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- Engage the enemy in Tequila Time by targeting and firing in real-time while the world dramatically slows and enjoy the exhilaration of running up railings, swinging from chandeliers, and leaping onto moving objects - all without complex controls.
- Using the Massive D physics engine, bring the world down on your enemies, carve your own realistic path of destruction through environments and maneuver through unique piles of debris which persist in the environment.
- In the only video game to offer the authentic Woo experience, John Woo partners with Midway to create the ultimate action video game with all of the director's signature cinematic action, character focused storytelling, and revolutionary directing style.
- Prove you are the ultimate renegade cop as players from around the world show off their gunplay skill and compete online in the most realistic next-gen environments.
- The Exclusive Playstation 3 system Collector's Edition includes: A John Woo film "Hard Boiled" & Stranglehold
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Honor is his code. Vengeance is his mission. Bloodshed is his only option... Experience the excitement of the true next-gen action while continuing the story of John Woo's influential action film, "Hard Boiled" starring Chow Yun-Fat. Ensnared by a crime boss with a gripping secret, Inspector Tequila is forced to cross the line from sworn duty to bloody revenge. Engage your enemies with intense cinematic gun battles and cause massive environmental damage in real-time or revolutionary slow-motion Tequila Time.
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The game is a 3rd person shooter similar to Max payne, Dead to rights and whatever other game that has you playing as a cop and slo mo is involved. There is a story but it feels rushed and its just there for the sake of having a story that can be a "sequel" to John Woo's action classic "Hard boiled". This should be an early warning sign to how everything would turn out. Making a sequel to a movie in a video game format it would of worked here if better thought out and executed. What you get here is level after level shooting enemies after enemies. Now you saying so you did the same thing in Max Payne; true but Max payne back in 2000 was the first of its kind and paved the way for other shooters such as Dead to rights, matrix etc.
The game games gets old after a while, the pacing is the same from start to finish and there's boss fights which are just enemies with more health and bigger guns shouting at you and some turret shooting just to add variety. But you know that the game is just trying to hard when adding those. But the John Woo factor kicks in once in a while which are the cutscenes which look really good and are worthy of the John woo title, its like your watching one of his film but in video game form which you dont get to control.
The production values high there's know doubt about that, they went to great length to make everything in the game destructible, just like Woo's films you need to have a place riddled with bullets and you get a lot of that here. Now the game is short you can probably beat it in one sitting and there's some bonus materials to unlock like art, videos etc. And there's a competitive online multiplayer which is fun for a while but you wont find anyone playing.
I loved this game, by this review I made it look like a crappy game but in honesty it was fun while it lasts. I reviewed it as a someone who will give a fair score. I like John Woo's film but can't give a good score just for that reason. It is a good game but a shallow one when it boils down to it(pun intended)
its a game you'd probably want to rent but the collectors edition comes with the "Hard boiled" but its not HD.
If you do end up buying it the regular game, play it and sell it. But the collectors edition is a great item to own just because it has "Hard boiled" on it.
*First-generation graphics: Stranglehold is showing its age. The graphics are clearly from the first generation of games produced for current game consoles. It's not too distracting, but don't start playing if you've just finished a graphics powerhouse title like Metal Gear Solid 4 or Uncharted 2.
*Repetitious and clichéd gameplay: anybody who has ever played Doom, Quake, Half-Life, Black, Max Payne, or any other shooter knows the drill. Run around, collect guns, shoot at anything that moves, and pick up health packs before you die. No surprises here...either you love this sort of thing or you hate it.
*Classic John Woo style: if you dig Woo's ultraviolent, over-the-top Hong Kong action flicks, especially Hard Boiled, you'll enjoy all the Woo touches in Stranglehold. From awesome tracking shots in cut scenes to acrobatic character moves, Stranglehold is the closest you're ever gonna get to being Chow Yun Fat yourself.
So, which is it going to be? As a review writer, I have a duty to ding Stranglehold for its so-so graphics, lame storyline, and repetitive gameplay. As a committed fan and friend of John Woo's cinematic oeuvre, I ought to give Stranglehold a 5-star review. Hmmmm, well...unlike a typical John Woo main character, I don't feel I can let friendship outweigh my duty to warn potential victims of this game by giving it a perfect rating.
Bottom line: 3 stars, with the caveat that fans of Woo's HK work are much more likely to enjoy Stranglehold than those who are unfamiliar with films like The Killer, A Better Tomorrow, and Bullet in the Head. Also keep in mind that the copy of Hard Boiled included with the game *is not* in HD and can only be viewed using a PS3.