So it’s finally time to unleash all my hatred… I believe this is definitely going to be a series worth doing… hopefully. You know… those awful moments in video games which make you want to smash your fist through the TV or fall asleep… or both. Even some of the nest games have some really horrible moments that really push your buttons. Today we’re going to talk about boss fights and one boss in particular really infuriates me. The mere existence of this boss offends me… Today I’m going to talk about a boss from Devil May Cry 2, Nefasturris.
Now believe it or not, I don’t really hate Devil May Cry 2 unlike a lot of people. I liked the direction they were going for it, lots of cool areas to explore and are all dark and give you that feeling of desolation, plus despite being stoic, I do think DMC2’s Dante is still a badass, in fact you could say that this time around, he’s too badass. So badass that he doesn’t even need style to win boss fights… he just kinda stands there and shoots.
Disclaimer: I am proficient in the art of sucking when it comes to playing Devil May Cry
Which is all you can do against the mighty Nefasturris. Seriously this boss drives me up the wall. This boss is not only frustrating as hell but is just plain bad. First lets look at his design. What the bloody fuck is that. Seriously, people actually gathered together in a board room and thought up this shit. You are fighting a giant hulking demon who’s somehow managed to get himself trapped inside a skyscraper, so the skyscraper turns rubber and you see this huge face pop out. I don’t even know what to say about this, I mean sure it might look cool on paper but it’s simply illogical. A skyscraper is a solid object with multiple floors. How can a demon that size fit in there (let alone get in there)? In addition, why do the windows turn to jelly when he pushes into them with his hand? I’m pretty sure physics don’t work like that.
The only other explanation is that the demon itself is the skyscraper and we are led to believe that it’s just a facade. If so, then why the hell does the building not disappear when he comes out? Is the skyscraper actually the demon? If so then why? Why would you make a demon that is designed as a skyscraper and if you’re trying to make it subtle, then why do you have his body popping out of it!? Seriously, this has to be one of the dumbest ideas for a boss battle I’ve ever encountered in my life. Sure I know it’s supposed to be a video game and trying to apply logic to a video game is stupid but it’s not half as stupid as the idea of this boss. I mean come on, it’s a demon that just pops out of a jelly skyscraper, worst part is, it comes literally out of nowhere and serves absolutely no purpose other than to create something epic looking for the game’s opening scene. Lets face it, that is all this boss is, it’s purpose is to make the intro cut scene look epic and truth be told, when I first saw the intro, I thought this boss fight was going to be badass, sadly I couldn’t have been more wrong.
What make’s Nefasturris one of the worst bosses ever is simply the fact that it makes no sense in the context of a Devil May Cry game (gameplay wise at least). Devil May Cry is supposed to be a hack n slash game at its core but this boss is so far away that it’s near impossible to hit him with physical attacks and it’s dangerous to even try, instead you’re encouraged to stand far back holding down the square button and jumping and dodging his attacks as they come. Watch the video and see how many times I actually used my sword on this guy (the first form at least), sure I did try to use it but when I did I often got punished by the boss. This is the reason why I had to re-record this footage as well as the reason why this boss is so frustrating, when a game gives me a choice between using a sword or a gun, I’m going to use a sword, I’ve always enjoyed sword fighting in games hence the reason why I play Devil May Cry in the first place, to hack n slash things with my sword. All I’m doing in this boss is holding down square and shooting him with SMG’s (god help you if you decided to bring ebony and ivory to this fight) and dodging his irritating attacks.
Seriously, this guy has quite possibly one of the most irritating arsenal of attack’s I’ve seen in a Devil May Cry game (though Geryon and Beowolf come damn close). He shoots this huge laser (which as you can probably gather by the video, I’m just too good at jumping into >.>) which covers the entire battlefield. To avoid it you have to jump over it. Well get this. Once you have the bosses health down below 3/4 his laser will start homing on you and this is near impossible to avoid especially if you’re standing too close (hence the reason why you can’t use the sword in this fight). The only way to avoid the homing laser is to jump up (just to have the laser move up) and when you land you quickly dodge forward twice (you see me do it in the video). If you’re standing too close to the boss, you have to do the same but dodge backwards instead of forwards. If you’re too close to a corner though, you’re fucked as if you jump, the laser will hit you.
To ensure you’re not standing too close the boss will also shoot what appears to be a shotgun blast laser, this attack is stupidly annoying to dodge. At least the laser is possible to dodge (if you do it perfectly) but this attack can hit you just about anywhere. you can literally just dodge into one of the lasers. Now if you’re attacking him ,with the sword and he uses this, say goodbye to a considerable amount of health as all the lasers will hit you. Once again this forces you to use the guns. I hate being forced to use certain weapons. If I have a sword, I’m going to use it and in this boss, using it is so dangerous that it’s safer just so shoot as it deals enough damage anyways (because as we all know, Devil May Cry 2’s guns are overpowered as hell).
Nefasturris also loves to taunt the player by slamming his hand down, at the same time, he is vulnerable to melee damage for a short period of time but before you even think about it, Nefasturris will summon bats to stun lock you and the only effective way of dealing with them is *sigh* gunning them down. Essentially the only reason to melee attack this guy is simply to get devil trigger… just to make the boss fight end quicker and believe me, this boss can be a real pain to kill without fully upgraded SMG’s (which i am using in the video). The faster this boss fight ends the better and considering the fact that there are two phases to this fight you’ll want to get the first phase down really quickly.
In the second phase however, things get a bit different. His head comes flying off and you have to fight him again (yep it really is that stupid). The guy likes to shoot white balls at you, all you can do is mash circle and hold the analogue stick to the top corner and pray that you don’t dodge too slow or into a wall or you will get hit, staggered, hit again and so on. Then his head will fall down and you have to get around him to avoid his shotgun blast laser, then you can finally use your sword (it’s about time). Afterwards he will begin to shoot blue lightning, similar to Nevan in DMC3. The problem with this is that if you were expecting the white balls, you’re probably going to start dodging… but these lightning bolts appear on the ground and it’s obvious that their purpose is to troll the player by having them dodge left… only to dodge into the lightning. He will throw multiple lines of lightning at you and you can only pray that they don’t hit you as he throws some of them in the air for good measure. Just to make things worse, he likes to throw both white balls and blue lightning at you at the same time but in truth this is no different from the blue lightning.
The thing that annoys me about this boss the most is that despite how annoying and frustrating he is, he really isn’t all that difficult. Through trial and error you will easily beat this boss. It’s just his cheap moves that annoy me the most and the simple fact that you have to avoid all of his attacks in a particular way or you’ll get hit. In reality, Nefasturris is just a boring boss with nothing interesting to offer, his irritating attacks can knock you off guard at first but once you know exactly what you’re supposed to do, he is pitifully easy… if annoying. Really it all comes down to guess-work, guessing what his next attack will be. If you can anticipate all of his moves and know exactly how to avoid them, you will beat this boss so easily it’s laughable.
Oh so it’s Nefascapitis now… since when did losing your head warrant a name change?
Now you might argue “isn’t that what a learning curve is all about”? Well normally you’d be right, bosses are supposed to challenge you and you’re meant to feel accomplished, as if you learned something new after beating them but the only thing you’re left with after this boss fight is disappointment, you learn absolutely nothing besides the fact that the boss is both ridiculously annoying and ridiculously easy. Just look at Vergil in Devil May Cry 3, that boss fight is literally the complete opposite of Nefasturris, you come out of it feeling as if you accomplished something or learned something new. Seriously, each time I fought that guy (and for each play through) I came out of that fight learning something new each time. This boss left me with nothing but pain and frustration and every time I go back to it brings back that same pain and frustration every time because by then, I forgot how to avoid the guy’s attacks and have to re-do it over and over again till I can remember.
What’s worse is when you do beat him, you are rewarded with the most anticlimactic death animation ever…
So there you have it, one boss down, many more to go. Oh and I’m not just going to discuss bosses, hell no. There are many other awful sections of video games to discuss. Depending on how much or how little I have to say about them depends on how may of them I’ll include in each one.
Sorry for the shitty image quality, I decided to upload these directly from my capture card considering the fact that the entire boss fight is all in the video. As a result, the images look like ass… but that’s OK since this boss looks like ass anyways, just saying.