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Which MMO had the best boss fights?



  • NomadMorlockNomadMorlock Member UncommonPosts: 814
    I'm fond of the boss fights in ESO, particularly in the newer DLC Dungeons. Very creative mechanics. 
  • NephethNepheth Member RarePosts: 455
    FFXIV followed by Rift. Both had lots of well designed boss fights and introduced new mechanics into the genre.

    I don't know why GW2 is even there. Its boss fights were among the worst I've ever played. The only well designed fight in the entire game was The Twisted Marionette.

    TERA or even B&S deserve way more recognition than GW2.
    And you think Guild Wars 2 stayed the same till today since you last played and didn't like the boss fights? I picked WoW but yes Guild Wars 2 today has some of the best boss fights I've ever seen. Some of the fractal bosses and especially the raid bosses are amazing. You do realize that these games are continue to develop over time right? From pve perspective today Gw2 is an entirely different game than what it was 2 years ago.
  • waynejr2waynejr2 Member EpicPosts: 7,768
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  • maskedweaselmaskedweasel Member EpicPosts: 10,982
    waynejr2 said:
    Other:  I don't care about polls.  Over the past few days many threads have been posted that by the same person and this is drained me of any more of these types of posts including polls. 

    Why does it matter?  What useful thing will be done with this information?
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  • AzaghalAzaghal Member UncommonPosts: 15
    Raid boss fights are pretty much the same, do this until that happens then rush over to this spot and wait for something else then rush back to here and pound until that thing occurs then count three and go over there. Choreography is right, meaning high ping will deliver the death knoll and if your not a mechanics player, you'll fail.
    So for me raid boss fights that can only be completed by dancing the dance are not what the game should be about. 
  • DeSadeWhirlfistDeSadeWhirlfist Member UncommonPosts: 27
    Everquest 100+ man raids prior to raid window
  • MikehaMikeha Member EpicPosts: 9,165
    Aori said:
    I voted FFXI for nostalgia reasons, everything in that game really felt epic to me, it was a glorious sight. The bosses were an epic cluster**** that could only make your jaw drop in awe sometimes. It was also very tiring.

    Lineage 2 also had some epic feeling fights, the bosses in Lineage 2 felt far more intimidating than most other MMOs. Fighting Antharas and defending your kill from other clans was the craziest thing I have experienced in a boss raid. I haven't fought any of the C5 bosses and later, so no idea how they turned out.

    Lineage 2 for me too. 

    I remember having to work our way all the way to the top of Tower Of Insolence to fight Baium for the Noble Quest. Getting to the top was tough with out a mage who could use sleep on the mobs and even if you got to the top you had to pvp with others trying to get the spawn. It was awesome.

  • kjempffkjempff Member RarePosts: 1,690
    WoW but closely followed by Everquest. One of the few things WoW does well are boss fight design with fun smooth and well balanced encounters. Everquest is on a different epic level with fights that require focus over a longer period of time, some are straightforward while others are extremely complicated, and as always with everquest had a variety of solutions to win.
  • PecerbusPecerbus Member UncommonPosts: 3
    I like a lot of games on that list, played all but the Final Fantasy ones. I had to pick Everquest, The nostalgic feeling I get from that game could be enough to cause my bias. To coordinate before there was teamspeak or ventrillo or whatever is out now. had to type it all out. No addons to tell you where to stand or what was incoming, you legit had to pay attention. I felt that back in the day when the Citadel of Anguish was new, the overlord mata muram fight was one of the best fights ever designed. I am sure there are a lot more in Everquest that are better, but this one was well tuned.
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 23,134
    I've played several of those games, but none of them struck me as having notably good boss fights.  A lot of the MMORPGs that I've liked either didn't have boss fights at all (e.g., Uncharted Waters Online, A Tale in the Desert, Puzzle Pirates) or had boss fights as the worst part of the game (e.g., Spiral Knights).

    I tried to think of other MMORPGs or even non-MMO games with notably good boss fights and couldn't come up with any.  After looking over a lot of old games, the only ones I could come up with that would be notably weaker games if the boss fights were removed and replaced by non-boss content was the Mega Man series.  Maybe I just don't like boss fights.

    So I'm going to say Elsword.
  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member LegendaryPosts: 8,973
    GW2 boss open world boss fights is just a come all, play all, do what you want fight.  Want to group, group.  Want to solo group, long as you know what to do, then solo group, download the boss timers and know exactly when the party starts.

    I also liked the mini-bosses at the end of most quests in ESO before the nerf.  Some of them really beat the mess out of me.  It make me rethink my strategy, adjust my weapons and build, and keep at it until the boss became dust.  Greatest feeling in the world. 

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  • YashaXYashaX Member EpicPosts: 2,895
  • holdenhamletholdenhamlet Member EpicPosts: 3,766
    Definitely TERA, 100%.  Top end fights took like 20 minutes each and one slip up and you were dead.  Lots of fun too with the action combat.

    I watched a stream recently of WoW and I had to LoL.  Guy was running like 50 add-ons telling him exactly what to do and when to do it.  Tab-target is lame enough as it is.  Basically the lamest gameplay possible for PVE.
  • MukeMuke Member RarePosts: 2,614
    Warcraft for me.
    100% scripted fights to the second without any random attack?

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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 37,957
    Muke said:
    Warcraft for me.
    100% scripted fights to the second without any random attack?
    I am a member of "the Purpose" and abhor "the Random"

    Besides there's nothing really random in a MMORPG, (or life) you may not easily recognize the pattern, but it's there. All serve the Purpose. ;)

    WOW was the only game I ever really fought "boss mobs" with any sense of purpose, so while it gets my vote as the only one, it also "cured" me of raiding.

    Scripted "Dances with the Stars" holds no real appeal to me, especially after the pattern has been mastered, just becomes boring and without purpose. ;)

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  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 7,916
    FF14 .. really great stuff
  • Agent_JosephAgent_Joseph Member UncommonPosts: 1,352
    The Secret World boss fights & dungeons in general are awesome 
  • BisloboBislobo Member UncommonPosts: 27
    I vote ESO for the variety, interesting mechanics, cooperation and skill involved. 
  • HatefullHatefull Member EpicPosts: 2,394
    I had to go with Age of Conan. Having been a raid tank in most of the games listed (including some mentioned in posts, ie Secret World) I had the hardest time in AoC. By far the most challenging boss fights I had to learn, nad very well executed in my opinion. WoW does a great job with their boss fights. Mildstar was meh, they have hard fights, I grant that but just stupidly hard most of the time.

    For me it is:


    With TSW fights being 3rd more for the crazy fun they end up being.

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  • BisloboBislobo Member UncommonPosts: 27

    Here some ESO awesomeness...

  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Member EpicPosts: 2,380
    Age of Conan

    Chatha The Demon Lord - One of the games first "impossible" bosses.  Many raids just skipped this boss because it is very technical and the fight is a two parter, where you get him to half life and he transforms into a demon.  These days people only kill this boss to farm the awesome sword recipe.

    Hathor-Ka - The guild killer.  This fight is incredibly technical.  Every single player has to be on the ball 100% for this.  If one person isn't paying attention, then they wipe the entire raid.

    Toth-Amon(!) - Another "impossible" boss.  In fact, in the eight years that I played Age of Conan, I only ever killed him maybe a dozen times.  Most guilds simply cannot handle the second phase and if you lose too many players in the second phase, then you'll never survive the third.

    The Keeper - Badass tanks and heals required for this one during the first phase, then the second phase requires precise movement from everyone in the raid. 1-2 people standing in the wrong spot and you'll wipe all of the clothies.

    Master Gyas - The "tank test".  This is the fight that separates the good tanks from the bad tanks.  If you are under equipped, have a bad spec, or don't know how to swap aggro with another tank, then the raid dies.  

    General Sheng - One of the most epic boss fights I've ever encountered.  The first boss of T4 raiding kept many guilds from even participating in T4 raiding for about a year.  The raid breaks down into four groups with each group on different ends of a huge courtyard, and each group responsible for a specfic part of the fight. One group messes up and that's it.

    Zodiac - A boss fight and a puzzle all at the same time.  The boss performs special abilities, but if people run out of the group and stand on the correct order of symbols on the zodiac, then it cancels his special abilities. There are eight different patterns to memorize, making the players who know them crucial to the fight.

    Then there's all of the 6 man dungeons, which I, personally, believe is the best raiding in Age of Conan.  As much as I like the 24 player dungeons, the K6's are far more fun.  
  • cameltosiscameltosis Member EpicPosts: 3,022
    LotRO wins it for me in terms of gameplay / mechanics

    WAR wins it in terms of actual boss aesthetics

    With LotRO, it all comes down to the class and combat design. It wasn't holy trinity - it had a fourth pillar of support classes (buff/debuff/cc). This meant tactics were more complicated and varied and whilst each boss still had the usual scripted events, there were multiple routes to success based on the classes in your raid. Resource management was also massively important. Unlike games like SW:TOR or WAR where everybody developed resource-neutral rotations and resources (mana/power etc) regened within 5 seconds, LotRO didn't have that. It was physically impossible to have a resource-neutral rotation - in every boss fight you were guaranteed to run out of power. This added a whole new layer of complexity as you'd have to manage your resources as a raid - loremasters could give power on occasion, some classes could set off conjunctions (fellowship manoeuvres) which would potentially restore power. My class, a captain, would run out of power within 90seconds if I used a skill every GCD! 

    Favourite bosses from LotRO:
    • Thrang - penultimate boss in Rift of Nurz Ghashu
    • Thaurlach - final boss in the Rift, big old balrog
    • Lieutenant of Dol Guldur - A nazgul and his dragon thing
    • Mammoths - Wound wing of Ost Dunhoth, raid gets chased by 3 mammoths down corridors, followed by tons of adds
    • Frothmar - Poison wing of Ost Dunhoth, really interesting mechanic for removing DoTs
    • Draigoch - Absolutely massive dragon, pretty easy boss but great aetshetics and some interesting mechanics. 

    For WAR, I just love the Warhammer IP so even though the mechanics sucked and PvE in general was terrible, some of the bosses looked amazing. I spent a lot of time in Bilerot Burrows with my guild, wandering around the sewers getting attacked by nasties. Final boss was the Bile Lord, a great big fat creature that eats the whole group, moving the fight to it's innards for a short amount of time!

  • Loke666Loke666 Member EpicPosts: 21,441
    I want to say: Guildwars but it might just be because the skillcapping, not sure.

    I do feel that MMOs could make boss fights more interesting though, considering you do most of them many times they are far too predictable.
  • TyranusPrimeTyranusPrime Member UncommonPosts: 306
    I voted other.. City of Heroes/Villains..

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  • WarlyxWarlyx Member RarePosts: 3,101
    edited January 2017
    FFXIV , WoW ect has some awesome encounters , however is like learning a dance step by step once u know all is easy to beat , there is little to no surprises ....

    FFXI was the last mmorpg that i remember having random attacks making every battle interesting , is true that there was some fixed attacks (like X attack at 50%HP or Y attack is some1 is on the back of the mob ) but i remember some simple BCNMS planning what to do , root / sleep that 1 , gravity the melee and kite, tank and burn this 1 , ect CC was needed and hell Stun rotations were important back then

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