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Die Hard Trilogy 2

Score: 100%
ESRB: Mature
Publisher: Fox Interactive
Developer: n-Space
Media: CD/1
Players: 1
Genre: Action/ Adventure


Graphics & Sound:

Because a 3D Accelerated video card is required, you would expect super graphics from Die Hard Trilogy 2. That is exactly what you get!!! Textures in the game are very nice looking and there is little to no clipping taking place. The only thing to get used to is that when you position yourself up against walls in the 3rd-person game, the surrounding environment becomes semi-transparent. This means that you can see through the walls. Although this may appear to be a graphical glitch, this is used in such a way that the camera can always follow McClane and also allows you to have an advanced warning of enemies lurking in the darkness. Graphics in the other modes of play as just as smooth. Enemies take on a life of their own, as do the enemy vehicles.

First off, I want to congratulate Mr. Jamey Scott on an almost indistinguishable John McClane impersonation. It is so impressive that I had to look in the manual and make sure it wasn't Bruce Willis himself! Enough said about that. The rest of the game also has very good sound fx, from exploding barrels to screaming enemies as you torch them with your flame-thrower. Oh, yeah, did I mention that the music soundtrack in Die Hard Trilogy 2 is by 'BT'??? Also, featured are Lil' Zane, Black Rob & Tony Touch.


Gameplay:

Stellar! I love everything about this game! There are three styles of play in Die Hard Trilogy 2: 3rd-person Action/Adventure mode, Sharpshooting mode, and Extreme Driving mode, all of which can be played in either an Arcade mode or a Movie mode with cut-scenes. My favorite mini-game is the 3rd-person mode. I get the same feeling playing this game as I do when playing Metal Gear Solid on the PlayStation game console...complete SWEETNESS! It's way too difficult to explain, but as John McClane, you will be venturing through the levels, pickin' up weapons and kickin' some major ass. Yippie-Ki-Yay!!!

The Sharpshooting mode offers a true arcade feel to it. The screen moves by itself, railgun style, as you use your mouse, keyboard, gamepad, or even a lightgun to blow away the enemy before you become a spot on the wall yourself. Fans of this genre will truly enjoy the fierce action of trying to make a precision shot over the head of the innocent and between the eyes of the enemy.

Finally, the Extreme Driving mode offers fans of the racing genre a piece of the action (although it's not that Extreme). In a Driver sort-of-way, Die Hard Trilogy 2 gives you missions to accomplish while trying to stay in one piece. I must say that I was a bit disappointed with this mode of play, as it seemed too slow in both the speeds of the vehicles and gameplay in general. It felt nothing like you would expect when you think about how McClane drove that taxicab in DH3. I only wonder if I had a faster speed CD-ROM (mine is 12x), if the driving mode would have been faster???


Difficulty:

>From what I can tell, the level of difficulty in Die Hard Trilogy 2 is near perfect. Jumping right into the Movie mode of the game, I was able to accomplish my goals in the first few levels fairly easily. However, soon you will feel that the game is actually quite difficult. I now have to replay levels over a few times in order to defeat them. This is the way all games should be...increasingly difficult levels. Also, although the AI in the game's enemy characters is not the best I have seen, you will notice that they will sometimes step around a pillar so that you can't easily blast 'em away.

Game Mechanics:

It's pretty straightforward. There are three modes of play: 3rd-person Action/Adventure, Sharpshooter, and Extreme Driving. In each, you will battle your way to victory. With the wide variety of options you have when choosing controllers, this is a great game for people that like multiple genres of games. I did notice one thing that bothers me about the John McClane character in Die Hard Trilogy 2...he is not left-handed!!! Okay, that is about the only thing in the whole game that I don't like, so that is all I will say about that. Setup of my controller was very easy to do in-game. I tend to use the gamepad for the driving and 3rd-person mini-games, and the mouse for the Sharpshooting mini-game. Now, where did I put my piece? 'I gotta bad feeling about this.'

Game Mechanics:

It's pretty straightforward. There are three modes of play: 3rd-person Action/Adventure, Sharpshooter, and Extreme Driving. In each, you will battle your way to victory. With the wide variety of options you have when choosing controllers, this is a great game for people that like multiple genres of games. I did notice one thing that bothers me about the John McClane character in Die Hard Trilogy 2...he is not left-handed!!! Okay, that is about the only thing in the whole game that I don't like, so that is all I will say about that. Setup of my controller was very easy to do in-game. I tend to use the gamepad for the driving and 3rd-person mini-games, and the mouse for the Sharpshooting mini-game. Now, where did I put my piece? 'I gotta bad feeling about this.'

-Woody, GameVortex Communications
AKA Shane Wodele

Minimum System Requirements:



Windows 95/98 with DirectX 6.1, Pentium 200MHz MMX processor, or 100% compatible, 32MB RAM, 4x CD-ROM (8x recommended), 23MB free HD space, DirectX6 or 3Dfx Glide 3 compatible 3D Accelerator graphics card with 4MB RAM (8MB recommended), DirectSound compatible sound card (Creative EAX and Aureal A3D 2.0 supported), Windows 95/98 compatible 2-button mouse, and optional DirectInput compatible game pads, joysticks, and wheels (force feedback supported) - Also the Act Labs PC Lightgun System is supported
NOTE: 3D Acceleration Required
 

Test System:



Pentium II 400MHz CPU, Windows 98 (upgrade version), 128MB 100MHz SDRAM, Quantum's Raven 3D-Accellerator AGP Video Card, Ensoniq AudioPCI sound card, DirectX 7.0, using Creative Labs PC-DVD drive as main CD-ROM (reads 2x DVD; 12x CD), 1 gameport, 2 USB ports, USB Intruder gamepad (USB connection), 500Kbs Cable Modem

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