It’s been a tough yr for Tremendous Smash Bros. Final and me, largely as a result of with the continuing pandemic I haven’t been capable of play it IRL with anybody. The sport’s new limited-time Sephiroth boss struggle has helped me fall again in love with it although, by giving me a short however glorious new single-player problem to beat.
Last Fantasy VII’s notorious (and horny) villain was added to Smash Bros. Final yesterday, and whereas he doesn’t formally go dwell till December 22, enterprising gamers can unlock him early by paying for him now and beating him in a struggle. Easy sufficient. That is how new fighter unlocks have historically labored within the recreation and the sequence, however Sephiroth’s has been constructed out into one thing extra.
You face him on one among three difficulties—Simple, Regular, or Very Laborious—and as soon as he’s defeated he’ll be added to your roster. However even after your first victory you possibly can maintain going again for extra, in order for you. The sport even provides a little bit verify mark to the difficulties you’ve already accomplished and information your quickest time. There’s no official leaderboard, however you possibly can share your instances on-line and in spirit at the very least it provides a little bit old-school arcade allure to the trendy Nintendo platformer fighter.
It’s additionally fairly powerful on the toughest issue, however rewardingly so. I assumed I’d initially defeated Sephiroth on Very Laborious, and was let down by what a cakewalk it was. I’d truly overwhelmed him on Regular although. Very Laborious ratchets issues as much as one other degree fully, giving Sephiroth 200% well being to your customary 150%, and making his assaults deal additional injury whereas yours are nerfed. All of that along with the truth that on Very Laborious Sephiroth is fast, performs aerial combos, and dodges with ease—making him really feel only a bit harder than your common level-nine CPU opponent. Make sloppy errors or fail to capitalize on openings and Sephiroth will punish you for it, identical to one of many friends you’ve been enjoying Smash with for years.
He’s not simply any odd opponent both, he’s fucking Sephiroth. Hitting legendary dangerous dude standing shortly after Last Fantasy VII was initially launched, this yr’s Last Fantasy VII Remake re-asserted his all-star standing and endurance. The struggle to unlock him takes place on his new stage, a Last Vacation spot variant that’s a single, flat platform overlooking the crater from the top of Last Fantasy VII, all whereas the Introduction Kids model of “One-Winged Angel” performs within the background.
Because the struggle goes on the platform finally descends into the crater, bathing you within the pale, inexperienced glow of the Lifestream. As soon as under 75% well being, Sephiroth’s sole, black wing will even come out, a nod to his ultimate transformation within the supply materials. It’s an extremely worthy and efficient homage, and the most effective type of fanservice you may hope for out of a recreation constructed round watching random gaming mascots beat the shit out of one another.
Once I lastly beat Sephiroth with Hyperlink because of a relentless barrage of arrows, bombs, and boomerangs punctuated by the hero of time’s depraved smash assaults, I used to be equal components relieved, hyped, and breathless. It took me a dozen tries and even my win got here with a ultimate match time effectively over two minutes (some non-scrubs are clocking in underneath 30 seconds), nevertheless it was value it to see two of my childhood favorites epically wack one another over the pinnacle with swords.
The Smash Bros. sequence has a protracted and tragic historical past of wonky single-player journey modes. Smash Bros. Final’s Spirit board isn’t any exception. I really like Spirit battles on their very own, and the system as an entire, however producing cool fights artfully linked again to the video games that impressed them just isn’t one among Final’s robust fits. But the Sephiroth Problem nails it. Possibly it’s an indication of extra to return on that entrance? The sport’s second fighter cross nonetheless has three extra characters to disclose. Hopefully they’ll every get a suitably particular showdown introducing them, too. (And please, oh please, let one among them be Goku.)