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Die Hard Trilogy 2
Score: 94%
ESRB: Teen
Publisher: Fox Interactive
Developer: Fox Interactive
Media: CD/1
Players: 1
Genre: Action

Graphics & Sound:
DH2's graphics are pretty damn good. I found myself really enjoying the nicely detailed levels. The FMV's were well done - John McClane looked and sounded like he should. Nice job on the voice acting. Of course, the standard one-liners that Bruce Willis made famous are sprinkled about liberally, but never so much as to be annoying. This installment of Die Hard far exceeds its predecessor in every way, shape and form and Fox really captured the Die Hard essence with this one. Now give me a 'big heads' code for this game and I'll be completely happy. Can I hear a 'Yippee-Kay-Yay!'?

Die Hard Trilogy 2 packs 3 different modes of play into 1 CD. There's Movie Mode, which is a 3rd person action/adventure with some FPS rail shooting and wild driving thrown in to further the storyline. Then there's the Arcade Mode, where you can take on different types of play individually (with little to no unfolding storyline present). In Arcade, you can choose 3rd Person, Sharpshooting or Extreme Driving. 3rd Person and Sharpshooting are a blast, but I found that Extreme Driving left a little bit to be desired. The control on Extreme Driving was just not as tight as I would have liked it to be, but it was still a good bit of fun. There's also a Practice Mode to brush up on your individual skills.

As John McLane, you'll find yourself thrown into the middle of a full-blown prison riot, when all you wanted to do was attend a formal. Note to self: Don't go to formal parties at maximum security prisons. Personally, I chose to shoot everything in the hopes of power-ups and weapons upgrades. A disturbing reflection on my personality is the fact that I cannot help but to fry the guard strapped into the electric chair every time. But he won't even talk to me, so it's his own fault. ;)

The difficulty level in DH2 is perfect. It's just enough to keep you interested. The difficulty gradually increases as you progress through the levels, but it's always a challenge. Your enemies don't have top notch AI, but this game is more about big time Hollywood gaming fun rather than hard core strategy, so it's all good.

Game Mechanics:
John can shoot-em-up with the best of them, now. In 3rd Person mode, there's a nifty red targeting line that tracks your nearest enemy to help you along your way. In Sharpshooting mode, your own skills come heavily into play. You have to be careful not to shoot the innocent people, while eliminating the all of bad guys. In Extreme Driving, power-ups such as extra time on the clock and nitros are scattered about to help you along the way. Is it me or is it just hilarious to hit the cows and watch them do a 4 legged split? (Ok, it's probably just me). The handling on the cars is kinda loose, but it's still a ton of fun. All in all, Fox's latest offering is a MUST for any Die Hard fan, and highly recommended for gamers looking for something with lots of variety. Die Hard Trilogy 2 is a vast improvement over the previous Die Hard game, so do yourself a favor and pick it up. Good stuff.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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