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Stranglehold review

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  • Beautiful destruction
  • Character design and animation
  • Intense
  • fast-paced action


  • Relentlessly old-school
  • Ultimately short and shallow
  • Level design loses personality halfway in

Oct 30, 2007

Here’s cool: slow motion diving through the air, pistol in each hand, taking out all 15 baddies in the room. There’s no denying this. Now do it sliding down a banister, riding belly-first on a trolley, or gliding along the back of a museum dinosaur.

No one can call into question the inherent coolness of John Woo’s gun-toting action style - although perhaps they might want to ponder on the overall quality of his later films (cough-Broken Arrow-cough). Stranglehold is a sequel of sorts to his 1992 Hong Kong film, Hard Boiled, with Woo there to direct the cutscenes to match his familiar policy of action before story, and to ensure the game has a suitable body count.

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DescriptionThe spiritual successor to the Hong Kong smash Hard Boiled, Stranglehold aims to blow you away with ridiculous action, amazing physics, and John Woo's matchless style.
PlatformPS3, Xbox 360, PC
US censor ratingMature
UK censor rating16+
Release date30 October 2007 (US), 30 November 2007 (UK)