening chapter really captures the John Woo experience. Sadly, dialogue in this game is laughable like all John Woo english dub films. Watching the collector's edition Hard Boiled and playing the game makes you want more than what the game offers. With games like Max Payne around, this game offers nothing. Just John Woo settings and Chow Fat. It does have "awesome" moments, like the first time you are in a stand off or shooting a bad guy in the crouch with pin-point accuracy. Expand
  7. RandyS.
    Oct 20, 2007
    Bottom line the story is hot but, the game play is should just get a John Woo movie and watch that....Face off any oneb

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