#177 – Die Hard

And the licensed dreck just won’t die as hard as we want it to.
That’s a shame.
Didn’t know Prince had a suite in the Nakitomi Plaza.


PUBLISHER: Activision

DEVELOPER: Pack-In Video

GENRE: Action

RELEASE DATE: January 1992

I’ve never seen the actual movie “Die Hard,” so I had little to no information going into this game. Something about bombs and buildings and terrorists, right? Sounds legit. You play as John McClane and your goal (I think) is to save a building from being destroyed because you’re played by Bruce Willis and you’re awesome and you think the building is pretty awesome too, which is why you want to save it. All 35 levels of the building are at your disposal to explore and get shot at by random polo shirt wearing bros. Many of said bros (“Bro, this is vintage Fitch, don’t get your blood on me!”) have keys that allow you access to places where you need to go, but in order to get the keys, you have to kill them. While the bros go down in one hit, they will spew out bullets like the remnants of last night’s kegger and you only have one life, so beware. Honestly, there didn’t seem to be much to the game. Collect a key here, get shot at there, get annoyed when bullets hit you because your stuff flies everywhere on the screen. Die Hard also sports some of the worst graphics I’ve seen in a while. Is John McClane supposed to look like a mangled Lego character? A lot of GameFAQS reviewers like this one because they probably grew up with both the game and the movie. I grew up with neither, but I’m sure the movie’s at least mildly entertaining.


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Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie (seriously, the plot revolves around a phone call to his wife about Christmas arrangements — which become derailed by the whole gotta-be-a-hero thing before reuniting in the Christmastime snow at the end), but the game does suck. Which is unfortunate, because the NES had grand potential for awesome non-Ikari overhead third-person shooters.

This is 1 of those games that is a must own for a collector bc the movie is such a classic. No movie n the game would be a bigger flop than et for Atari.

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