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Most games build up to a big final battle, but these let you skip almost everything and go straight to the end.
Most of the time, the end boss is the most exciting part of a game. After all, you’ve been in a lot of fights, gotten much stronger, and come a long way to get there. No matter how many hours you put into the game, beating it is supposed to be a relief and a sense of accomplishment.
But in some games, you can jump right into the final fight without having to do all the things that usually come before it. Even though you probably won’t be at the same level as the boss, it’s cool that you can meet them early.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
The world in Breath of the Wild is completely open. Even though there is a suggested order for how to bring back the Divine Beasts, you can do it in any order you want. In fact, you don’t even have to go to the Divine Beasts. You can just go straight to Hyrule Castle, where Calamity Ganon is waiting.
Even the boss is tough, and if you go straight to that castle, you’ll only have three or four hearts and the minimum amount of energy. You won’t have any guns or armor either. But you can still try to fight him, and if you win, you’ll finish the game the same way you would have if you hadn’t changed anything.
The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
Tears of the Kingdom, like its predecessor, is proud of its open world and the fact that players can set their hero’s path however they want. Again, this means that you can fight the final boss, Ganondorf, as soon as you can go anywhere in Hyrule and get the paraglider.
Of course, you have to know how to get to him, and just like in Breath of the Wild, you can only use a few hearts and your base Stamina wheel. Even some of the game’s most basic parts, like the camera, need to be unlocked by completing tasks. But if you really want to win, it’s not impossible.
Tales Of Zestiria
One of the main themes of Tales of Zestiria is evil and the hellions it makes. Heldalf is the final boss of the game because he is the most powerful hellion and wants to spread more evil. Once the players find out about him, though, you’ll sometimes see him on the field.
He will just stand there, but if you touch him, you will have to fight him. Since you can’t fight him until you’re very close to the end of the game’s story, you’re not at a high enough level to beat him easily. But if you beat him early on, you get a bad finish that makes it almost certain that the world will end.
Chrono Trigger has more than one way to end. But unlike Tales of Zestiria, you can get several of the better endings by beating Lavos, the game’s final boss, as soon as possible. But just because you fight it early doesn’t mean it’s easy to win.
In fact, the first time you have access to the battle, it’s almost impossible. That is, unless you do a lot of grinding or play on New Game+. Even though it’s hard to win early on, you should try because if you do, you’ll get a better ending than you normally would.
Mega Man X5
Mega Man games often let you choose when to fight bosses, and X5 is no different. Of course, there is usually a “ideal” way to fight the bosses to make the whole thing easy. But Mega Man X5 lets you fight Sigma right away if you want to, even though he is meant to be the last boss.
When you beat the other bosses, they drop parts for a shuttle that will help you fight Sigma. These parts will make the shuttle stronger when you have to send it into space. But you can still launch the ship without any of the parts, and then you can fight Sigma right away. Will the Blue Bomber do well? You probably won’t, but you can try.
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy makes you pay for being arrogant at the start of the game. The training is led by a Moogle, but at some point you’ll be able to say you’re a Dissidia master even though you just started Flappy Bird. If you do that, the Moogle will teach you not to be too sure of yourself by making you fight the last boss, Feral Chaos, right away.
The boss is level 130, but you are only level 1. You should already know that the odds are against you. People who have beaten the boss at this point say that winning doesn’t change anything. The Moogle acts like you’ve already lost the fight, and you don’t get anything extra for doing so.
In NieR: Automata, which is known for being weird and deep, there is a secret code that lets you skip almost all of the game. After beating the opening box, Marx, you can run between two sets of barrels and enter a secret code. It’s not a bug; it’s built into the game, and the makers waited for players to find it for years.
Most of the time, you have to finish NieR: Automata three times (yes, this is true) to find all of the choices, including the bonus mode. This code, which was also in Bayonetta 2, lets you skip all the way to the big end.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, the player knows right away where the end boss is, just like in Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom. Dagoth Ur is a reborn Chimer who is trying to take over Tamriel and spread a disease called the Blight by using a mechanical God. He lives under the Red Mountain and is getting stronger there.
You could follow the story of Morrowind and get stronger before facing Dagoth Ur, or you could just go to the Red Mountain and face him. Unfortunately, you do need to break the Heart of Lorkhan, which gives Dagoth Ur invincibility and powers the mechanical God, in order to win the game. To do this, you need two Dwemer tools: the famous hammer Sunder and the magical dagger Keening.
In Soul Sacrifice, you use a journal to guide you through the game. As you play, the notes in the journal slowly become clear. You’ll find out enough about the journal early on to be able to fight Magusar, the last boss, whenever you want. If you fight him at the end like you’re supposed to, you’ll be asked if you want to save him or kill him. Depending on what you choose, you’ll get a different ending.
But you won’t have a choice if you fight him too early and win. In fact, your work will give you a whole new finish. Whether or not that ending is worth the trouble is a different story.