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Review: The Hong Kong Massacre

January 29, 2019 1 min read

In 2001, the dream of recreating a Hong Kong action movie in video game format was realized. Remedy released the instant classic Max Payne and changed action gaming forever. This was a dark, mature, self-aware game about a cop going on a personal vendetta to avenge his family. It may have been set in New York City, but it was clearly inspired by the work of John Woo more than any American directors.

Since then, we haven't seen too many developers try and recreate that same style. F.E.A.R. and Sleeping Dogs come to mind, but some of the most popular games around are built with Western influences instead of Eastern ones. The flashy pizazz of Hong Kong cinema isn't really present in gaming.

Enter The Hong Kong Massacre, a game that isn't shy about where it draws inspiration. After its announcement almost five years ago, developer VRESKI has finally unleashed its take on a John Woo film and the results are pretty mixed.

Review: The Hong Kong Massacre screenshot