Play as John McClane in an attempt to save the building.


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Play as John McClane in an attempt to save the building.

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September 1990 (USA)  »

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Excellent game for its time
4 August 2002 | by (IL) – See all my reviews

10/10, Console: NES

Storyline: For New York City cop, John McClane, facing Christmas without his estranged wife and two children was too much to take. Armed with presents, McClane boards a plane for Los Angeles, hoping to patch up his marriage.

McClane arrives at his wife's office building, the newly constructed Nakatomi Plaza, and relaxes while she and her fellow co-workers celebrate Christmas and their most successful year in the history of the company.

But, success has its drawbacks. Enter Hans Gruber, the stylish and cool terrorist who has left behind his once political agenda for a more profitable one--stealing $600 million in negotiable bearer bonds from Nakatomi's vault. What follows is a truly epic confrontation between a team of highly trained, armed and motivated terrorists and a barefoot cop armed with his 9mm, his wits and his determination.

NES Version Gameplay: Made in early 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System(NES), this was the very first Die Hard game every. Its a overhead view with John McClane as a little sprite guy withone leg that moves so it looks as if he has two. The graphics are okay but could be better. The areas consist of tiles to show that its a floor, and a slight 3D look. There are 40 terrorists in the building, which is composed of seven floors. You can only visit four at first - you start at the 32nd Floor (or 31st, maybe something else on Advanced Difficulty), which has two enemies to start out with, and another will eventually come to help. With the elevator you can visit floors 30-34. However, the terrorists have hostages on the 30th floor, so you can't go there until they're out. From the 34th Floor you can go up the stairs to the 35th floor. You can go to the roof from there, but you need a key from an enemy on that floor. The other floor is the 4th floor, which you can reach via express elevator before the 2nd lockdown. This is where other objectives come into play - you can do other things as well. You can blow up the main computer with a rocket, contact the police, all things that may help you. You could go through the game straightforward, but remember this - There are multiple endings.

There are several weapons to use. You start out with a Hand gun, if you kill a certian enemy you get a machine gun. Theres C-4, and you need the detonators to use them. When you kill a enemy, they usually have several goodies to get. Like Stun Grenades and machine guns. Power ups come in a form of a pop-can and will give you alittle health which is the side bar on the top left side.

The 1st ending is easy, all you need to do is die. Theres 2 other endings if you complete the game, one is the bad guys getting away and the other is the ending of the movie.

When all of the locks are down, you must go to the 30th floor, where you will battle with the enemies you may have missed (the staircases are safety areas - if you like, you can fight all 40 enemies after standing in the stairwell the whole game), and the leader of the group.

DOS Version Gameplay: In this version, they used a 3D point of view, you move around in a linear format, killing every bad guy you find. Inbetween levels were a scene from the movie. McClane has a weird redish shirt and strange bajamma looking pants. The camera is lowered to a back of McClane view, and the graphics are alittle better with more detail and 3D graphics.

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