Die Hard: Vendetta

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Die Hard: Vendetta
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Developer(s) Bits Studios
Platform(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Release GameCube
  • EU: November 15, 2002
  • NA: November 19, 2002
PlayStation 2 & Xbox
  • EU: June 27, 2003
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Die Hard: Vendetta is a first-person shooter video game for GameCube in North America, and also in Europe for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Taking place after the first three Die Hard films, players take on terrorists as John McClane. Reginald VelJohnson reprises his role as Sgt. Al Powell. McClane's daughter, Lucy, is an L.A.P.D. member in the game.


Vendetta separates itself from other first person shooter games with its puzzle like elements. This includes hostage situations which have multiple outcomes, environmental puzzles and NPC interactions. John McClane can communicate to various NPCs in order to gain advice on how to overcome numerous situations in the game.

McClane can also take enemies hostage which cause other enemy AI to react differently depending on the rank of the hostage. Headshots in the game are rewarded by showing a panoramic camera sequence that uses a 'bullet time' effect (similar to an effect in Max Payne where the last dispatched enemy would have an almost-alike panoramic camera).[1]


Vendetta contains an original story which takes place five years after Die Hard with a Vengeance. John McClane's daughter Lucy has joined the police force. After a short time in the force she is kidnapped by Piet Gruber (the son of Hans Gruber, the villain in the original Die Hard film). The entire storyline has been considered non-canon since the release of Live Free or Die Hard which contradicts many plot elements.[1]


Review scores
Publication Score
GC PS2 Xbox
EGM 4/10[2] N/A N/A
Eurogamer 4/10[3] N/A N/A
Game Informer 6/10[4] N/A N/A
GamePro 2/5 stars[5] N/A N/A
Game Revolution D[6] N/A N/A
GameSpot 4.8/10[7] N/A N/A
GameSpy 1/5 stars[8] N/A N/A
GameZone 7/10[9] N/A N/A
IGN 6.3/10[10] N/A N/A
Nintendo Power 3.2/5[11] N/A N/A
OPM (UK) N/A 6/10[12] N/A
PALGN N/A N/A 4.5/10[13]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 63%[14] 57%[15] 53%[16]
Metacritic 54/100[17] N/A N/A

The GameCube version received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[17] Fran Mirabella III of IGN said of the same console version, "From the hostage-taking dynamics to the controls, the experience just feels unpolished. It can be fun, but there are a lot of frustrations that come along with it to sour the experience a little."[10]


  1. ^ a b "Die Hard Vendetta In-depth". CUBE Magazine. Paragon Publishing. 2002. pp. 52–57. 
  2. ^ "Die Hard: Vendetta (GC)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 161. December 2002. p. 128. 
  3. ^ Reed, Kristan (November 20, 2002). "Die Hard Vendetta (GameCube)". Eurogamer. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Die Hard Vendetta (GC)". Game Informer. No. 117. January 2003. p. 100. Archived from the original on April 9, 2005. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ Pong Sifu (December 3, 2002). "Die Hard: Vendetta Review for GameCube on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on March 12, 2005. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ Liu, Johnny (December 2002). "Die Hard: Vendetta Review (GC)". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on October 1, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (November 27, 2002). "Die Hard: Vendetta Review (GC)". GameSpot. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ Gibson, Jon M. (February 13, 2003). "GameSpy: Die Hard: Vendetta (GCN)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 29, 2005. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ Lafferty, Michael (December 10, 2002). "Die Hard: Vendetta - GC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Mirabella III, Fran (November 20, 2002). "Die Hard: Vendetta (GCN)". IGN. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Die Hard: Vendetta". Nintendo Power. Vol. 164. January 2003. p. 173. 
  12. ^ "Die Hard: Vendetta". Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine. 2003. 
  13. ^ Keller, Matt (July 25, 2003). "Die Hard: Vendetta Review - Xbox Review". PALGN. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Die Hard: Vendetta for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Die Hard: Vendetta for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Die Hard: Vendetta for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "Die Hard: Vendetta for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 

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