The last Tequila Bomb, unlocked by beating the demo on Hard, is Spin Attack, a power that slows down time and eliminates ever enemy on the screen. It’s truly a sight to hold and should feel familiar to Woo fans. When activated the game cuts to a close up of Tequila. With a look of pure anger on his face Tequila begins to spin, firing like crazy. As a flock of doves takes off around him the game cuts back and forth between Tequila’s blazing guns and the enemies being gunned down. The entire scene is set to a very calming piece of soft music, a contrast often seen in many of Woo’s movies.
In addition to the feel of the story and the aforementioned Tequila Bombs, the environment of the game also fits within the realm of Woo by featuring completely unrealistic explosions and chaos. Shooting a basket of fruit would do little more than spray a teaspoon of juice in the real world, in Tequila’s world it will explode in a terrific spray of juice and fruit.
Mere concrete is, of course, fully destructible and offers little more than temporary cover when you’re involved in an intense gun battle. Fountains, signs, air conditioners, old door and market stands are all fully destructible and greatly increases your immersion into the world of Stranglehold.
Midway has done a phenomenal job with this demo, and assuming the normal tweaks and polish were added between the creation of the demo and the final release, Stranglehold is almost guaranteed to be one of the best licensed games of all time.
Though a normal gamer may just see Stranglehold as being a solid action title, for the gamer that’s a fan of John Woo, it looks like an experience that shouldn’t be missed.