Die Hard Trilogy Review

By: John Doe

System: PlayStation
Price: $39.99 (Canadian)
Developer: Fox Interactive
Publisher: Probe
Release: 09/96

It's an oldy but a goody. Fox hits the target with three games in one, and although none could really stand on their own today, the whole package is action packed and fun!


Sure this game is old, but that doesn't make it bad. Will Metal Gear be crappy two years from now? If you answered "Yes", you are a smart-ass and oddly enough, I like and respect that. If you are a Die Hard fan then look no further because you'll be in gaming heaven. Die Hard Trilogy puts you in the shoes of John McClane (Well, only in the last two games, remember John didn't have shoes in the first movie!) that New York Cop who just always happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The first game Die Hard, plays from an angles topdown 3D perspective (allowing 360 degrees of movement) as you make your way through the skyscraper taking out terrorists, blowing up cars and saving hostages from execution. Once you save all the hostages, and blow the bad guys away, you have to find the bomb and the elevator! That wouldn't be so bad if the darn levels weren't so big. Each level of the tower gets bigger and harder and ranges from parking lots to offices to maintenance floors etc. On your way through the building, don't forget to pick up weapons the terrorists foolishly leave around, and while you are at it, blow some windows out!

Although this first game is a blast and increasingly challenging, it eventually gets repetitive and that's when the fun where's off. However, you'll want to keep playing just so you can wreak havoc on the next level! There are a ton of levels to play! You'll love the hostages' voices, not to mention Bruce's own wise ass remarks taken from the movie.

The second installment, Die Harder is a shooter, which is reminiscent of Virtua Cop or Time Crisis. You don't see Bruce or your gun for that matter, but using the control pad (which actually works just fine) or a gun (which works better) you blast your way through the airport, cleaning up the trash! Everything pretty much blows up and the explosions are fast and furious! You don't actually move Bruce through the levels, you are on "rails" but that will hardly matter. Eventually you will end up on a snowmobile while making your way to the terrorists hideout. Shoot outs on snowmobiles is the American dream! Well, okay maybe not. Maybe it's the Canadian's dream....

The third and final game, Die Hard With A Vengeance puts you and Zues (Samuel L. Jackson in the movie, but a sound-a-like does his game voice) into vehicles while zipping around NYC finding bombs. This game is almost worth the price of admission alone. NYC looks great, but you'll hardly have time to notice as you frantically search for the next bomb! One of the coolest parts of this game is finding the other cars to use in empty parking lots. You're gonna want to find a fast car with good control... The Wiener Mobile in the second level perhaps? Oh and watch out for pedestrians. This game was violent back in the golden age of the PlayStation. Hoo boy.

For those new PlayStation owners looking for a cheap thrill, check out Die Hard Trilogy. I'd be surprised if you didn't like it. If you've passed this one up time and time again thinking that licensed games all suck (and you are 99% kee-rect) take my advice and take it for a spin. As well, there are a ton of codes to make the game even better, which you can find on this site!

Final Analysis:

Rating Legend 1-10 (10 being the highest mark)
Overall: 8.0
Graphics: 8.0
Control: 9.5
Fun: 10.0
Music/Fx: 9.0
Frustration: 3.0

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