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      12.12.2005 21:41
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      Great game, especially how cheap gamecube games are now.

      We have all seen the numerous Die Hard movies, and (in my opinion at least) they are... quite poor, all having the same storyline where the hero John Mclane saves everyone from a next to impossible situation!!

      Well guess what, they have decided to bring out a Die Hard game. I was given the game as a gift, and after looking at reviews, i wasn't expecting it to be great, but i turned on and started playing anyway, and believe it or not actually enjoyed it!

      You take on the roll of a policeman named John Mcclane, his daughter Lucy has been kidnapped. During your missions you also have to protect and rescue citizens and collect objects. The game is a FPS, but has strong influences on stealth, and tactics as opposed to guns blazing shoot everyone and live!!!

      The graphics are good... for their time. Obviously, by todays standards they are average, but still realistic and pleasing. There are also great effects during the game, such as slow motion. Sometimes, when you kill an enemy, the camera will slow down and focus on the bullet you just shot. The bullet will slowly head towards the enemy as the camera angle circles round it, and hit the enemy as he tumbles to the floor.

      Throughout the game there are also very cleverly designed twists. One of my favourites is one of the first levels, you walk into a shop and talk to the assistant, he hints
      ''I don't have much in stock, but i do have some rare items under the counter''
      Sure enough, looking under the counter reveals a bad guy who screams
      '' Die mother ****er'' and runs at you guns blazing

      There is also the ability to take bad guys hostage, with a gun to their head. When you have done this, YOU are in control, and can either shoot the bad guy, or get him to tell the others to drop their weapons and wait to be arrested. This is quite fun to do, and saves valuable ammo (which becomes scarce on the hardest difficulty settings)

      Once you have enough ''power'', you have the option to use Hero mode for a limited amount of time, this basically slows everything around you down, and allows you to shoot 6 bullets before your enemy can shoot once. And while all this is going on Beethoven is blasted down your speakers, a very nice touch :-)

      Its touches like this which make Die Hard a clever enjoyable game.

      There are 10 different missions to complete (after the training session), which get progessively harder, requiring more thinking and stealth. Towards the end of the game, the levels get very tough, and i have only recently completed the final level, after many long hours of trying!!

      There are 11 different types of gun for you to pick up and play with throughout the game. There are the basic pistols, SMG's and shotguns, but also crossbows, rocket launchers, flame throwers and mines. One of my favourites is the Magnum, one shot one kill, this is great to use and very satisfying when you get a nice headshot :-)

      However, there are also bad points about the game. Although the touches are surprising and enjoyable at first, they are repeated throughout the game, and by the 6th or 7th level, you have got bored of taking someone hostage, or getting used to the enemies who will be hiding behind that door.

      There is also no multiplayer option, even though there was on the PS2, i don't know whether or not this is a disadvantage, but it would be nice to have a multiplayer, and i can't see why they excluded a multiplayer option from the gamecube version.

      The 'aiming' is also very annoying for someone like me, who playes computer games, using the mouse to aim. Going from the mouse to using an analogue stick is a nightmare, and i find it very hard to aim accurately.

      Overall, it is a good game, and i enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone, and you will be able to get it cheap now. I don't know how much it was when i got it ( as a gift ), but i imagine now it will be under £10.

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        07.08.2004 00:41
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        have only owned a Gamecube for about a year now but this has to be my favourite and most played game. This game was designed specifically for the Gamecube. You take on the role of the LA policeman John McClane. Your mission is to save your daughter Lucy, who is a new recruit to the LAPD. You also have to protect various citizens and recover objects. It takes the form of the original Die Hard storyline but there are one or two odd twists that you wouldn't find in the film. The game itself is a (FPS) or a First Person Shooter. Your tactical awareness and the ability to move around un-noticed are essential to excelling in your role. It's not all about having a powerful gun and knowing how to use it. The graphics are very good and extremely realistic, but many others I have spoken to do say differently. You really feel that you are part of the game and that you are actually there. The shadowing of buildings and the light is very well done and seems to be realistic. When you shoot one of the enemy, you get a slow motion shot, where the camera cuts away. You see the bullet leaving your gun, flying through the air and then hitting the enemy, sending them tumbling to the ground. This is a great feature of the game, something that I haven't seen before. The graphics are even better in the slow motion shots, they are a lot sharper and crisper. There are three main modes in the game which are standard, hero and stealth. In hero mode you are given heightened senses and quicker reflexes, with this you are able to shoot several enemies at once. You can fire six shots in a rwo before any of the enemies can get a shot away on you. The stealth mode is very interesting, not something that I have personally experienced in video games. You can grab them from behind and hold a gun up to their face. It is up to you to decide if you are going to shoot him, take him hostage, or use him as a human shield. When you capture them they wil
        l let the hostages go. You do have to get information from them sometimes, so taking them hostage is key to completing the game. There are ten different levels to tackle in the game, once you have come through the training procedure. The first few missions are relatively easy and simple, not requiring you to do much thinking. They do begin to get a lot harder in the middle of the game, there is a bit of a sudden jump in difficulty. The later levels are also quite long so you have to be very patient and try to stay focused. There are also one or two sections in certain levels that you may get stuck on. You really have to look around and think, it is a sign of a really good game when you get stuck on a certain part. The last two levels are terribly hard. I haven't completed the final level, it's just too hard. When you approach any of the characters and talk to them, you will get a different response every time. They all have their own specific lines to say and it will be unique to all of the other characters. Many of the voices are those from the original films and many of the lines are those lifted from the movies, which gives it that extra realism. The character that you play, John McClane will always come out with the odd remark which is quite funny. You need to talk with most of the characters, who will give you vital information regarding the game and some will give you keys and pass cards. Within the game, there are a number of different objects that you pick up and use. There are eleven different types of guns with everything from a shotgun to an assult riffle. There are also flamethrowers, cross bows and a rocket launcher to get to grips with. I like using the cross bow, purely because it's a bit of a novelty in these sort of games. There are also things like grenades, mines and charges that can be used for taking out large groups or breaking through doors. One cool object that you need, are the night visi
        on goggles for when you have to work your way through sewers and on the underground train line. All of these different weapons and objects make the game so much more interesting because you have a lot of different options. I would definetly reccomend this game to anybody who likes first person shooting games. It is exciting and also very scary at times. It is definetly not an easy game to complete, so it will be a challenge for any gamer. If you haven't ever played a game like this, get this one because it is a perfect introduction as to what you get from games like this. I picked this up for £20 second hand and at that price it is an absolute bargain. It can be found at Amazon for £29.99 and at all good high street gaming stores. Thanks for reading!

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          21.08.2003 23:29

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          Big guns and lots of action are probably things you would expect in a Die hard game, but Vendetta has a fair bit more than just that. Playing as John McClain, you get to do all sorts during each tricky mission. While you?re rescuing your daughter from terrorists or stopping a bank robbery, you might be able to shoot everyone who gets in your way. But sometimes you?ll need to use stealth or disguise yourself. And you need to talk to absolutely everyone; just in case they?ve got any important information that will help on whichever quest you happen to be on. It all sounds good, but Die Hard Vendetta isn?t the most polished of games. Controls, especially when jumping, can be clumsy and it is easy to get caught up on things. Also, you?re usually only allowed to complete the level in a certain, very particular way and it can get frustrating when you can?t find out which way that is. The way the game flows though conversations instead of cut scenes is good and there are some really good touches. But it?s still an average game with an underwhelming multiplayer mode to boot. The graphics are adequate but nothing special. And there are lots to unlock which will keep you playing for a while.

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          02.04.2003 06:48
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          Despite being hailed in many publications as a disappointment Die Hard, was for me, a vastly refreshing and enjoyable experience. Although nothing graphically spectacular (the textures are awful and the character models are merely ok) some of the effects such as the reflections on the gun barrel are sweet and any graphical flaw is easily ignored because of which. The sound is also very nice, the music is compelling stuff and the effects are spot on. But what really makes it stand out against its rivals is the amount of people you can talk to, each with their own voice over effects and are extremely well done. Sometimes if you want to hear certain one-liners you'll have to do certain things, in one level if you shoot the terrorist as soon as you enter you'll hear yourself tell the hostages to move aside, if you try and negotiate first before shooting him you’ll hear a more witty comment. It is the little effort like this that makes the game stand out, combined with the amount of conversations you overhear and the individual posters you can read! The story is thus, you are John McClane who is helping your daughter with the police, several unfortunate events have you spiraling into familiar territory as you have to rescue your daughter from an old nemesis. The story is massive and forever throws new elements at you throughout the game, which keeps you on your toes. Plot twists are the order of the day as they keep the game going but never once gets tireing. Another impressive feature of the game comes in the form of fresh ideas. The vast control system means the developers can make each situation as unique as the last. In one part you are helping a restaurant owner fight off shooters who killed one of his customers, later you break a siege in a bank, you then save a crying man held a gunpoint, after which you’re creeping up behind an important gang member, grabbing him from behind, disarming his men and interrogating him
          , you'll try to get into gang club by disguising yourself before emptying the club of its occupiers and that is all on the same level! You don’t know what to expect next. Many situations will ask you to use the trial and error system, try and if you fail go back and try a different way. Not a conventional method of playing a game but allows for exploration. Another criticism came in the form of the aiming system, auto-aim makes shooting far too easy whilst manual-aim is far too hard, but despite being a shooter the game doesn't challenge the gamer with shooting abilities but rather in the ability to avoid fire and to work out exactly what to do next! Humour is another excellent addition to the game, the 'hero-time' mode made me crack up repeatedly and the swearing is pulled off excellently. Length wise the game is rather long and at times it is hair pullingly hard but still very rewarding. There are several flaws to the game that drag it down, the trail and error system is really just a way of extending the lastability and if it is a big level can be VERY frustrating. Also no multi-player? That is unforgivable for an FPS! Despite this Die Hard is a good solid game so trust me when I say you won't regret it.

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