Ten Boss Battles Which are Impossible To Win
The sensation of satisfaction that players get when taking down a seemingly unstoppable enemy is actually among the many joys of gaming. It is able to make players feel 10 feet high and serve as justification for the hours (or in a number of cases, days) they have sunk into the game. Unfortunately, nonetheless, they are often robbed of this experience by unwinnable battles.
Often used for storytelling purposes, these scripted losses can be extremely frustrating for players. Often it is not immediately clear that defeat is actually inevitable, which is able to result in countless futile attempts or perhaps precious resources being squandered. Developers usually provide players with a second chance to defeat the bosses later on in the game, but that does not make these unbeatable encounters any less infuriating.
Ten Boss Battles Which are Impossible To Win
Dark Souls – Seath The Scaleless
Dark Souls – Seath the Scaleless The first fight with Seath the Scaleless is perhaps among the worst examples of an unwinnable battle, as it is one of those where it has not completely apparent that the player really should lose. Given Dark Souls’ unforgiving difficulty, it is so easy to see why many players retried the fight many times – only to eventually understand that their efforts had all been in vain.
Players are eventually given another opportunity to defeat Seath later on in the Crystal Caves, though they must first destroy his heart in case they would like to stand some chance of winning. Like all dragons in the series, he’s poor to lightning, so, with the right setup, he is not too hard to defeat. Well, at least not when compared to several of the series’ other enemies, that’s.
Halo Reach – The Final Battle
Halo Reach – The Final Battle Strictly speaking, the final battle in Halo Reach is not a’ boss’, but it does serve as an excellent example of how scripted losses can occasionally be used to good effect. Spartan-312’s valiant attempt to overcome the endless waves of enemies plays out fantastically, with players slowly but surely arriving at the realization that this’s one battle that the Spartan simply can’t win.
It is far from a happy ending, but it does make for an incredibly emotional one. Most notably though, at no point do players feel as they’ve been robbed or perhaps cheated by the scripted loss. This was not some cheap attempt at padding out the length of lazy storytelling or perhaps the game, but rather a fitting conclusion to a great game.
Shenmue three – Lan Di
Shenmue three – Lan Di On the subject of lazy storytelling, Shenmue three actually features not one, but 5 unwinnable battles. During the Bailu section of the game, there are actually 2 fights with Yanlang that end with Ryo getting whipped out no matter what the player does. The exact same thing happens twice more later on in Niaowu with Ge. Both enemies can eventually be beaten, but not until Ryo has learned special moves to counter the styles of theirs.
The last unwinnable encounter arrives right at the game’s climax as Ryo finally comes face to face with Lan Di again. Of the 5 encounters, losing this one makes the most sense given Lan Di’s adeptness as a martial artist. The previous 2 bosses do raise the question though as to whether the key to finally defeating the Chi You Men leader will be learning another special technique.
Mega Man X – Vile
Mega Man X – Vile The first battle with Vile in Mega Man X takes place at the end of the introduction stage and is actually one that’s fairly obviously impossible to beat. For starters, Vile does not have a health bar but, the constant barrage of his of attacks also makes it almost impossible to land some blows on him. Simply as X looks as he has done for, Zero arrives and blows Vile’s arm off and the boss flees.
A similar battle takes place later on in the game, with X once again unable to deal some damage to Vile until he is close to death. This time, Zero breaks totally free from the imprisonment of his and uses the last of his energy to completely destroy Vile’s Ride Armor. With the boss now vulnerable, X is finally able to beat him once and for all. Well, at least until he returns in Mega Man X3, that’s.
Uncharted four – Nadine
Uncharted four – Nadine There are actually several unwinnable tussles with Nadine scattered throughout Uncharted four, but it is maybe the last one that stands out most. Unlike other unwinnable battles, there is actually something kind of enjoyable about watching the kick of her both Nate and Sam’s asses all over the wooden shack.
Ultimately, Sam is actually in a position to pull a gun on her which results in a tense standoff with Rafe – who just happens to arrive at this exact moment. The entire thing ends with Sam taking a bullet and Nate tumbling down into the river below. It is here he is reunited with Elena, who again, just happens to have the right place at the proper time.
Suikoden – Neclord
Suikoden – Neclord The recurring Suikoden villain Neclord is actually a 400-year-old vampire that’s able to turn into a hoard of bats at will. With this in mind, it is perhaps no surprise that a rag tag group of adventurers is actually unable to beat him. Thankfully, this’s one thing that becomes apparent almost immediately after the fight begins and so most players should take the hint and simply let him do his thing.
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After the party has been wiped out, they head off in search of a weapon that is able to damage the evil vampire. They eventually acquire the Star Dragon Sword and are then in a position to defeat Neclord following a pretty straightforward rematch. He does return in Suikoden two though.
Final Fantasy VI – Guardian
Final Fantasy VI – Guardian The JRPG genre is actually famous for its use of unwinnable battles for narrative progression and also the Final Fantasy series is actually no different. Many can be found in Final Fantasy VI, but the most prevalent is actually the Guardian boss. It may be fought on numerous occasions, but it is not possible to deal even a single digit of damage during any of the first 3 encounters.
Upon arriving at Kefka’s Tower in the World of Ruin towards the end of the game, players once again square off with the Guardian. This time, nonetheless, it is really easy to cause harm and, ultimately, defeat it. It actually ends up being a pretty easy fight for a well leveled party, though it does have a couple of powerful attacks.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast – Desann
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast – Desann When scripting an unwinnable battle into a game, it is perhaps not the best idea to also program in cheat codes which can make players invincible. Sadly, that is just what Raven Software did in Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Due to Desann also being invulnerable to damage in the first battle of his with Kyle on the topside of Artus, anybody using the cheat is actually forced to restart the level to be able to progress.
Kyle encounters Desann a few more times throughout the game, but it is not until the very end that he gets the opportunity to beat him. The last battle takes place on Yavin and, with the assistance of some force lightning and some temporary invincibility, Kyle can emerge victorious.
Mass Effect three – Kai Leng
Mass Effect three – Kai Leng For a series which focuses so much on choice and player control, the choice to include an unwinnable boss battle in Mass Effect three was quite a weird one. It occurs during the Priority: Thessia mission and pits players against the cyborg assassin Kai Leng. Regardless of how hard the player tries though, they’re destined to lose.
Kai Leng may live to fight another day, but Shepard does get a chance at revenge later on in the game. The resulting rematch at the Cerberus Base is extremely hard. Unlike the previous encounter though, with the right strategy players can really defeat him this time around.
God Of War: Chains Of Olympus – Charon
God of War: Chains of Olympus – Charon The God of War series has its fair share of tough battles, but while they may at times appear to be impossible, they are usually beatable. That’s not the case, nonetheless, when it comes to the very first encounter with Charon in God of War: Chains of Olympus. While it’s possible to damage him, he will regenerate health at a much faster rate, making victory impossible.
Ultimately, he is going to summon a massive tidal wave that washes over the boat and then tosses Kratos’ lifeless body into the River Styx. Not to be deterred, Kratos returns later in the game and uses his newly acquired Gauntlet of Zeus to destroy the pillars that Charon uses to replenish the health of his. It is a complicated fight, but, without those pillars, Charon can finally be defeated.
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