Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza

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Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza
Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza cover
Piranha Games
Sierra Entertainment
Fox Interactive
Lithtech 2.0
Release dates
Windows April 22, 2002
Metacritic 54
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Key points

Some minor gameplay improvements and fixes made in Improved Edition mod.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4 DRM.
Only second hand copies available.

Essential improvements[edit]


Skip intro videos[edit]

Disable movies[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open autoexec.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Change "nomovies" "0" to "nomovies" "1"

Improved Edition[edit]

Gameplay fixes and improvements

Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza (Improved Edition)

Recoil animation lowered, bullets hit register and distance fixed, enemies reaction to damage fixed, disappearing dead bodies fixed (most of them), infinite enemies respawning disabled, and more various fixes and balances.
Probably developers last minutes changes hurt the game. Need more fixes and tweaks but now gameplay better and feels more like how game should play, a bit more tactical.


  1. Install patch v1.04.
  2. Download latest version of DIE_HARD_Improved_Edition .exe installer.
  3. Open .exe and install to <path-to-game>.


Enemies AI behaviors unchanged.
Boss type enemies health lowered to human levels, still have high accuracy and reaction.
Recommended to play "Hard" difficulty, after fixes was needed gameplay balance, and core focus was hard difficulty.
"Easy" and "Normal" is lowered enemies stats from core "Hard" difficulty, not fully tested.
On "Sewer" level disabled instant death penalty for shooting/killing SWAT members.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force via GPU control panel.
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enable by default (Tested on Dgvoodo2)
60 FPS
Frame rate capping is recommended.Or use dgvoodoo (Only Windows 10) and set to monitor 60hz
120+ FPS
Too high frame rate makes the game unplayable.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Enable windowed mode via config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open autoexec.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Add line "Windowed" "1"


Running a game in windowed mode disables vsync, unlocking frame rate. To avoid issues with the game, make sure to limit the frame rate.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
sensitivity and smoothing options
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Located under Video options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Loosing focus minimizes the game.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Models of characters not being rendered properly[edit]

Install Patch 1.04[citation needed]

Black Screen Under Water[edit]

Use dgVoodoo 2
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2
  2. Copy D3D8.dll, D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll from MS folder that comes with dgVoodoo2 to the installation folder.
  3. In-game settings: change resolution to lowest (640x480)
  4. Inside dgVoodoo 2, go to DirectX tab, change resolution to 640x480.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II - 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 660 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0a compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).