Thursday, September 2, 2010

Outrageous Duels & Boss Fights

I was playing Madworld again for a few hours today, and I love every moment of it. I'm not exactly one for gore or even horror movies or anything too graphic, but the style, music, and gameplay just suck you in no matter if you're into that sort of thing or not. I think probably the best thing about Madworld is the outrageous boss fights. I just beat Yokozuna, which is the 6th boss and I love how unrealistically blown out of proportion it is, but then again, so is the whole game.

So it got me thinking about how much I love crazy boss fights/duels. It reminds me of the Metal Gear Solid series and how crazy the boss fights get. Psycho Mantis is one of the coolest fights ever, so awesome that it actually goes beyond the television screen itself. He messes with the picture, "moves" your controller, reads your memory card and even makes you switch controller ports. The Metal Gear series is filled with outlandish villains such as Psycho Mantis, Vamp, and Ocelot. No More Heroes is another game that has strange yet satisfying boss fights as well, I haven't played it yet but it's on my list of games to get. I've seen most of the boss fights and it definitely looks like a great game.

The Megaman series is another with probably now hundreds of duels in which the robot masters have different powers. I'm pretty sure they have any power you can imagine. If Capcom has gone through so many powers that they basically have to recycle boss names there’s probably not much more you can think of. I mean, Heat man, Fire man, Flame man, Burner man, Torch man, Magma man? There are so many fire synonyms that Capcom must be solely responsible for global warming. No problem, we can just sent Chill man, Ice man, Cold man, Frost man, Blizzard man, and Freeze man on the case to end global warming. All kidding aside, as long as Capcom remains as good as they are, and continue to release good games, they can recycle powers all they want.

I don't understand how Sega can keep screwing up Sonic games after playing Madworld. Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure were great games, and so were the Sonic Advance games. Maybe someday they'll get the whole 3d thing right. I do really like Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 but even they weren't perfect, and that was what, like 10 years ago?


  1. Boss fights are the best, the reading your memory card bit from MGS was great, its too bad we dont see more creativity in boss fights anymore

  2. True that Alex, boss fights are just too easy these days.. nothing will beat the old days.