So ive just completed the game with New Jericho ending. Ive put in abit more gaming time the last few days because I want to complete the game before the upcoming content patch and DLC.
And to put it bluntly… The final mission killed all of the excitement I had about doing a playtrhough for each ending. I absolutely HATE the final mission. Its a tough fight, but not because the entity is well designed and makes for an engaging fight. Its not tough because the entity is an apex creature and it keeps you on your feet and makes you fight it in different ways. (well it does make you fight it differently but in a bad way…) that you havent seen before and are fun and engaging.
No, this fight is hard because it just marks you each turn and then cowers behind its shields covering 90% of the bloody thing. The marks dont end and are pernament and eventually just grind you down. When I noticed that the marks werent temporary and were actually pernament I had half of my group marked already and rushed them all in, in the hopes that id still have a squad left by the time that they got close enough.
No ,this fight is hard because it shuts down certain tactics. Its resistance to fire, acid and poison is ‘only’ 75% but that effectively makes those types of damage outright useless against it. Because…its healthpool is just borderline insane. And if 75% of your damage is outright ignored theres not much point in using that type of damage. Leaving just…well…normal attacks to kill it. A. Whole. LOT. Of attacks. Because it has 10k hp…
Its not just resistant to damage either. It completly ignores virus damage (admitted, it makes sense that it does, but you still see Willpower beeing drained but it doesent seem to do anything?), dazing it doesent effect it, disabling any of the tentacles, eyes or whatever dident seem to do much either. It says it lowers the total health but if it did, its efffects were so minimal I dident notice. Probably because the healthpool is so large… It takes no bleed damage whatsoever. Apparently it has no blood in it?
The massive HP pool itself wouldnt be much of a problem if you could just engage it. I could probably kill it in like 3 turns. But, again; it plops down walls blocking 90% of the angles of attack against it making you incapable of attacking it. It just kinda sits there. It excists. And each turn it marks something.
This is not an engaging fight. This is the exact opposite of that. It doesent invite multiple attempts because this mission took me 2 hours to complete, was boring and it was annoying. In comparison, the first time I ran into a Scylla was alot more engaging. It was so massive compared to the rest of the Pandorans and while ive found plenty of counters to them since that first encounter. THAT felt alot more like a boss fight then…this thing. Did.
Ive got the sneaking suspicion that the only thing different between the faction endings is which cut scene you get afterwards? If thats the case then yeah no thx im not enclined to do it again anytime soon.
How do you guys feels about this final mission?