stranglehold
Metacritic (PC): 77/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 77/100
Metacritic (PS): 77/100
Release: Sep 2007
Reviewed on: PS3

Stranglehold

Site Score
7.5
Good: Constant full blown action – Interactive objects
Bad: Short – Gameplay doesn't evolve during the game
User Score
8.5
(6 votes)
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Stranglehold is a uniquely action packed third person shooter that lets you do all sorts of crazy things on your PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The game is actually designed to be a sequel to John Woo’s 1992 action film, Hard Boiled.

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Players play as the tough cop inspector Tequila Yuen over a roughly 6-7hr campaign that takes you through all sorts of locations. The game starts out in Hong Kong after a police officer goes missing, as Tequila goes to investigate he finds himself attacked by a number of triad groups.

Throughout the game players encounter as many as 4 different triad groups that provide plenty of bodies for Tequila to fight against in the slow motion orientated combat. This includes the Dragon Claw, Golden Kane, Imperial Nines and Zakarov Syndicate.

Gameplay wise Stranglehold is quite linear with players having objectives in a variety of settings to achieve. Between you and this objective though are often countless henchman out for your blood. Thankfully Tequila has all sorts of weapons up his sleeve along with a range of special abilities to tip the odds back in your favour. Weapons such as pistols, shotguns, assault rifles and even rocket launchers all make an appearance.

Actually firing these weapons often happens through the core slow motion mechanic that the game uses. This slow motion can be activated by pressing a button, diving in a direction or interacting with an object (such as a stair rail or chandelier). This slow motion mechanic is referred to as Tequila Time and vital to gameplay but is limited by a meter which drains with use and regenerates over time.

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Other special abilities are known as Tequila Bombs and include healing yourself, precision aiming, barrage (endless ammo and invulnerability) and smart bomb that instantly kills everyone on the map (flying doves included). These special abilities also drain energy with increasingly larger energy requirements for the more powerful abilities. Replenishing energy comes from defeating enemies (more energy for dramatic kills) or finding hidden paper cranes around the map.

The chaos of Stranglehold is its greatest asset, it definitely makes you feel that you’re in the centre of an action movie.

Summary:

  • From the mind of John Woo.
  • Full of insane action and crazy moves.
  • Slow motion third person orientated gunplay.
  • Use the environment and your 4 special skills to dispatch enemies.
  • For Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Stranglehold, 8.5 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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