Dirty Harry (NES) Angry Video Game Nerd: Episode 157
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♫ He’s gonna take you back to the past ♫ ♫ To play the shitty games that suck ass ♫ ♫ He’d rather have a buffalo ♫ ♫ Take a diarrhea dump in his ear ♫ ♫ He’d rather eat the rotten asshole ♫ ♫ Of a roadkill skunk and down it with beer ♫ ♫ He’s the angriest gamer you’ve ever heard… ♫ ♫ He’s the angry Nintendo nerd… ♫ ♫ He’s the angry Atari, Sega nerd… ♫ ♫ He’s the Angry Video Game Nerd! ♫ AVGN: Before there was Rambo and the Terminator, there was Dirty Harry, which made Clint Eastwood into one of the original Badass action stars from the modern era. Now, of course because the movie was rated R, it got made into an NES game. And while the movie was Dirty Harry, the game was straight-up filthy. Now there existed five Dirty Harry movies, so the game doesn’t follow any specific one of the story lines. It kind of invents its own. The title screen opens with the classic line from Sudden Impact. “Go ahead, make my day.” And that does make my day because it sounds pretty good. Too bad everything after that goes downhill. It’s like cutting the brake lines on a dump truck, and then it crashes into a sewage treatment plant, but the dump truck was actually full of shit to begin with. *PPBPBBBBBLLLLLL* Uh, just listen to that music. Sounds like someone was beat to death with a synthesizer. It’s a symphony of electronic farts. When you press start, you’ll be given the option of starting from the beginning or entering a password, specifically for level 2 or 3. Curious Nerd: There’s only three levels… Well, that’s good! Hehe… How bad could this be? He, he, he, stupid question. Start the game and you’re immediately ganged up on by two assholes, while another asshole rains Molotov cocktails down on you. Though, I do like the little pose Harry does when he gets hit. That’s great. Looks like something Elvis would do. Huagh! When you beat them up two more guys come out. Geez, is there any city with this much crime? The whole city is trying to murder a police officer in broad daylight? I can’t even get past the first screen without losing a life. Oh, maybe because you have to hit A and B together to jump because why make the controls easy to use, I mean if you’re gonna have diarrhea you might as well splatter the toilet seat while you’re at it. I walk in these buildings and there’s snakes all over just slithering it up. Oh! Geez, Alice Cooper left his damn snakes all over the place. Why there’s snakes in the apartments anyway? I mean sure the main villain in the game is named Anaconda, but why do they have to take it so literal? It’s not like Scorpion from Mortal Kombat actually throws scorpions at people. Oh, c-come on, I’m a cop not animal control, there’s also rooms with laser floors and this big bastard, if you get close he punches you straight across the room. And bullets bounce right off him. So tons of snakes, psychotic citizens and a giant bulletproof enemy, like, what the fuck is wrong with this place? All right. Well, I don’t know what I’m doing. So let’s check the manual. Okay, you can kick by pressing Up and B, which also opens the crates. That makes sense I guess, you can also use crowbars to break into closed apartments, but be careful because they can only be used once. Who ever heard of disposable crowbars? Are they actually made of Crows? *Crow cawing* And by the way, the health power-ups are Chili dogs. Who’s he think he is Sonic the Hedgehog? You can also jump on the small boxes on the floor to find ammo, money, bombs and bags of cocaine…. Dude… It’s an NES game where you’re collecting bags of cocaine! Sure it happened in Narc, but that whole game was like an anti-drug statement. Here, you’re just collecting cocaine! Finally after stomping and kicking everything in sight, you pick up a flashlight which allows you to see in the sewers later in the game. I also ran into this guy who doesn’t do anything, he just flips a coin. I tried shooting him, I tried kicking, I tried punching him, but guess what? You have to jump right on him and then you get his clothes. What? You never jumped on a complete stranger and instantly switched clothes with them? So now Dirty Harry turns into John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever. Oh and on the back of the game, they have the screenshots for both the Travolta and Elvis poses, because they knew it was awesome. Oh and the giant guy, I guess you can walk past him now because you’re wearing a disguise. Then there’s this lady who gives you some extra lives. That’s great and all, but there’s no reason to come in here other than that. Why go through all that if it’s not gonna progress the story? And who cares about the extra lives because soon, I die anyway. This game is yet another one of those “Where the fuck do I go?” kind of games. I ran around for 20 minutes like a chicken with its head cut off and barely accomplished anything. Well, luckily. There’s an infinite lives code. Yeah, it’s cheap, but fuck it. So the password to get infinite lives is.. “Clyde”, Clyde is the orangutan from another Clint Eastwood film, “Every Which Way But Loose.” So I guess the developers were big Clint Eastwood fans, but a better way to honor him, would have been to make a game that doesn’t suck ass! So anyway, the infinite lives should make the game easier, but it doesn’t. Look at how agile Harry is, I mean he could be in the Olympics. He jumps 10 foot gaps from ladders and hops along rooftops. Imagine Clint Eastwood moving like that in real life. After smashing everyone’s apartment again and parkouring through most of San Francisco. I hit the first sewer section. It’s filled with rats, roaches and remote-control cars, a little reference to the fifth film: The Dead Pool. The sewer has a real electrical problem, too. Because there’s open wires that will fry Harry if he touches them You run around like a rat in a maze, hitting switches and looking for a way out. It’s tedious as hell and takes forever, but then again all horrible games need to have sewers because that’s where they belong. Ok, we’re finally here we get to fight the boss. The boss is easy. Just keep shooting and dodging his shots until he dies. W-Wait? It’s not it? There’s still more? Salty Nerd: (Screaming on a pillow) URAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! So that was only a mini-boss, I’ve been on this level for almost half an hour and it’s still going, you can beat other games in that time. So you shimmy across electric wires, go into an alley and boom another boss fight. He’s also easy just get to the roof and shoot him. And yeah, of course, there’s still more. Go into the building, find the gas mask which lets you go into the poisonous gas rooms. So let’s check out what’s in here… Huh, nothing good. W-What? How do I get out? I’m stuck?! There’s no way out?! Oh, you got to be shitting me. This right here, is one of the most notorious “Fuck Yous” I’ve ever seen. The Dreaded “Hahaha” room. It’s literally a dead end. The only option you have is to reset the game. Okay, get the flashlight, jump through the alleys, get through the shit-stenched sewers, fight the bomb guy, fight the gun guy, get the gas mask, avoid the haha room and finally make it to the final sewer. And this one’s red for some reason. Guess like it’s taking you to hell. Alright, so I get to this door and for whatever reason I can’t open it, did the game glitch? Oh, and I can’t go back, because this other room is filled with water. And also I can’t jump to the platform from the pipe. This game does not want me to beat it. And just to remind you. This whole thing is only the first level! I am NOT playing level 1 again. So let’s check out some passwords. “Misty” gets you to level 2 and “Bird” gets you level 3. So apparently they’re both obscure Clint Eastwood references. “Misty” is a reference to the film, Play Misty for Me and “Bird” is a biopic that Eastwood directed about a jazz saxophone player. What, is this Dirty Harry the game or is it Clint Eastwood the game? So anyway, level 2 starts and it’s just a normal linear stage. No rooms, no alleys, no dead ends? Why wasn’t the first stage like this? It’s not great, but it’s at least a normal side-scrolling level. This part here is actually kind of cool, you kick a barrel into the water and shoot it to kill the guy, that’s pretty neat. But of course, there’s this whole platform jumping portion. Because, why not push these broken control to the absolute test? Once again, I’m stuck. I can’t figure out how to get across. I think I have to jump on the box, but fuck it. My patience is dead from level 1. So, let’s try level 3: “Bird”. So Harry takes a boat, which I assume happened in the second level. According to the manual the last level’s on Alcatraz, which is a reference to the third movie: The Enforcer. It’s another linear level, but this time they brought out the big guns, literally. Everyone’s shooting at you and it’s damn near impossible. How is anyone supposed to play this? This game was made in 1990, for KIDS. Why make a twenty-year-old, R-rated movie into a video game? Why make a dead end room? Why reference a bunch of other Clint Eastwood movies as passwords? Not to mention, There’s a fourth password: “Gunny.” It’s Eastwood’s character from Heartbreak Ridge and guess what it does? Nothing. Supposedly, the password exists. However, it wasn’t programmed to activate any part of the game. Such a missed opportunity, not just the “Gunny” password, the whole fucking game. Imagine what this game could have been? A level like Hogan’s Alley where you shoot bad guys, a car-chase level through the hilly streets of San Francisco, even a motorcycle level like from the movie: Magnum Force. Hell, there’s even an unused motorcycle sprite in the game code. So then you reach Mt. Shitty Caca, which is basically just a mountain of pixelated piss and shit. What am I supposed to do here? I don’t know what I’m jumping on? I-I don’t know what’s going on? I-I’ve made it as far as I can go. I’m sorry, but a man’s got to know his limitations. I’m shit out of patience. And this game is shit out of luck. Dirty Nerdy: I know what you’re thinking, did he fire six shots or only five? Well to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I… kind of lost track myself. But being this is a Konami Justifier, the most powerful light gun in the world, it would blow your label clean off. You gotta ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya? PUNK?

100 thoughts on “Dirty Harry (NES) Angry Video Game Nerd: Episode 157

  1. My uncle lost a snake in his apartment once. The police found it three years after he moved away. And the neighbors wished they hadn't taken it away… since the building had more of a rat problem when they did.

  2. Couldn't help noticing Harry sporting a harpoon on the second level, there. That's a reference to Deadpool. Shoulda mentioned!

  3. Disposable crowbars? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ I'm asking for one next time I go to Home Depot

  4. JonTron: That guy just stands around tossing bombs out his window all day – the economy really is in the toilet

  5. Thereโ€™s so much crime in the city because is Gotham city and just like Gotham cityโ€™s police, there are useless

  6. I missed this episode some how. Oh well. Great review, and great movie. To bad the same thing canโ€™t be said about the game.

  7. is anyone else sad that due to new You tube policies the angry nerd will never be again ๐Ÿ™ due to getting demonetized for any profanity.

  8. Jesus christ how long has it been James(AVGN) i mean i wrote this comment in 2019 so im in the future
    Ps. AVGN goodluck and stay alive

  9. The people that made this game were probably the Asian tourists from Crocodile Dundee 2 that were in the subway fight scene.

  10. Nerd you give up on the games too soon. I get that they suck but youโ€™re making the content for us so try to finish it so we can see all it really has to offer.

  11. Any real gamer knows that the only good Dirty Harry game was Lethal Enforcers. Don't tell me that wasn't a Dirty Harry game. Everything it about it was a love letter to Dirty Harry.

  12. I would be really bloody happy is Scorpion from Mortal Kombat threw a Scorpions CD at me. Even more so if the CD actually works.

  13. Every episode of this show is absolutely great but seeing the flashes to the Power Rangers episode made me remember what may truly have been his best episode ever, and it still fucking kills me.

  14. I don't like the new song singer singing the song bring back the old guy ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜ถ

  15. James has not once begged for likes or subs in any of His videos, He lets the audience decide if He's worthy of our viewership, for that reason alone I have always admired James as a youtuber from day one all the way back to the early days of youtube

  16. God l love you James for making for still making these they are fucking great to watch and just binge through or put on in the background

  17. "It's not like Scorpion from mortal kombat throws scorpions"

    I know this is a joke but one of his fatalities in mortal kombat 4 has him turning into a scorpion.

  18. I think the guy in the white hat was meant to be a Michael Jackson reference. Think Smooth Criminal. I could be wrong though.

  19. Speaking of Alice Cooper, did you know he's a Born Again Christian, and give a lot of money to charity? Yeah, he's pretty a cool dude.

  20. NES Games Based on R-Rated Movies
    Freddy Kruger And Jason Voorhees
    Rambo
    Die Hard
    Platoon
    Dirty Harry
    The Untouchables
    The Blues Brothers
    The Terminator
    Terminator 2
    Robocop
    Robocop 2
    Total Recall
    Alien 3
    Lethal Weapon
    Mad Max
    Darkman
    NES Games Based on PG-13-Rated Movies
    Robocop 3

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