Die Hard (NES)

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Die Hard (NES)
Die Hard NES Cover.jpeg
"Yippie-Ki-Yay, Motherfucker!!"- Angry Video Game Nerd
Genre: Shoot'em up
Platforms: Nintendo Entertainment System
Release Date: 1990
Developer: Pack-in-Video
Publisher: NA: Activision
JP: Pack-in-Video

Die Hard is a 1990 top-view shoot'em-up video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is based on the 1988 film of the same name. It was published by Activision outside of Japan, and it was developed by Pack-in-Video.

Why It Sucks

  1. The graphics during action scenes are confusing and lack detail. It's tough to tell what's broken glass and what's not.
  2. The cover art...
  3. The frame rate is quite choppy for an NES game. It's evident when there are more than two enemies on screen.
  4. Some enemies move around too quickly and your bullets end up missing them.
  5. The game is extremely difficult. It's very well possible that the first enemy in the game can easily kill you.
  6. It is very inconsistent: at one point of the game, if the player tries to jump off using a device, John McClane will say something like "I'm not crazy to do this, no thanks." Yet, he has no qualms with jumping out of the window and dying instantly. The irony is that John McClane used a firehose to get to one of the floors from the roof in the film, and there was no issue there!
  7. If you do die, you have to restart from the beginning, with all of your progress gone!
  8. Enemies are difficult to kill: The armed terrorists have crack shots against you, and they will bombard the screen with bullets.
  9. The ending is just a generic text ending saying that John McClane saved his wife, followed by a game over.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The soundtrack is at least decent.
  2. The cutscene graphics are well drawn.


  • This is one of the first NES games to feature a different ending in the case of both the player character and boss character defeating themselves.





17 months ago
Score 1
If you want a good game based off of the license, play Die Hard Arcade for the Saturn instead of this trash.

Declan Kearns

10 months ago
Score 1
Don't also forget Die Hard Trilogy for the PlayStation 1.


9 months ago
Score 0
Why does the box art look horrifyingly familiar?


9 months ago
Score 0
When I was younger I was told that this game was actually about 9/11, but later I found out that it was based off thr movie.


3 months ago
Score 0
Pack-in-Video, Their NES Games based on the Movies (Such as Rambo The First Blood Part II, Predator, Knight Rider and Die Hard) are Very Bad, But their Game Musics are Very Good.

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