Everyone (well, most) loves a John Woo movie. Sit down for a few hours, turn your brain off, and let the bullets fly. Well, now the film legend is sitting down with the folks at Midway to come up with a brand new game. It's called Stranglehold, and it's what is claimed to be a 'spiritual sequel' to Woo's 1992 film, Hard Boiled. It will be a third person action romp, with plenty of shooting and other assorted violence, as you would expect.
Spectacular acrobatics without stopping to fire your guns (dual-wielding is a big element, of course) look like making up the bulk of Stranglehold's gameplay. The game will run on the Unreal 3.0 graphics engine, and come with the havoc physics system built in. Midway are promising the game will also have a massive amount of destructible environments (actually trademarked as 'Massive D', by the way), aiding with the game's cinematic feel. There is also the 'Tequlia time mechanic' (also trademarked) which will go, quote, 'beyond the slow-motion gameplay that typifies so many current action games and allows players to simultaneously aim and shoot at targets with a greater degree of focus,' unquote. How exactly this will be achieved hasn't yet been mentioned.
Chow Yun Fat will reprise his film role as Inspector Tequila, alongside other actors who have yet to be named. The game has an awful lot of promise, but whether Midway can fulfill it remains to be seen. The game is set for a late 2006/early 2007 release on the Xbox 360 and PC, along with the PS3, whenever it surfaces. You can see the first action-packed screenshots by clicking that link just below this text.