Hey everyone, as we fast approach Christmas, tis the season to be merry, be with our family, and watch the greatest Christmas movie of all time: DIE HARD. I watch this every Christmas Eve, going on 20 years now, and it continues to be an amazing, hilarious, and thrilling focal point of my Christmas season.
THANKFULLY, there are a multitude of games available to tie into this Christmas Classic. I’ve listed some of my favourite below, though there are many more that I’ve left out. What’s your favourite Die Hard game? And do you plan on playing any over the next few days?
Die Hard - PC Engine (1990)
Only released in Japan, though there is an English translation available now. This is a really fun run-and-gun top down shooter. Lots of baddies to plow through, bosses ripped straight from the movie, and various weapons to collect via powerups. John McClane has a fair number of quips in between level sections, feeling true to the character. I played a lot of this last Christmas, and will probably boot it back up again in the next couple days. PRO-TIP: Keep a pen and paper handy, because one of the early levels is a maze, and taking the wrong exit will send you back to the beginning!
Die Hard - NES (1991)
Probably the game I’m least familiar with on this list. The cutscenes are pretty neat for an NES game, though I don’t have many other memories. Would be interested in revisiting this one too.
Die Hard Trilogy - PSX / Saturn (1996)
I rented this one a TON back in the day. Basically three “games” in one, each based on one of the Die Hard movies: The first movie is represented by a third person shooter with sound clips straight from the movie. The second is a lightgun game very reminiscent of Virtua Cop. And the third is a timed racing game (Think Crazy Taxi). All in all a super fun game, though I haven’t played it in probably close to two decades, so who knows how well it holds up.
Dynamite Deka / Die Hard Arcade - Arcade / Saturn (1996/1997)
This game plain ROCKS. Originally released as “Dynamite Deka” in Japanese Arcades as a non-related but TOTALLY INSPIRED by Die Hard game, Sega was actually able to get the Die Hard license when localizing. A 3d beat-em-up with tons of over the top action (You fight a firetruck and robots!), and a whole lot of fun. Best played with two players. PRO-TIP: The Japanese Saturn version is cheap and plays perfectly with an Action Replay, even translating the button prompts into English!
Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas - PSX (2000)
This sequel creates it’s own story, taking place in Vegas, but retains the three different gameplay modes of its predecessor. However, unlike the original, you are constantly bouncing between the three modes while going through the story. I remember enjoying this one too, maybe I’ll revisit it as well.
Well, are you guys in the mood yet? Maybe put some Ode to Joy on, take your shoes and socks off and curl your toes in the carpet, eat some twinkies, and PLAY SOME DIE HARD. Merry Christmas, everyone!