Midway locks in PS3 Stranglehold

Gangster shooter based on John Woo's Hong Kong crime drama <i>Hard Boiled</i> takes to the streets on October 29.

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Midway announced today that Stranglehold is certifiably gold on the PlayStation 3. The game, which is the continuation of John Woo's 1992 Hong Kong action epic Hard Boiled, will now be impacting retail shelves on October 29.

The PS3 version of Stranglehold was originally slated to follow the Xbox 360 and PC versions in September. However, earlier this month, Midway president and CEO David Zucker said that the teams developing both BlackSite: Area 51 and Stranglehold were having problems getting Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 to work as intended on Sony's hardware. Epic itself seems to be in a similar boat, as Midway also revealed at that time that Unreal Tournament III wouldn't be hitting its much-publicized 2007 release date on the PS3, though the PC version was still go for a November launch.

Stranglehold is being developed by the team behind 2004's Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy. Woo's gunplay-heavy film being the inspiration for the game, Stranglehold features highly destructible environments and a penchant for stylized, cinematic shooting sequences. GameSpot's review has more on what gamers can expect from the high-octane shooter.

Stranglehold is rated M for Mature and will retail for $59.99 on the PS3. The PS3 version will also receive a $69.95 collector's edition will include a high-definition version of Hard Boiled on the same Blu-ray disc as the game. A demo for the game is currently available on the PlayStation Network.

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