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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, freneticAcclaimed 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] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. 90
    As long as you go into this game expecting an intense John Woo thrill, you will not be disappointed.
  2. 86
    Put aside such quibbles however and you're left with a fantastic action game that brings you as close to being the lead in a fully formed John Woo film as you're ever going to get, for his fans that alone will be enough, for the rest of you still left undecided go and watch 'Hard Boiled' with an Xbox controller in your hand and imagine how great it would be if it was interactive.
  3. The action-centric gameplay is as intense, over the top, and engaging as any John Woo work should be, and combined with the visuals of the Unreal 3 engine the game is essentially a next-gen Max Payne.
  4. AceGamez
    80
    John Woo Presents Stranglehold may not exactly be what players were expecting, but it comes packed with a truly next generation look and presentation that makes it difficult to not enjoy, even if it is only for brief periods.
  5. If you're short on cash and waiting for the big blockbuster games this Holiday Season, you may want to skip over this game. Stranglehold probably best serves as a rental unless you're really into action games.
  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. Unfortunately, the gameplay breaks down fairly often, with enemies acting like idiots, getting stuck on objects, or becoming bulletproof from particular angles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. anonymous
    Dec 12, 2009
    10
    Oh my god this game is AMAZING!! It's like combining Max Payne and Devil May Cry into one game. The only thing that stinks is the graphics.
  2. NathanP.
    Sep 24, 2007
    9
    Any action junkie will find Stranglehold a blast to play hearkening back to old school shoot 'em ups of old. The massively destructible Any action junkie will find Stranglehold a blast to play hearkening back to old school shoot 'em ups of old. The massively destructible environments and special moves really make you feel like a badass. Multiplayer, while not very robust makes for a pleasant diversion. Good luck beating it on maximum difficulty, "Hard Boiled". Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2013
    9
    If "Stranglehold" weren't the first name of this game, its second name would naturally be "badass." John Woo, Chow Yun-Fat and Midway gamesIf "Stranglehold" weren't the first name of this game, its second name would naturally be "badass." John Woo, Chow Yun-Fat and Midway games make the style, mechanics, and destructibility brilliantly entertaining. Expand
  4. FPSMaster
    Sep 5, 2007
    7
    Nice, fun game that doesn't last long. I got it late Monday afternoon and had it finished late Tuesday night while only having played in Nice, fun game that doesn't last long. I got it late Monday afternoon and had it finished late Tuesday night while only having played in 4 sittings for an hour or 2 each. The graphics are pretty nice, especially the environs (one of the levels it's raining outside and looks uncannily like Gears' rain level but with more light), but the character models still look a little like a PS2 game's models. The completely destructable environs are the real showcase here though, as they blow apart in ways that would make Full Auto jealous. Too bad other games don't use this physics engine (I'm looking at you Gears). The sounds are about what you'd expect and the voice acting is the standard with nothing really standing out. The controls are simple and you can do quite a few interactive moves depending on what you're standing next to in the environment including a cover feature that works realistically because the cover degrades forcing you to move like in a movie. You will learn 4 specail moves by the end of the 3 rd level, and that's all there is along with the stand-off mode which you will use throughout the entire game but you see it in the first level. Multiplayer plays a lot like single player so I don't think it will last long. This was a fun game, but over way too quickly. By the end it felt more like a tech demo for what the Unreal 3 Engine can do with environment physics rather than the developers actually making a great game. This is what Max Payne would have been on newer hardware, but a much shorter game. It does feel like a true sequel to Hardboiled, just don't expect it to last much longer than if it was an actual movie. Expand
  5. GaryW.
    Nov 1, 2007
    7
    I was expecting this game to be tat, but its actually rather good. Very good graphics and gunplay ( although there will be time you're I was expecting this game to be tat, but its actually rather good. Very good graphics and gunplay ( although there will be time you're running around like a headless chicken surrounding by nasty types barraging you with bullets) I have the game on hard and it is certainly a challenge, forcing you to find cover and use the environments to your advantage. One major problem is that the interact and jump button are both the same, so if you wanted to jump over a handrail instead of climb it you cant, all too often i find myself suddenly 'stuck' to a rail getting slowly murdered. Considering the 'Y' button is completely unused it seems strange they didnt have seperate buttons. Some walls you can dive off, yet a wall right next to it you wont be able to , so the game doesnt lets you do ANYTHING with the jump button if your near said wall. Youll be getting slaughtered so youll want to dive but you cant because your near a non interactive wall that the game thinks you wan t to run up (its healess chikcen time agian !). same goes for getting cover behind walls, it seems random and unresponsive. The AI is also pretty much awful. These swines can spot you from a hundred feet away through a tiny gap and will slaughter you, yet if you find a good vantage point you can leisurely shoot them in the head while they just stand there acting gormless. The boss fights show this up the most, with the first big boss simply standing there while you attack him with a ridiculous amount of bullets. Lets put it this way, shooting directly at the first boss with a machine gun, on hard difficulty, 250 bullets takes off approx 1 tenth of his life, its ridiculous and unrealistic. I never thought Id beat him until he began to throw bombs at a wall which were bouncing back and killing him. I sat there for ten minutes while he killed himself ! Despite all the tatty things about it, at the end of the day its balls-out , all-action mass destruction tackle, the AI is awful but its doesnt matter (until you get to a boss) because its a bit of mindless action. If you go in to the game expecting to do lots of slow motion jumping and shotting morons in the face, you wont go far wrong. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2017
    5
    Inspiré par le meilleur film d'action du monde (A Toute Epreuve) réalisé par John Woo au faîte de son art avec la star Chow Yun Fat,Inspiré par le meilleur film d'action du monde (A Toute Epreuve) réalisé par John Woo au faîte de son art avec la star Chow Yun Fat, Stranglehold a du être un défi en soi pour les développeurs... défi qu'ils n'ont pu hélas relever qu'à moitié... L'esprit du film est plutôt préservé (sauf la musique qui ne ressemble vraiment à rien dans le jeu) et quelques bonnes idées fonctionnent très bien, notamment les compétences spéciales hilarantes à utiliser (déluge de feu sur les adversaires, tourbillon, tir précis...) et dans le même registre, les "confrontations" bien pensées également.

    Tout le jeu repose sur les "bullet times" activables comme dans les 3 Max Payne, mais qui tirent profit dans Stranglehold des éléments du décor. L'interface est bien conçue et le maniement adéquat sauf qu'à l'instar des jeux du même genre, l'erreur est d'en avoir fait des TPS, une vue totalement inadaptée aux ralentis. L'angle de vision est ici assez limité et devoir gérer le personnage qui prend la moitié de l'écran, bouchant trop souvent la vue sur les ennemis qu'on canarde, c'est vite insupportable d'autant que la dite vue est trop rapprochée du personnage par défaut.

    Le système de couverture est correct mais pas exempt de défaillances non plus. Quant au caractère lassant de l'ensemble (dégommage ce centaines de blaireaux au ralenti, des boss coriaces et increvables -mais qui éventuellement finissent par crever au bout de dizaines de milliers de balles dans la tronche), le caractère lassant disais-je, est patent.

    Graphiquement, c'est correct sans plus mais ce n'est pas vraiment là où Stranglehold brille : ce serait plutôt du côté des effets de particules et des débris, de la destructibilité des décors sous l'impact des balles qu'il se distingue.

    Ah j'allais oublier la VF bien faite malgré la synchro à l'ouest ! il faut pourtant le souligner. Moins chiant que les Max Payne, Stranglehold leur est supérieur mais reste maladroit et bancal.
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  7. ApocalypseBrown
    Nov 21, 2007
    3
    Again the Edge gets it right while GamesTm suck up to the money-men, this game is mindless fun, but fun while it lasts. Unfortunately that funAgain the Edge gets it right while GamesTm suck up to the money-men, this game is mindless fun, but fun while it lasts. Unfortunately that fun lasts for 2 hours maximum, then its down hill at rapid speed. Graphically it doesn't look next gen, and the aiming gets so convoluted its crazy. Best to ignore the rambles of GamesTm and avoid this completely. Expand

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