Top Hong Kong director John Woo is bringing his action movie expertise and eye for beautiful, cinematic gun-play to the PS3 on 7th September, courtesy of Midway Games’ Chicago studio. The game is a sequel to Woo’s classic 1992 film Hard Boiled, with you in the nifty shoes of HK cop Inspector Tequila, out to take down the Chinese drug barons and Russian mafia bosses who’ve kidnapped his daughter.
As in Hard Boiled, Tequila is played by Chow Yun Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 etc), accurately rendered into the game. In an epic chase that takes in Chicago and Hong Kong, you get to leave a trail of carnage, violence and gore that makes every shooter before it seem like Cooking Mama.
The game makes great use of the Unreal 3 engine for maximum chaos and environment interaction. Playing in the third-person, you can pull of spectacular gun-fights, using the completely destructible surroundings to your advantage – from busy Hong Kong street markets and shanty towns to museums and building sites.
You can also slow down the action using ‘Tequila Time’ to target enemies with precision while leaping, twisting, diving and somersaulting, sliding over furniture and bouncing off the walls. There are (as in all of John Woo’s films) plenty of Mexican stand-offs, where you have to dodge slow-mo bullets while taking care of multiple enemies.
More points are awarded for stylish kills, and you’re also rewarded with seeing your bullets blow enemies’ heads apart like watermelons. Your enemies will all fall differently depending on where you’ve shot them, too. Try shooting them in their bottoms for hilarious results! Like we said, it’s violent – but fun. Trailer to follow shortly!