• Beautiful destruction
  • Character design and animation
  • Intense, fast-paced action
  • Relentlessly old-school
  • Ultimately short and shallow
  • Level design loses personality halfway in

When it shines, it shines brightly. During intensive fire fights it can look stunning, with blood spurting, fire raging, and bullet tracers carving up the view. And importantly, Stranglehold brings back some classics of action gaming that deserve a fresh showing. Since the game is easily finished in eight hours, it’s not as if you’re struggling with the boring bits for long. It’s just that the excellent rampages that preceded them cast a long shadow. The trick is, don’t sit down to play this in one session. After a decent break, picking it up at any point is entertaining. The Precision Aim is never boring, but the bullet time antics can start to feel mundane. Do a chapter a day - then it will last you a week.

If the imaginative approach of the Hong Kong levels could have reached Chicago, we’d be hoarse from cheering. As it is, we’re smiling with nostalgia for those days of four hours ago.

More Info

Release date: Oct 30 2007 - PS3
May 01 2007 - Xbox 360, PC (US)
Nov 30 2007 - PS3
Sep 14 2007 - Xbox 360
Sep 28 2007 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Midway
Developed by: Tiger Hill Games
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence
PEGI Rating:

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