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Fable 2 -- taste my music box!vWhile I loved Fable 2 and especially enjoyed the moody epilogue where you played out a day from your childhood, this was one disappointing way to take out a final boss. For an enemy that has ruined your life, fighting him with a music box is pretty anticlimactic. Still, at least afterwards you get to kill him (or let Reaver do it for you).
Street Fighter -- Every boss after BisonvSure, I guess Sagat was okay in the first Street Fighter, if a bit overpowered. M Bison meanwhile was a tough but largely fair opponent. After that though? All downhill. Akuma appeared as a secret boss in Super Streetfighter 2 Turbo and was insanely, stupidly powerful. Gil in Streetfighter 3 was a strange blue and red striped fighter using fire and ice attacks. Rather cheaply though, his normal attacks did chip damage meaning he was insanely hard to defend against and you could almost never achieve a perfect. Added to that, he had a move which allowed him to resurrect himself from death and all his normals chained easily and did incredible damage. This led to Gil being banned in tournaments in the versions of Street Fighter where he was playable.
While Street Fighter 3 had the striped Gil, Street Fighter 4 had the all-blue Seth. Learning no lessons from their previous game, Seth was again overpowered with an Ultra combo which was brutally effective. The worst part of playing against Seth was that he would play badly for the first round, but by the final round he would suddenly use all of his most powerful multi-hit moves. Suffice it to say the multiplayer version of Seth had his health brutally gimped to make him a fair pick in tournaments. Still, not many fighting games have had better bosses than Street Fighter. Geese Howard and Azazel are just as bad.
Ocarina of time -- Its Morpha-ing timevAs universally loved as Ocarina of Time is, the water temple is equally loathed. The final boss of this crushingly dull level is Morpha, a giant something. Resembling a cell with a nucleus that you attack via hookshot, Morpha is basically a big room with water you encounter at a time in the game when you never want to see water again. The mid level Mirror Link boss meanwhile was awesome, meaning Morpha is that much more disappointing in comparison.
Resistance: Fall of Man -- Man Vs Central Nuclear Fusion ReactorvWhat's more fun than struggling through a dull, grey, pedestrian FPS to reach the end and face a central nuclear fission reactor as a final boss? Just about anything actually. It seems that the Resistance developers (Insomniac) missed the fact that although people loved Half Life 2, not many of them were fussed with the big tower-with-a-weak-spot boss at the end. At least in Half Life 2 the tower was visually impressive. In Resistance you're in another grey room shooting at a grey pillar while being attacked by grey enemies. Grey.
Halo 2 -- Battle with a big furryvThe game that promised you would take the fight to Earth has one of the all time worst endings to a commercially successful mainstream game of all time. Before this major anticlimax though, you get to fight the boss of the brutes. Jumping around like you're in Quake-world, absolutely none of what is great about Halo is present in this fight. Also, the Arbiter? Why?
Batman Arkham Asylum -- Pumped-up JokervArkham Asylum is a great, great game and much of what led up to this final boss fight was genre defining. That's why the final conflict with the joker on the roof is so disappointing. Set up as the ultimate schemer, the Joker seemed to have a truly nefarious, devious plan that he wanted to play out. Unfortunately, come the final fight he simply transformed himself into a giant Monster-Joker and you were left with just another standard enemy to fight. Having faced much better bosses including The Scarecrow and his brilliantly directed nightmare sequences, the final boss was just not up to the standard of the rest of the game.
Sin -- Slutty Elixis flashes you, runs awayvIn Sin you play as Col. John Blade (really) as he chases down the beautiful Corporate boss and antagonist Elexis Sinclare. The game has some hilariously hammy cut scenes and an endearing teenage enthusiasm. Although not strictly a boss fight, at the end of the game you get this embarrassingly bad, borderline disturbing video. You never get to face Elexis as a boss, and thereâs nothing more underwhelming than a boss who gets away without a fight. In May 2006 they released Sin Episodes where you could finaly catch and stop Elexis... then it got cancelled before they could make a second. Still, at least they cut down on the creepy leering at boobies in the marketing for the game... right?
Metal Gear Solid 2 -- Why does he even have tentacles?vAnother game with an ending that was hugely underwhelming, there was so much good in MGS2 that the end needed to be spectacular. It was not. Worse, it left the player with a great many questions that would not be addressed for another two games. At least you got a great boss fight though, right? Well, if you count fighting Doctor Octopus on flaming roller-skates as great then youâre in for a treat. Also, Raiden? Why?