Die Hard

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a game by Activision
Genre: Action
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 5.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Movie-Based Games, Die Hard Games
Die Hard
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Die Hard

Thanks to the Angry Video Game Nerd many people think that Die Hard on the NES flat out sucks. Now granted, this is not what I would call an all time classic, but I feel that this game is not as bad as people make out and it tried to be far more cinematic than many other NES games were doing back when it was released in the early 90s.

Yippee Ki Yay

The story of the game follows the movie really well. Hans is up to no good, the plaza has been taken over and only badass John McClane can save the day. One of the things that is most notable about Die Hard on the NES is not that it just tries to stay true to the plot of the movie. This is far more cinematic than most other NES games were, especially those that were based on a movie license. The game actually will change the story slightly depending on what you do.

The visuals are not a strong point (well apart from the cutscenes) the game has a very basic look and while I get, they were trying to capture the look of the movie. They kept things very simple. However, I do give them credit for trying to make each floor of the plaza to look different.

Get To The Roof

The goal of the game is to kill as many terrorists as you can and save the day. Each level has you going from area to area killing all the terrorists in the time that you are allocated. You will need to blow stuff up as well so that you can make it to the next floor. Die Hard is played from a top down perspective and the game starts out by giving you a basic pistol and your fists. The guns can be a source of frustration as you cannot just shoot where you want. As you progress through the game you get better weapons and stuff like C4 which is really fun to use.

One of the strangest aspects of the game is your feet meter. John McClane’s feet were a big deal in the movie as he was barefoot and by the end of the movie, they were a bloody mess. They tried to put this in the game as when you walk over broken glass, your feet get damaged and you walk slow, having to get medkits to heal them. I applaud them for trying to be so like the movie, but this is one area where they could have maybe tried to be not so much like the movie.


Look, I will not sit here and tell you that Die Hard is one of the best games on the NES. However, I will sit here and tell you that this is far better than people give it credit for. They took a movie and turned it into a pretty decent game. It can be frustrating in places, but there is still a lot of fun to be had here, especially if you are a fan of the movie.


  • It follows the movie pretty well
  • The cut scenes are impressive
  • Different weapons to use
  • The game is far more fun than people realize
  • The story can change slightly


  • The movement is a tad stiff
  • The feet aspect of the game is strange

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

Are you a diehard for action adventure games? Well, then Activision's new six level, single player, strategy adventure game, Die Hard, is just for you. Based on the big screen smash starring Bruce Willis as Officer John McClane, the action in this game is guaranteed to make your heart pound. The Nakatomi Plaza building has been seized by terrorists who are after millions of dollars in bonds; among the hostages are your wife and child. As you attempt to foil the terrorists and save your family, you duck through air vents, shimmy up elevator shafts, and try to confiscate terrorist weapons, such as C-4 explosives and rocket launchers! The bad guys track you from level to level, and a feature called "RealVision" you to see the action through McClane's eyes.

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