Arcade / SEGA

TIL: SEGA made a Die Hard arcade game called Die Hard Arcade

Die Hard lends itself well to action gaming but I didn’t expect there to be a licensed arcade game for it.

Die Hard Arcade, known as Dynamite Deka in Japan, was released by SEGA in 1996 and was the first beat ’em up to use texture-mapped 3D polygon graphics. It was later ported to the Sega Saturn a year later and the Japanese PS2 as part of the Sega Ages line in 2006. There was also a sequel without the Die Hard license called Dynamite Cop, which came out for arcades and Dreamcast in 1998.

The story features John McClane and Kris Thompsen but rather than follow any of the first three movies, you try to save the President’s daughter from terrorists. The game bosses including a rogue gallery of villains including bikers, Mexican wrestlers, sumo wrestlers, army generals, and an armed fire chief.

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