Part 25: Aya Brea Gets Nuked
New Music: Crimson Eyes
Kyle Madigan is now a tri-tongued Twisted dragon. Thats a thing that is happening now in The 3rd Birthday. I bet you didnt expect this to be the final fate of the lame secret agent man in Parasite Eve 2 a dragon fought on top of a skyscraper in post-apocalyptic Manhattan. Video games are weird.
Also, you may notice we have a timer at the bottom of the screen. There is just ten minutes until the nuclear missile strike on the city. Do not fret. That is plenty of time, since Kyle is one of the easiest bosses in the game.
Monster Madigan does possess limited teleportation but only about twenty yards across from his current position. It doesnt break Ayas aimbot lock-on or move him off screen, making it a rather pointless quirk to this battle. It's also worth a mention that when not teleporting, Madigan moves by spinning his tail section around like a rotor. It looks quite silly.
What is threatening is Madigans energy spears. Rolling around like a fool as soon as theyre about to land is usually enough time to employ Ayas i-frames to avoid damage. But should any of them hit her, it will instantly deplete half of her energy and shred her clothes in one shot.
Thats because were not actually meant to battle Madigan on foot. Dragigans attacks are tuned to go against an armored attack chopper, not a squish Aya Brea meat puppet. Luckily, a duo of chopper pilots (with a third one tagging in if the battle lasts more than five minutes) have decided to throw away their lives to battle the fearsome beast... which is about to have a neutron bomb slammed into its face. How very brave of them.
Aya takes to the skies for the proper battle against Kyle Madigan. Please take note that the top of the North Shallows Tower is now suspended above a portal held aloft by crimson Babel roots amongst a blasted mountainous landscape full of eerie massive demon eyes watching our fight. Funny... I could have sworn we were just in Manhattan. Its almost like they just used the assets from some later boss battle scenario or something and re-purposed it here. But nah The 3rd Birthday wouldnt stoop to such slapdash methods when crafting a climactic battle like this.
As far as battling Monster Madigan goes, our attack helicopter supports flight path is still out of Ayas hands. Theyre locked into a counter-clockwise strafing run around the top of the tower. Initially, we do need to babysit both of the helicopters as Madigan takes a while teleporting around and flying aimlessly before deciding on which helicopter hell battle. If Aya isnt controlling the craft under fire, it will almost immediately get shot down as the AI makes zero effort to evade Madigan pounding it with his attacks. These guys are sticking around ground zero of a future nuclear blast. Its clear they dont have much in the way of survival instincts.
Once Mad Madigan decides on who he is going to fight against, the battle pretty much transforms into a lousy Star Fox-esque rail shooter battle. Boss Twisteds primary attack is summoning a trio of buzz saws that will fire at Chopper Ayas current position one at a time.
On top of that, Kyle has massive screen filling super buzz saws that will take up the airspace horizontally, vertically, or diagonally across the play field.
Finally, Madigan can summon energy spears, like he did against Aya while she was briefly on the rooftop. These can either be summoned in a trio, which will all home in on Ayas current position just like the smaller buzz saw attack. Or hell unleash a spiral of spears which extend outward from his position, forcing Aya to follow Madigans erratic movements for a bit, lest she get hit by the wall of spears it forms.
As far as attacking Twisted Madigan goes, while all of the above attacks are firing off, Aya should be doing nothing but spamming a non-stop barrage of missiles and the occasionally machinegun fire at Madigan. Missiles have auto lock-on capabilities, so she can evade for days while still pounding away Madigans health.
Once Madigans health falls to his last health bar, hell get fed up that his rail shooter boss career is not to be and will just ram one of the attack choppers, taking it out in a single hit.
Its probably possible to evade this, even if it has little warning. But eh He has like five missiles worth of damage until hes finished. 3rd Battalion AH served admirably in the fight. Once Kyle Madigans HP is almost fully depleted, Aya is automatically Overdived back to the rooftop to conclude the battle.
Aya? Is that you?
At this point weve just got to finish Madigan off with small arms fire until Aya can Overdive into him. But he does have a bit more to say while Aya is busy unloading a magazine or two into his grill.
I just don't want to hurt you.
It hurts... my soul.
Let's end this.
I just want you to live.
And so Madigans soul is disintegrated or whatever metaphysical nonsense is meant to be depicted in these sequences.
Aya is once more transported to the frozen blood sea. It seems like the only connecting tissue between these tenuously linked episodes is Aya gaining a few more memories of her wedding fiasco after a trip to the blood drip ocean.
No, Aya. Thats you and Kyle Madigan feeling very silly you booked such a fancy church in midtown Manhattan only for your entire guest list to be a no-show.
And then someone objected to the wedding. Right. Weve seen this part.
The SWAT Team firing squad is a new one. Im sure theres a perfectly good and reasonable answer as to why the NYPDs finest would light up a wedding ceremony.
Alright. Well, Aya Brea isnt taking a bunch of ex-co-workers objecting to her wedding in such a rude fashion, now is s
Well Im sure theres a perfectly good and reasonable answer as to why the NYPDs finest would light up a wedding ceremony and then Aya would execute her younger sister afterwards.
The cameraman briefly goes all tipsy drunk as Ayas emotions run wild. Or maybe hes just getting hammered because the bombs are dropping in a few seconds. Its hard to tell the sobriety of anyone working on this production at this point.
Sorry, Maeda. We dont have time for your nerd shit right now. Theres drama to handle. Possibly monodrama. Whatever the heck that means.
New Music: Unforgettable Man Return to Me
Aya runs over and props Madigan up in the designated Thelonious Cray recovery position
Aya, is that you?
I wanted to protect you. But - the Twisted... They took over my body
They can do that, you know. Its totally a thing they can do. Body possession.
[A-A-Aya! The missiles will launch any second! Please! Get out of there now!]
Kyle, answer me!
Heh Answers? For all this? Youre talking to the wrong guy
I found it.
T-Two in the pink One in the stink I was one with the universe
[Th-The Babels! Theyre meeeeeeeeeerrrrrging!]
And then Aya Brea and Kyle Madigan get fucking nuked!
But, thats not quite an open and shut case for the Babel of Manhattan.
Like Maeda said before Kyle and Aya got vaporized, all the Babels buried beneath Manhattan from Grand Central Station to Spanish Harlem and uhh They never really mentioned any others. But they were around! And they all team up at once to
Stamp out the nuclear explosion and form a grand Babel tower. Boy, its like that stupid biblical reference actually sort of makes sense now.
The power of the nuclear energys blast combined with the Babels come together to form a brilliant light show for the setting of the final area of The 3rd Birthday. But down below, there is still one final detail
Sleep peacefully, you, the last of your kind who prays for eternity.
Well, theyve killed off the entirety of the remaining cast. Of course Hyde has to return to fill in as the final adversary. You didnt think the white suit and hair sporting weird Dad-Boss wouldnt turn out to be a villain, now did you? Hes even brought a new unexplained Proper Noun with him. Sadly, this Zero is not an angry swordswoman with a flower growing out of her face. It's a term, not a name.
In any case, that concludes Episode 4 of The 3rd Birthday. Tune in next time for the last proper chapter of The 3rd Birthday. There's technically two chapters left. But the final one is just the last battle and a whole bunch of anime bullshit cutscenes. We've still got one more chapter of filler bullshit and Aya Brea's callous disregard for the lives of anyone she isn't well acquainted with, as The 3rd Birthday limps towards its conclusion.
Video: Part 25 Highlight Reel
>>>>> Skip to Post-Battle (You should at least watch this.)
Kyle Madigan Twisted Concept Seriously, you could just stick this thing in a random battle in an end-game Final Fantasy dungeon and not skip a beat.