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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] Expand
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  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. Pelit (Finland)
    85
    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. PC Zone UK
    79
    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. PC Gamer
    79
    If only Stranglehold wasn't quite so formulaic, quite so tamed, and quite so short, this shot of Tequila would go down a whole lot smoother. [Dec 2007, p.72]
  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: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. ChrisF.
    Oct 8, 2007
    9
    Nice Graphics, nice Story, nice Action, NICE GAME.
  2. Mar 16, 2018
    8
    На безрыбье Stranglehold можно принять за продолжение Max Payne.
  3. 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 thisStranglehold 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
  4. Jun 13, 2018
    7
    Sometimes the fast and stylish actions of Stranglehold can temporarily cloak its dated graphics, laughable animation and short length. Sometimes only.
  5. Mar 15, 2021
    7
    Stranglehold at first might look like a Max Payne clone, but it isn't.

    The developers of Max Payne made it clear in the past that that they
    Stranglehold at first might look like a Max Payne clone, but it isn't.

    The developers of Max Payne made it clear in the past that that they were inspired by John Woo's films, like Hard Boiled, one of his most popular movies. Later on, John Woo decided of instead of doing a movie sequel to Hard Boiled, he decided to do a sequel in video game form, Stranglehold. Developed by Midway Games' Chicago on the Unreal Engine 3, the game released on September 5, 2007.

    So why isn't this game well known? Well, my guess is that its due to two reasons: Lack of marketing, and 'being' a Max Payne clone. It seems that the people who knew about the game thought it was ripping off Max Payne, when actuality it was made by the person who inspired Max Payne's gameplay.

    Compared to Max Payne, Stranglehold is way more intense, destructive, and action packed. Instantly you are thrown into a densely packed world with waves of enemies thrown at you to kill. You jump, slide, and dive around, either in normal time, or in Tequila time, slowmotion shooting. The game also controls very well. I played on PC, but the controls should just be as good on console. What makes it so good is that Tequila, the main character, flows with the environment, automatically sliding over objects like tables without losing your aim. You also don't have to reload, which might seem stupid at first, but it makes sense for the game as you never seem to lose your momentum, taking cover to reload every 2 seconds. What also very much impressed me was the level of destruction. Like there is a lot of stuff that can break, including the rare times when you have to take cover, and the enemy shoot all of the cover. This means you can break platforms above enemies to crush them with stuff, or break platforms below their feet to have them fall to their death. With the more people you kill, you fill up a special ability bar. The abilities include precision shot, barrage, and spin attack.

    Like every game, it has its problems. One that I noticed is its 16:9 support. For 16:9, they just cut off the top and bottom of the 4:3 picture, which happens on any system you play it on, and you can't adjust FOV. Since it was one of the first titles to use Unreal Engine 3, the textures, and lighting look awful. Gameplay wise, because of the lack of directions in the environment, I got lost, or couldn't find my way. Some levels want you to destroy buildings that you find by looking for black smoke. That was actually harder for me that I thought, as I not only had a hard time finding them, but some of them were difficult to get to. Also, you'll see there are some areas in the environment where you can run along a railing, which shows up as a long white line above it. Sometimes its fine, but other times your aim is restricted so you can't pan over to a certain spot, or sometimes you just won't jump on even though you pressed the button. Lastly, I would have to say the difficult will spike in a few spots, as there can be way too many enemies, health packs can be hard to reach, or you run low on aim in a certain weapon. Other things I can note is the weapon bullet spread. Because there is no recoil, they went with bullet spread, which makes weapons a lot less accurate in long distance engagements. For the precision shot ability, the bullet travels way too slow, so you can miss a target if they move. Lastly, the story is alright, I just didn't find it as engaging as Max Payne.

    Regarding the PC port, its decent. Runs on Windows 10 with no problems. No forced mouse acceleration, thank god. FPS wise, the game runs fine at high framerates, but the weird menu controls, and how you can't adjust mouse sensitivity until you load into the game is just some of its quirks. On PC it also doesn't seem to have controller support. Lastly, both the Collector's Edition, and Map Pack DLC weren't released for PC, not like it matters though. It also doesn't use Games For Windows Live.

    Finding a standard edition copy, or even the collector's edition copy of this game is very cheap these days, with the game up on GOG for $10. So if you want a game that turns Max Payne up to 10, then Stranglehold is for you.
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  6. 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 slowLooks 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
  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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