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.