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Boss Rush games

Post by Shinobi » Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:13 pm

Can anybody name me any games where the last level forces you to fight previously defeated bosses in a boss rush mode.. The only one's I can think off are

Crude Busters
Metamorphic Force
Combatribes
Vendetta
House of the Dead 2 being the newest

Is this mostly exclusive to the 16 bit or scrolling fighter genre does any current or last gen games use this mechanic?
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Post by JamesC » Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:18 pm

Isn't Alien Soldier pretty much one big boss rush?

As for newer games, Vanquish pretty much has boss rushes. They're not as formally structured as the 16 bit examples you give but there are frequent examples of enemies that were, for all intents and purposes, bosses early in the game that return later more powerful or in greater numbers.

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Post by ShadowMan » Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:36 pm

Every single Megaman game ever created pretty much. Though tecnically the NES release of the original game spread the returning bosses out over a couple of levels all subsequent Megaman, X, Zero etc. games all have you fight bosses again in the teleport chambers.

The Yakuza series does its own thing like this. Nearly all of the games have a optional challenge mode that is unlocked after the game is cleared and the last challenges on each game are always boss rush modes which range from easy (Ishin) to darn right evil (Yakuza 3).
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:31 pm

Space Harrier does it with its final level.
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Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:31 pm

There's a few ROM hacks from the last year or so that turn the Mega Drive Sonic games into boss rushes. Lots of fun to be had there.
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Post by joefish » Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:00 am

Antiriad2097 wrote:Space Harrier does it with its final level.
^- Blast! That's the only one I could think of!

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Post by Treguard » Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:05 pm

Plenty of examples for this.

Most scrolling beat-em-ups have boss characters become regular opponents a few levels in (Double Dragon, Final fight). Spiderman & Venom in Maximum Carnage on the Mega Drive goes really over the top with this- basically by the later levels all the later enemies are just former boss characters but weaker, except one level where they all attack one after another back at full power.


The Ninja Gaiden series loves a Boss Rush, Ninja Gaiden 2 is a particularly evil one.

Zelda games usually have them too- Ganons tower in Wind Waker being the one I most remember.

X-Men Legends 2 has you face all the horsemen again before you get to fight Apocalypse.

Gradius games usually do it differently by having a level where you face a boss rush against bosses from the previous game in the series. So in Gradius 3 you fight a bunch of guys from Gradius 2 etc.

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Post by adippm82 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:24 pm

The brilliant Actraiser on the SNES has a boss rush as it's final level, great way to end that particularly epic title.

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Post by pratty » Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:35 pm

Viewtiful Joe has a level towards the end which is basically all bosses. I got stuck on the last one. :(

I found Monster Hunter Tri played like a series of boss fights.
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Post by merman » Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:24 pm

Sly Spy Secret Agent pulls that dastardly trick on its last level.
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Post by resident paul » Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:49 pm

Wasn't Ghost'n'Goblins had a Boss Rush level before the main boss came in?
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Post by Megamixer » Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:27 pm

The final level of Streets of Rage 2 comes to mind with previous bosses returning in the (annoying) elevator section.

Also can't forget the Pokemon League stage in any of the games which is basically 4-5 bosses in a row. At least you can save between them though.
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Post by Dam » Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:50 pm

Fantasy Zone.
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Post by Mayhem » Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:50 pm

Shadow of the Colossus is arguably an entire game of boss rush...
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:27 pm

Mayhem wrote:Shadow of the Colossus is arguably an entire game of boss rush...
More of a Boss Meander that one, but if you're having it I'll add Chaos Field on Dreamcast.

Oh, and Space Harrier's spiritual successor, Rez.
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