bagronken's John Woo presents Stranglehold (Collector's Edition) (Xbox 360) review

Tequila Shooter

Hard Boiled 

John Woo and Chow Yun Fat bring you back into the world of the hard-boiled Officer "Tequila" Yuen. The combination of a good-looking shooter with driven story works well, and takes you back to the Max Payne era in more than one way. Diving, jumping and shooting in slow-motion can get tiresome after a while, especially through some missions that get overly tedious, but a good mix of game-mechanics and well directed cut-scenes are enough to hold your interest up.

Good mix of ingredients

Stranglehold uses a good variety of mechanics to keep the game-play fresh. Tequila can't just only enter Bullet Time to drive off the waves of gangsters, but also has four different special abilities that all work very well in the different situations the game presents you with. While the mechanics aren't always as tight as they could have been, they are blended well with contextual action moves and cover spots. The game also packages it all very well, complete with beautifully exploding environments, in that brilliant Hong Kong action flick way.

Pros & Cons

+ Good and fun action and varied missions and game-play
+ Proper story with great voice-acting and superb direction
- Some mission parts can get dull, demanding too many retries

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