John McLane is back! The maverick cop with a wise-crack for every occasion returns in the sequel to one of the best all-action, arcade style games.
Die Hard Trilogy 2 takes everything that made its predecessor great and adds to it. The different gaming styles of the first game remain but they are linked by a cohesive story and cinematic scenes. During the course of the game you will indulge in some third-person style adventuring, some high-octane extreme driving and some gun-game style shooting. Each style is an excellent example of the genre with the third-person section offering much more in the way of puzzle solving than the similar section in the original game.
But don't worry action fans - the Die Hard name means big explosions, big guns and villainous terrorists. Las Vegas is the target this time as a consortium of international terrorists hold the city to ransom, threatening to turn it into a huge crater in the middle of the Nevada desert. If there is one man that can stop them it's John McLane.
The game flips between the different sections depending on what is happening in the story. For example, you might be playing in third-person when you reach the end of the level to see a bad guy jumping into a car and driving off. Now it's time for a car chase. Each section is as polished and slick as you would expect, in fact they are often better than many full games. The PlayStation version really pushes the console's performance with graphics that show how far the PlayStation has come. The PC version, of course, looks as good as you would expect it to being as old a game as it is.
Enemy AI has been completely overhauled, as has their animation. They now have five different damage areas so that when you shoot them you had better make sure they stay down; there is nothing worse than being killed by a terrorist you only shot in the leg the first time.
Die Hard Trilogy 2 expands on the action packed first installment without loosing any of the excitement. it's as good as being in a Hollywood spectacular.
So put on your vest and get your cheeky smirk ready, it's time to go to Vegas! Yippie-ki-yay!