Die Hard Arcade

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Die Hard Arcade
System(s): Sega Titan Video, Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Fox Interactive, Twentieth Century Fox (US/EU)
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (41 tracks)
Genre: Side-scrolling Action/Yoko Scroll Action (横スクロールアクション)[2], Action[3]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Sega Titan Video)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (Sega Titan Video)
US
$? ?






















Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[4] GS-9122
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
JP
(Satakore)
¥2,8002,800 GS-9192
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
$49.9949.99[5] 81057
ESRB: Teen
Sega Saturn
EU
MK81057-50
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
MK81057-50
USK: 18
Sega Saturn
PT
STJSE0501
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[8][6] MK81057-50
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
239zł239
Sega Saturn
AU
FDIE01SSC
OFLC: M15
Sega Saturn
BR
191536
Tectoy: 18+

Die Hard Arcade, stylized as DIE HARD ARCADE[10] or DIE HARD Arcade[11] and known as Dynamite Deka (ダイナマイト刑事) in Japan, is a 3D arcade beat-em up developed by Sega AM1 and Sega Technical Institute. It was published by Sega for the Sega Titan Video arcade platform in 1996 and for the Sega Saturn in the following year.

The game was published in cooperation with Fox Interactive as a licensed product based on the Die Hard movie franchise. The Japanese version was published as an original property because Sega did not have the rights to use the Die Hard license there.

Story

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Nakatomi Plaza

John McClane and Kris Thompsen (Bruno Delinger and Cindy Holiday in the Japanese version) are on a mission to save the President's daughter, Missie Herrington (Caroline Powell). She has been kidnapped by a group of terrorists led by White Fang (Wolf Hongo), who are holding her in Nakatomi Plaza, a skyscraper they have taken over in Los Angeles.

Gameplay

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Quick time events

The game is a beat-'em-up using texture-mapped 3D polygon graphics. It can be played by one player or by two players simultaneously, with player one playing as veteran NYPD cop John McClane (Bruno Delinger) and player two playing as rookie LAPD detective Kris Thompsen (Cindy Holiday). It features a sophisticated move set for the genre, resembling a fighting game such as Virtua Fighter. The second player can join at any time during gameplay by pressing  START  on another control pad. There are combined special moves and combos in two-player games.

Characters can move by pressing a direction on the D-Pad. They can run by double-tapping forward on the D-Pad or roll backwards by double-tapping back on the D-Pad. They punch with A, kick with B, or jump with C. Combos are performed by pressing the punch and kick buttons in quick succession. Attacks can also be performed while jumping or running. Characters automatically grab opponents in close proximity, which can be thrown by holding a direction on the D-Pad and pressing A or B or attacked by pressing A or B without a direction. Characters cannot grab enemies when holding a weapon.

Characters can pick up and use various items as weapons, from household items such as brooms and pepper shakers to high-damage missile launchers, submachine guns and anti-tank rifles. Objects are sometimes found laying in the stages, or weapons can be taken from enemies. Objects can be picked up with A, then thrown, swung, or shot (depending on the object) with A or B again. The objects that the character has collected are shown in a bottom corner of the screen. Weapons have limited ammunition and are automatically discarded when they run out, unless the player has additional ammunition in the inventory. When a weapon runs out of ammo, the character throws the weapon, then uses the next object in the inventory (if there is one). Each player can hold one weapon in hand, up to four ammo clips, and one additional weapon in the inventory. Enemies reload weapons after picking them up if they are low on ammo. Most weapons are lost at the end of each action scene, but hand guns can be retained so long as they have ammunition remaining. Weapons are also dropped if the character is knocked down by an attack.

Stages are interspersed with automated sequences with quick time events where the players are prompted to press a certain button in time. Failing a quick time event results in either a loss of health or an additional action scene that players would otherwise not have to complete.

Each character has a life bar in a top corner of the screen that depletes as the character takes damage from enemies. A character is defeated when their life bar is emptied, and the player must use a credit to continue. Collected weapons and objects are retained after continuing, and the character receives a bonus hand gun. Life is not replenished between scenes or stages but can be replenished by finding health pick-ups. Enemy terrorists have their own life bars in a row underneath the players' life bars, and they are defeated when they run out of health.

Move list

Move list (Attacks)
Name Command Description
Jab P
P, Straight P P
PP, Straight P P P
PPP, Rolling Heel Kick P P P K
PPP, Straight, Jumping Back Kick P P P P K
Front Kick (McClane)
Left Front Kick (Thompsen)
K
Front Roundhouse (McClane)
Left Front Kick (Thompsen)
K K
KK, Back Kick K K K
KK, Body Blow (McClane)
KK, Power Punch (Thompsen)
K K P
Dash Uppercut Hold P, then release
Somersault Kick Hold K, then release
Move list (Turning attacks)
Name Command Description
Backfist P while holding the D-Pad back
Side Kick K while holding the D-Pad back
Move list (Emergency escape)
Name Command Description
Spinning Attack P+K+Jump This ability costs a portion of health.
Move list (Jumping attacks)
Name Command Description
Jumping Uppercut P+Jump
Jump Kick K+Jump
Dash Elbow P+Jump while holding the D-Pad forward
Jumping Double Back Kick K+Jump while holding the D-Pad forward
Move list (Attacks during jumps)
Name Command Description
Swing Down P while jumping
Double-Handed Swing Hold P while jumping
Diagonal Kick K while jumping
Double Rolling Heel Kick (McClane)
Screw Kick (Thompsen)
Hold K while jumping
Elbow Drop P while holding the D-Pad down
Knee Drop K while holding the D-Pad down
Slide Punch P upon landing
Sliding Kick K upon landing
Move list (Dash attacks)
Name Command Description
Elbow P while walking
Groin Kick (McClane)
Backfist (Thompsen)
K while walking
Tackle P while running
Jumping Kick K while running
Move list (Recovery attacks)
Name Command Description
Rising Uppercut P holding the D-Pad Left or Right
Rising Kick (McClane)
Rising Sweep (Thompsen)
K holding the D-Pad Left or Right
Move list (Throws)
Name Command Description
Giant Swing P (P) K (K) P after grab
German Suplex P (P) K K (K) after grab
Piledriver K (K) P P (P) after grab
Headlock Slam K (K) P (P) K after grab

Characters

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John McClane (Bruno Delinger)
A veteran detective in the New York Police Department who is visiting Los Angeles to visit his ex-wife and children. Player one plays as John McClane. He is better with weapons (for example, he fires guns faster).

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Kris Thompsen (Cindy Holiday)
A rookie detective in the Los Angeles Police Department. She is a martial arts expert. Player two plays as Kris Thompsen. She is faster and more maneuverable.

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White Fang (Wolf Hongo)
Leader of the terrorist group occupying Nakatomi Plaza. He is trying to steal $600 million in the building's safe and has kidnapped the President's daughter.

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Missie Herrington (Caroline Powell)
The President's daughter, who has been kidnapped by White Fang and his terrorist group.

Items

Items that can be picked up are surrounded by a red square; when the character is close enough to it, it changes to a green square and can be picked up with A.

In addition to these items, there are a variety of items, such as chairs and barrels, that can be thrown at enemies and items, such as brooms and fireman's axes, that can be swung as weapons.

Hand Gun
A hand gun containing up to 15 rounds, which are fired one at a time. These can be taken from terrorists and can be carried between scenes. They can be reloaded by finding a Hand Gun Clip.
Machine Gun
A machine gun containing up to 20 rounds, which are fired in bursts of four at a time. These can be taken from terrorists or sometimes found on the ground. They can be reloaded by finding a Machine Gun Magazine.
Missile Launcher
A missile launcher containing up to 6 missiles, which explode in a large area. These can be taken from terrorists or sometimes found on the ground. They cannot be reloaded.
Anti-Tank Rifle
An anti-artillery gun containing up to 6 rounds, which knock the opponent back on impact. These can be taken from terrorists or sometimes found on the ground. They cannot be reloaded.
Spray Can
An aerosol spray can containing up to 6 shots. It damages and also momentarily stuns enemies. It can be combined with a lighter to create a flamethrower.
Hand Gun Clip
Reloads the Hand Gun with 15 rounds. Goes into the inventory until it is needed.
Machine Gun Magazine
Reloads the Machine Gun with 20 rounds. Goes into the inventory until it is needed.
Life Up
Restores part of the character's life.

Stages

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The Top Floor

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The Underground Parking Lot

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The First Floor Lobby

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The Terrace

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The Top Floor
In one-player games, the game ends after defeating White Fang on the rooftop. In two-player games, if both players are still in the game, they fight each other (similar to the end of Double Dragon) to decide who will become the bodyguard of the President's daughter.

Deep Scan

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Deep Scan

The Saturn version includes a port of Sega's 1979 arcade game Deep Scan, which can be played to earn extra credits. It can be selected from the main menu. Every 200 points earned in Deep Scan gives the player a credit in Die Hard Arcade.

The goal is to destroy as many enemy submarines as possible by dropping depth charges from either the left or right side of the battleship while avoiding mines launched from these submarines. The battleship moves with Left or Right. It drops a depth charge to the left with A or to the right with C. The battleship has a limited number of depth charges, shown at the top of the screen. A sonar appears on the bottom of the screen and shows submarines coming from the sides, before they are visible. The game ends if the battleship is destroyed; there are no lives or continues.

History

Development

Main article: Die Hard Arcade/Development.

Legacy

The Saturn version received success in Japan due to its "shocking" commercial. In 2011, the music featured created for it was voted the 304th best video game vocal song by the Minna de Kimeru Game Ongaku Best 100 Matome section of the Japanese website Atwiki.[12] Makoto Uchida has said that, years later, he would still receive emails from fans asking to see the commercial again.

Dynamite Deka was followed by Dynamite Deka 2 on the Sega Model 2 and Dreamcast. This game was known as Dynamite Cop outside of Japan. The story would be continued in Dynamite Deka EX, also known as Asian Dynamite, and the game would be remade in the form of Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka.

Sega Logistics Service announced it would end service on Dynamite Deka arcade machines on March 31, 2017.[13][14]

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Die Hard Arcade Die Hard Arcade
English (US) Die Hard Arcade Die Hard Arcade
Japanese ダイナマイト刑事 Dynamite Deka

Production credits

Main article: Die Hard Arcade/Production credits.

Arcade version

Sega AM R&D Dept. #1
Source:
In-game credits

Saturn version

Source:
In-game credits[15]

Development
Production
Marketing
Special Thanks To
And the SOA Software Test Department
Source:
US manual
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[16]

Magazine articles

Main article: Die Hard Arcade/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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ST-V US flyer (front)
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ST-V US flyer (back)
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DynamiteDeka Saturn JP Flyer.pdf

PDF
Saturn JP flyer
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-02: "1997-02 (1997-01-31)" (1997-01-17)
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Saturn print advert in GameFan (US) #0504: "Volume 5, Issue 4: April 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Strana Igr (RU) #13: "Iyul 1997 1/2" (1997-xx-xx)
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Photo gallery

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Titan Video version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Next Generation (US)
50
[17]
Arcade (Sega Titan Video)
50
Based on
1 review

Die Hard Arcade

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Instuction card(s)

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77 №53, p42/43
Sega Saturn
77
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
576 KByte (HU)
80
[18]
Ação Games (BR)
75
[19]
CD Consoles (FR)
80
[20]
Console Mania (IT) PAL
91
[21]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
50
[8]
Edge (UK) PAL
60
[22]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
74
[23]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
70
[24]
Freak (IL)
92
[25]
Fun Generation (DE) PAL
70
[26]
Gambler (PL)
83
[27]
GameFan (US)
81
[28]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
88
[29]
Gry Komputerowe (PL)
75
[30]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
70
[31]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
80
[32]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
75
[33]
neXt Level (DE) PAL
80
[34]
Player One (FR)
90
[35]
Saturn Fan (JP) NTSC-J
76
[36]
Saturn Fan (JP) NTSC-J
74
[37]
Secret Service (PL)
56
[38]
Sega Magazin (DE)
86
[39]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
88
[40]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
80
[41]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
77
[42]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
81
[43]
Strana Igr (RU)
80
[44]
Super Power (FI)
83
[45]
Ultra Game Players (US) NTSC-U
82
[46]
Video Games (DE) PAL
75
[47]
Sega Saturn
77
Based on
31 reviews

Die Hard Arcade

Saturn, JP
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Saturn, JP (Satakore)
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, US
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Disc
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Manual
Saturn, EU
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Disc
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Manual
Saturn, EU (newer)

Saturn, PT
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Technical information

Main article: Die Hard Arcade/Technical information.

External links

  • Sega of America webpage: Saturn

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sega Arcade History, Enterbrain, page 141
  2. Dynamite Deka (Saturn) Japanese cover (back)
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  4. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1997-02 (1997-01-31)" (JP; 1997-01-17), page 232
  5. 5.0 5.1 Press release: 1997-03-18: Sega Saturn Brings Home Die Hard Arcade For The Ultimate Living Room Brawl
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 http://www.sega-europe.com:80/SATURNL.HTML (Wayback Machine: 1997-02-24 20:04)
  7. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1997-02-24), page 41
  8. 8.0 8.1 Computer & Video Games, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-12), page 74
  9. http://www.sega-europe.com/SATURNL.HTML (Wayback Machine: 1997-07-15 06:26)
  10. File:DieHardArcade Arcade US Flyer1.jpg
  11. Die Hard Arcade (Saturn) US manual, page 5
  12. https://w.atwiki.jp/gamemusicbest100/pages/2112.html
  13. File:SegaProductsTerminationAnnouncement 2016-11 JP.pdf
  14. File:SegaProductsTerminationAnnouncement 2016-12.pdf
  15. File:Die Hard Arcade Saturn credits.pdf
  16. Die Hard Arcade (Saturn) US manual, page 18
  17. Next Generation, "October 1996" (US; 1996-09-17), page 191
  18. 576 KByte, "Szeptember 1997" (HU; 1997-xx-xx), page 16
  19. Ação Games, "Maio 1997" (BR; 1997-xx-xx), page 20
  20. CD Consoles, "Avril 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 84
  21. Console Mania, "Marzo 1997" (IT; 1997-0x-xx), page 46
  22. Edge, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-28), page 78
  23. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1997" (US; 1997-0x-xx), page 53
  24. Famitsu, "1997-01-31" (JP; 1997-01-17), page 1
  25. Freak, "4/97" (IL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  26. Fun Generation, "03/97" (DE; 1997-02-12), page 74
  27. Gambler, "6/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  28. GameFan, "Volume 5, Issue 4: April 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 26
  29. GamePro, "April 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 90
  30. Gry Komputerowe, "6/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  31. MAN!AC, "03/97" (DE; 1997-02-12), page 70
  32. Mega Fun, "03/97" (DE; 1997-02-05), page 88
  33. Next Generation, "April 1997" (US; 1997-03-11), page 126
  34. neXt Level, "März 1997" (DE; 1997-02-21), page 68
  35. Player One, "Mars 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 64
  36. Saturn Fan, "1997 No. 2" (JP; 1997-01-17), page 185
  37. Saturn Fan, "1997 No. 5" (JP; 1997-02-28), page 98
  38. Secret Service, "Kwiecień 1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 64
  39. Sega Magazin, "März 1997" (DE; 1997-02-12), page 26
  40. Sega Power, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-12), page 38
  41. Sega Saturn Magazine, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-19), page 62
  42. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1997-02 (1997-01-31)" (JP; 1997-01-17), page 222
  43. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 13
  44. Strana Igr, "May 1997" (RU; 1997-xx-xx), page 81
  45. Super Power, "4 1997" (FI; 1997-0x-xx), page 48
  46. Ultra Game Players, "April 1997" (US; 1997-03-25), page 69
  47. Video Games, "3/97" (DE; 1997-02-19), page 96


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Games in the Dynamite Deka Series
Arcade
Die Hard Arcade (1996) | Dynamite Cop (1998) | Asian Dynamite (2007)
Sega Saturn
Die Hard Arcade (1997)
Sega Dreamcast
Dynamite Cop (1999)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka (2006)
PlayStation 3 PlayStation Network
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka (2012)
Dynamite Deka related media
Music
Dynamite Deka 2 Original Soundtrack (1998) | Dynamite Deka vs Wing War Original Soundtrack (2006) | Dynamite Deka EX Original Sound Track (2007)
Book
Dynamite Deka 4 Koma Ketteiban (1997) | Dynamite Deka 2 Official Guide (1998) | Dynamite Deka: Burning 2020 (2014)