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Game Review: ‘The Hong Kong Massacre’, as gloriously bloody as its influences

Marcel Thee

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, April 22, 2019  /  02:28 pm
Game Review: ‘The Hong Kong Massacre’, as gloriously bloody as its influences

Homage: Hong Kong Massacre is a loud and exciting video game that pays tribute to violent Hong Kong cinema. (Courtesy of Vreski/-)

It's surprising that a game like The Hong Kong Massacre hasn't been done before. It's a bloody, top-down twin-stick homage to violent Hong Kong cinema – more-specifically the visual-affluence of influential director John Woo. There may have been games that offered the same triad elements, but none of its over-the-top bullet-bathed totality. As such, the game already garners point for originality, although it may have benefited from a more variable game play and it has difficult sections that feel more frustrating than fun to play through. The game's best elements relate to their Woo-heavy sense of glorious violence. The sense of near-cartoonish chaos is constant, with bullets, enemies, pieces of broken windows and walls endlessly filling the screen alongside decrepit locations ripe for 1990s action acrobatics. Indeed, the characteristic Woo slow-motion s...