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Boss Dread


On 05/15/2018 at 09:41 AM by KnightDriver

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What I learned yesterday is that many games follow a pattern of: level progression, then a boss fight, then repeat. I've developed a sort of dread of those boss fights as I sense their approach. They do, however, make a good bookmark in a game, a place to stop for a while just after they're done. Notes to follow.

Minecraft: I created a random world and searched in vain for a village. So I dug a mine and got all my matterials to build the Nether Portal, went there, and couldn't find the Fortress. Well, that sort of ended it. I didn't want to revisit the same old seed, but this randomization can get very annoying at times. 

Star Wars The Force Unleashed: This was next on my list of short-to-long games I own list. I watched Mark play it years ago and it seemed good. I've vanquished my second Jedi master.

I really like this story of Vader bringing up a force sensitive child to help him defeat the emperor. It should totally be a Star Wars film. It's probably too dark for hollywood though.

The gameplay is pretty great too. You are totally a badass force weilder, picking up just about anything and throwing it at foes, throwing foes themselves right into orbit, and - my favorite - using force lightning. You can upgrade all these abilities as you level up.

There is some exploration as there are glowy cubes (forget the name of them) you can find that give you points which, I think, help with XP. I should mention too, that even though you are totally powerful, the battles with Jedi Masters are no walk in the park on the default, challenging, difficulty. 

Oh, and this game begins by having you control Vader at the height of his powers. Those Wookies didn't have a chance. Perfect!

Rayman 3 HD: I was worn out by that second Jedi Master fight, and so was the main character, so I started the next game on my list, Rayman 3 HD. I'd played this before but got stuck, I think, in an area where you have to break down three doors in sequence with a time limit. I figured it out this time, but now I'm not sure if that was the place I stopped the first time. I'm thinking now I got all the way to the final boss and stopped there. I'm not sure, but if an achievement pops up, I'll know I'm in new territory. 

This is actually a very smooth 3D platformer. I think it controls really well. I'm overly sensitive to camera and control issues in platformers because they task my patience, and any technical fault really contributes to my frustrations. Not a problem here, I think. I like the music too. There's quite a bit of funk. Interesting in a French game. 

Well, that was a day. I'm in a kind of summer break right now for a few weeks. Work starts again in a few weeks and I start another class next week. So, there'll be a lot of gaming, I think. 


 

Comments

Super Step

05/15/2018 at 04:39 PM

I think Hollywood has some pretty dark stories in these Star Wars and Avengers movies, they just happen to be brightly colored. 

I'm about to start summer vacation myself, once I grade these papers. Cheers!

KnightDriver

05/17/2018 at 11:02 AM

Yea, you're right, they could do it. Those recent Batman movies were pretty grim. And Rogue One wasn't a happy time. 

I'm super guilty about any thought of vacation right now since I'm still not back to full time work. I'll only be able to enjoy it once that is settled.  

Super Step

05/18/2018 at 07:52 AM

I know you didn't like the Nolan Batmans, but I loved 'em. Helped they came out when I was between the ages of 15 and 22. The Snyder DC flicks on the other hand ... Blech. Those weren't just dark, they were downright cynical. 

Well, don't feel too guilty, just keep working and relaxing in as balanced a way you can. 

KnightDriver

05/22/2018 at 12:09 PM

I found Nolan's Batmans a bit pretentious, but I didn't regret seeing them. They had great style, and I always appreciate that. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

05/16/2018 at 03:52 PM

Yeah that same pattern has been around since nes days. I was thinking of atari days though cause my brother has been playing missile command on his phone and in those game the only progression is difficulty and the inevitable defeat. You cant beat those games you can only make it harder on yourself. Adds up to a weird philosophy ha ha

KnightDriver

05/17/2018 at 10:58 AM

Those old games. The whole thing was just one screen, although some had different levels and, I think, Phoenix, has a boss fight. There's something common to a lot of art where there's this build up and a great release. You build up to the boss then a satisfying release as you finish it. Like music, or maybe fiction too. Tension and release. Common human predilection, I guess. 

goaztecs

05/17/2018 at 12:14 PM

I agree Force Unleashed would be a great movie, especially for the beginning of the game, plus I like the main character, and his story. 

I'm thinking about giving Rayman another go but on the Switch. I think it could be fun to play until Mario Tennis is released.

KnightDriver

05/17/2018 at 10:59 PM

You start as Vader and wreck house. What a great way to start a game. 

The Rayman games are great. I'm just not a great fan of platformers in general. I love the style of the Rayman games, so I try them anyway. 

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