Part 31: Flipping Out
I mean weve been doing that the entire game. But sure, Hyde. Lets go beyond Zero.
To the other side of the cycle. Time is the judge of all.
We have control of Aya here. It admittedly took me a bit longer than it ought to have in order to realize the game wanted me to walk a few paces to trigger the next cutscene. I guess all that Final Fantasy X cutscene hunting training never stuck.
New Music: Blue of the End (Its the final boss theme and Yoko Shimomura actually did a new track instead of remixing old ones. Its a pretty kickin final boss track!)
Behold: Hyde Bohr the High Ones final form!
Ultros! You son of a bitch! I should have known you were behind all of this! Dammit It all makes sense now!
In response to Squid Bohr, Aya Brea decides its high time she goes Super Saiyan. Or unlocks unlimited Liberation Mode. Cuz fuck it! Why not?
Apparently we are now playing as the actual Aya Brea for the first time in the game. No Overdiving proxy battles. Dont ask how she physically manifested herself here. Or where here is supposed to be. Were now in a plateau raised above an infinite void with massive floating Twisted bones forming DNA helixes decorating the horizon. The datalogs say were in Hyde Bohrs consciousness. Sure. Whatever! Lets do this thing!
Aya begins this final battle against Bohr with Liberation activated and cranked up to 10x efficiency. A normal Liberation lasts all of about 15 seconds. This one, if Aya were to avoid all attacks and let the Liberation bar drain naturally, lasts a solid five minutes. For this fight, the Liberation bar acts as Ayas health meter.
It does, however, still drain. Aya is invincible in Liberation mode. But any attacks coming into contact with her body causes her to auto-dodge and eats a corresponding chunk out of her total Liberation gauge. If the Liberation meter empties, Aya dies. But dont worry about that. I had to actively work to kill Aya here just to confirm what happened when Liberation ran out.
For the most part, this is for all intents and purposes just an interactive cutscene battle. Maybe its more threatening on higher difficulties. I neither know nor care. I havent talked a whole lot about Liberation modes functionality. As it is an ability that lasts again, all of 10-15 seconds and can be used a max of 2-4 times per mission. But heres the thing about Liberation mode:
Aya Breas dodge roll has been replaced with a ninja flip. I did mention that when I originally talked about it in the tutorial. The thing about the ninja flip is that Aya is complete invincible while performing it. The entire animation has i-frames. Also, it takes up none of her Liberation bar to ninja flip all over the place and has zero cool down period, unlike the normal dodge roll.
Oh, and most importantly: she can still shoot while flipping. Really, the only down side is Aya yells Hya every time she flips. She can flip about three times a second
So the entirety of the tactics for this battle is to just have Aya Brea side flipping, back flipping, and cartwheeling all over like a lunatic while firing none-stop akimbo pistol homing fireball shots at Squidbohr as he desperately tries to keep up with a random assortment of fireballs of his own. And fails miserably, cuz that motherfucker forgot to pack any sort of i-frame tricks to his second form.
Indeed, all Octo-Hyde can do is race around the arena firing a volley of fireballs, stop to charge up a series of homing shots which are utterly incapable of hitting even a slightly mobile Super Aya, and
lastly, he can attempt to Overdive head-butt Aya. Which is hugely telegraphed and again, is completely evaded by just flipping constantly. Thats his best attack. At least as far as I saw. He can also start just charging around and attempting to physically head-butt Aya.
Maybe he has some other super move I didnt get to see because Aya murdered the living shit out of him effortlessly. I couldnt tell you! I have no time for Hyde Bohr if he is no longer going to be a delightful inflatable tube man.
Music: Dive Into Myself
And so Hyde Bohr dies. Good riddance. Other than the fact he already said hes gotten owned countless times already and is stuck in a time loop where he is just going to get pooped back out at Ayas Wedding where everything went down. But details We have our victory and have beaten The 3rd Birthday!
What were your true intentions? You were always there with a kind word for me. Was that all a lie?
I still have a LOT of questions, if were being honest.
Or was it?
It's Time Zero. The place where eternity begins.
Hehe. Wheres the happy couple?
They should be here soon But the bouquet is mine!
What? There's no law saying a man can't have it.
You're such an idiot. She already said I could have it.
*leans in close* My family is dead. Im getting it.
Oh pfft. Boo hoo. My partner was shot dead and my fiancé was executed for being a spy. That line isnt gonna fly. Im getting that bouquet.
*nervous laugh* Hey. Uhh W-Wheres Eve?
So, Eves friend Emily Jefferson and Ayas co-workers Gabrielle Monsigny and Thelonious Cray were all hanging outside the church until after Aya Breas wedding ceremony was over. For some reason. Were they not actually invited? Is this some weird Japanese cultural thing Im not aware of? Why arent you clowns inside the church? Its late December in Manhattan. Its bloody cold out!
Also Maeda was walking by that same day. He had nothing to do with anything further and wont appear again. Definitely not a stalker. Just a weird coincidence! Honest!
Tune in next time for the ending of The 3rd Birthday Part 1. What? Its like a near 20 minute series of cutscenes. The longest weve had prior to this was about three or four minutes long, tops? Dont worry, the TREMENDOUSLY FUCKING STUPID part is up next!
Video: Part 31 Highlight Reel (Its the final boss. You should probably watch it. Just turn down your voluHYAHYAHYAHYAHYAHYA)
Saint Thomas Church Concept Well, they managed three landmarks for this city set entirely in Manhattan. I suppose four if you count the Statue of Libertys severed crown.