24, 1997 (Japan)
> Having been ported from Sega's Saturn based ST-V arcade board, Dynamite
Deka / Die Hard Arcade (DHA) is essentially identical to the arcade version.
Everything is arcade perfect, including the gameplay and resolution.
The gameplay can best be described as a Streets of Rage or Final
Fight CD clone with a 3D touch. You play the part of John
McClane, a detective from new York, in an effort to free the president's
daughter from her kidnappers. Sega's arcade classic, Deep Scan, is
included as a bonus. The more points you get in Deep Scan, the more
continues you get in Die Hard Arcade.
> Importing Dynamite Deka is a snap. However, the US version
(DHA) is widely available.
> DHA's graphics are polygon 3D with 2D gameplay. I reiterate, the
graphics are the same as the arcade and somewhat above above average for
the time. The explosions are huge and cool to watch. It takes
impressive guns to create these huge fireballs too. The characters
are somewhat blocky, but the frame rate is solid. To provide the
best perspective, the view is constantly zooming and panning. No
enhancements over the arcade, but that's ok with me.
> DHA's control is good enough to satisfy most gamers. I just wish
you didn't have to fight in 2D. You want moves? Combos, weapons
and even arrests (you're a cop, you know) are at your disposal. There
are two characters to choose from, each with different abilities.
The main thing is to beat the crap out of all the criminals by punching,
kicking and using weapons on them. An occasional QTE (quick time
event), where you have a few seconds to press the correct button, is thrown
in to spice things up in a cinematic fashion. Other than that, enjoy
stage after stage of fighting action!
> Heart pounding and action packed tunes fill DHA's soundtrack. It's
perfect for the on-screen mayhem. The sound effects are good, and
get the job done nicely. Typical arcade effects combined with a dramatic
> DHA provides two player Streets of Rage action with more than
15 weapons to boot. A blast once or twice, but wears thin shortly
thereafter. At least the gameplay is great, which helps to keep long
term interest up. Turn "On" the "Violence" and find those Rocket
> Die Hard Arcade is a perfect arcade conversion. It features non-stop
beat 'em up action, which was originally on the ST-V board. If that
floats your boat...
9.1 | Graphics: 8.5 | Control: 9.4 | Sound: 9.5 | Fun: 8.9