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Tequila Yuen, ready for over-the-top action.

John Woo Presents Stranglehold is a third person shooter developed by Midway Chicago and published by Midway for the Xbox 360 (on September 7, 2007), PC (on September 18, 2007), and PlayStation 3 (on October 29, 2007). The sequel to Chinese filmmaker John Woo's 1992 film Hard Boiled, John Woo Presents Stranglehold emulates the intense, over-the-top gun battles of John Woo films like Hard Boiled, The Killer, and A Better Tomorrow II. Both Woo (who also played a helpful bartender in the original film) and Chow Yun-Fat (who played the main protagonist, Inspector "Tequila" Yuen, in the original film) reprise their roles in the game by contributing their likenesses and doing the voices of their original characters.

The game has been compared a lot to the famous Max Payne series, especially the concept of bullet time in Max Payne with that of Tequila Time in Stranglehold. Bullet time, or in case of Stranglehold Tequila Time lets the players to slow down time significantly and this provides the player to have an easy kill opportunity when surrounded by hordes of enemies. The game has such a focus on action and style that there is no reloading of weapons to keep the flow of the shootouts fast and frenetic. Stranglehold includes both single player as well as multiplayer features.


Tequila Time

Tequila Time will slow down time and lets you pick your enemies, one at a time.

Stranglehold includes something called "Tequila Time". During play, you can jump in any direction and interact with any object while aiming at an opponent to trigger Tequila Time or press a button to activate it manually. Tequila Time is managed through a meter which drains and regenerates in time.

Style Points

The player gains style points based on how they kill enemies. Two stars may be awarded just for shooting an enemy, but three or four may be given if the player kills them during a dive. At the end of a level the amount of style points gained are added up and can be used to make purchases at the Unlock Shop.

Special Abilities

Throughout the game you will earn a number of special abilities called Tequila Bomb. The first ability, available from the start of the game, gives players a health boost. The amount of health given depends on the amount of Tequila Bomb energy the player already has built up. The second ability, Precision Aim, slows down time and zooms into first person where you get to accurately aim your gunshot; which usually ends in an instant death for regular enemies. Another ability, Barrage, gives you unlimited ammunition for your weapons and near- invincible health for a short amount of time. The Spin Attack kills most enemies in an area without using any of the players ammo.

Paper Cranes

Paper cranes are hidden throughout each level and when found, each crane fills one section of the Tequila Bomb meter at the bottom left of the screen. An achievement is rewarded for finding 250 cranes.


There are seven weapons in John Woo Presents Stranglehold. They are as follows:



Sub-Machine Gun

Assault Rifle

Heavy Machine Gun

Rocket Launcher

Golden Gun

Interaction with the Environment

Throughout levels in the game there are many highlighted objects. These include roll carts that Tequila can ride on and rails that he can slide down or run up. Much of the environments in the game can also be destroyed. At the end of each level the game shows players how much "Damage to the World" they have done.


Stranglehold features an unlockables shop. In the shop, players can spend their hard-earned style-points on little extras such as additional character skins (including one of John Woo himself) and bonus making-of movies. There are achievements for unlocking all additional character skins.


The game starts off in Hong Kong and shifts to Chicago during gameplay. In the thick of things one of the police officer goes missing, kidnapped actually. Later on, the police officers receive a call where they are asked for a ransom in return of the kidnapped officer. Tequila, the game's protagonist volunteers to rescue the officer, and during this journey the player will get a chance to kill, not just kill but brutally kill hordes of enemies. After a while Tequila finds out that the officer has been murdered and the thirst to find the killers leads Tequila to Wong, Head of Dragon Claw group. In the course of time Tequila also finds out that his ex-wife is the daughter of Wong, and is currently kept hostage by Zakarov, a Russian Mob Group in Chicago. All this leads Tequila into Chicago where Tequila will have to save his family.

Collector's Edition

A Collector's Edition of Stranglehold was also released along side of the Regular Edition. The Xbox 360 Collector's Edition includes numerous "making-of" features, extended cinematic cutscenes and a concept art gallery. The PS3 Collector's Edition includes the same additional extras but also featured a high-definition version of the movie Hard Boiled, which the game was inspired from, all in one Blu-ray disc.

Xbox 360 Game Installation

John Woo Presents Stranglehold requires 6.7GB of space to install on an Xbox 360 HDD.

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements to play the game:

  • Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500
  • 256 MB RAM
  • DirectX 9.0b compatible graphics card with 64 MB VRAM (see below for complete list)
  • DirectX 9.0b compatible sound card
  • DirectX 9.0c (included)
  • Broadband Internet connection required for online play

Recommended system requirements to play the game:

  • Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista
  • Dual Core Processor
  • 2.0 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7800 or higher, ATI X1300 or higher
  • DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
  • DirectX 9.0c (included)
  • Broadband Internet connection required for online play

In addition, the installer requires 50 GB of free hard drive memory in order to run.

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