In video games, boss fights are often meant to be an epic affair where our heroes face off against a foe that is, more often than not, super powerful, huge, or both. For these reasons, only the most memorable of boss encounters can be chosen for our Unforgettable series, as we simply can’t pick them all. It was during my most recent playthrough of Star Fox Adventures, however, that I rediscovered a boss that is not only epic, but proves that not all scary things necessarily have to be ghosts and ghouls. That’s right, this particular post doubles as both Unforgettable and Rare Scares!
On the most part, I have to admit that Star Fox Adventures kind of ruined dinosaurs for me. I liked them a whole lot when I was a kid, but when I played this game, they just seemed a lot less cool when paired with voice acting that…wasn’t the best. (Many characters come to mind, but none so much as the shopkeeper. visible shudder) That is why my favorite dinosaurs in the game were the RedEye tribe, otherwise known as the mighty t-rex. Not only do they have the added benefit of being amongst some of the coolest dinos to have ever graced our planet…or Dinosaur Planet, I suppose, but better yet…they never spoke. Now that was a relief.
Due to their frightening appearance, they were also the only dinos that made me scream in terror when they approached. Those Sharpclaws were just not that intimidating in comparison.
The RedEye make their only appearance in the Walled City, which is also home to a pretty awesome boss battle against King RedEye, a positively massive t-rex who towered over Fox. I mean seriously, I think Fox went up to his ankle, if that! If that’s not scary, I don’t know what is! The battle takes place in a large hallway in the shape of a square, a hallway that, while large, is barely wide enough to fit this king of dinosaurs. In order to defeat this truly intimidating foe, you have to stun him by zapping him with electricity, which you can activate by stepping on a switch.
That wouldn’t be so bad if the electricity didn’t take several moments to charge up. So you have to face off against your massive opponent and step on the switch right around when he starts to roar to get the timing right. Then, you wait as he lumbers towards you, hoping in desperation that the electricity activates in time to bring him down. This battle is essentially a test of nerves, and there were plenty of times I would chicken out and run the other way before he could reach me. The need to stand your ground becomes increasingly vital as the battle progresses because, every time King RedEye takes damage, the switch moves closer and closer to him until he’s right upon you moments before the electricity kicks in.
Aside from the stressful circumstances involved in this guy’s defeat, watching an intersection for this massive beast to appear was pretty spooky on its own. You’d think in such confined quarters, King RedEye would be unable to turn around, but no. I learned the hard way that he can indeed switch directions when I waited for him, only to look back and find him right behind me. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like having a giant t-rex sneak up on you to get your heart racing.
And now it’s your turn to share, dear readers. What are your most epic boss battle-related memories? If you’ve ever played Star Fox Adventures, what were your thoughts on King RedEye? And let’s not forget that this is the month of October, so what have been your scariest boss encounters, Rareware-related or not? Please let me know in the comments below!