Boss Battles- The Needless Necessity

Plus XP Contributor Andrew Highton outlines the decline of Boss Battle in modern gaming.

Please note: This article contains spoilers for multiple games from the very beginning. You have been warned.

Nicaragua4772d ago

Good article.

I was actually pondering this kind of thing myself recently as I have been playing Bayonetta during the PSN outage. I enjoyed the boss fights against Jeanne, who was basically your equal with a similar set of moves, because it felt more skillful than when fighting the massive bosses who required a pre-set attack pattern to beat. Likewise in GOW3 I found the Hercules battle to be more fun than any of the Titan or God fights which again just required a set attack pattern.

colonel1794772d ago

Spoilers (I guess)

Uncharted 2 comes to mind. The game is highly enjoyable throughout but the final boss is a mess. In Uncharted 1, the final boss is just like you which it just requires to be cautious and hide, just like in real life might be.

Uncharted 2 on the other hand, changed it with a freaking guy that throws 10 grenades at you, even the blu avatar guys from the last levels are impossible to kill.

The best bosses are never the cheapest. Just look at Shadow of the Colossus, they managed to make the bosses challenging and they don't even atack you most of the time. Even Demon's Souls have great bosses and even when they are difficult, they are not cheap.

jessupj4772d ago

I think the best boss battle for it's time is The End in MGS Snake Eater.

Hideo really played with my mind. For the first 5 minutes I kept second guessing if I was actually in a boss battle or not. It was completely unique.

InspectorG4772d ago

I have enjoyed almost all of the bosses in MGS series. Especially The Boss, The End (actually almost all boss battles in MGS3 were great) and Psycho Mantis (just for the fact I have never encountered a boss battle like it before then)

earbus4772d ago

Boss battles are a big turn off for me its too predictable.


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It’s Time for Sony to Bring Back Killzone and Resistance

Sony is in the middle of an FPS crisis, but bringing back two much-loved PlayStation shooters could easily be the solution.

shinoff21839d ago

I'd rather them focus on a rpg. Shooters can wait

just_looken9d ago

We have alot of rpg's but only cod for a AAA first person shooter unless you toss in xdefient but that is still fixing 2yr old beta issues.

We need more AAA fps games then rpg's

shinoff21839d ago

Yea right. Theirs so many shooters on the market.

just_looken9d ago


Name 3 AAA fps games coming out this year

Cacabunga9d ago

I want Killzone yea, but as a gaas no buy!

Cacabunga8d ago

Yes we need some new FPS experiences.. COD is just not engaging enough. We want a Killzone back to the roots, not a Shadow Fall again..

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Crows909d ago

There's tons of RPG in the market too...what's your point exactly.

RaidenBlack8d ago

No Killzone or Resistance or Factions for you ... only Concord & FairGame$

Ironmike9d ago

No more rpg for a while would love a new resistance though

DarXyde9d ago

Agree on preferring RPGs though at this exact moment, it would be great to see more horror games. Another reason why Japan Studio closing is just tragic. Loved Siren.

just_looken9d ago (Edited 9d ago )

Fuck jim ryan japan studio did so much and helped alot with ports/localization

If they were around bloodborn would be possible like how they helped with demon souls ps4 finial fantasy port.

Horror games would be nice but the jim ryan axe job helped alot in killing playstation dev numbers/freedom and increased regulation with the new censorship crap.

1Victor9d ago

If Sony is bringing back a old shooter I would prefer Warhawk or better yet Starhawk

Rynxie9d ago

No thanks. Resistance and killzone were my all time favorite fps games. I completely dominated those games. I met good people, had a ton of fun and have a lot of fond memories. I don't want them to bring back these games, unless they tackle the cheating epidemic. I know I will absolutely hate these games, if I was to play them now, with all the effing cheating going on in fps games.

Psychonaut859d ago

Bro the market is oversaturated with quality RPGs AND bloated shitty RPGs already.

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Inverno9d ago

I honestly don't think we'll be seeing these anytime soon, if ever. Insomniac is officially on Marvel duty since it seems that all they're working on based off the leaks, and Horizon is more of what the casuals want these days. And I now I'll get a bunch of disagrees, but keep in mind that Resistance last got a game on the PS3 (2011) and Killzone was a launch title for the PS4 (2013). 10 years is a long time to make a game, if had any interest they would've done it by now, add InFamous to that list.

just_looken9d ago (Edited 9d ago )

Your right except the dates killzone mercenary was on ps vita 2013 same with resistance burning skies back in 2012

Good-Smurf9d ago

Both of those games are either made by smaller B team or completely different developer.
Killzone Mercenary developed by Guerilla Cambridge which is now defunct.
Resistamce Burning Skies wasn't made by Insomniac but by Nihilistic Software also defunct after the failure of CoD Black Ops Declassified.

just_looken9d ago

@good i know i never said they were

I mentioned them as they were the last games under that ip well killzone was last on ps4 but still even though they are different devs they led to the lose of the ip.

I highly doubt they made up for there budget cost even killzone on ps4 had low sales for such a large ip at the time.

shinoff21839d ago

Infamous should atleast get remastered. I'd be cool with that


Resistance 3 turned me off to the series but I’d love a reboot. KillZone I think can stay dead. Give me a new Resistance like 1or 2 and I’ll be happy.

JEECE9d ago

Except Resistance 1 and 3 were far more similar, 2 was the outlier. 3 was a great return to form after 2 changed so many things from the first game.