VIDEOGAMES-TO-FLIX is a JoBlo.com column showcasing reviews of videogame translations of Hollywood films (or games soon-to-become Hollywood movies). With both industries getting closer and closer, and videogames, in general, getting so much more popular, you knew it was just a matter of time before we hit that stuff!
Systems: XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, and PC
INTRODUCTION:John Woo has been talking about making movies based on video games for quite a while now. First it was TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX, then it was METROID, and now it's NINJA GOLD. Luckily, while those movies seem unlikely to ever see the light of day, Mr. Woo has completed his first game, STRANGLEHOLD, and it's quite good.
GAMEPLAY:The simplest way that I can describe STRANGLEHOLD is that it's like playing a three dimensional version of GEOMETRY WARS EVOLVED. Throw in a dash of TONY HAWK, MAX PAYNE, and you've got STRANGLEHOLD to a tee. None of those games are regarded as losers and together they for make an entertaining mix. While the controls initially struck me as somewhat glitched and over sensitive, I eventually came to realize that they're designed to be exaggerated. Anyone who's seen John Woo's movies will understand that this is part of his style. After figuring this out, I adapted quickly and learned to enjoy the experience as a living version of a John Woo movie.
GRAPHICS:Developed specifically for the XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3, STRANGLEHOLD doesn't immediately jump right off the screen as current gen. However, after you spend some time in the game you'll see where they allocated their time. Everything crumbles in this game. LOTS of stuff gets chewed away with bullets and the effect is pretty amazing to watch. You can use your crumbling surroundings as cover from enemy fire or as weapon to take out some silly gangster. The debris showers down like and end of days meteor shower. This cool effect adds a level of detail and fun that gives killing a kind of sandbox feel.
SOUND:The sound is kind of a mixed bag in STRANGLEHOLD. The voice acting varies from character to character. Some deliver the goods while others sound overly corny. This is typical of normal John Woo movies as well as many video games; so, just go in expecting spurts of hyperbole and you'll be entertained.
FINAL VERDICT:Once my initial vibe of boredom washed away, I found STRANGLEHOLD to be good visceral fun. Fans of John Woo movies should get a kick out of living one of his movies and being Chow Yun -Fat for a couple hours. If you're looking for a over the top shoot 'em up and you can deal with minor control issues, STRANGLEHOLD is definitely worth your time. Hopefully, Woo will learn a bit from this experience and contribute further to the wonder world of video games. Final Verdict: 8.0/10
STATUS OF THE MOVIE:There has been no discussion of making STRANGLEHOLD into a proper movie. Perhaps this might be a fun project for Woo after he finishes making RED CLIFF. I guess time will tell.
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