This Isn’t Even My Final Form: What Happened to Good Boss Fights?

Chesley Oxendine takes a look at the boss fight: epic battles of the past, the state of the trope today, and the mechanics of what goes into a good fight without being cheap.

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Godmars2902028d ago

Realism and real-time. You go for realistic graphics in real time, you can't have a good morph scene. Also laziness.

CrossingEden2028d ago

If you go for realistic graphics in real time you can't have a good morph scene? Um, god of war 3 and ascension would like a long word with you.

pr0t0typeknuckles2028d ago

God of war isnt realistic,it has realistic graphics but not gameplay,games like uncharted,the last of us or battlefield which are grounded in realism is what hes talking about,lets be honest they had some pretty boring boss fights because its hard to make a great boss fight in a realistic game,but games like prince of Persia,devil may cry,mgrr,bayonetta,sly,etc...h ave some pretty cool and interesting bosses because they arent realistic.

Ratty2028d ago

Yep. Plus, if they do too much of that, people are going to call "scripted" boss fights on them. As if they knew what the word meant.

Irishguy952028d ago

Dark Souls and Rising had great bosses. Not much games do them nowadays

Deadpoolio2028d ago

LOL it's always amazing how people just immediately go to laziness

Godmars2902028d ago

Square's been guilty of it for years. Ever since they had the "active" four characters in a ten party group, and having you fight and "kill" the same boss several times with them just running away.

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ifritAlkhemyst2028d ago


Dark Souls. I felt like such a cheap bastard sword plunging the Capra Demon to death. Then I looked up a FAQ a few days later when dealing with Ornstein and friend and I see the plunge method was an acceptable means of killing the Capra Demon.

In a normal game that would be considered an exploit. In Dark Souls, merely a fitting solution.

360nolife2028d ago

The last modern game that had a final boss that had me so focused was Twisted Metal PS3. Also Dark Souls.

guitarded772028d ago

Been playing The Puppeteer over the weekend... it has really good boss fights in just about every level.

FunAndGun2028d ago

I love how the levels/scenes change so frequently in that game. Each boss fight is so varied from the next...and it looks great too!

IanVanCheese2028d ago

I'd say the strongest boss fights I've seen recently were in the otherwise mediocre Arkham Origins. Each boss had their own style and felt like more of a test of skill than a dude with a ton of health.

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