|Originally, the Creative Creations developers
started work on this as a Duke Numkem 3D then a Half-Life mod before taking
the work to Fox (the maker of the films) who financed this final retail game
version on the Litchtech engine. The action of this shooter of Sierra is based
on the film model of the director John McTiernan's original film (in which
Bruce Willis in the lead role became a movie star). It is the yuletide
season and the New York cop John McClane travels to L.A. to meet his former
wife who separately lives from him with his children. His wife's new employer
is a Japanese giant company which establishes a new building as a company
headquarter in L.A., which is not finished construction yet. On the main
floor, still, there already is a Christmas celebration. John McClane is
out of place at the party, but even more so the gangster's group which
all take everyone as hostages. The gangsters have prepared for everything
including the FBI and any unplanned incidents but not for the stubbornness
of John McClane who takes up the fight only with pistol, Zippo and police
radio though he is without shoes and socks. One can recognize many scenes
from the film, but there are also additional places (cellar, lab). The
story is told through in-game graphics. Altogether there are 30 levels.
Most persons move well only between the film figure of Ellis (by Hart
Bochner) and in the game there is an immense difference already shown.
The graphics are rather weak, in particular with the dreary cellar levels.
The main weapon is the MP5 of the "terrorists" (gives most ammunition),
but there is also grenades, the M60, Steyr Aug and some others. On account
of the fact that this is a shooter they had to insert more opponents (how
many terrorists can fit in one building? ...). It was also changed that
some S.W.A.T teams are able to penetrate into the Nakatomi building. This,
just like escaped hostages, one must pull out himself by using an identity
disc given to recognize them (not always friendly are the S.W.A.T .'s).
The morality system which was announced has is not present. The hard Nakatomi
Plaza is a total of one rather simple shooter which uses good recognition
value of the film, but technically (graphics, AI) is not very accomplished.