A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
It's an action crime drama -- specifically a John Woo movie -- come to life. Vengeance is more important that police procedure.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of gunplay where the shotgun does major damage. When in slow-motion matrix-type mode, you decide where to place bullets so that they matter when they enter the body.
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Mild to strong cursing including the use of "Damn," "S--t," and "Hell."
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Products & Purchases
Fake products only.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters smoke and alcohol heals you.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the game glorifies violence in a graphic and, some would say, irresponsible manner; and the game's central message is that one badass cop can take down entire crime families with firepower. Not a real-world lesson, but one you can find on the silver screen. The game lets you jump in various directions and shoot bad guys in slow motion.
Is It Any Good?
Given that there's not much to the cinematics, dialogue, exposition, or presentation of Stranglehold, Mr. Woo might want to reconsider lending the game his name. But the action is satisfying, even though what you're playing is essentially a one- or two-trick pony.
Stranglehold features a major gimmick in search of a game. And that gimmick is: "Tequila Time" (no, Jose Cuervo isn't involved -- the character's name is Tequila), a way to slow everything down and let you place bullets exactly where you need them to go. You gain this miraculous trick by doing other cool stunts ripped from preposterous action movies. The level design, pacing, and use of Tequila Time make for a fun and intense gaming experience.
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