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Die Hard Trilogy lets players guide New York cop John McClane through three arcade-style games based on each of the three Die Hard movies. Each movie is represented through a totally different style, making this a "3 games in 1" style package.

Die Hard is a third person action/adventure through thirty floors of the Nakatomi Tower high-rise. Terrorists have interrupted the company's Christmas party and taken hostages. As McClane, the player must search for hostages through computer, construction, maintenance, and executive levels. McClane's default pistol holds infinite ammo, and the player can collect limited-ammo machine guns and grenades inside the levels. Walls turn transparent when they intersect the camera, allowing players to follow McClane through hallways and rooms with ease. After all the hostages on a level have been rescued, the player has 30 seconds to locate a bomb sent down by elevator, then use that elevator to move to the next level.

Die Hard 2: Die Harder is a first-person arcade gun game, nearly identical to Virtua Cop. Terrorists have attacked Washington/Dulles Airport. The player automatically moves through the airport and surrounding areas "on rails," shooting bad guys that appear from behind the scenery. Weapon upgrade icons can be shot to be collected, and either use limited ammo, or are retained until the player is hit (identical to Lethal Enforcers). Players can also destroy parts of the environment by shooting it, which can be used to take out nearby terrorists (with explosions, or by shooting overhead items to drop on them). This game supports pad controls, or any of the PlayStation's gun controllers.

Die Hard With A Vengeance has players racing through New York City streets in a variety of vehicles, trying to locate bombs before they explode. A strict timer ticks off the next explosion, and the player is guided only by a direction arrow and the vocal suggestions of their co-driver. Bombs are hidden inside everyday objects (like phone booths and benches) and are defused by ramming them, which activates the timer on the next bomb. Occasional "bomb cars" must be chased and rammed until their life bar is depleted. Powerups can be collected by running over icons in the streets, and include extra time, turbo boosts, and jumps to rocket over obstacles.

All three games are exaggeratedly bloody (players can run over pedestrians in Die Hard 3 and wipe the blood away with windshield wipers). Each of the three games also uses a combination of textured polygons and sprites to generate their worlds, resulting in warping textures and some quirky "paper doll" effects.


Die Hard Trilogy PlayStation DH1 - Hostage escaping via the stairs
Die Hard Trilogy PlayStation DH3 -  Watch the bomb explode from the air
Die Hard Trilogy PlayStation DH2 - Your vision gets warped if you are shot
Die Hard Trilogy PlayStation Main Title

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Die Hard Trilogy Magazine Advertisement Part 4
Die Hard Trilogy Magazine Advertisement Part 3
Die Hard Trilogy Magazine Advertisement
Die Hard Trilogy Magazine Advertisement Part 1


Alternate Titles

  • "纽约大劫案三部曲" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Jungla de Cristal: La Trilogía" -- Spanish title
  • "ダイハード・トリロジー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

"Three maximum adventures, one explosive package!" StickFigures (175) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Mediocre 3-in-1 Game blancmange (80) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Bye-bye, bad guy Katakis | カタキス (42056) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Awesome! Ben Fahy (94) unrated

Critic Reviews

Electric Playground Oct 21, 1996 9.5 out of 10 95
GameSpot Dec 01, 1996 9.4 out of 10 94
NowGamer Sep 27, 1996 9.2 out of 10 92
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1996 35 out of 40 88
Retro Spirit Games Oct 02, 2013 8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars 85
Video Games Oct, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Mega Fun Sep, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Absolute Playstation Sep, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Defunct Games Dec 25, 2016 C 50


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The PlayStation version of this game has an undocumented feature: plug a Namco NeGcon controller into the system while the game is running. It will detect the controller and automatically select Die Hard With A Vengeance, allowing the player to use the controller for this game. The driving sequences are much easier as the pad's twist control feature is used to steer the car.

German index

On June 28, 1997, Die Hard Trilogy was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. More information about this topic can be found in the game group.


The game manual credits Guy Mills for drawing the toilets in the game.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - Action Game of the Year (PlayStation version)
Information also contributed by Foxhack and Xoleras.

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Grant McLellan (622) added Die Hard Trilogy (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
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