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Stranglehold (Xbox 360)

by Midway Games Ltd
Xbox 360
 Ages 18 and Over
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000BLE9C8
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm ; 118 g
  • Release Date: 14 Sep 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,373 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

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John Woo Presents Stranglehold

Amazon.co.uk Review

Companies are always going on about the synergy between movies and video games, but all this really ever seems to mean is lots of dreadful movie tie-ins where all the money has been spent on celebrity voiceovers. Stranglehold is different though, in that it’s essentially a sequel to 1992’s classic movie Hard Boiled, made purely for video games. This time Inspector "Tequila" Yuen is unleashing his unorthodox policing methods on Russian crime bosses in both Hong Kong and Chicago. It stars the likeness of original lead Chow Yun Fat and has been developed with hands-on help from director John Woo – who it turns out does seem to know a thing or two about video games.

Of course video games have been ripping off John Woo for years, particularly his trademark slow motion shots of two-handed pistol action. As a result this initially seems dangerously similar to Max Payne et al., but the graphical power of the next generation consoles and PC ensures that this is a far more dynamic and interactive affair. Not only can you make use of a bullet time effect (call "Tequila time" here) to slow down time around you but almost all of the scenery can be used too, from sliding down banisters guns firing to scooting across the room on top of a waiter’s trolley. The damage done as you go is truly impressive, with tiles shattering off the walls, chandeliers impaling bad guys as they fall and electric wires and water mains unhinging themselves everywhere. Making a mess has never been so much fun.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Stranglehold is an all action shoot 'em up which is great fun while it lasts. A lot of complaints have been made that it's too short. I agree to a certain extent but because the game play is virtually the same throughout I don't think it could have been stretched much further.

The action is some of the most exciting ever seen on a games console and the way the scenery is destroyed adds to the immersion. Usually the damage to scenery in other shooters is minimal. In Stranglehold the damage is remarkable. Almost everything can be shot. During a gunfight, tables are knocked over, bottles smashed, concrete form pillars is smashed off and in one level even fish tanks can be shot spilling the contents all over the floor. At the end of a gunfight when you get your breath back and look at the room you are in the level of destruction is amazing.

Because the action is so fast and exciting its one of the few games you can let your mate have a go on and not get bored watching someone else play it.

Forty quid is definitely a lot to ask for a game that is this short, this easy and has very little replay value. However, now the price is half that it's definitely worth a purchase. Fans of big budget action films will love this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Silverfrog TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For those of you who love John Woo films and his artistic style, this game is for you. The game character Tequila is the character from the movie Hard Boiled (played by Chow Yun Fat) - a badass cop who doesn't mind bending the rules to put bad guys away. As in the movie Hard Boiled, the action scenes are wonderfully played out with a mix of slow motion and manic gun fights or exposions. In this game Stranglehold, this is no exception.

The feature of the game is that you can slow time down for a limited period of time allowing you to aim more precisely and kill more bad guys. You'll find that you want to dive often where time is automatically slowed down (just like in Hard Boiled!!).
You can also run along banisers, chairs, walls etc which is great fun and I really like being able to jump off a wall, kick it and fire my guns falling backwards and also jumping onto a trolley and killing peole as your coast along (also in Hard Boiled in the Hospital). John Woo's trademark is the used throughout the game like the use of two pistols, Woo time (slow motion) and close encouter gunfights, and sliding across tables etc. In the extra's, you can go to a shop with John Woo as the salesman and buy extras after earning them during gameplay.

Similar to Devil May Cry for the PS2, you have Style points and combo points, so the more you kill people with style (e.g. sliding down a banister and killing guys) the more points you gain. Your points are contributed to 'Tequila Bomb gauge' that fills up. As you progress along the game you unlock 4 specials.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Great White VINE VOICE
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Wow i must say WOW! This is the game i have been waiting for since the film came out and now it's finally here and it doesn't disappoint not one little bit. The gunplay is better than what you had in the matrix even when you slow the action down it doesn't actually slow down to the point of boredom, it stays fast and furious. The moves you can do in this game are excellent from assending stairs to jumpin on balance rails to even surfing on trolleys and shoot the "claret" out of the bad guys. The inclusion of the special moves is brilliant too, like for instance Precsion aiming which you don't get until a little bit through the game and it's worth waiting for as revenge is a bloody mary, sweet, delicious and served cold with plenty of blood. You're being shot in the shoulder by some a'hole well turn the tides and shoot him where it most hurts. haha. Finally there is a videogames based on a film that 100% delivers all the thrills and excitement of the movie. And the body count cam never be maxed in the game, basically anything goes. You can either pistol whip them if you're close enough or you can blow the hell out of them with the assortment of weapons at your disposal. This is a rare game, shall i tell you why? Because it has endless replay value and just like the film will definately have you coming back for more. The multiplayer xbox live funtion of the game is great to play too will you proves you are the cop that can't be stopped? Chow Yun Fat proves that his character can cross borders from film to game almost effortlessly. This is my fave game and if you want a great action game then choose stranglehold.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
JOHN WOO PRESENTS STRANGLEHOLD is a 'spiritual' sequel to his 1992 Hong Kong film HARD-BOILED, which starred Chow Yun-Fat (who was also seen in CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON; THE KILLER; A BETTER TOMORROW; BULLETPROOF MONK and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END) as police Inspector 'Tequila' Yuen. This game allows you to reprise the role of that iconic character (who is also voiced by Chow himself!) as you unravel a case involving two girls who get kidnapped by a crime syndicate.

The game itself is a third-person shooter that uses the Unreal engine (as did other titles like GEARS OF WAR and RAINBOW SIX: VEGAS), but there are quite a few things that make this quite different from those:

(1) STRANGLEHOLD has the most destructive environments in videogame history. Pretty much anything can be destroyed, from tables to glass windows to ornate vases and dragons. In some instances you can use this to your advantage, for if you see a suspended sign above a baddie you can shoot the sign so that it falls on top of him!
(2) You build up a Tequila Bomb meter (in the bottom-left corner) that allows you to pull off one of four special moves (although you don't get the ability to use them until certain points in the game, but you don't have to wait all that long before they become available).
(3) Being a John Woo-based game, if you're familiar with the best of Woo's movies then you know the drill: slow-motion, ballistic gun-battles with people leaping around and using their environment in imaginative ways to avoid getting shot or otherwise killed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stranglehold xbox 360
I'm worried the storyline will be a little shorter than I'd like but this game is one of the better upcoming titles on the 360.
Published 1 month ago by IBRAHIM ALBADI
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth it
Like an Asian Max Payne with some cooler abilities. The shooting doesn't hold up as well as Max Payne 3 but considering this game came out before its definitely worth playing if... Read more
Published 1 month ago by brandon green
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
OK game
Published 1 month ago by K Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like this game
Published 1 month ago by Andre Laurence
3.0 out of 5 stars game
says it comes without sleeve which is fair enough didnt say anything about how the box is broke in many different place's and that there is actually no place to put a replacement... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars xbox
great game good graphics and story line keeps on going when you think its the end another scene pops up
Published 15 months ago by dad
1.0 out of 5 stars No no no
Bad quality just boring although slow mo is quite interesting. But not a strong story. Just predictable. Boring. Not good
Published 16 months ago by Marc Cowan
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, fast-paced shooter of a similar style to Max Payne
I had 'Stranglehold' completed rather quickly, within a single day or perhaps two days if I remember rightly, and for that reason I'd say that make sure you get a cheaper copy of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jonathan R
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Ok
Not the best game I played but its fun nonetheless and at the price of a few quids its ok.
Published 19 months ago by cuonggoku
5.0 out of 5 stars game
Another good purchase. quality of game great for the price and would play time and time again. it was a gift and my son was really happy when he received it.
Published 24 months ago by Nicola Price
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