Companies are always going on about the synergy between movies and video games, but all this really ever seems to mean is lots of dreadful movie tie-ins where all the money has been spent on celebrity voiceovers. Stranglehold is different though, in that it’s essentially a sequel to 1992’s classic movie Hard Boiled, made purely for video games. This time Inspector "Tequila" Yuen is unleashing his unorthodox policing methods on Russian crime bosses in both Hong Kong and Chicago. It stars the likeness of original lead Chow Yun Fat and has been developed with hands-on help from director John Woo – who it turns out does seem to know a thing or two about video games.
Of course video games have been ripping off John Woo for years, particularly his trademark slow motion shots of two-handed pistol action. As a result this initially seems dangerously similar to Max Payne et al., but the graphical power of the next generation consoles and PC ensures that this is a far more dynamic and interactive affair. Not only can you make use of a bullet time effect (call "Tequila time" here to slow down time around you but almost all of the scenery can be used too, from sliding down banisters guns firing to scooting across the room on top of a waiter’s trolley. The damage done as you go is truly impressive, with tiles shattering off the walls, chandeliers impaling bad guys as they fall and electric wires and water mains unhinging themselves everywhere. Making a mess has never been so much fun.
(Region free, Full English language, will play on any PS3 console system
Stranglehold, a third person, action/adventure game set in Hong Kong and Chicago, is being developed in collaboration with world renowned film director, John Woo. Featuring international action film star Chow Yun-Fat as Inspector Tequila, Stranglehold will feature much of the hyperkinetic, choreographed action and freeze framed sequences that Woo is known for.
Gamers experience real Hong Kong style action - Running up railings, swinging on chandeliers and leaping onto moving objects -- all without interrupting intense gun battles
Starring Chow Yun-Fat as Inspector Tequila, plus other A-list Hollywood talent Features the cinematic flair of acclaimed action director John Woo - His direction on storyline, camera placement and cutscenes
Explore two huge areas in Chicago and Hong Kong, with infinite interactions and amp; massive amounts of destructibility
Inventive combat camera and Tequila Time slow-motion system allow players to aim and shoot at a target while driving, for robust gunplay between vehicles
The highly modified Unreal 3.0 engine breathes new life into game environments and characters with stunning graphics and amp; an ever-changing battleground