At 11/26/09 07:13 AM, liaaaam wrote:
I loved the game, but the nightmare sequence comes out of nowhere and there's no instruction on what it is.. that annoyed me :P Does it last a predefined amount of time or something? (Yes, I closed the game after a good 3 minutes of 'huh? wha?').
You get instructions on how to beat her after fighting her for the first time in the Codex. You effectively have to make her walk into her own meteorites, and collect the black gems she drops. I believe this was done so that you have to use every single one of your core six skills (running, jumping, taking damage, healing, collecting and health/relationship) in the boss fight.
Of course, she levels up during the fight too. Which makes her attack patterns a bit tougher to get around. Dash certainly helps for the invulnerability after taking the first blow feature, as does double jump and Hardy for just plain getting out of the way. Ultimately though, it's designed to be as frustrating as possible - it's a nightmare after all. Fortunately your Knowledge skill and your Sleep skill don't drop if you lose to her, giving you more time to level up at a faster rate even if you do fail. Par for completing the game is about Day 3 (which is what I managed to get in testing. Still haven't beaten Shadow yet either).