Die Hard

1996
Sega

Who doesn't like quick time events (QTEs)? You? Oh- and everyone else? Well, too bad, because Die Hard has a bunch. It's cool though, they are used somewhat sparingly and button mashing isn't required- just a quick press will get you through the cutscene and earn you points. In addition to the mid-90s introduction of QTEs, we are also treated to 3D graphics and all the polygonal glory that entails. Now games couldn't just have well-drawn 2D sprites- they had to have blocky graphics rivaling the N64 or PlayStation. Die Hard was the first beat 'em up to use texture-mapped polygonal graphics. (We've come a long way, baby.) While the graphics haven't aged so well, the gameplay is lively and there are power-ups galore. Everything from brooms to missile launchers can be picked up by John McClane. While the 3D environment doesn't make for the sharpest graphics, it really introduces an extra layer to the beat 'em up world, because you can really use space and dimension to pace the fights and evade. Die Hard isn't the most well-known arcade game, but it is an excellent representation of the early 3D era. If you like the genre, you can't go wrong.

Story

The President's daughter has been captured by terrorists and it is up to you to rescue her. (of course- what else do you expect?) You enter the criminal hideout and make your way to the boss as your rescue mission unfolds. Fight your way through bosses like the biker, the luchador, the sumo and more (guess this criminal enterprise has a pretty diverse management team). Eventually you face White Fang himself and rescue the President's daughter. If both players are still alive at the end, there is a great nod to Double Dragon in the epilogue. If you've ever made it to the end of that game, you know what I mean. Yippee ki-yay.

Tips & Strategies

Pick up everything and see what weapons work for you. Even a lowly broom can be effective at clearing enemies.

The quick time event buttons change- be sure to press the right one!

This game is known as Dynamite Deka in Japan, and the sequel is called Dynamite Cop (no Die Hard tie-in for that one).


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