Some of My Favorites: Five Great Final Boss Battles!

Final boss battles are often what push video games into greatness.

I’m a firm believer in the idea that the ending of a story is imperative to its quality.  If the video game in question is beautifully executed up  until the end, then you just get that sour taste in your mouth, that it could have been so much better.  Luckily, many great video games are able to deliver, and some decent ones are remembered much more fondly thanks to their final bosses.

From my experience, final bosses don’t have to change the gameplay very much, but rather, they serve as the climax of the story.  They are the ultimate test of your fundamentals, a simple showdown that serves to wrap up the story in a satisfying, powerful way.

They’re the final glimpse you have of a game, the last takeaway- and boy, some of them are pretty damn good.

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A Look at Xenoblade Chronicles: Gnostic Roots

Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the most INTERESTING games I’ve ever had the pleasure to play.  Between great characters, a crazy setting (the entire game takes place on the bodies of two planet-sized robots like what the hell) inspiration from,  of all things, ancient Gnostic beliefs, and a great story to boot, Xenoblade is ridiculous in the best way possible.  There’s many, many things in the game that i could talk about, from the depth of its characters, to the philosophy it presents regarding Divine Command Theory and the definition of a God, but for now, for those unfamiliar, we can go over the basic Gnostic ideas it presents- namely, the conflicts between the godly figures in the game.

And, oh yeah.  SPOILERS.  We will be going over basically all of the biggest plot twists of the game, including the ending of Xenoblade Chronicles, so don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled.  Mind you, it’s still a phenomenal game even if you do know the plot, so do as you wish!

And yes.  This topic has been covered before, by Chuggaaconroy, by other blogs, but it’s still an interesting thing to look at, and this can easily be a springboard to other interesting thoughts.  So, if you’ve seen this before, you might not be surprised, as a fan of the game.  So.  Yeah. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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