DIE HARD Review
- Publisher: Fox Digital Entertainment, Inc.
- Genre: Action
- Released: 14 Feb, 2013
- Size: 63.5 MB
- Price: FREE!
- The adrenaline mode is quite fun.
- Adding shooting to a Temple Run style endless runner.
- Game is designed heavily around the shop and IAP.
- Not much variety of gameplay.
A premium endless runner based on a movie license that is designed like a freemium endless runner based on a movie license. The shooting adds some enjoyment while running, but not for very long.
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Editor's Note: I should have picked up on the incorrect movie title; apologies!
Freemium design around the in-app purchase model can be excused. Freemium design around the in-app purchase model of a premium title is pretty abominable, but OK. Freemium design around the in-app purchase model of a premium title that is a movie licensed game, well that's reaching new heights of unbelievability. That's what we have here with Die Hard however. Don't be confused though, it's not based on the original action classic, it's releasing along side A Good Day to Die Hard, using the characters and locations from that film, and it's doing it all as a Temple Run style endless runner... with shooting!
You play as John McClane's son (I’m assuming cause your character has hair). You run through the streets of Pipyrat, changing imaginary lanes to gather coins, jumping over obstacles, and tapping enemies to put a bullet between their ears. Aside from the shooting which works quite well, the controls should be familiar to those who've played entries in the genre. One confusing point is that it's not always clear what is an obstacle, and what is the end area of a run before Jack turns a corner and continues his trek. Also there's the bullet time mechanic that can be initiated once the meter is full. Time slows down and the shooting cursor waves over each successive enemy allowing you a quick a clean way to take out multiple foes, and best of all, your gun is automatically reloaded at the end (oh yes, swiping down reloads your weapon. You'll be doing that a lot).
We also need to address the design around in-app purchases. The coins you collect in game are only saved if you hit a checkpoint during the game. The prices to buy upgrades to your health, ammunition, and other perks are very high, at least with this currency. There is another currency that you can buy these items with for a cheaper price. This currency is given out sparingly by completing missions, or by purchasing it.
Seeing that the actual running and shooting isn't as engaging as it should be, grinding is definitely not something a player will want to be doing, and a lot of the store options early on just make the game more manageable. For those who want to run endlessly while shooting people, there is enjoyment to be had in this title. I guess hardcore fans of the Die Hard franchise might also get something out of it. The rest should probably stick to other endless runners.
DescriptionYippee ki-yay! Welcome to Russia: are you ready to battle ruthless mobsters, elite commandos and shadowy politicians?
Play as Jack McClane, the son of New York City’s most famous cop, legendary John McClane. Prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – blast your way out of Moscow’s mean streets and travel to the radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl, where you’ll have to overcome incredible odds to save the world from nuclear terrorism.
Combining the best of the “endless runner” genre with non-stop first-person shooter action, you now have the ability to play through one of the most popular action-movie franchises in film history! Keep moving and stay alive as long as you can!
★★★ Features ★★★
☢ Awesome 3D graphics, vivid colors and immersive world
☢ Easy to use swipe controls with a tap to shoot feature
☢ Tons of characters, gadgets, weapons, outfits, and power ups to unlock.
☢ “Adrenaline” – a unique ‘bullet-time’ feature that freezes the action into super slow motion, allowing you to take out multiple enemies at once
☢ Action-packed missions and real-life locations pulled right from the new hit movie, “A Good Day to Die Hard”
☢ Native retina support at 60 FPS
☢ Facebook and Twitter integration to shout out your score in real time
☢ From Goroid, the developers of the hit app “The End”
What's New in Version 1.4“You go looking for trouble or does it always find you?”
We thought so…
We took the DIE HARD game one step further. Fight as tough as the McClanes and don’t forget to make good use of the adrenaline function!
✓ Sprint mode: swipe up to activate,
✓ The option to purchase extra health points, armor, and gun usage right through the PLAY HARD button (within a play session),
✓ New ambient sounds,
✓ New animated 3D main screen,
✓ Performance improvements,
✓ Restructured mission system,