Midway locks in Stranglehold date

Midway sets Xbox 360 and PC editions of John Woo game to end of August; PS3 edition to follow three weeks later.

Two years and three Electronic Entertainment Expos ago, Midway announced Stranglehold, a pseudo-sequel to the 1992 action film Hard-Boiled made in cooperation with the film's director John Woo and star Chow Yun-Fat. Previously set to be on shelves by "fall or holiday" of 2006, Midway pushed the title back to the first quarter of 2007. Having missed that release window, Midway said it would have the game out by August.

The long wait appears to be nearing an end, as a Midway representative today nailed down exact release dates for GameSpot. The Xbox 360 and PC editions of Stranglehold will apparently keep to Midway's most recently stated timeframe, arriving August 27. However, the PlayStation 3 version of the game is now set for September 17.

The Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of Stranglehold will also have limited-edition packages selling for $10 more than the suggested $59.99 of the regular versions. For PS3 consumers, the extra dough buys a copy of Hard-Boiled included on the Blu-ray disc. The Xbox 360 premium package includes a behind-the-scenes documentary on the game, as well as looks at the concept art and sound design of the game.

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bigtimekiller7
bigtimekiller7

i was happy 2 pre_order stranglehold 4 the 4 of sept- but noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo i get a call saying "stranlehold is cuming out the 14!!!!!" wooooot :'-(

klubjunkee
klubjunkee

Arghh... I just got a call from EB Games saying they are crediting me my PS3 Stranglehold BD Collector's Edition pre-order as they are no longer carrying it?!? Can someone confirm this? I knew it was delayed to Sept 17, 3 weeks after the 360 release but now an uncertain release date in 2007? Come on Midway! I really hope this is a technical issue and not some backdoor deal with Microsoft to boost console sales after the recent 360 price drop. It's a conspiracy I tell you :P And no, I'm not a PS3 fanboy. I could pick it up for the 360 as well (which I might do at this rate) but as far as CE's go, the PS3 is the better value w/ Hard Boiled included (which I also already own on DVD). Hmm... at this point, the PS3 version needs to have some more exclusive contents, better graphics, faster load, anything to justify the longer wait. ** EDIT ** Forgot to mention that I'm in Canada. Got some more info on this and it seem only the Collectors Edition packaged with Hard boiled is cancelled for Canada maybe due to Copyright/No French language inclusion on the Hard Boiled BD?! Who knows... LOL. What a pity! Way to get our hopes up. Guess the 360 version is looking better and better.

pidow
pidow

My only concern is for the PC release........don't own the rest and am not interested.

god13g
god13g

u does the ps3 version delayed y!!!!!!!!!! BTW: i like the ps3

zouhou
zouhou

this is bs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

letitdie
letitdie

cool! I've been waiting for this one!!! =)

Scoobeh
Scoobeh

PS3:SE sounds far better, but I only have a 360 so ah well, standard edition!

thekey
thekey

I'll have to pick up the PS3 version of this one just because it comes with Hard Boiled, Blu-ray!

marcuskickass
marcuskickass

i have a bad feeling that this game is gonna flop :S

Franzkill
Franzkill

Wha but no PC special edition?

zouhou
zouhou

goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have been waiting 5 months fur strangle hold come on this is the 5th date change plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KingKoop
KingKoop

Cool can't wait, Hard Boiled was a awesome film good, over the top antics and a body count to match.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

Stranglehold is going to be an awesome game. cant wait to see more

Priest57
Priest57

Can't wait for this game!

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

TheoleDominion1, I like what you said, but most of the time for me, it's because it's a good game. I don't buy the next hottest game just because, I only buy the good games that I like. I haven't bought a game for my 360 in about 3 months, and I still play my 360 every day, some games that I got within months of getting my 360, and it's rarely for achievements. Sometimes I say "I'm getting this achievement", but that's never why I simply play that game, otherwise I'd be bored out of my mind. And still, I usually get distracted and never get the achievement, ala Crackdown. Some games I say "I need to get these achievements", and then I just say f*** it, it's not worth it, then I end up returning the game in about a week. I believe people should enjoy the games they like, and that things like the next "big game" shouldn't make them stop playing the games they already have. Although when Halo 3 comes out, it won't leave my disc tray for at least a month. Then it'll be another part of my collection. 22 games and counting! Used to be more, but the others were old and I didn't play them, so that 2... 6 games I've bought..... I consistantly play 19 of them.

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

I know what you're saying-HK_, true once a game is 6mths. or older alot of people move to the newer titles, but I'm telling you when I check my friends list there is a good percentage of people still playing old games like GRAW, LOTOR: Battle for Middle Earth, Dead Rising, Final Fantasy Xi( which I hate..lol), Halo 2, Oblivion (which I still play on occasion). Most of these titles are over a year old. When I ask them why are they still a certain game the answers vary from wanting the achievements, didn't get a chance to beat the game, showing a friend whose never seen the game, checking out the new released content ( new maps,weapons, missions,etc...) or just flat out love the game and can't get enough of it. So I'm not saying that "download-able" content is the only reason people still play old games, but it does enhance the experience. By the way, great comment - FighterHayabusa I couldn't have said it better myself.

alan_stealth
alan_stealth

who gives a sh!t...all these people arguing about the fact that it comes with a movie....a well old movie at that... anybody who is actually a fan, like people have said would've bought it in the bargain bucket by now... "Oh it comes with Hard Boiled in HD, and oh look its got a shiny cover too! SOLD!" Seriously, your the PR departments dream consumer... "... if we tell them that John Woo licked every PS3 copy of the game, we can whack another £10, and we'll tell them that Chow Yun Fat p!ssed on every 360 copy and add another £10 on that, and they'll argue between themselves which one is better, lick or p!ss and whose d!ck is bigger, while......we reap all the benefits! YES! God bless the age of the foolish consumer"

QuattroRS6
QuattroRS6

Man no SE for the PC :( and this SE actually sounds pretty sweet.

krashadamz
krashadamz

I have been waiting for this game for quite some time. I think that for Hard Boiled on Blu-Ray, three weeks becomes manageable. I don't usually get SE but come on it's Hard Boiled. Of course that is getting a bit close to Halo 3. Those of us with both systems are going to be be poor this Fall.

ddt88
ddt88

Games like the Matrix & Max Payne stole their ideas from John Woo movies in the first place. It's a bit pointless calling this game Max Payne 3 when John Woo had done this sort of thing in previous projects before those games were released.

osxgp
osxgp

Screw waiting for the PS3 version. I'm sick of this waiting for the same damn game. Rainbow Six: Vegas? All the extra time and the game wasn't as good as the 360 version visually.

HK-47-M4
HK-47-M4

Really though I think the extra 360 GTA4 exclusive content is pointless, that content doesn't come out until 2008 and by then everyone is going to play something else: PS3 owners will be playing Little Big Planet, Xbox 360 owners will be playing Halo Wars.

Dadriverman
Dadriverman

Gamespot what's the reason for the Ps3 version being released later?

condemned100
condemned100

Wow Stranglehold looks like Shenmue meets Max Payne awesome!.

condemned100
condemned100

Stranglehold should be called Max Payne 3. Where is Max Payne 3?

Torontoman1
Torontoman1

This game looks awesome and i cant wait for it on PS3. TheoleDominion1 is really right about ChaosXeno. Good speach man.

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

What you're saying ChaosXeno doesn't make sense, I own both systems, but I am a fan of action 3rd person shooters. I'm looking forward to those PS3 titles you mentioned but none are in the same genre as Stranglehold. I like VARIETY and the more the better. You really shouldn't be so narrow-minded. And by your remarks, you only own the PS3 which makes you biased, so your opinion is not even credible. Be a GAMER not a console FANBOY!

sectorzero
sectorzero

Nice, this game looks pretty good.

ChaosXeno
ChaosXeno

lol if a your a PS3 owner why do you even care about Stranglehold seriously? In August, 2 great exclusive lair and warhawk, games come out and then the first week of september heavenly sword is released. Stranglehold please don't make me laugh.

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

not true -hypyxxl- they will be using the hard-drive for the extra content.

hyphyxxl
hyphyxxl

i cant wait to play gta4 on 360 it will be 12 disc's it will be hella funny. remember what 360 fanboys said last christmas we dont need stupid blue ray its useless sony is just tryin to take our money. that is funny. 360 elite more like i wish i wuz ps3.

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

good point -HK-, sooner or later MS has to do something about the lack of space on the dvd format, for now they're using download-able content on the hard-drive ( what about those who own the core system?} to increase longevity in the games. But I believe it is easier for the consumer to put all on disc from the start. I own both systems so I'm not a fan-boy, but if something makes sense then use it, and I believe that more space on disc makes for a better longer lasting gaming experience if the developers are given the time to utilize it.

HK-47-M4
HK-47-M4

@nikefreak Of course Blu-Ray matters! It is not nesseccesary I agree but it does help developers! Didn't Gears of War seem kind of short? That's because they didn't have as much room available, whereas if it had been a PS3 exclusive it would have been much longer. And if developers don't care then why are some developers saying they don't have enough room on DVD? That's why the PS3 version of the Darkness has extra content.

Darkatomz
Darkatomz

wtf. why is the ps3 version being developed later and making it launch later..? o well... at least i can pick up the SE version with the movie.

Hellafied_Game
Hellafied_Game

that sux 4 PS3 but what else is new, thats why i have 360, and ti hink that the special edition 4 the 360 is kinda whack because all those behind the scene features is pretty much thingd u can c online

Hellafied_Game
Hellafied_Game

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TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

I agree _diamond2d- it does seem like Jet-Li's game and I hope it isn't. I would prefer if the game was more like Path of Neo's game-play it had some camera issues but it's the best 3rd -person fighting system with hand-to-hand, hand-weapon, and gunplay I've played so far. But I haven't played this game yet so I'll reserve judgment.

diamond2d
diamond2d

I'm a fan of John Woo but this game looks boring and to much like Jet Li's Rise To Hounor which wer'nt that great

nikefreak
nikefreak

marc5477: "Someone is actually going to buy this game? I can count the number of good movie to game adaptations on 1 hand and even they werent that great. Chances are this will be no different. Guess we will have to wait and see." Thats one thing that worries me too... Especially if they are worried enough to include a 15yr old (bargain bin) movie in with it, and likely dub it as "HD" when it is really just upscaled. Regardless, I hope the game lives up to what I have seen of it - it could be fun :)

marc5477
marc5477

Someone is actually going to buy this game? I can count the number of good movie to game adaptations on 1 hand and even they werent that great. Chances are this will be no different. Guess we will have to wait and see.

nikefreak
nikefreak

BTW - Those making their decision based on an inclusion on the PS3 of Hardboiled are kinda silly, imho. 1. Who cares if its on a BluRay? It wont magically become HD, if anything they will simply up the res and call it HD, as it doesnt seem to have been produced in HD to begin with. 2. This is a movie from 1992, which can easily be purchased for less than the cost of the LE. 3. Why again would a bargain bin movie included with a LE sway a purchase?? That is like saying I am going to include this case for the Zune from dollar tree, buy now! :\

nikefreak
nikefreak

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TwistedMinds
TwistedMinds

Yay! Looks like I'll have to go out and get myself a PS3 :D

ghost_Ver76
ghost_Ver76

not fussed bout the dvd, Its the game that matters. should b a gr8 title!

snipe2004
snipe2004

i actually dont mind the delay because ill be busy playing heavenly sword and lair anyway but ill definetly pick up the limited edition one for ps3