posted by Vsonic (EAST STROUDSBURG, PA) Apr 30, 2011
Member since Jan 2010
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That's the perfect way to start this review, because nothing can sum up my disappointment with Stranglehold more than just that. A sigh.
This game blows. Granted, it came out in '07 and I rented it in 2011. Still, I can't imagine it being good when it came out, thanks to it's gameplay, which is a complete mess. Just a bunch of ideas - some kinda work, most don't - all thrown together to make sure that NOTHING WORKS. Interacting with the environment? Great idea. But having Tequila do it AUTOMATICALLY? HORRIBLE. He just keeps sliding across tables you don't want to, and when you DO want to, he tends to get hung up on things. The point is, it's hard to focus on where enemies are shooting you from when your character is spazzing around all the tables and stuff in the environment at random, with no input from the player. The bullet time mechanic is also pretty bad, occurring automatically during some maneuvers and manually at other times so overall it just happens whenever (and runs out at inopportune times CONSTANTLY). The aiming in general is pretty "squirrelly" too - this is one of the worst third person shooters I've ever played. Before OR after Gears of War. Stranglehold is wretched.
Seriously. If you're thinking of renting this; STOP. Go rent WET instead. It has far more style, a much more solid design and engine, great music, a great bullet time mechanic, is more polished, and is just loads of fun. All of those great things are features that Stranglehold lacks. What a complete disappointment. Ugh.
For a deaf gamer, this is pretty much impossible to play- there are no subtitles or instructions on what to do, etc. The graphics looked really cheesy to me.. even on a 1080P HDTV. I got about as far as 20 steps into the game, it's a boring, mediocre game - dime a dozen variety of shoot-em-up.