Perhaps we've all become accustomed to the fact that movie-licensed titles are rarely ever good. In the case with Die Hard Trilogy for the PC (and I emphasize the PC), this "stereotype" yet again rears its ugly head. While the PlayStation version set new grounds for multi-genre action, the conversion of this game to the PC simply fails in comparison -- even with the help of 3D acceleration.
What was Fox Interactive thinking when they made this game? The so-called 3D graphics are nothing but primitive pieces of polygon... well, you get the idea. This is attributed to mainly the people walking around. They're like blocks of mosaic trash pieced together, crude with tons of glitches. The rest of the graphics are fine, however. The backgrounds and animation is smoother than the PlayStation's. Unfortunately, you'll have to download the patch if you want to play the game over five frames per second!
This isn't to say that the game isn't good. The basic design is still there, with all of the elements that made the PlayStation version what it is. The controls are the worst part about the game. You can either use a mouse, joypad or keyboard. Each is particularly useful according to whatever story mode you're playing. For example, the mouse is perfect for Die Hard 2: Die Harder while the keyboard is good for the other two. However, the joypad control is very flawed for this game, especially in the Die Hard With A Vengeance mode. Your car doesn't turn well as if it was on water!
The game sounds pretty good overall, with some dramatic and action-packed music. Voices are done decently and really keep the pace moving. All of the catchy phrases from the movies are here, as well as some convincing environmental effects. Not the best, but really good considering the type of game that it is.
Without the patch the game suffers horribly. With the patch, the game is decent but still worse compared to the PlayStation version, which doesn't even have the benefits of hardware 3D acceleration like those for PCs. So whatever happened in the transition, it just didn't make it all the way across. But if you're still interested in trying it out, by all means you'll definitely cure your curiosity, but don't cry when it starts to test your patience.
Graphics: With the patch the animation becomes much faster -- too fast, in fact. The graphics aren't all that cleaned up or anything, as the blocky characters are still the same. The backgrounds are okay but something was definitely lost in the conversion of this game.
Sound: The CD quality sound effects and music are the only highlights of this game. "Happy trails!"
Enjoyment: This game would've benefited from a light gun. The visuals are just horrible, as is the control scheme, particularly with a joypad. The patch helps a lot but is still far from making the game solid.
Replay Value: There isn't much else you can do upon completion of this game. And besides, why would you want to?
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Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas, Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza, Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, DOOM³, Doom, Dino Crisis 2, Evil Dead: Hail to the King
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