April 1, 2017

‘Punch Out’ and Mike Tyson’s legacy as the ultimate 8-bit boss

After attending a boxing match in the early 80’s featuring future heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Nintendo of America’s founder and former president Minoru Arakawa, had the brilliant idea of porting the arcade hit Punch Out, to the NES. There were several changes made, mostly because the NES wasn’t strong enough to […]
March 24, 2017

‘Breath of the Wild’ (Divine Beasts): Vah Naboris – a sublime brain-twister of a challenge

While Breath of the Wild has been criticized for a lack of dungeons, Vah Naboris is one of the most intoxicating, challenging and beautiful offerings of the entire Legend of Zelda series, so far.
March 23, 2017

Music Lives! Revisiting the Final Moments of ‘Elite Beat Agents’

Even if you had an original DS back in the day, chances are Elite Beat Agents slipped under your radar. The game was met with critical acclaim when it was released back in 2006 but ended up selling much less than iNiS and Nintendo (who published the game) had anticipated.
March 22, 2017

‘Pikmin 2’ and The Waterwraith – The Aquatic Enigma

Pikmin 2 has quite the load of bosses in its assortment of awesome dungeons, but one cave and the creature it holds stand out above the rest as genuinely horrifying.
March 22, 2017
Dragon's Dogma

‘Dragon’s Dogma’ and the Curse of Bitterblack Isle

The expanded release of 'Dragon's Dogma' introduces players to a labyrinth-like dungeon filled with engaging boss encounters.
March 21, 2017

‘Final Fantasy’s Boss Formula: The Permanence of the Adamantoise

One way to measure a game’s success is by looking at how long it stays relevant. Some characters have persisted for decades while others faded into the shadows mere months after their releases. Assassin’s Creed, Pokémon, and The Legend of Zelda are among the elite few that have emerged from their original games as enduring franchises.
March 19, 2017

Team Ico: Lords & Masters of Big Bosses

It’s no secret that Shadow of the Colossus is one of the finest video games ever made. The endless praise, and acclaim that the game has amassed over the years has given it an untouchable status.
March 19, 2017
System Shock

Glitch in the System: A Look Back at ‘System Shock’s SHODAN

Of all the apocalyptic scenarios man keeps dreaming up, the idea of us losing to the machines we've created becomes more and more likely with each passing year.
March 19, 2017

Boss Battles: Expectations and Originality in ‘Metal Gear Solid’

Hideo Kojima, the mastermind behind the Metal Gear series, once said: “as a creator, I always want to betray fans' expectations.” Throughout his hallmark series, Kojima has done this in many way
March 18, 2017

Top 10 Boss Battle Soundtracks

Every boss needs their own unique soundtrack. It acts as a calling card, and allows players to experience wonderful, or terrifying, memories of nostalgia once again.