- Price: £49.99
- Players: 1 offline; 2-6 online
- Widescreen: Yes
- Dolby Digital 5.1: Yes
- Xbox Live-enabled: Yes
- Downloadable content: No
AJohn Woo’s Strangleholdis effectively a sequel to his 1992 action movie, Hard Boiled, starring Chow Yun Fat as Inspector”Tequila” Yuen, one which I haven’t actually seen (shame on me, I know), although from the clips I’ve seen Ican see where it’s coming from.
Blowing kneecaps in a busy marketplace
There’s more to discover as the game takes you to Chicago, and while I haven’t played it all yet, I’m ledto believe that the majority of the game style is the same, but that doesn’t mean it’s a problem. Quite theopposite in fact because as you play this one-man-on-a-mission type of cop, Strangehold is a fuckingbig load of CRASH!BANG!WALLOP! and I love it!
If I had any complaints, the I’d say that the movement of Tequila is a bit wooden as you run about and he walksround like he’s got cramp. Gliding over tables doesn’t make for a smooth transition, especially when you can doit back and forth at will and he just heads back in the same pose, shuffling his bum backwards for the returnjourney, as you can see in the first clip in the market.
I could also whinge that too many baddies standing next to explosive barrels, yet again. But I won’t, since this gamedoes have the get-out clause which comes when they’re in their drugs labs that are full of explosive chemicalsanyway that go boom when you fire at them, as shown in the fifth clip below. In fact, as you play you’ll seethat so much of the environment can be blown apart or shot at to amusing effect. The thing to look out for isto shoot at things with a shiny look to them to cause mayhem, something I only realised after recording someof these clips, such as the stand-off one.
Precision-time II & Tequila gets stuck!
And for those gamers worried that they’ll have to go a long way before being able to save, don’t fret, there arelots of checkpoints, ammo and health.
More cool precision-time
I’m not one for online multiplayer, so look elsewhere to see what that’s like, but I’ll also give a mention to the Extras, which are trailers for Wheelman, featuring Vin Diesel, which looks great but I can’t see yet onAmazon, sadly, andBlacksite Area 51,which looks good too and is already out. Click on the name for more info on that one.
So that’s it – the review of Stranglehold. It’s short but sweet, and basically, stop reading this andgo out and buy the bloody thing. It’s wonderful!
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Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.