John Woo makes films that are a lot like games, loads of action, bullets and a massive boudy count by the end. Stranglehold is very much the film that Woo never made (but kind of has at the same time). The plot is there but simply acts as a means to progress from one level to the next. You play as Tequila (Chow Yun Fat) on a mission to rid the world of various different groups of gansters, nuff said.
The important part is that you run around semi-open levels, dispensing ballistic justice in as stylish a manner as possible. This is achieved by yet another version of bullet time, things slow down and you can deftly leap about, guns blazing, to ensure you are the last man standing. A nice touch are the Tequila Bombs, special moves that can give you the edge in a frenzied gun fight, my favourite being the one where you spin on the spot in slow motion, picking off baddies with painfully accurate shots! The compulsory cover system is present but works well enough along with running up and down railings and other such athletic stuff.
Graphics are good but not fantastic, the main criticism being it can all get a bit bland in places. Audio is fine, the voice acting is all authentic (Chow is Tequila) but the script work is typical of a shoot 'em up (ultimately pointless), gun noises are quite nice though.
What makes this an enjoyable game for me is its simplicity, to do well you will have to rely on quick reactions, you will have to chain graceful leaps with torrents of accurate shooting and you will grin like a simpleton while doing it. It's shallow, it's short and it's great fun while it lasts.
Cheap as chips too!