Die Hard Trilogy

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This article is about the video game Die Hard Trilogy. For the movie series, see Die Hard (franchise).
Die Hard Trilogy
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Developer(s) Probe Entertainment
Publisher(s) Fox Interactive
Distributor(s) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation
  • NA 31 August 1996
  • EU November 1996
  • JP 13 December 1996
Sega Saturn & Microsoft Windows
  • NA 31 December 1996
  • EU 1997
  • JP 31 January 1997
Genre(s) First-person shooter, Third-person shooter, Driving
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution CD-ROM

Die Hard Trilogy is a video game based on the first three installments of the Die Hard series of action movies. Die Hard Trilogy features three games in one, each based on a movie installment and featuring a different genre and game play style respectively. The game was well received and would eventually become a Sony Greatest Hits game. The disc has audio tracks that can be played on a standard CD player. Die Hard Trilogy also inspired a sequel entitled Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas. The sequel retained the three different playing styles, but featured a spin-off storyline that was not connected to the movie series.

Gameplay[edit]

Die Hard[edit]

Die Hard is a third-person shooter. The player battles terrorists and rescues hostages in the Nakatomi Plaza, which is the setting of the first film in the series.

Die Hard 2: Die Harder[edit]

Die Hard 2: Die Harder is presented as an on rails-shooter, where the player must stop terrorists who have taken over Dulles Airport from the second film.

Players control the crosshair with a gamepad, light gun, or, on PC and Saturn, a mouse. Die Hard Trilogy was one of the few light gun games available for the PlayStation that was not compatible with Namco's GunCon/G-Con 45 controller or GunCon 2. However, it was compatible with Sega's stunner light gun for the Saturn version.

Die Hard: With a Vengeance[edit]

In Die Hard with a Vengeance, the player goes on a joyride driving a taxicab, sports car, and dump truck throughout all of New York City and is tasked with finding and defusing several explosives before they can go off.

Development[edit]

The game was developed by a UK-based development studio, Probe Entertainment, who had a track record of successful licensed game properties. The Die Hard with a Vengeance segment was developed first and was intended to be a standalone releases, but publisher Fox Interactive insisted that the game should be more closely linked to the films, leading Probe to develop the other two segments.[1] Initially the Die Hard 2 segment of the game was developed with polygonal enemies,[2] but they were later replaced with digitized sprites.

Reception[edit]

The game was positively reviewed, receiving 9.4 from GameSpot and 7.5 from IGN. PlayStation Magazine gave it a score of 8/10, calling it "three good game for the price of one. Glitchy, but good value."[3] As of October 2012, it holds an 86% ranking at GameRankings.[4] In Germany the game was banned because of its extreme violence, especially being able to drive through harmless people with blood spilling all over the windshield.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Reception[edit]

  1. ^ "To Die For". Sega Saturn Magazine (7) (Emap International Limited). May 1996. pp. 50–55. 
  2. ^ "Die-Hard with a Saturn! Die Hard Trilogy". Sega Saturn Magazine (5) (Emap International Limited). March 1996. p. 10. 
  3. ^ PSM 10
  4. ^ Die Hard Trilogy for PlayStation - GameRankings

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