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How about this dragon?
It's called a Sabre Dragon in the game, Baten Kaitos.
Originally posted by greenreen Did anyone mention "The Nothing". That's a scary opponent. You can't even hit it between the eyes. Video of reference.
The Nothing was also my first though when I read the OP.
Any existence-negating "force of nature" offers possibilities as a supreme villain. I have a home-brew RPG setting with insects that literally eat reality. Transformers has a robot planet in Unicron that involves a similar concept. Another example might be something like Marvel's Galactus, depending on whether you consider him effectively a god or something else.
Power creep over a game's lifetime and the desire to make a player feel "epic" are inevitable factors in what makes a compelling ultimate villain. When the player has been killing demons, vampires, and mad wizards, it's hard to "go back" (the typical way of doing so is to make the boss a "bigger" version of something weaker, or to have him/her/it empowered by some powerful artifact or substance).
I personally like the Serpentor concept -- a character made from the souls, "essence", or DNA of several of the setting's deceased past heroes and villains and possessing their personalities and powers -- and am surprised it isn't used more often ... particularly if the setup is really good, where the game places a heavy emphasis on the setting's history.
For the OP; One area that I'd explore is insects. Starship Troopers (movie) used insect form creatures very effectively as a villainous race. Since they have great diversity in forms, there are plenty of ways they could be utilized from an artistic perspective ranging from flyers to underground dwellers.
Also, there's something eerie, almost unnatural or alien, about insects. This opens up potential for backstory or lore. Is their origin extra-terrestrial, or perhaps magically derived from some ancient form of demonism? Maybe some lost race that's been hidden from awareness and they've been multiplying to where they number in the millions and are now ready to re-take their position as rulers of the world?
Sounds corny, I admit. But it could make for some sweet game box-art.
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What about a zombie dragon? Or a Dragon with a zombie army. Or a cheeseburger with double zombie.
Maybe a Kraken, doing the overgrown Mindflayer from Dungeons and Dragons thing. Lots of arms symbolising it meddling in many things, a huge brain, psychic powers/hive mind, scary looks.
Or maybe a japanese Tanuki? A racoon like spirit that would teabag you with it's giant testicles.
Now that just aint right to die like that, just aint right.
Edit: More Tanuki.
A flesh eating virus?
Or angels like in Tales of Symphonia where they turn out to be the bad guys.
Originally posted by Barbarbar What about a zombie dragon? Or a Dragon with a zombie army. Or a cheeseburger with double zombie. Maybe a Kraken, doing the overgrown Mindflayer from Dungeons and Dragons thing. Lots of arms symbolising it meddling in many things, a huge brain, psychic powers/hive mind, scary looks.
Guessing you havent played GW2 then. The main boss is a zombie dragon, with a zombie army.
Originally posted by evilastro Originally posted by Barbarbar What about a zombie dragon? Or a Dragon with a zombie army. Or a cheeseburger with double zombie. Maybe a Kraken, doing the overgrown Mindflayer from Dungeons and Dragons thing. Lots of arms symbolising it meddling in many things, a huge brain, psychic powers/hive mind, scary looks.
GW 2, where you assemble at Fort Trinity, to fight the dragon Zhaitan.
It´s the Chistian God vs the Red Dragon Satan ripoff isn't it.
At least not as tasteless as Diablo 3, where an Archangel descends to take human form and by his acts ascends to heaven where he will be their king.
Fallen Archangel Lucifer trying to say he is Jesus isn't it?
I guess these things are just pointing to the fact that gameindustry, and hollywood, are suffering from a lack of creativity and imagination also. They go through everything and turn it into junkfood.
Nothing is Holy they say. Why don't they say that they turn everything into shit, thats a much more correct explanation. Instead of them insinuating by their statement that they are improving upon things. But all they take in comes out their behind doesn't it.
If it has to be the big bad, conscious, evil villain, Elementals, demi gods, sphinxes, maybe wendingo.
If it can be a senseless evil creature, Leviathans and other big savage creatures.
I think the issue with getting enouugh good boss fights isn't nescessarily in the boss itself. It's that the player isn't forced to fight at a disadvantage often enough. usually you got something in a deep dark dungeon (more often then not placed there by someone) where it isn't at it's best. and the player often gets oplenty of ability to combat the boss provisons and information wise on the way in. so put the player to start with at an extreem disadvantage and even the weakest of bosses become formidable, and the strongest become near impossible....
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Probably Cthulhu or other Lovecraft Mythos entities. Dagon might make an appearance in there somewhere.
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I would like to see the legion boss from castlevania in a MMORPG. It is a very enjoyable boss if you know the mechanics from the Castlevania games.
Originally posted by TwoThreeFour I would like to see the legion boss from castlevania in a MMORPG. It is a very enjoyable boss if you know the mechanics from the Castlevania games.
Can we get some platform style bosses in MMORPGs? Ones where you have to find weak spots and look for opportunities to attack? Balore(Giant man in a prison) or Andrameleck(Demon Goat thingy) would be perfect candidates for this as well.
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Originally posted by Rimmersman EQ IMO still has the best and most varied of bosses or gods, no other MMO comes close.
FFXI does. Then again everything in that game is better than others.
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