This week … Stranglehold.

If you’ve heard AGI’s E3 coverage or know just a little bit about me as a gamer, you can probably guess that Stranglehold is very high on my list of must-play games. It’s John Woo in all of his over-the-top action glory, complete with the orgy of slow-motion shots and random doves that flutter at peak moments of cool. You’ve also got Chow Yun-Fat reprising the role of hardass Inspector Tequila, very gifted in the art of dealing death.

Skeptics (myself included) scoffed at the game when it was first announced, thinking that it would be another subpar title with some big names attached to it. Then came E3, where I first got to play the demo. I couldn’t peel myself away from it — I’ve never seen that much stuff shatter on one screen. I’ve always liked to break things as a kid (at one point, I wanted to blow stuff up for a living) and now here I was, blasting apart a Hong Kong marketplace. No fruit stand was safe.

Then the demo came out on Xbox Live, and I can’t think of any demo that’s been on Live that’s been so well received by people on my buddy list.

I get the game (hopefully) tomorrow, but the review will have to wait until next week. This week, me and the wife are tackling Carnival Games on the Wii. Sort of a departure from the goodness that was Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, but it’s the first time we’ve played together since Wii Sports.

If you want to see the trailer, remember … the game is rated M. There’s a lot of blood, and a lot of guns.