posted by Moose1220 (MICHIGAN CITY, IN) Jan 15, 2008
Member since Apr 2007
John Woo has always been a great action movie director, and now, he's taking on video games. John Woo Presents Stranglehold is a very intense action game where you take the role of a Chinese cop, Inspector "Tequila" Yuen (no joke... that is his real name) who takes on Triads and the Russian Mafia (I don't know how those go together, but they do). Although the story is a generic one, the game itself is very good. The game is almost identical to Max Payne, where you press a button and then you dive in the direction you are running. If you run backwards, you will dive backward. If you run forward, you will dive forward. While doing this time also slows down, which gives you more time to shoot more enemies. This technique is called... TEQUILA TIME! HA HA HA (SOUNDS LIKE A DRINKING GAME). But seriously, it definitely adds to the gameplay experience. Without it, the game would be extremely mediocre. But one of the best features is Precision Aiming, which allows you to slow down time and precisely aim at specific body parts. Meaning, you can shoot enemies in the head, neck, butt, or my personal favorite... the groin area! This is without a doubt, it is the best part of the game. In conclusion, I recommend that anyone older than 15 check out this game. If you are under 15, get permission from your parents, as this game is very violent and contains gallons of blood. However, your parents probably won't let you play it anyway. Just wait until you are older. In my opinion, this is a great action game and anyone who loves plenty of violence should check this out.
This game is what Enter the Matrix should have been more like.
Pros: The environments are great-looking and destructible, the gun-fighting is satisfying, and the atmosphere is exactly like a dumb Hong Kong action movie (which can be a good thing).
Cons: The camera is too slow and stays too close to Tequila sometimes, the character facial models are ugly, enemies appear out of nowhere behind you and get cheap shots, the gameplay can get repetitive, and the voice acting is mostly terrible. Why they didn't just make the entire cast speak the characters' native language is beyond me. Chow Yun Fat's "Engrish" is laughable.
After playing the demo I couldn't wait to get this game. Boy am I disappointed... this game is the most repetative junk I've seen in a long time. Shoot some dudes. more dudes come out.. shoot them.. more come out...
The backgrounds look great and the story is exactly like the movie, but I gotta tell ya, it was a struggle just to get through the second level.