Remnant 2 features the best shooter boss fights in years


The extra that shooters embrace RPG parts, the more severe their boss fights are likely to get. As a substitute of that includes unforgettable encounters that check gamers’ abilities and recontextualize recreation parts in thrilling methods, many bosses in video games like Outriders really feel like bullet sponges that any participant can beat so long as they’ve a ok weapon. I haven’t skilled a really incredible, memorable boss combat in a shooter for a while, so Remnant II shocked me when it supplied three in simply a few hours of play.

A gunslinger shooting a glowing wraith.

Gunfire Video games’ Soulslike shooter sequel to 2019 sleeper hit Remnant: From the Ashes builds upon the method that its predecessor established, so followers of the primary recreation will discover loads to take pleasure in right here. At first, I had bother stepping into what felt like a mediocre third-person shooter with some stark, colourful ranges. However after a few astonishing boss fights, I’m beginning to come round on Remnant II.

Higher Bosses

For those who haven’t performed Remnant II, gamers primarily combat by means of a string of dungeons set throughout multiversal realms. Massive dangerous bosses that mess around with the third-person shooter’s mechanics are sometimes lurking on the finish of every space. Initially of my Remnant II marketing campaign, I ventured by means of a realm known as Yaesha and met my first memorable boss in a spot known as The Twisted Chantry.

That boss was Legion, a strong floating mirror that may deal harm and slowly inflict a insanity debuff if I instantly stared at it; sadly, I needed to do exactly that to break it. That dynamic made for a cat-and-mouse boss combat the place I might disguise behind cowl to dodge Legion’s gaze, coming out to break it and the common enemies it spawned at any time when it overpassed me. As I performed Remnant II as extra of a run-and-gun shooter, it made me rethink my method to fight within the recreation and whetted my urge for food for extra boss fights that had been simply as participating.

Fortunately, Remnant II’s massive fights stored delivering as I fought by means of Yaesha. The subsequent boss to face out to me was Mom Thoughts, a large creature with praying mantis-like arms. The thought of an enormous boss within the heart of a round enviornment isn’t a brand new idea for the style; even Redfall had a fight like this. Regardless of that, Remnant II finds a approach to make it really feel new due to a hyper-aggressive foe.

Remnant II's Mother Mind boss fight
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It’d continuously swipe at me, lay down damaging goo for me to keep away from, and would even destroy a fourth of the sector after I took out an equal quantity of well being. Remnant II’s Darkish Souls affect is most obvious on this battle, which required me to be conscious of my character’s environment, dodge on the right instances, and be reactive to Mom Thoughts’s assaults. These parts meshed collectively properly to create a frantic duel that stored me transferring and created moments of true depth after I wasn’t certain I may get out of a soon-to-be-destroyed a part of the sector in time.

The artwork of an amazing boss combat

What affirmed my appreciation of Remnant II is the ultimate combat I had in Yaesha towards a being known as the Corruptor, whom the sport additionally refers to as Many Faces. The boss itself is technically only a large mind that may sometimes launch large loss of life rays down one of many three lanes that make up its enviornment. That’s a reasonably large goal, however the combat isn’t all that straightforward as a result of the Corruptor can sacrifice a 3rd of itself to create a bio-mech that may detach and throw its limbs.

Not solely is {that a} sublimely grotesque visible, but it surely implies that I additionally must anticipate assaults from up shut and afar as I attempt to stability fending off the mech and damaging the enormous mind. I beat this combat with solely a sliver of well being left because the mech charged towards me, making it one of the vital cathartic boss combat victories I’ve skilled in a while.

Remnant II Many Faces boss fight
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Initially, I didn’t love Remnant II, however these spectacular boss fights allowed the third-person looter shooter to develop on me. And due to the shooter’s construction, I’ve solely scratched the floor in relation to discovering all of Yaesha’s bosses. Remnant II randomizes every participant’s marketing campaign too, so there’s loads I nonetheless haven’t seen.

Judging by some boss guides that exist already on-line, there are nonetheless loads of enthralling battles I can look ahead to if I hold taking part in Remnant II. Whereas it may’ve fallen in keeping with its style friends and relied on bullet-sponge baddies, developer Gunfire Video games as an alternative obtained artistic and used boss fights to check gamers’ mettle and familiarity with the sport. It demonstrates how nice enemy design can elevate an in any other case okay recreation, an method I hope the builders of upcoming looter shooter video games can study from.

Remnant II is now obtainable on PC, PS5, and Xbox Sequence X/S to people who bought the sport’s Final Version. For everybody else, it launches on July 25.

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